2 July, day 8, 650 km to the Arctic Circle and back. *We leave early in the morning reaching the Dalton around 09:00 am the adventure begins.
The weather is on our side warm and sunny, off we go, the road is a bit rough but not to back we can do about 60 km/h. *Then I see something that I was not waiting for, pavement, on well let's go faster. *The first 100 km is nice pavement and gravel, we get to the Yukon river about *1 hour later and stop for gas and coffee. *We meet another BMW rider going south and tells us the road is nice, cool.
From the river to the circle the road is so good we think that we are on pavement, we get to the circle way faster then planed so we decide to head back to Fairbanks. *Good thing because it rained like hell once we get close to Fairbanks, some guy in a car hits a water puddle and soaks me from head to toe, LOL.*
Back in Fairbanks and wet we get another room and go to a restaurant for supper and stuff our faces. *Back in the room we relax and go to bed early.
Day 6 part 2
At the campsite in Tok we meet Coburn and Erin Black who are their third week of a long bike ride across the Americas. *It was great to talk to them during the evening with beer with a good fire. *They both ride the F650GS Dakar model. *Here is the link to their web site;
4 July, day 10, rest day not much to report other an did maintenance on the bikes and had some beers.
More photos of the trip at
In folder "OP Alaska 2011"
Awesome adventure you guys are on.. Color me green with envy.
Tom - MOA #156706, Hayward, CA
2006 BMW R1200GS Adventure, aka "Gretel"
1983 Honda V65 Magna - SOLD
Thanks for posting. Nice pix! Makes me want to do it again.
7 July, day 13, 450 km all the way to highway 37 junction.
Before leaving Whitehorse we stop at the deli shop for some beef jerky, very good. We then go to the airport to see the DC-3 and the elephant. We take the turn off to take the scenic route south, 100 km detour that was not all that scenic. At Teslin I take on the steel grated bridge and win, with my 50/50 tires it's worst then driving on loose gravel.
We are almost at the turn off for highway 37 and Josee is on the intercom telling me to stop she has lost something. Well that thing is her pannier cover and it's in the middle of the road with a transport truck coming. No harm done the driver drives around it, cool, thanks buddy. Once I get the cover and her wind pants and make my way back to Josee I then inspect the cover for damage. The hold down bracket has a broken rivet and I will need to find a bolt. At the Nugget City we take a room and I find a mechanic to help me. 2 hours later he comes back with a cheap bolt that will not last and will need to be replace ASAP. Oh well he didn't charge me anything any way.
The busted cover
Repaired and secured
8 July, day 14, 655 km all the way to Stewart, BC. We had a good breakfast at the motel, a little on the costly to good never less. We pack all our kit and get the bikes ready to go and the rain starts to come down, oh well another day of rain.
The ride down when well a bit of contraction here and there, mostly at the end and a few black bears. After Bell 2 we stop and make our supper rice with tuna, very good. Near Stewart we see an amazing bear, the cream colored one, a rare viewing indeed.
The 37A is an amazing road filled with lots of turns mountains, rivers and rapids. We find a campground and call it quits for the night after a movie.
Downtown Stewart, BC
The Glacier past Hyder AK
9 July, day 15, 400 km from Stewart to Smithers BC. The was overcast but not raining.
We leave Stewart for Hyder, AK to see bears and the glacier at the top of the mountain. We skip the bears for now and carryon for the glacier, the road is a bit rough but drivable. The road seams to be going up forever, it does, we first see the glacier at 800 meter above sea level. By now we are in the cloud cover and don't see much, then we see four BMW bikes out of the clouds so we decide to continue. At 920 meters we turn around because of the cloud cover is so thick see can not see anything.
Back down we catch up with the 4 bikes at the bear watch area, we share stories before departing our separate ways. Since the salmon have not returned yet the bears are not here to eat the fish. Two guys from the US and a couple from New Zealand.
Since now it's noon I decide that we should eat at one of the restaurants and we do. The 4 bikers show up for lunch too, cool. We talk a bit more and I find out that they don't have the mile post and ask them if they want one and give them mine. They are more then happy since they are traveling north without it.
Back on the road we ride to Smithers and get a motel room for $109 per night, very clean room.
Day 17, last day
11 July, day 17, 350 km left to do before getting home.
On route we stop in Edson for coffee and two guys walk over to ask questions about our BMW, which I gladly answer, I also notice that Josee bike has blown a fork seal oh well easy fix back home.
Back home we first stop at our friends who have just moved to Alberta, both have BMW (GS) and have a drink or two before unloading our kit. That nigh they invite us over for supper and we tell them what a wonderfully journey we made and talk about next year.
In all our days of traveled only one day it didn't rain, too bad I was hoping to get rain very day. The rain never lasted very long so it was not that bad.
We traveled a total of 7500km, spend $3600 CDN, met new friends, 500 photos in RAW, 25 hours of movie clips and had a blast oh and also memories to last a life time.
More photo on my smugmug site
To all the people who helps us, thank you
To Denis, a very special thank you, you are the best!
To Vanessa, you are the best host in all of Alaska, you provided us the travellers the much needed rest and relaxation.
Garry and Josse
Fort Saskatchewan, AB
NICE!, keep the photos and story coming...