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To the Top of Alaska, Day 21

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June 24th, 2014 – Kalispell, MT to Twin Falls, ID ~575 miles Over the last couple of days, it was clear to me that my alternator was making that squeaking noise you get with a bad belt. I definitely did not have a spare, so Bui and I decided that we’d stop at the next BMW dealership to pick one …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 20

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June 23rd, 2014 – Banff National Park, AB to Kalispell, MT ~375 miles Like I mentioned previously, we camped at Lake Louise, which is basically inside Banff. The campground has a moat with only one access road, and the entire site is surrounded with a fence that’s been electrified to make it bearproof. Made me feel safe, that’s for sure. …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 19

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June 22nd, 2014 – Pouce Coupe, BC to Banff National Park, AB ~500 miles The sun rises on our little slice of Pouce Coupe Regional Park: God Bless the Milepost: One of the brothers had a tire that kept going flat. For the first time ever, I was prepared thanks to the fact that one of my valve stem caps …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 18

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June 21st, 2014 – Liard Hot Springs, BC to Pouce Coupe, BC ~480 miles Left the lodge the next morning, and was greeted by this sign explaining how screwed you were if you needed gas or mechanical assistance. Nearest gas was 90 miles north or 35 miles south. Good news was we were going south.

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 17

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June 20th, 2014 – Whitehorse, AK to Liard Hot Springs, BC ~400 miles As you follow the 1, you end up going in between British Columbia and the Yukon Territory back and forth several times. But no matter what province we were in, we were constantly showered by rain. We eventually made it to Watson Lake in Yukon, which is …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 16

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June 19th, 2014 – Tok, AK to Whitehorse, YT ~385 miles We left Tok, and in the process left Alaska. I was actually pretty bummed at this point, mainly because we missed out on the Denali Highway and Top of the World. As we left Alaska, it dawned on me that it might be a very long time until I …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 15

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June 18th, 2014 – Fairbanks, AK to Tok, AK ~200 miles 6:30am the next morning, I get a call from the son. “I’m sorry but I didn’t hear the phone ring. I’m about to head to my day job, but I’ve given my dad a heads up and he’ll be ready for you as soon as you can get over …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 14 – Part 1

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June 17th, 2014 – Happy Valley, AK to Prudhoe Bay, AK ~90 miles Like every movie franchise in Hollywood nowadays, I’m going to split this post into two parts. There’s just too many photos to get through in this day to cover in one sitting, so I’ll split it up into the last 90 miles to the top plus the …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 13

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Day 13 – June 16th, 2014 – Fairbanks, AK to Happy Valley, AK ~410 miles The day didn’t get off to a good start. We were supposed to meet up with Mike, who was also staying at the University. We figured that we would get a 6am start and see if the weather gods would be nice, in an attempt …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 11

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June 14th, 2014 – Tok, AK to Anchorage, AK ~320 miles …and the story continues on the next morning. Bui met a guy from Tennessee named Mike who had previously ridden up to this area before (I think multiple times), but never gone all the way to the top. Bui convinced him to join us so he could finally get …

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To the Top of Alaska, Day 9

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June 12th, 2014 – Juneau, AK – 0 road miles Again, I have to stress something that I didn’t know until I started planning this trip: there’s no road out of Juneau. It blows my mind that the capital of a state can only be accessed by sea or by air, but I guess it’s part of the charm? We …