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Carl's Harley Ride Anchorage to Los Angeles,
2014 


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Carl's Article about the "
ALASKA ADVENTURE "  - August 2014
 

 

 

Anchorage to L.A., July 2014

I had shipped my bike along with my English friend Tony’s bike to Anchorage earlier. Tony and I have been going on at least one long distance ride a year for over a decade. This year his wife, (Steph), is on board. We all flew in and met at our hotel in Anchorage.

The next day was a ride to Hope. The scenery was terrific. Trees are everywhere that there isn’t a road, and it was that way until I pulled into Vancouver BC 12 days later. One thing you need to learn early on is that gas may not be available where you expect it. Just because there is a “town” on the map, doesn’t mean there is gas. And the fact there was gas there last week doesn’t mean that there’s gas there now. So the motto is, get gas when you can.

The Anchorage Harley Davidson dealership was having a big party this evening. I arrived at the dealership and it looked like a complete dud. I was just about to leave when I saw someone come from around the back of the shop. I walked around and there was the party. They had 50’s hot rods, 60’s muscle cars and old motorcycle displays. There were models dressed up in Pin Up style clothing posing for pictures and a great band playing old rock n’ roll. They were giving out burgers and there was a bar all set up. And I almost missed the whole thing.

Our days were set up to cover 200 to 300 miles per day, allowing us time to enjoy the beauty of Alaska and to experience the towns we are visiting.

I rode to the Tangle River Inn by myself. Tony & Steph wanted to ride the Denali Road. From the description of the road, I decided to avoid this off road experience. The inn was on the edge of a beautiful lake. I arrived very early, checked in, and went to my room. I spotted the TV and settled down to kill a little time. I couldn’t get the TV to work, when I noticed a note above the TV. It said “Sorry, the TV’s are not yet working”. There is no Internet, TV or telephone service, I didn’t even have a book, and it was raining. It has been more than 30 years since I have been alone without any of these services that we take for granted. It was a long four hours before Tony and Steph showed up.

Our ride to Dawson Creek was my biggest riding challenge. The halfway mark was to the town of Chicken; it had a few challenges, but was do-able with no problems. Of the next 100 miles only 20 miles were paved, the rest of it was a dirt road. It had been sprinkling for the last two days, so that dirt road filled with potholes is now a mud road. It was a challenge to keep a 1,000-pound touring bike upright. This 100-mile stretch took 5 hours to complete. If only Tony could hear what I was thinking of him for picking this route.

Finally Dawson Creek was just around the next bend and across the bridge. As I rounded the bend I noted that there was no bridge. Then I noticed a ferry that just pulls up to the bank and drops a plank down for you to drive on. When I pulled on to the main street in Dawson Creek, I thought I was on Main Street at Disneyland. I quickly forgot about the misery I had just gone through to get here. We had a great Greek dinner and then it was over to the gambling hall to see the Can/Can review just as it would have been done 125 years ago.

We visited the Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake. People hang signs of all types and there are thousands of them. We saw such beautiful country, riding along streams, rivers, and lakes. We had five sightings of black bears on the roads, moose, elk, bison, a mountain lion and mountain goats.

We spent our last night together in Whistler BC. This is where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held. This weekend they were having a Yoga Festival. What a magnificent setting, and a great place to visit.

The last three days were spent on the I-5 coming home. I got to visit and spend the night at a friend’s house that I had only seen once in the last 45 years. Gary and I go back 60 years.

This was a wonderful ride and I strongly suggest this ride, of 4,500 miles for 2.5 weeks.

Sincerely, Carl

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Anchorage Harley Davidson Dealership


Our Second Nights Stay


A Stop Along the Way

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Dinner with Steph and Tony in Dawson Creek


Location of the Can Can show


Can Can Show @ Diamond Tooth Gerties

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Anyone can post a sign in  Watson Lake. Tony couldn't find the one he posted 8 Years before.

There are Thousands of Signs Posted

Along the Road
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One of 20 Sculptors along the Road


Dawson City


One End of the Alaskan Highway, Dawson City

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Road Side Views


Our Cabins @ Tangle River INN


Sheds and Cabins

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This is were we stayed in the town of Tok


At the show in Tok one must do the Moose


Moose along the way

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Says it all


Constant road work, 5 miles of dirt road


English Buddies, Tony & Steph

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The Beautiful town of Chicken Alaska


Ferry across the river to Dawson City


Our Hotel in Dawson City

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Having a meal in town


Grass Growing on the roof


Paddle boat cruises in Dawson City

       
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Alaskan roadside view

Tony had a flat outside of Whitehorse

We had 5 different sighting of Black Bears
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Traveling along the highway

I had to look at this kind of terrain every day

There were Bison
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Mountain goat

It takes a 50 wheel truck to carry the spool of 2 inch diameter steel tubing. I'm at the spool, see me?

Lunch with Tony & Steph
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Road sights

More road sights

Carved bus bench in Clinton
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One of many rivers along the road

Great shot Steph

Ya, I wish. Thanks John, my web sight guy.
       
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Our last night stop in BC


One of our dinner stops


More sights

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Three times the size of Texas and it has four roads, hwy 1, 2, 3, and 4.
 
       

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