Mile 0 of the trip - leaving our driveway at home to drive to the Canadian border.
Mile 0 for the ride - the Canadian Border at NightHawk, Washington
The (approx.) route of the 2200-mile ride.
First pedal strokes out of several million.
Provincial Parks are a favorite camping destination.
A long, hot climb along the Thompson River, southern B.C.
Most of the trees along our route in a wide swath of southern BC are dead or dying.
One must have the finest in cuisine to power a long bike ride.
We prepared most meals in our camper.
Pumping up a tire with our new pump, after the old one failed.
First moose sighting.
A red-necked grebe at Bear Lake Provincial Park.
The scenery and riding dramatically improved north of Prince George.
Leaving an ad hoc (free) campsite, which always entailed some gravel riding.
Looking back from the pass, leaving the Peace River Valley.
A classic ad hoc camping site in a logged area.
Our constant companion throughout northern BC and Alaska - the noble fireweed.
Second moose sighting.
After hundreds of miles of flats, the mountains of NW British Columbia beckon.
Winning the prize for most scenic campsite - Summit Lake, the high point of the Alaska Hwy at 4300'
A chance meeting with Thomas Laussermair, who is riding this recumbent from Prudhoe Bay, AK to Tierra del Fuego, while attempting to climb the high points of all the he passes through. Made our adventure seem pretty tame. P.S.: when he passed through California, we met him to climb Mt. Whitney - see Picasa album.
Evening light on Summit Lake.
Hiking above Summit Lake on a rest day.
Road repairs implied miles of fresh gravel riding on very skinny tires.
A chance sighting of Lance Armstrong in the yellow jersey.
Caribou have the right-of-way.
Muncho Lake, one of the most scenic riding days of the trip.
You can bicycle in a buffalo herd (but only if they let you).
Early AM, temperature 38F.
Arriving at the Yukon border.
One of many bear sightings. I pushed him away and took the berries for myself.
The biggest logistical challenge is finding water. Visitors' Center, Watson Lake, Yukon.
The famous signpost forest, Watson Lake, YT.
We never tired of the fireweed.
A nice long downhill into the town of Teslin.
The longest bridge, at Teslin, YT.
Gray Jay, one of the most common birds in the north country. In general, our ride was through a "bird-free zone". Migration seasons of Spring and Fall are the only times birds are plentiful.
Last resort for water is the hand pumps in Provincial Parks.
The mighty Yukon River near Whitehorse, Yukon, the largest town after Prince George, BC, 1100 miles to the south.
The Wooly mammoth is not real. The good-looking woman is, however. Beringia Museum, Whitehorse.
Bike maintenance. We had two brand new Trek Madone 6.5 bikes for the trip, which were a joy to ride.
One of the few days when we had to ride in the rain. Nearing Kluane NP.
By a factor of about 10, ravens were the most common bird we saw in the north country.
A too-friendly squirrel, used to being fed by clueless tourists.
One of our favorite campsites, along the Donjek River, which drains a huge area of the Wrangell-St. Elias range.
Ms. moose at the Donjek R.
Trumpeter Swans were the big bird treat of the trip.
Trumpeter swan with young near the nest.
Typical country near the Yukon-Alaska border.
A long-awaited milestone.
The end of the Alaska Highway. We continued to Fairbanks on the Richardson Hwy.
79 forest fires were burning in Alaska when we arrived. We saw nothing but the road and bordering trees all the way to Fairbanks.
The road to Fairbanks through heavy smoke. There was a "health alert" in effect - no outdoor exercise.
Finally, some rain arrived to start to clear the smoke.
A good campsite along a salmon spawning river. It's too bad people feel they must ruin the scenery with giant fire pits.
Minutes after finishing the ride, we visit the Fairbanks Visitors' Center.
Celebratory dinner at a great restaurant in Fairbanks.
On the shuttle bus, Denali NP.
Looking east from the Savage River, Denali NP.
Pika, Savage River.
Willow Ptarmigan, Savage R.
Savage River, Denali NP.
Arctic Ground Squirrel.
Our third trip along the Wonder Lake Road, Denali NP. (2 by bus, 1 by bike)
End of pavement at Savage River, Wonder Lake Road.
Visiting with Mark & Julie in Girdwood. They took us on a cool hike that included this hand-tram stream crossing. I did all the work.
Mt. Sandford, one of the awesome peaks along the Glenn Highway from Anchorage to Tok.
A rest stop you wouldn't want to miss.
Camping at Gnat Lake, along the Cassiar highway which we drove back instead of the Alaska hwy.
Hiking to Emperor Falls, Robson Provincial Park. This was another nostalgia trip, as we hiked here to climb Mt. Robson in 1994.
One of the many excellent bridges along the Berg Lake trail, Mt. Robson PP.
A new bridge. We had to wade here in 1994.
Ho-hum, another falls.
First view of Emperor Falls.
Emperor Falls and Mt. Robson.
A minor falls below Emperor Falls
Kinney Lake. The trail runs along the south (left) side.
Tree hugger in her element - old-growth cedar forest.
Cool toad (Bufo boreas) in the rain forest.
The North Face of Mt. Andromeda along the Icefields Parkway, Jasper NP, Alberta. This was a good opportunity to photograph this face, which we climbed in 1994. Our climb went up near the center through the big cornice.
Bow Lake, Jasper NP.
We went for a ride in Jasper NP, which ended abruptly when I gawked at the scenery instead of paying attention to my riding. Image courtesy of the ER staff at Invermere Hospital. The bone at the top is called the clavicle. In this case, a badly broken clavicle. It now has 3 screws in it (Titanium, to save weight)