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Jul 9, 2017 - Sunday, July 9th 2017, Homer, AK - catching some views from the motor bike

The weather changes in coastal Alaska in a heartbeat. There is no assurance that a sunny day is followed by another. And so it was this Sunday. That did not prevent us from enjoying our traditional American Breakfast. But shortly thereafter we followed "the Milepost's" advice: "Take a scenic drive. The glaciers that spill down from the Harding Icefield straddling the Kenai Mountains across the bay create an ever-changing panorama visible from most points in Homer. The most spectacular and largest of these glaciers is Grewingk Glacier in...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Saturday, July 8th 2017 - Homer, Alaska

The sun, never gone for long during the short northern summer rose bright and clear for a sterling day. The temperature at 7:30 am was 56 F. We decided to explore this lovely community right after breakfast. I was able to wash the scooter at the city's sanitary dump station and was happy to see it shine for the first time in many days. Our plan was to ride out to "Land's End" a hotel and resort complex at the very end of the Homer Spit and take in the various sights that make this such a special place. Here is what the Milepost writes about...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Friday, July 7th 2017 - we are driving to Homer, AK

The distance from Sterling to Homer is but 93 miles and as it turnes out on the best conditioned road in Alaska. However there are many reasons to take it easy on the Sterling Highway (Alaska Route 1) on account of the scenic beauty encountered, especially on a sunny day as we experienced. We did make several stops on our way to Homer the much touted "Halibut capital of the World". It was our aim to spend several nights encamped at the Homer Elks Lodge of which we knew that it was ocean front and provided 30 amp electric hookups to the 9...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Thursday, July 6th 2017 - Kenai City and surroundings

We invited Susi to breakfast in the Beaver and continued much reminiscing. Then Susi took us on a tour of the area surrounding her home and including the town of Soldotna and Kenai City. Soldotna is more of a commercial hub while especially the Old Town of Kenai is fascinating. The temperature at 6 am was 56 F. Kenai City Kenai is situated on a low rise overlooking the mouth of the Kenai River where it empties into Cook Inlet. The area affords majestic views across Cook Inlet of 3 major volcanic peaks in the Alaska Range: Mount Spurr (elev....

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Jul 5, 2017 - Wednesday, July 5th 2017 - farewell to Josef in Anchorage, on to the Kenai peninsula

We entered Anchorage during the morning hours and proceeded to Costco for refueling. This is the only Costco store in Alaska that sells Diesel fuel and for that reason was high on my list of priorities. The needle of my fuel gage was now solidly on the edge of the red "reserve" area and I wanted to know for sure how many gallons of fuel this would indicate to remain in the tank. I took pain to fill the 100 gallon tank to the rim and discovered that it needed 73 gallons to do so. Hence the "red line" should mean that I have 27 gallons...

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Jul 4, 2017 - Tuesday, July 4th 2017 - Independence Day, driving to Palmer, Alaska

Trough out the night it rained intermittently. The temperature at 6 am was 56 F. We managed a nice breakfast in spite of the lack of an electrical hookup by using the inverter which converts battery power to AC power that drives the toaster oven and coffeemaker. As the distance to Palmer was but some 150 miles we were not in a great hurry. However since the Elks do not take reservations it is always best to arrive shortly after noon. And so we did after a pleasant drive on much better than usual road surfaces compared to the rest of...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Monday, July 3rd 2017, Denali National Park - the Eielson Visitor Center tour

The late start of the 8 1/2 hour bus tour to the back side of the National Park changed our travel plans for that day. We would return not before 7:30 pm and have no chance to drive to the anticipated campground in Talkeetna, some 148 miles away. We noticed a few Sate of Alaska campgrounds closer to Denali but always worry if the sites are big enough to hold the Beaver. Carlotta insisted that we have American Breakfast which we missed in the haste of yesterday. And so it was. We arrived at Denali in good time to secure front row seats in...

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Jul 2, 2017 - Sunday, July 2nd 2017 - Denali National Park

By 8 am we rolled out of the campground and shortly thereafter we parked in the National Park near the Wilderness Access Center. Today breakfast was quick and simple instead of the traditional American breakfast of ham, eggs and potatoes. We were equipped with sandwiches and water since there was no food available at the destination of our desired excursion in the park -the Eielson Visitor Center, some 66 miles over a gravel road near the end of the facility. I rushed ahead to secure tickets since there was no way we could telephone on the...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Saturday, July 1st 2017 - the drive to Denali National Park

It did not take long to brake camp as we had prepared the day before. The scooter was mounted and all that was left was the power cord to be retrieved. Josef was quick to do that even though the 50 amp cord is 30 foot long and heavy. Soon we were rolling along on Alaska Highway 3 that connects Fairbanks with Anchorage. This road was definitely the best conditioned of all the roads we drove in both Alaska and Canada. It was a pleasure to set the cruise control to 50 mph. Suddenly, without warning we encountered several waves in the pavement...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Friday, June 30th, 2017 - Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks Located in the heart of Alaska’s Interior, Fairbanks is approximately 1,488 driving miles north of Dawson Creek, BC, the start of the Alaska Highway (traditional milepost distance is 1,523 miles);98 miles from Delta Junction (official end of the Alaska Highway); approximately 360 miles from Anchorage via the Parks Highway; and 2,305 miles from Seattle. Population: Fairbanks city, 32,070; Fairbanks–North Star Borough, 100,343. Elevation: 439 feet at Fairbanks International Airport. Climate: January temperatures range from 18°F to...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Thursday, June 29th 2017 - the drive to Fairbanks, AK - our turning point

It was a stunningly sunny morning and we departed camp at 7 am. As it was uncertain how the roads would be that take us to Fairbanks, AK I felt it was better to be save than sorry. In the process we had to back track on the Denali Highway to Paxson and then continue on the Richardson Highway as far as Delta Junction, about 70 miles to the north. There the Richardson meets the Alaska Highway and together they end in Fairbanks. Before leaving camp Josef once more crawled under the right rear wheels of the Beaver and fastened the mud flap...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Wednesday, June 28th 2017 - Tangle Lakes solitude

The temperature at 4:30 am was 43 F. Quite a bit brisker than in Valdez but the wind had subsided. It is quiet at Tangle Lakes. The area is part of the Delta Wilderness System and offers wild water boat rides down the Tangle river and into the Delta river of some 18 miles. Since the requirements are "experience in class III and IV wild water rafting" our intrepid grandson Josef had to abstain from this adventure. He did head out to his fishing spot from shore right after breakfast. Carlotta and I took advantage of a little hike gaining some...

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