Category Archives: 2011 The Long Road Up

The long road from Milwaukee, WI, to the Arctic Circle in Alaska… And back.

Da 16 – Hyder, AK to Smithers, BC


Ow.  I’ve been Hyderized.  Deeply.  After three hours of sleep, we’re all up (I convinced Vance and Kate to sleep on my floor instead of their car.  I mean, they entertained us with a rousing revelry till 3 or 4 … Continue reading

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Day 15 – Rancheria, YT to Hyder, AK (aka, “We’ve Been Hyderized”)


Woke up in the rain in Rancheria.  We thought we’d be in for a long ride, but it cleared up as we exited the Alaskan Highway for the last time and started making our way south on the Cassier Highway, … Continue reading

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Day 14 – Skagway, AK to Rancheria, BC (Part Deux)


“All travel is circular… After all, the grand tour is just the inspired man’s way of heading home.”   –Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar   “On that trip it was my good fortne to be wrong; being mistaken is … Continue reading

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Big Announcement!!


We’re taking a break from the updates for a major announcement!  We’re currently in Hyder, Alaska (long story), and I’ll fill you in on that later, but for now, here’s the big news: MY SISTER, MERIDITH, HAD HER BABY  YESTERDAY!! … Continue reading

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Day 13 – Beaver Creek, YT to Skagway, AK via the Ferry from Haines, AK


We woke up to a brilliant sun shining with a crispness only found in the mountains.  It made up for all the rain yesterday – immediately. I spent most of the day trying to slow down, which takes conscious effort … Continue reading

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Day 12 – Naidine’s (shy of Paxson) to Beaver Creek (Part Deux)


“Only a fool blames his bad vacation on the rain”   –Paul Theroux, To the Ends of the Earth   “Travel is not a vacation, and it is often the opposite of a rest.”   –Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian … Continue reading

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Day 11 – Fairbanks to Paxson (almost)…


Leaving Fairbanks this morning, it was fists pumping and feeling great to be on the bikes again rolling to a new place.  It was time to leave Fairbanks.  It felt like we’d been stuck in quicksand, and we were finally … Continue reading

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