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Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

When catching a ferry turns into roads like these.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Another end of the road. We started at the end of the road in Key West, Florida. We found an end of the road in Homer, Alaska and a handful of dead ends elsewhere. This was the end of our road reachable by road, where we'd pick up a ferry from Haines, Alaska and ride the Alaska Marine Highway to Juneau. One week left in beautiful Alaska.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Haines provided the biggest grocery store we'd seen in nearly a month. We loved Haines.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Let's talk about Canada. Specifically how great their roadside campground game is. When rain clouds rolled over there was always a covered picnic area complete with cooktop wood stove to warm the coffee and soup. Each time we took advantage of these niceties I didn't want to leave.

We'd made it to Alaska and into the Yukon.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Haines Road.
There comes a time when the Alaska Highway, also known as the ALCAN, will offer a chance to turn off and venture elsewhere. After coming from the heart of Alaska, we hadn't had enough. At Haines Junction we opted to follow a road that ended back in Alaska at the Chilkoot Inlet.

From there we'd find a ferry through the land of bald eagles, glaciers, orcas, and bears and further explore The Last Frontier's capital in Juneau.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Alongside Kluane National Park, be sure to stop for exceptional eye spy road shows.

Dall Mountain lookout. Canada has an unbeatable roadside game.

We'd made it through Alaska and into Canada.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

When approaching Kluane National Park you can tell something special is ahead. For us, it was plenty windy and plenty cold which was constantly trumped by our surroundings.

With busy eyes studying the road, awestruck by mountains and glaciers within them, and scanning for dall sheep, we were captivated. Lucky for us we'd be tracing alongside this park for days.

We'd made it through Alaska and into Canada.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Along the Alaskan Highway everything is identified by mile marker. Even the ghostly parts.

We'd made it through Alaska and into Canada.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Wildfire. Alaska had no shortage of smoke and flames this past summer. We chose our route carefully to prevent getting caught up in it all, but at some point one can only hope the roads ahead will be clear.

We managed to keep our distance and skated by some wildfire hot spots along our way, and just before we crossed into Canada we waved goodbye to more flames on the distance. The winds were in our favor that day keeping the smoke away from the road.

Our days spent exploring Alaska's offerings weren't over just yet. In this case we were about to cross into the Yukon because sometimes to get to Alaska from Alaska you have to cross in and out of Canada's beautiful wild west.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

After leaving Tok we didn't know a lot about what we might find on the road ahead. Well, besides Canada, we'd definitely find Canada. Before we crossed the border there was one last night camping in the Alaskan dirt.

The stretch of the Alaskan Highway connecting the last frontier with its neighboring Yukon Territories was a bit of a joyride. Manageable headwinds, a fair amount of smooth pavement, and fun hills to climb.

We passed a couple abandoned and forgotten service stations. No surprise treats on this day, or so we thought. We didn't know if the campground we were counting on existed, but we knew we were sleeping in the dirt either way. Lucky for us a little gravel turn off appeared and took us a couple miles into the woods.

It was here that we met two fantastic hosts who shared their weekly water reserves with passerby cyclists.
We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Arriving at Sourdough Campground in Tok was an amazing feeling. We had combined two ride days into one, nearly beating our daily distance record on the trip, and had our pick of land to set up camp.

I bribed George to combine two ride days into one. He's a sucker for regional claims to fame and cuisines, and I used this to my advantage. Sourdough Campground boasted a "famous authentic Alaskan breakfast featuring authentic sourdough pancakes & reindeer sausage". Whether this was true or not was none of my concern, it was just enough of a hopeful bargaining chip to use to earn a bonus day off.

Sure enough, we woke up, made our way to the greasy spoon diner the campground owners ran, and I bought George his well deserved breakfast before we both enjoyed a much earned rest day.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Onwards along the Tok Cutoff we decided to combine two ride days into one for an extra day off. Gifts of forever sunlit skies.

The ride to our eventual pit stop and added bonus rest / exploration day brought us along hills promising excellent views and all around welcoming wildlife.

Endless fireweed, perfect doses of Mentasta Lake, and smooth sailing on a high mileage day. "Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it... It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience... Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see." Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Glenn Highway parallels a window to the Matanuska Glacier. You see it coming and eventually climb up and up until it is just out of sight. That is, after you get roadside coffee for twenty five cents at the Eureka Roadhouse.

Get a window seat. And maybe a root beer. Our server had just come up from the Gulf Coast of Florida on a whim and couldn't believe that's where we had started our two wheeled journey.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Just across the way from the Matanuska Glacier we somehow managed to claim the last campsite at a state recreational site, always a relief.

I set up camp while George dropped his bags and headed up a mountain to a gas station minutes from closing, all so we could sip on some smooth Dr Pepper with our modest rice and onion dinner.

As dusk grew near, or as dusk as an Alaskan summer night can get, we hiked over to the edge of our hill and stared at the Glacier for hours.

When we woke up we pumped our own water and treated it with our usb rechargeable water purifier we had juiced up from the solar panels we had rigged to our seat packs.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

A few days after leaving Anchorage we were cruising along the hills of Glenn Highway with no shortage of beautiful views.

The summer sky gave us endless light to ride safely under, and we adjusted to an even more laid back day to day routine. The food was simple, quick rice with sweet potato and onion for meals and portioned out trail mix we had made up during our Anchorage furlough. We ate, drank, slept, and biked simply. We spent more time outside than the previous few months of the trip.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Our second day out from Anchorage we learned that Alaska had two seasons: winter, or darkness as I affectionately call it, and construction.

There were a couple stretches of road we got thrown in the back of a pilot car, and this was the first. The driver wore a rad pair of red sunglasses and told us how she ran this particular region and hired an all women crew.

The radio played, she kept us laughing the whole time, hauled our rigs over a few miles of thick mud, and sent us on our way.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

When George and I made it down to Homer, we thought we would camp on the beach down along the Spit. We spent the day down there, loving every second of it, but when it came time for dinner we made our way into town.

After finding a sweet little picnic spot where we feasted on a homemade beet carrot slaw, we got curious about the hillside. We made our way up to another camp spot and decided that was where we'd pitch our tent for the night.

Hidden in the trees, there were windows between the branches showing us absolutely monumental views down the Spit and out to the Aleutian Mountains.

We'd made it to Alaska.

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megantada Disposable Camera Project:
Alaska Adventure. July 2015.

Back in the peak of summertime I had my first chance at Alaska. Growing up my uncle sent an occasional picture or two from the wild backcountry where he worked amongst the bears. I had always wanted to visit and test my survival skills, and this year the stars aligned and a door opened in Anchorage.

My uncle, still hanging with the native bear population in the Aleutians, showed me hospitality in his Anchorage apartment, even though he was out of range in the nooks of Alaska's finest islands.

George and I spent a couple weeks using the hills of Anchorage as our home base before we hit the road again. We made great use of our time and our first mini adventure took us to one of Alaska's many 'end of the road' moments by way of the most beautiful highway in the states, the Seward Highway en route to the Homer Spit.

When you get a vacation from the bike on a five month tour, and you're on the Kenai Peninsula, renting fat bikes is a must. As the tide rolled out, we rolled our way along sand and stones and enjoyed our first fat biking experience for hours and hours.
We'd made it to Alaska.

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