Leaving 7 June from Arkansas and Heading to Alaska, EDIT, I Actually went to Tuktoyaktuk First

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    Good morning to wake up in Denali National Park. Moose came into our camp and the little one started eating on my tent... we had an awesome morning before heading out into the park. 33E562E4-9791-4013-B1FE-832880AAB61E.jpeg 26C985CC-D561-4084-93F8-35A21712BB6B.jpeg 4E3B83EF-E46E-45AD-A41A-D7A2F77E3842.jpeg 8A0AFBDB-E031-442D-8897-4DD0BCFCF3D8.jpeg 48BC221C-0FC0-473F-B4A0-2B8C32AC5F88.jpeg FAB7DA67-DB65-4D05-B47A-7840237BABAD.jpeg 764A81B5-9DBF-4719-B9EC-85CF2AEA29EB.jpeg

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    Went out to the Eielson Visitors center by bus. You can only access the park via bus, I wasn’t aware of this until I started researching the trip and made reservations before I left Arkansas. We had a good time on the bus. On the way out on the visitors center we saw grizzlies, fox red and black, carribou, and of course Mt Denali or Mt McKinley whichever name you prefer. We cooked and ate our lunch looking out at the mountain and then jumped back on the bus.
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    Passing by Mt McKinley south of the park and On to Talkeetna, and hey there’s Robert from Germany in Talkeetna!!!

    Talkeetna Brewery in the middle of town is a great place to eat.
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    Made a new friend
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    Dropped the bike off in Anchorage at The Motorcycle Shop to have an oil change, new tires installed, and a couple of repairs. Unfortunately I did not feel like a customer, they made me feel more like I was an inconvenience to them. The local people there were being treated quite well, I guess they don’t value those of us that are passing through, even though I spent almost $1,000. They did change the oil and tires as I had scheduled but were not able to do anything with the other things that I had going on.

    Anyway onto the Kenai Peninsula!
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    We stayed at Lost Anchor cabins at Anchor Point. I highly recommend this beautiful place owned and operated by great people. Fun fact one of the guys from deadliest catch was working his summer job spraying grass seed.

    Views from Lost Anchor.
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    Hanging out on the beach near our cabin. There are so many eagles here it’s amazing, they fly up and down the beach. Boats are launched by large tractors. A great place to layback and reflect...

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    Hanging out around Homer. 1B04A0EA-DEE2-476B-B5F5-2D56EFE93BDC.jpeg FC4ED7CF-2B91-4D3F-8C4B-69B05B63A7FB.jpeg 6FE190BD-4933-4020-8715-E41B4B436282.jpeg 222AD497-CE2E-4BE9-BA9D-AD3F47F7CA17.jpeg
    Homers Harbor
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    Fishing out of Homer in the Cook Inlet. The Halibut and Rock fishing was awesome! We sent about 60lbs of fillets home. F87D4727-2068-47D7-8955-59E00CE97C4F.jpeg CFA9BA34-EE90-4258-9259-63E5AF5ED219.jpeg C7EDD120-7F27-4776-BDBC-5AF988F4A16D.jpeg 7FDD6E1C-733C-43C9-80DF-D1CD4F526843.jpeg E00DA83E-83D4-4A0D-BB78-63473588F4C1.jpeg 03CCE816-5EC6-449F-89CA-C8AD9FF55383.jpeg 514B6A4A-5416-4885-89E8-6D602FBB318C.jpeg
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    Heading back to Anchorage we white water rafted class V + rapids on the Six Mile Creek. The best rafting of my life!!!

    We used a group called Nova for the rafting and they were awesome! You launch into the river where you turn off to goto Hope.

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    Stopped in Hope Alaska for dinner after rafting, cool place to visit. 5DF57595-94CC-4EFC-AFBD-D9F5E4EEFF04.jpeg 1224F3C9-37B2-4695-925D-96F64335E86E.jpeg D301D9A8-0318-482A-B340-E8EC0DB3F684.jpeg E2408A18-CCD6-4AC5-8A3B-FDC5F758866C.jpeg 60C25A34-D900-4617-AA18-2E049CFD7654.jpeg 76D5CC4E-F5EB-4094-B7C3-F32E99F7F5B5.jpeg ED4FC8AF-84BF-475F-9E0C-CFE917D2225C.jpeg
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    Travelled back to Anchorage where we stayed at the Lakefront Hotel which was recommended by another inmate Dave who had stayed here. The hotel sits relight on the approach for the Lake Hood water airport so planes are constantly taking off and landing. So if you enjoy aviation this is a great place to enjoy breakfast outside or to end the day with dinner and a local beer. 2B2BEF3A-49FA-44B0-AB20-6505DD3A50A8.jpeg 06864684-8C73-41D5-B9C4-89FEF5BAEE9C.jpeg 0182F1A5-446E-405D-BA71-EF2C6138C36A.jpeg AF2BDABF-626F-4AA3-BCCA-E4DFA5ADC19A.jpeg
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    We rented a float plane out of Anchorage with Trail Ridge Air and flew over the glaciers across Cook Inlet and landed remotely. We had an amazing time and the sites were beautiful. I highly recommend making either a float plane or bush plane part of your journey. Aviation is quintessential Alaska.

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    We spent a little time in Anchorage on this day waiting for the weather and the smoke from the wild fires to clear. We were suppose to fly to Clark National Park this day.
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    Visitors center
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    Starting line of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race.
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    Anchorage Museum
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    Enjoyed a great pizza at Moosetooth Pizza. I’m kind of a pizza snob and I was amazed at how good of pizza we had here and at a place outside of Denali National Park. Good local beer also!

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    The final day that I am with my buddies and what a great day we had. We packed stuff up and sent the halibut and things home that I didn’t think I would need. I needed to make good time going home so I sent my camping gear to save time putting up and taking down camp. I also sent my heated cold weather gear and a set of tires that I rode to the Arctic Ocean on and that will one day hang in my barn. I will have some regret later sending camping gear and heated gear home too early.

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    The smoke cleared this morning and we were treated to an absolutely amazing last day together of flying with Alaska Air Service and playing with Grizzlies at Clark National Park. After we returned from our flight we quickly separated, my buddies flew home and I headed east on the Glenn Highway..
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    Riding solo once again! It felt good to be back on the bike heading back out into the remote areas of Alaska and the unknown. I love that sense of wonder of what’s around the next bend or over the next grade, The Glenn Highway did not disappoint! During this section it didn’t take a lot of photos, I just wanted to take it all in... I found a place to stay late this night at a Helsinki resort named Majestic Valley near Glacier View. Wonderful people and a great place to stay!
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    Where too next?

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    On to Whitehorse where I ate at Klondike’s. The atmosphere was fun. The elk appetizer was wonderful, the rhubarb pie took me back home when I was a kid growing up in Illinois, rhubarb doesn’t grow in the south... The ribs were ok for the north, I live in Arkansas which has amazing BBQ and in the center of Memphis, KC, and Texas so it’s a bit unfair for me to judge BBQ in Canada... Local beer was great!

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    I had a wonderful experience staying at Bluejay Suites B&B in Whitehorse. The owners are absolutely wonderful kind people. The place is in amazing condition, well appointed, clean, and inviting. I spent about two hours in the morning talking with them before my departure. The lady bought a card about a couple of months before my arrival and didn’t know why she purchased it. My trip was full of these unknown type of meaningful events. The card was a little leather motorcycle jacket. While her husband and I spoke during breakfast she took the card and added artwork of a BMW logo and my license plate number and placed it on my motorcycle for me to find before I departed. The kindest gesture on my trip and it warmed my heart... The card now hangs in the barn... 092EEC53-3732-46D0-AE93-22BEFA6FE8C0.jpeg B4F0E166-4348-46AC-975F-5ED61BEC23F4.jpeg
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    Th transportation museum and the natural history museum on the other side of the parking lot are worth a visit.

    I really enjoyed the conversations I had with one log the people in the natural history museum, she was very intelligent. 12D8F27C-3073-4E06-9960-3146331C19B2.jpeg 08AE1718-4C17-4D78-9475-75D4841F5CC1.jpeg 7371F520-9B1B-4AA2-90D2-FEDE2644E2DC.jpeg 9B7F91DF-9CA8-453A-AD4B-D3EAB54D8115.jpeg
    I went in a climbing expedition...
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    Watch out for the giant beavers...
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