20. Fairbanks, Alaska to Great Falls, Montana
Fairbanks, Alaska - freezing, overcast and raining, the forecast was for more of
the same so I decided to make a non-stop run for warmer latitudes and some
I left Fairbanks in a drizzle which lasted most of the day, the road was like a roller
Posted by Chris Desmond at June 28, 2008 01:15 AM GMT
coaster and roadworks delayed me at least an hour with numerous dirt sections.
The sun came out when I arrived in Haines Junction, a one street town with a
million dollar view and a really good Village Bakery.
Fairbanks to Haines Junction
Some of Canada's Tallest Mountains are in there somewhere
The view from Haines Junction, the mountains are right in your lap
Haines Junction to Dease Lake an uneventful ride, still mainly wet with 50-60 k's
dirt roads once I turned off the Alaska Hwy onto Route 37, unmarked, narrow
and bumpy, a fun ride.
Dease Lake a one street fishing and hunting town.
Haines Junction to Dease Lake
Dease Lake to Smithers via Stewart and Hyder, Alaska, freezing, my heated
gloves were on full blast and only just did the job of keeping my hands warm.
Again narrow winding unmarked road upto the Stewart turnoff after that its called
the Glacier Highway, amazing riding alongside the ice covered mountains.
Dease Lake to Smithers via Stewart, Hyder, Alaska
The straight line is another GPS power glitch
This route is variously called the Cassiar, Stewart or Glacier Highway, its lined
with these crazy lumps of rock and ice.
The most common bridge used to cross the numerous rivers is this steel
construction with a steel grid roadway which makes a bikes front wheel do funny
things following the grid.
The Roadway, do not drop your car keys here.
More Roadworks, the winter frosts destroy the roads and they spend all summer
Big Chunk of Ice
Bear Glacier with Bear Lake beneath which is the source for Bear River
The tip of the Glacier, pretty colours
Stewart, Canada - This contraption has something to do with Logging
See, lots of Logs
Hyder, Alaska - end of the line, not really sure why it exists right at the tip of the
I rode from Canada into the USA and back in 15 minutes.
Its the only place I have been where there is no US Customs presence only Canadian.
Time for a peanut butter roll
Smithers to Jasper - back in civilization again, lots of small towns, prices back to
normal and the sun is shining again.
Smithers to Jasper
Marcel a crazy French Canadian from Quebec could only speak 3 words of English
which is more than you can say of my French.
Riding a Yamaha Majesty 400 scooter, a long way from home ran out of fuel and
I stopped and we found an empty can of Budweiser in a ditch which I filled twice
from my tank after disconnecting the fuel hose, next stop 24km, he was confident
it would make it, I followed and he ran out again so another two cans later we
arrived in Fort Macleod.
He was embarrissingly grateful and insisted on filling my tank (10 litres) even
though I did not need fuel and wanted to buy me lunch, I had an ice cream instead
The man himself with that life saving can of Bud, litterbugs hhhmmmm
And just so you don't forget, some more mountains, they are everywhere
Jasper, Canada to Great Falls, Montana - Jasper and Banff National Parks, the
road runs right through the Rockies with amazing views.
Jasper to Great Falls
Look at those Blue Skies
You guessed it, more mountains
There were lots more 230k's like this
Athabasca Glacier is on the left and xyz on the right, scroll sideways to see the rest.
To give you an idea of how big it is, the green stuff in the middle is a forrest of trees.
Icing on the cake
The Weeping Wall, that's what the sign said, not me
Calgary Downtown, a Big City, took a while to get through
The High Plains, 1000m up, farms with the Rockies in the background
US Border, I got stuck in the line with the grouchy Customs Officer who was
checking everyone and everything while the other line zipped past.
For the first time I was asked to open my panniers and he wasn't even looking,
just wasting time.
The view from the border, one of those Western Movie mountains