Destruction Bay, YT to Anchorage, AK (and Fairbanks)
550 miles (Fairbanks ~ 430 miles)
Trip total – 5582 (~5462)
Wow, what a beautiful morning. We have truly been blessed with weather on this trip. On our final day, it was about 45 degrees as we were loading with a blue sky and only a few clouds. We had breakfast and hit the road again, knowing it was going to be a longer day for me.
I took a couple pictures almost immediately as we got on the road. We had some horses decided to join us for a bit of a jog as well.
The road was decent before we hit the border with most of the frost heaves repaired since the last time any of us had traveled over that road. It was comical hearing the tourists complain about how bad it was at each stop we made.
We crossed the border out of Canada and then back into the US and immediately had amazing roads and higher speed limits. Of course, the mountains were as amazing as ever.
Just before we got to Tok, Dad hit a bird that got stuck in his bike. He removed the big part at Fast Eddie’s but is going to have to deal with some feathers and guts when he cleans his bike… what a mess!
We had lunch, got gas, and went out separate ways.
It was weird turning off the road while Dad and Darrell continued on the Richardson towards Fairbanks. They decided at Delta Jct that they weren’t going to put their rain gear on regardless of what happened. Evidently it poured on them the last few miles.
For my trip to Anchorage, the weather was beautiful other than a few miles East of Sheep Mtn on the Glenn Hwy. There was one ominous cloud that ended up dumping on me. The temperature went from 65 to 48 in about 15 seconds and it was a torrential downpour, switching rapidly to small hail, and then stopped almost immediately. It lasted maybe a full minute then the temperature climbed right back to mid-60’s when I drove out from under the cloud.
The ride across the Glenn Hwy was amazing as I approached Palmer. The weather was great and there was almost no traffic so I was able to take advantage of the twisty road. What a fun ride.
I swung by Starbucks on the way into Anchorage to give Kathy a kiss. She was at a meeting. When I got home, the kids were all excited to see me. Brielle looked at me with huge eyes and said, “Dad, when Mom get’s home she’s going to give you a big hug!”
So, it’s wonderful to be home with my family again. However, I miss gearing up in the morning to continue down the road.
Until the next trip, so long!