|Yes, the sun is here for good. With a little nip in the air. We had one more bowl of that yummy oatmeal. Then we hit the road. Off, we go into the wild blue yonder. First stop is the Harley shop in Fairbanks to get our Farthest North Outpost Harley tee. Mine has snowmen on it. We go out back and have our rectifier blown. Ooohh, we like that. We have yet to go panning for gold, but today we have found a treasure in Fairbanks, its in the form of Ella's long lost cousin Eric Engman from Warren, PA, his lovely bride Becky, from Jackson, MI and their two beautiful children Ella and Elias. After finding their place after a few turns on dirt roads we made it. Or so we thought until we saw the driveway with the beautiful family at the top waving and smiling. The driveway is very long and steep. It has dirt, big rock, and little rocks. Mud, furrows and bumps. Lets roll. Oh it was pretty hairy but we all made it up. We had a lovely visit. Eric and Becky met in college. Eric moved to AK for a job with the newspaper and Becky is a potter. They bought some awesome land and lived the first 2 years in the tent then moved into the foundation of the house. Seven years without running water.The house is now complete and very cool I might add. Becky are you crazy? Wow, I'm glad you all got over the slump and got her done. the home is beautiful. Worth every bit of hardship. What a nice day with this beautiful family. Its time to move on, who wants to drive down that driveway first? We all made except Patti had Mike drive hers down to safer ground. We are all in one piece and had a good time at the Engmans. By now we are starving and stop at Skinny Dicks Halfway Inn for lunch. It appears the only thing on the lunch menu is DiGiorno pizzas. OK sold.Mike bought one and Joe bought one. Well there is alot to look at at skinny dicks and many unusual toys to play with and purchase. It was a fun place worth stopping. They had some really huge, big-girl panties. After all us girls have been through, we know we are already wearing our big-girl panties. Then we are off to Denali park, we are staying at a hostel, YIKES, that last one was just plain hostile.The ride along the Alaskan Range is breathtaking. The Denali Mountain Morning hostel actually is quite nice compared to the one in Banff. We are in the "coffee grinder" cabin which looks very tiny, also we have to share it with a young German named Christian. Our cabin is on a beautiful creek and facing a giant snow covered mountains. Really beautiful. The weather was sunny, the ride past the Alaskan Mountain Range was awe inspiring and the cabin felt like home,even with the stranger. Dinner was across the street at a small cafe and the food was great, so we are coming back for breakfast. Great day for riding. The weather is definitely changing for the better. Thank you God.