I had never been to Alaska before and I was very curious and intrigued about riding the Dalton Highway. It sounded just like the type of trip I was looking to do. The perfect challenge for my first, big motorcycle trip. I thought I'd add a little extra to that challenge...and go solo! But truthfully, I didn't know anybody that could go with me. But I wasn't going to let that stop me. It was an unforgettable trip.
I load up the bike and ride from Denver, through Wyoming and Montana (making a stop at Little Big Horn). I meet Greg from Pennsylvania at the Canadian border and we ride together through Calgary to Olds, Alberta.
The scenery starts to get interesting and the weather gets cold and wet, as I make my way through British Columbia and enter Yukon Territory. I met Robb on this leg of the trip and we rode together to Watson Lake.
Another day of cold and wet weather, but amazing scenery as I traveled deeper into Yukon Territory. I pass by Teslin Lake, through Whitehorse, making my way passed the incredible Icefield Ranges.
Continuing deeper into Yukon Territory, I ride along side Kluane Lake and past Destruction Bay, where I meet Kevin and Jim, assisting Kevin with some much needed fuel. That sparked a friendship which had a major effect on my riding hobby. I then continue on to Alaska.
While stopping in Tok, Alaska for fuel, Kevin and Jim saw me filling up across the street. We rode together to Delta Junction and had a great time filming and taking pictures. It was a fun, play day. After that, I continue on to Fairbanks.
The Dalton Highway to The Arctic Circle. It wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be. But riding through that area was a great feeling. I spend the night at Yukon River Camp.
Over the next several days, I ride from Fairbanks back to Grand Prairie, Alberta. The days were filled with all kinds of wildlife...bears, bison, foxes, big horn sheep and moose. Some of the best riding I've experienced.
Three days from home and I made a detour through Banff and Jasper National Parks. I'm so glad I did. It was the best part of the whole trip...hands down. To me this is the best episode in the whole series. What a way to close out a fantastic journey.