Day one: Denver to Flaming Gorge, UT--323 miles Skull Creek Campground on Hwy 44--$18/single site--paved road, potable water, pit toilets. (We were refunded half of the camping fee because they had not yet turned on the water--call first if going before Memorial Day)
|Skull Creek Campground--our first night out.|
|Yeah...me and my Molson tallboy!|
Day four: Sagle, ID--255 miles (stayed with a friend's aunt)
|My friend Justin built the outdoor shower and waterwheel behind me for his aunt and uncle. I may need one of each in my backyard....|
Day six: Radium Hot Springs--83 miles--Redstreak Campground--I remember thinking it was expensive, and we are in Canadian money now. But, bathrooms with showers, cooking huts, 6k round trip hike to the hot springs pools. Something like 250 sites in this campground.
|Many of the provincial park campgrounds have cooking huts like this. Brilliant, I say!|
|Please note my gloves on top of the lampshade, trying to dry out. Everything was soaked!|
|All the rooms in the "historic" section of the hotel had been renovated. More recently than this decor suggests....|
|Look out for the whacko ptarmigan|
|Takhini had recently had problems with bears. We hung the bear box about 100 yards from the tent campsites. There were hot springs here, can you tell? I'm so happy!|
|I'm guessing I was a little tired.....|
|The Yukon River--Dawson City is in the background.|
|Ovi, not satisfied with his sleeping bag temp rating, slept in the ambulance.|
|Dog took the walled tent.|
|Elka and Wader--Alaskan Huskies|
|Yeah, that view didn't suck.|
Day eighteen: Fairbanks with Tom, Melissa, dogs and the chickens again!
Day nineteen/twenty/twenty-one: Denali National Park, AK--123 miles--Savage River Campground--$10 per person fee to enter park (good for 7 days) unless you have a year long national park pass. The campground itself is $22/night for a site. There are campground hosts, flush toilets and sinks w/running water in the bathrooms, and free-standing bear proof closets for food.
|Loved the park! Saw Mt. Denali several times, which is actually somewhat rare from the park.|
|Robin, Dog, and Bailey. It stopped raining!|
|Exit Glacier in Seward.|
|The bear chewed my helmet, just missing my Sena wires, and leaving a dirty bear nose print in the padding. He also chewed on my seat a bit.|
Day twenty-eight: Tok, AK--100ish miles--Young's Hotel (behind Fast Eddy's Restaurant)--here's the great thing about this place: There was a fan in the room which meant we could blast the baseboard heaters to dry our gear, but keep the room cool enough to sleep in. We meant to ride all the way to Kluane Lake, but the rain was brutal, the temps in the 30s, and I couldn't feel my feet anymore.
|The line-up outside Fast Eddy's Restaurant. Loads of GSs and one Wee.|
|Mini golf and sunshine at Cottonwood Park on Kluane Lake|
Day thirty-one: Juneau, AK--Auke Bay Recreation Area--ok, we got on the Alaska Marine Highway System in Haines and had to get off in Juneau for an 8 hour layover--from about midnight to 8 am. We didn't want to seek out a hotel for a couple hours (we were told to check in at 6 for the leg to Sitka), and as we were untying our bikes, one of the guys on the boat told us about Auke Bay. When leaving the parking lot of the ferry terminal, turn left onto the highway. Go about a mile or so, and take the left fork onto Point Louisa Rd. (Oh yeah, they named that after me too) A little ways down that road will be metal staircases that go down to the beach and lead to picnic tables under pagoda style roofs. This was great because it was 1: free 2: on the beach 3: (shocker) raining. So, we popped the tent up and crawled in to sleep for a couple of hours. No one bothered us and there were no signs saying we couldn't camp there....
Day thirty-two: Sitka, AK--Starrigavan Campground and Ann's Gavan Hill B & B--The campground has about 30 sites, some are walk-in only. $14/night for walk-in site. There is water available--amazing water from an artesian well in the main campground--pit toilets, fire rings, and separate covered picnic tables if its raining. The walk-in sites are the best, and definitely try for one of the three on the bay. Despite the bears knocking over the bikes at that campground, it was gorgeous! A humpback whale was breaching off the coast when we woke up. Amazing. After the bear issues, and the constant downpour, we moved to the bed and breakfast and loved it, also. $75-95 night including laundry/kitchen facilities, hot tub, amazing breakfast, and all the history of the area you want to know.
|Stupid bears! Then again, my friend Chas would say the bear thought, "Stupid humans!" I guess it's all relative.|
Day forty--Eastern Oregon--Dixie Campground, Malheur National Forest--right off highway 26 with 9 sites. $8/site with pit toilets. NO WATER.
|We shared this site with a bicyclist named Ralph from Brighton England.|
|Don't forget a headlamp. The caves are fun--100 degrees above ground, ice on the floor below. Supposedly, there are bats too....|
Day forty-three--Dinosaur National Monument--outside Vernal, UT. About the same rates as Craters of the Moon. There are a number of campgrounds, we stayed at Green River Campground. Water, flush toilets, and running water in bathrooms. $12/site with access to the river to swim and cool down. The site came complete with a four foot long snake that I walked over four times before realizing I had. Then, I screamed. Like a little girl. **plus side of things--my wallet fell off my bike in the middle of a huge street in Vernal UT and I didn't realize it. A SUPER nice family rescued it and returned it to me. Really nice people there.
Day forty-four--Home Sweet Home--and the withdrawal set in almost immediately.