August 16, 2004 GMT
Twintraveller back from Alaska 16.08.2004

Twintraveller back from Alaska (Deutsche Version siehe unten)
English Version......check for German version below

Hi folks,

we had wonderful summer in Alaska and arrived safe and happy back in Whitehorse. The 4 weeks in Alaska we had more sun than ever and just 2 days of rain, we rode from Valdez to Anchorage, where I replaced my chain thanks to Joern who sent it from Canada. Katja and I spent one week travelling on one bike down to the Kenai Pensinsula together with Frank from Cologne, who we met in Talkeetna. We had so much fun down there, camping at the Homer Spit with view on the glaciers, the mountains and the ocean, camping directly on the beach, while having breakfast the bald eagles landed 50 meters away from us and people gave us Halibut for Dinner. Katja and I celebrated our first wedding day having a pizza italian style and red wine from water cups, on a terrace with the view on the ocean and the glaciers. It was breathtaking.

The weather continued to be wonderful when we rode up to the Denali Park where we had a wonderful view on Mount McKinley (see pictures). After a wonderful day in the Denali Park, watching Moose, caribous, Grizzlies and other wildlife, we rode down the Denali Highway, a 200 km gravel rode, where we met two guys from the Netherlands on little Honda 50 cc Scooters who are planning to go down to South America as well. Crazy!

The last 3 to 4 weeks have been so wonderful that we sometimes could not believ it when we got up in the morning and it was again a wonderful day. Alaska has been more impressive than we thought and I would not miss any day of it. Now we are back in Whitehorse, we have to check through the bikes after being on the road for 17 000 km now, change tires for the first time, brake pads and this stuff, before heaading down south. In Alaska the fall started to come in and we will see where the winter will be faster and the first snow might hit us.

!!!!!!!!Deutsche Version !!!!!!!

Hallo Freunde, wir wollten euch wissen lassen, was fuer einen wundervollen Sommer wir in Alaska verbracht haben, jetzt wo wir sicher und gluecklich wieder in Whitehorse gelanded sind.
Die 4 Wochen in Alaska waren gepraegt von dauerhaftem Sonnenschein und nur 2 tagen Regen. Wir sind von Valdez aus nach Anchorage gefahren, wo ich meine Kette auswechseln musste, was dank Joern, der diese aus Canada geschickt hat, auch hervorragend geklappt hat. Nichtdestotrotz mussten Katja und ich fuer eine Woche auf einem Bike zur Kenia Halbinsel runter fahren, wo wir mit Frank aus Koeln, den wir in Talkeetna getroffen hatten, eine Woche das wundervolle Wetter genossen. Wir campten direkt am Hmer Spit, dem Strand direkt am Ozean, mit Blick auf die gegenueberliegenden Gletscher und Vulkaninseln der Aleuten. Zum Fruehstueck kamen bei herrlicher Sonne die Adler direkt and den Strand geflogen und sassen 50 meter von uns entfernt auf dem Sand. Der Sonnenuntergang faerbte den Gletscher lilafarben wie auf den Postkarten, wo man denkt die haben das nachbearbeitet. Es ist echt so genial. Katja und ich feierten unseren 1. Hochzeitstag mit Wagenrad grosser Pizza Italian Style und Wewin aus Wasserglaesern auf einer Terasse mit Blick auf Glescher und Ozean waehrend die Sonne unterging. Es war atemberaubend schoen.

Und das Wetter hielt sich auch noch als wir in den Denali Park fuhren und geniale Ausblicke auf den normalerweise wolkenverhangengen Mt McKinley hatten. (siehe Bilder) Vom Bus aus Konnten wir Bilder von Elchen, Karibous und Grizzliefamilien machen. Anschliessend fuhren wir den 200 km langen Schotter Denali Highway wo wir auf 2 Niederlaender trafen, die mit 2 50 kubik Mofas nach Suedamerica wollten. na schauen wir mal.

Die letzten 3 bis 4 Wochen waren so wundervoll, dass wir es manchmal nicht fassen konnten. Jeden Morgen wachten wir aufund der Tag war so wundervoll, wie der vorige. Alaska war noch weit mehr eindrucksvoll, als wir uns schon erhofft hatten, und ich moechte nicht einen Tag davon missen. Jetzt sind wir wieder in Whitehorse, checken mal die Bikes durch, werde nach 17 000 km mal die Reifen wechseln, auch wenn noch Profil drauf ist, aber der Winter und der Regen werden uns wohl irgendwo auf dem Weg Richtung Sueden einholen. In den letten Tagen wurde es in Alaska schon nachts wieder kalt ud die Baeume faerbten sich gelb. SChauen wir mal ob der Schnee uns einholt.

Posted by Martin Wickert at August 16, 2004 05:33 PM GMT

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