June 10, 2014 – On the Ferry, 0 road miles
I realize that most people doing this trip don’t take the ferry – it’s expensive, it ain’t quick, and…you’re not enjoying your bike when you’re on the water! But one of the milestones we wanted to see was Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, and for that you can only get in by air or sea.
With that rationalization out of the way, here’s what happened on a rare day completely off the bikes.
As I mentioned before, Bui decided to tent on the top, so we set out to catch up with him the next morning. On the way to the top, we found this room where people had brought giant air mattresses. This might have made me laugh so hard I was worried I’d wake someone up.
Vy sits on the helipad as she waits for Bui to get out of his fantastic 25 year old Eureka tent (the blue on the side). That guy takes incredible care of his gear, which is much more than I can say for myself.
We got into Ketchikan and decided to explore a bit. I swear that every dog in Alaska was just like this – totally free and without a care in the world. They never barked at you or even really looked at you.
Ketchikan is best known for Shakes Island and its Totem Poles. Though the main building on the island had a beautiful front wall (with an interesting choice of location for the door), it was unfortunately closed.
This photo makes me laugh every time I see it. I’m convinced it’s a mural of a stripper mermaid entertaining several marine animals. Look at all their creepy smiles! I don’t care what you say, you won’t be able to change my mind.
Back on board, we came across a custom Econoline that had been setup by Roadview to measure things like road surface quality, deformation size, and more. Check out this site for more about their setup.
This is pretty much the closest to a bike picture you’re going to get from today – we chat it up with Mike and Jana (the couple on the 48 state trip). He was on a R12GS that was fully loaded, and she was on a F700GS that was basically brand new. I think they had originally planned on going to Copper Center, but Bui kept trying to convince them to head even further north. It worked – they eventually made their way up to the Arctic Circle!
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Day 8 – June 11th, 2014 – Juneau, AK – 0 road miles
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June 9, 2014 – Vanderhoof, BC to Prince Rupert, BC ~385 miles