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June 18, 2010

Yesterday’s extra push gave us a leg up for our arrival in Anchorage.   As we were packing our gear, the fellow from the campground came around collecting the fee envelopes and spotted our bikes and came over for a nice chat.  He admired our gumption and when he saw my bike his eyes lit up and he said “Hey, I had that very same bike when I was a kid!”  We sensed he might be in the market for a bike and could tell he would love to find an 1100F somewhere, so we told him about the CB website.  So, be on the lookout for a new Alaskan on the pages guys.

The trip today started out in the rain once again, but the cloud cover thinned somewhat by 10.  We stopped for breakfast at the Eureka Lodge at the top of a mountain pass and had a great breakfast. 

Near Sutton

We asked the waitress what town we were in and she told us there really wasn’t a town since the lodge was all there was.  If you’re ever passing between Sutton and Glenallen, you’ll find it.  On a map it may appear as Skelton.  Stop in and have a Denver Omelet. 

The road to this point had been a broad 2-lane highway with wide shoulders and wide turns, but from here most of the rest of the way to Anchorage it was more fun for riding with no shoulders, lots of twists and turns through mountainous and forested terrain.

We arrived at our destination in Anchorage a little after noon.  We are staying with the Douglas family (David, Pam, Bill, Gabe, three dogs and three cats) whose home is perched on a hillside above the city.  We had never met David (aka AlaskaGriz), but he is one of our website members and when he learned of our trip he and his family opened their home to us.   Prior to our arrival we had ordered some parts shipments and were able to use Dave’s address as a depot.  When we pulled into the driveway, Dave was still at work, but we were greeted by his son Gabe.  They knew we’d been through some mud, and had set up a wash/workstation for us with solvents, detergents, waxes–everything we could need.  We’ve been housed, fed, and treated like family since our arrival.  Seb and I will be eternally grateful!

This afternoon we spent cleaning and wrenching to fix or diagnose a short list of accumulated problems.  The parts shipments that I had ordered arrived that afternoon, and when Dave arrived home he took me out to a local dealer who mounted my new front tire.  I fixed my broken mirror and camera mount, determined that my new drive chain is defective or damaged and will get replaced in Seattle, and fixed an oil leak.  Seb needed only to clean and lubricate his chain.

We did discover that Canada has apparently perfected a permanent bonding agent which they carefully blend in with their construction mud, and it won’t come off.  We also decided that getting them any cleaner would threaten the cosmetic perfection of Dave’s own bike which is legendary to members of the CB website.

One repair that did not work out was to the USB port of my little laptop.  The part I ordered does not work as advertised and so I am still unable to transfer pictures from my camera to the laptop.  I used Dave’s machines to transfer what has accumulated to date, but once we head out, we’ll remain unable to post pictures.  I’ll see what I can do when we reach Seattle.

Dave barbequed some fresh caught King Salmon for dinner.  Mmm Mmm good!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sky Cole permalink
    June 21, 2010 12:08 pm

    Peter ate fish?

  2. Jeff L permalink
    June 21, 2010 12:32 pm

    Sounds wonderful. The salmon alone was probably worth the trip.

  3. Gord (RAT) permalink
    June 21, 2010 6:50 pm

    “a permanent bonding agent which they carefully blend in with their construction mud,”

    And it wasn’t EASY.

    Gord ;-)>

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