Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! ========================= Day 13 - Thursday August 16th - Tangle Lakes to Beavercreek, Yukon - 308 miles (495km) When possible I try to lay out a trip to stay at interesting places. Tangle River Inn is for me, about as cool a place you will ever stay. Jack Johnson homesteaded here in 1953 and he and his wife Naidine opened the Inn in the early 70's. The place is real, authentic, off-the-grid Alaska, built in the wilderness to serve hunters and fishermen. When you walk into the dimly-lit bar you can imagine the place packed with tired sportsmen telling stories of the day's hunt. Just a fantastic place to stay. Unfortunately the forecast for Talkeetna/Denali has not improved this morning. Rain and clouds mean it's unlikely we're going to see much scenery the next couple of days so we discuss options over breakfast. This was the toughest decision of the entire trip. You've come so far - you're riding the legendary Denali Highway - and so close to the highest mountain in North America. What are the odds you're going to get another chance? I feel terrible for the guys, but crappy weather is crappy weather and putting a day in our back pocket could be smarter then staring at clouds. The cumulative miles and cold/wet ride last night has one of the team definitely ready to turn for home, the other was indifferent, so I made the call. Tonight we'll be back in Canada instead of Talkeetna. Even on a cloudy day the beauty is remarkable. So we return east to the Richardson and turn south to use the Tok Cutoff to reach the Alcan. Alaska's roadhouses are just awesome. Stop and soak-in the history and atmosphere. You're in Alaska! Think this truck could tell some stories? .