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Old 08-20-2013, 04:07 PM   #78
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Day 17

So we wake up at the Harley dealership and it is raining out. The Harley Dealership is having a ride that day. We hide under an overhang and hang out, hoping the rain stops so we can pack up our tent.


These Alaskan harley riders are bad ass. They are going out in the pouring rain without helmets! wow. Pretty hardcore.

The rain clears up and we go to a BMW dealership in Anchorage. We bought the last 160/60-18 tire in Alaska so we can mount it later.





Eat lunch as we are leaving Anchorage and natalie takes a picture of the stormtrooper.



We get some rain and run into another glacier. We get someone else to take a picture of us.



This glacier was weird because it wasnt in the mountains.



We were recomended to eat at this place (I forgot where), but we ate earlier due to leaving late because of the rain. We had a smoked salmon spread snack. They had sled dogs, pigs, and a stuffed moose there also.





So we start looking for a camp site and run into the Copper River. That is where the famous salmon come from. All the campsites are full of fisherman so we go towards Valdez to find an open campsite.




Miles: 250

Day 18



We wake up early and head into Valdez

It is pronounced valdEEEEEz


It is a great ride in.






Well, we got into Valdez at like 7:30. We already ate breakfast, so we rode around a bit and then headed back out. On the way in we saw a bunch of cool stuff and we stopped to take a look at it.







On the way back, we were unsure if we wanted to go to the kennecott mine, which is a 150 miles, or so, of dirt road. At the last moment we decided to try it.



We get to Chitina and have lunch. We were going to have a Yak burger, but they were out of it. We found out that the Chitina doesnt have gas, and the closest gas station was the one we passed 30 miles back. We didnt have enough gas to make it to the mine and back. So we just rode 5 miles down the gravel road and turned around.



No issues in the gravel, even at the deep parts. Our training on the KLR helped a ton because this bike sure moves around a lot.


So we turn around and head to the Denali highway. 15 miles out of Chitina, we run into a yak farm.



How can they be out of Yak meat? They have plenty right here!!!

We end up camping at Paxson lake campground.



We also call and make a reservation to do white water rafting outside of Denali!!

Miles: 350
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