I’m starting this blog in the summer of 2016. My goal is to encourage others to get out and travel, to find the buffalo herd, see the midnight sun, and smell the fireweed.
I am starting my journey just north of the 49th parallel and heading to the 60th in BC, which borders the Yukon and Northwest Territories to Alaska.
In my mind’s eye I have a scene from the movie “Gladiator” where the hero comes home, the sun is shining, he runs his hands through the wheat and the birds are singing magical songs. However, my previous experiences tell me to prepare for rain and long days in the saddle! The weather can be unpredictable no matter where you are, but paying attention to weather reports is important especially if you are riding a bike and more exposed to the elements. We had fear of wildfire earlier this year in Fort St. John and woke up to 2 inches of snow…the north is just that.
I have learned to watch the ravens as they are incredibly intelligent creatures, and also plan to be “bear aware”. Bears are not friendly and not a creature I want to run into on a bike. Read more about being “bear aware” here.
I’ve completed this trip half a dozen times—in a motorhome, by SUV, and by motorcycle. The bike is my favorite mode of transportation by far. It connects you to nature—you can feel the coolness near the water and you experience the hot sun and the pouring rain. Bikes have drawbacks on comfort and space limitations but there is nothing like seeing the world on two wheels. Nothing compares to the feeling of happiness and the sense of accomplishment traveling the Alaska Highway by motorbike! I love connecting with others on the road—many traditional barriers disappear as people long to share the stories of riding the Alaska Highway. For me it has become an annual migration that is driven from within to experience it again.
My trip this year will be a loop up to Mile 0, Dawson Creek, and north to Fairbanks and back south down the Stewart Cassiar Highway, ending in Prince George. There are stops I plan to take along the way and hopefully discover some new favorite places to eat and drink—which I am very good at—but I don’t ride and drink that’s a “no no”. Follow my route and read my blog posts as I go! You can see more photos on our Instagram account @AlaskaHighwayJourney.