We had an incredible breakfast at All Seasons Bed and Breakfast Inn at 8:30 a.m. Most of us were on the road at 9:30. This bed and breakfast is such a refreshing change from hotels and ensured that we all begin the day without being hungry or penny pinching and having a miserly breakfast.
Here we are the night we arrived at the All Seasons Bed and Breakfast Inn. This is such a lovely place! Mary was such a great hostess and cook.
On the road again this morning!
Our plans are various but some of the guys were talking about renting a car and driving up to Prudhoe Bay; others just up to Arctic Circle. One of the guy's Valkyrie is making a horrible sound from the front wheel area after hitting bumps so the dealership asked him to come back Monday morning to road test his bike. I suspect that it has something to do with the front fork dampers.
Here is the open road with mountain views which is why you don't see motorcycles outside psychiatric offices. Can you imagine riding for 10-15 minutes without seeing a single vehicle? Such great twisties, topography, flora and fauna!
I am planning ahead for the 2009 trip and want to make it more authentic such as booking these cabins. I already mentioned previously about cabins at Teslin and Dawson Peak on the Alaska Highway. What I am envisioning is that at Teslin, they will have a welcoming BBQ for us when we arrive.
Yours truly drove south to Wasilla, Alaska and is currently hibernating in Pastor O'Neal's RV for the next few days as at the age of 60, he is taking more time than before to recuperate and energize for the drive back home. Drove 330 miles in temperatures in the 50s. Woo hooo! Invigorating!
Mike Tuccelli at Denali National Park en route to Wasilla
A bit about Pastor O'Neal ... several years ago, he and his wife from West Florida toured the USA in their RV. As he drove through this area (about 20 miles Northwest of Anchorage), the Lord told him to establish a church in Wasilla. He bought a junkyard and cleared it out and converted a quonset hut into a lovely residence and church. His wife has hydrophonic gardening inside their home and I plan to post a picture tomorrow. The Pastor and his wife are very supportive of the deaf ministry.
My current plans are to visit Steward, Homer and Valdez the next three days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and to stay here in Wasilla until I leave for Haines Junction, Yukon Territory. Homer is my main goal as there is incredible hailibut and seafood chowder. Homer is on a spit of land something like Key West, FL. When you are drivng there, there is a point on the highway where it is the farthest west you can drive in the Western Hemisphere. There are picturesque Russian villages to visit. Last time I left Homer, a mother moose and her twin babies crossed the road right in front of me. AWESOME! Hope lighting strikes twice in the same place ... this time I have a camera ready!!!
There are coffee drive-ups all over the place. I will show you pictures soon! Talk about those small shacks on road sides where you can pull up and get the greatest cafe mocha or whatever hot drinks you like.
I plan to leave Wasilla at 3 a.m. July 19 and rejoin the group in Haines Junction, Yukon Territory that day.
So far ... Lee, David and Bob and possibly one others have this schedule: July 13 and 14 .. two nights in Talkeetna and take a tour of Denali. July 15 and 16, two nights in Soldotna. Tour of Homer and Kenai area July 16. July 17, to Palmer then July 18 to Tok. Rejoin group in Haines Junction July 19.
I was told that David Montcastle, Dean Leger, Travis Hicks and Chuck Claybaugh will stay at 7 Gables Bed and Breakfast in Fairbanks (room already paid for) July 18 and will join the other bikers in Haines Junction. One biker is taking the ferry to Washington State.