St. Augustine to Wytheville, VA -- 563 miles .. through South Carolina
If you want to spend a relaxing night July 26 in St. Augustine, may I suggest Cozy Inn, 202 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-2449? If you want to stay at a very basic cheap place, then Days Inn may do. They're at 2560 SR 16 and I-95 (904) 824-4341. Cozy Inn is within five minutes of Georgie's Diner while Days Inn is 15 minutes.
Meet at Georgie's Diner at 100 Malaga Street --opens at 7 a.m. -- kickstands up at 7:30 a.m. If you want a touristy photo, you may want to head to the bayfront and get a picture with the fort in the background. Do this before 7 a.m. please. Reviews say this place has pretty good French toast!
Suggested Route -- I-95 North to South Carolina, then I-24 then I-77. Some may want to get on US 17 after we get into Georgia and take that close to Savannah then back on I-95.
Suggested lodging in Wytheville:Wytheville Red Roof Inn & Suites 1900 E Main St (276) 223-1700 -- Traveling on I-81 / I-77: Take exit # 73 and travel West on East Main St. The Red Roof Inn will be on the right side. Mike has a confirmed reservation here.
Let's rendevous at Shoney's at 120 Malin Drive .. this and all other rendevouses are tentative. The only reason why I chose this place is that it is within walking distance. Let's plan for 7 p.m.
Tomorrow morning, let's meet at Waffle House, 1975 E Main St at 7 a.m. Please have bikes gassed up and ready to go after breakfast!
Wytheville, VA to Ortonville, MI -- 500 miles ... history shows that we will get out of the heat as we approach the Great Lakes. Rendevous at Waffle House, 1975 E. Main Street at 7 a.m. ready to go!
Strongly encourage we stop at Iron Pony in Columbus -- 5436 Westerville Road Westerville, OH 43081 ... size of a super Wal-Mart and nothing but motorcycle stuff!
Lodging -- all registered bikers were sent an email notifying them of the hospitality of the Morans offering the use of her home and property. Mike got a room in her home!
The Morans recommended the following two for those who do not want to stay at her home or camp out on her property:
The Holiday Inn Express. 3990 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. 1-800-345-8082 It is very new, modern, clean and rated very well. It's 10 min from our home. Also next to a large Mall if you like to shop. Rms will run about $127. for 2 queen beds. (It's also right next to the Hampton Inn).
Extend a Stay America Det-Auburn Hills. 3315 University Dr., Auburn Hills, MI 48326 248-340-8888
A welcoming cookout is being planned for our arrival!
Ortonville, MI to Wawa, Ontario -- 450 miles
8 am. -- Because some of of us will be staying with the Morans and others are opting for nearby hotels, we will meet again at Clio, Michigan … Exit 131 off I-75 – a 40-minute ride either from your hotel or Kathy Moran’s home. We will meet for breakfast at Tim Hortons - 4140 West Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 48420 – 8:00 a.m. This will give us enough time to do the recommended Lake Michigan route that was emailed to all of the bikers.
We will be entering Canada ... you MUST have a passport. Please check Canada website for requirements to enter Canada. I suggest you contact your insurance company for a free proof of insurance card for Canada.
White Fang Motel I stayed here everytime I went through Ontario. Mike reserved a room here.
The White Fang Motel is located on the Trans Canada Highway 17 in Wawa, Ontario, Canada - just 5 minutes from the town centre. (This is before we get to Wawa so be on the lookout for it ... on your RIGHT!)
Our quiet and comfortable rooms offer peace and tranquility, and are located minutes from beautiful white sand beaches on Lake Superior, picturesque rivers (with gentle rapids - perfect for kayaking and canoeing), and enchanting waterfalls. Our 14 newly renovated rooms are the perfect place to stay when unwinding after a long day of travelling, enjoying the many outdoor experiences, or taking in the myriad of breathtaking sights Wawa has to offer. When you get hungry, fine-dining is walking distance away - or make use of our alluring BBQ and Picnic area. Go hiking on the Nokomis Trail in Lake Superior Park, relax and unwind on delightful Sandy Beach (must-see dazzling sunsets!), explore the coastline of Lake Superior in kayaks or canoes, have a picnic at the majestic Scenic High Falls - the possibilities are endless! From fun and adventure to natural and romantic splendor - there are many exciting or relaxing ways to spend your day. Fishing, hunting, boating, ATV'ing, and snowmobiling (in winter, of course) are also very popular outdoor activities. There's something for everyone!
Call our Toll-Free number to reserve your room today! 1-877-399-2672
Let's meet at the restaurant directly across the street at 7 p.m. (There is also open deck dining ... bring your mosquito repellant just in case!)
We need to check with the weather about the fog in the morning. Sometimes the fog is so thick we may need to wait until 8 or 9 a.m. If there is no fog, let's have kickstands up and leave the motel at 7 a.m. and we will stop for breakfast at Best Northern Motel and Restaurant (which is #1 of 10 restaurants).
Wawa, Ontario to Ignace Ontario -- 439 miles -- the speed limit in Ontario Province is around 55 MPH ... there are lots of turns as we tranverse north of Lake Superior. Past experience shows lots of fog in the morning.
Suggested Lodging: Ignace is a "rough and tumble" town so don't expect 5-star accommodations. I picked out Trading Post Motel Ignace, Ontario -- Main St Hwy 17, Ignace, Ontario P0T 1T0 , Canada. The reviews seem EXCELLENT. Mike Tuccelli already made reservations for a room that has three beds. I can take two room-mates.
Let's go to this waterfall ... near Thunder Bay, Ontario. IUt's ranked #1 of 22 attractiopns per TripAdvisor in this area. It's Kakabeka Falls. For your GPS, the waypoint is 48.4028N 89.62588W A word of warning -- parking is about $5 per vehicle.
Let's plan for dinner at 7 p.m. -- Trading Post Pizza offer pizza, lasagna, wings, with all your favourite flavours and toppings! Special price rates for motel guests and room with pizza dinner package available. We offer very special prices for a room and lunch/dinner for large crews, construction, hunters, fishermen, hockey teams, weddings, school, and family reunions. They may offer us a 10% discount if we mention the bike trip.
Suggested kickstands up at 6 a.m. As we leave, we will get recommendations from Trading Post as to where we can stop for breakfast as we go Northwest to Alaska with enthusiasm!
Ignace Ontario to Russell, Manitoba -- 507 miles ... experience tells me there willl be hours after hours of stiff wind before and after arrival.
8 a.m. Breakfast at Wayfare Restaurant, 315 Main St. (Petro Canada gas)
I contacted Jolly Lodger (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a room with two queen sized beds if $91 plus bax and yes, they do have laundry facilities. Their phone is 1-204-773-2177. Russell Inn is nice but seems quite too big for my taste. I am staying at Jolly Lodger.
Let's meet in the Russell Inn dining room for dinner at 7 p.m.
Breakfast is at 7 a.m. with departure afterwards.
Russell, Manitoba to Lloydminster, Alberta -- 438 miles
8 a.m. breakfast at Russell Inn dining room
Suggested Lodging in Lloydminster:
Ramada Lloydminster -- 5610 44th Street, Hwy 16, Lloydminster, AB T9V OB6 CA Mike has a confirmed reservation here ... be warned that Lloydminster has lots of "fleabag" motels as this is an oil field area and some of the motels have really well-worn rooms.
Let's eat at 7 p.m. at Wendy's next door. Last time, we went to Tony Romas across the street and we waited 45 MINUTES for service!
Depending on time they serve continential breakfast at Ramada, we will leave at 9 a.m. This is a very short ride tomorrow.
Lloydminster, Alberta to Hinton, Alberta (this is a short 334-mile day so we will be all rested up for the scenic day next day!) We may meet two bikers from Toronto when we pass through Edmonton. Some of you may want to detour to visit one of the largest malls in the world in Edmonton!
8:30 a.m. continental breakfast at Ramada Lloydminster
visitors to Hinton can enjoy endless ATV trails or explore the lush Alberta wilderness on a hike or trail ride in the Brule Sand Dunes. Visitors can also head to Miette Hot Springs and soak up the fresh mountain air while relaxing amidst the warmest waters in the Canadian Rockies
Let's meet at 7 p.m. at Royal Garden Restaurant at 296 Smith St -- I don't know if this is any good but it's the only one within walking distance. There is an alternate place called Ranchers Sports Bar & Grill about .2 mile at 438 Smith St
Hinton, Alberta to Prince George, British Columbia
Hot breakfast bar at Holiday Inn Express -- let's sleep in ... eat at 9 a.m.
The shortest day so far .. 281 miles!
The only alternate was to go directly from Lloydminster to Prince George ... we did that a couple of years ago and the bikers sure were not happy about this -- even though they knew about this before the trip started. I feel it is best for us to be well rested at this point.
For those wanting to camp out --- Mamayeh campgrounds -- click the link and look at the website lower left and click The World's Longest Ride!
Suggested Lodging -- Prince Motel 1737 20TH AVENUE, PRINCE GEORGE, B.C., V2L 4B9 Tel: 250-562-4900 | Fax: 250-562-4901 Email: email@example.com I checked with trip advisor website and it has good reviews. Mike has confirmed lodging with Prince Motel.
Let's meet at 6 p.m. at Tokyo Japanese Cuisine- 1604 20th Ave
Prince George, BC to Hyder, Alaska -- 427 miles
6 a.m. breakfast at McDonald's at 2001 Victoria Street. WE WILL BE IN ALASKA TODAY!!!!
There is a Harley dealer in Smithers, BC. Also Eyecandy Custom Cycles (tell Sam Henderson you know me and are a part of the annual Florida/Alaska group). Years ago, one biker had a busted windshield and Sam made one from scratch. This may be your last chance for service before Fairbanks or Anchorage!
In Stewart BC --Ripley Creek Inn --- this is a collection of restored mining town houses ... I usually stay at King Edward Motel. King Edward Hotel also but I prefer the Motel as it has parking outside your motel rooms. Ask for a 1st floor room. If you want a quaint place, go with Ripley Creek Inn. Motel is $119 for two; hotel is $99 for two. However, I decided to splurge and will stay at main lodge at Ripley Creek Inn ... 2 Queen beds and sofa bed, phone, TV, dining table, private bath, coffee, fridge, deck, largest room, estuary & glacier view. I can take two room-mates ... total cost of room is $135 plus tax each night. Here are pictures of the rooms.
You might want to google Hyder as they do have accommodations ... Hyder is a "ghost town" and you certainly want to go to Hyder Inn and also "The Bus" restaurant.
Let's meet at 7 p.m. at Bitter Creek Cafe -- 309 5th Ave, Stewart, British Columbia, Canada
The food is awesome!
This is the first time I am staying in Hyder for two full days. Reasons include that the area is a rain forest and had the world record snowfall one time. There WILL be periods of rain and bright sunshine. Having two days will ensure that we most likely will hit several hours where we can go to the top of the glacier via a 40-mile gravel road up a mountain. We also can visit Bear Observation at Bear Creek.
You can't help but to be in awe of the incredible scenery...the grizzly bears, the soaring eagles, the glaciers and mountain peaks. In fact, you may even have to stop to allow some local wildlife to cross the road. Enjoy great northern hospitality in this friendly, small town. Spend your days viewing the Salmon Glacier and your evenings at the World Famous Grizzly Bear viewing station. You could be less than fifty feet from a grizzly dining on the spawning salmon at Fish Creek - where it is not uncommon to see a mother grizzly teaching her young cub to fish. Make sure you don't rush your stay, the fresh mountain air, glaciers, bears and hospitality are addicting! You are guaranteed to remember your visit to one of northern British Columbia's examples of pristine nature and wilderness at its best!
Gas up immediately upon arriving at Stewart. What if the gas delivery truck breaks down the next day and there is no gas? We will be in the serious very far apart accommodations and fuel stops from this point on.
Bring gas with you!
August 5 and 6
August 7 ... on you own. By this time, you should have formed a good rapport with other bikes by our emailing back and forth for months before we leave. Based on the past several years, one group will want to go to at least the Arctic Circle; others will want to do Anchorage; and still others will want to return home August 7. You can, of course retrace the above route back home and travel familiar roads. As for me, if the 10-day weather forecast is good, I will be going to Prudhoe Bay. If the weather forecast is not good, I will return home either via US 2 from Montana to Minnesota, or retrace the route north of Lake Superior or go more directly south via Colorado and Texas. Again, this is TENTATIVE.
Suggested for August 7 -- the real adventure starts from this point on!
Highway 37 North .. FINALLY YOU WILL BE HIT BY THE WILD DESOLATE ISOLATION ... FAR FROM CIVILIZATION! .... north to interior Alaska ... to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory .. about 402 miles. You will encounter some serious stretches of unpaved road ... hard packed gravel. You never know when and where it will be "resurfaced" meaning soft surface. Up to Dease Lake, past experience shows the road to be in generally good shape. After Dease Lake until Watson Lake, the road becomes worse and worse. Don't let this scare you ... I rode this on a Silver Wing and a Gold Wing with no problems.
It is 243 miles from Hyder to Dease Lake and maybe there will be no gas in between. Stop for lunch at Dease Lake for sure. In the more than 50 years I've been biking, this was the most desolate stretch of road. Last time I was on Highway 37, it was more than 1 hour and 15 minutes before I encountered another vehicle!
When we finally get off this route, we will be on the Alaska Highway. If we turn East, there is Watson Lake. I plan to go West to Rancheria Motel which is about one hour.
Let's meet for dinner at Alcan at 6 p.m. and we can find out what time they open for breaksfast and then meet there before continuing North.
Sugggested for August 9
Haines Junction to Tok, Alaska ... 290 miles... it was about 3 years ago when I went through Destruction Bay and there was MAJOR road construction. I suspect it is fine now.
If you are going to Anchorage, you may want to stop in Tok overnight. As for me, I am going straight through to Fairbanks --- 493 miles. Highway generally has a few gravel breaks. I have to laugh because years ago, there was 25 miles of LOOSE GRAVEL between Canada and US Customs and, boy, talk about fun! Now, it is paved ... so enjoy!
This should be a really fun part of the trip! I suggest you get your bike serviced at the Farthest North Outpost (they do all bikes). As a matter of fact check the website and put their phone number in your phone so if you notice that you may need new tires, etc., you cetainly will want to call them a few days in advance so they will have the parts on hand.
Beginning August 10 -- will "wing it" to Prudhoe Bay and back home without further reservations.