Monday, 2 July 2012

Day 9: Stewart and into Alaska (briefly)

Today was a stunning day but now we are stuffed! We got away from Smithers quite early and up the road to Kitwanga.

We then turned off onto 37 for the run up to Meziadin Junction. On the way we saw two bears! First a small black bear on our left who rose up and looked at us before turning and running off down the bank. And then a larger brown bear which just ignored us completely. A great steady ride with a few light showers and the temperature sitting between 10 and 15 degrees.

We then turned off to Stewart and our first amazing glacier.

We then arrived in Stewart and following the advice of our biker friends from last night booked into the Ripley Inn. Well tried to really. The management have lunch between 12 noon and 2 pm so we had to wait.

We then decided to go to Hyder which is in Alaska to see some more glaciers. This involved crossing the USA Canada border which had no one on the USA side. Just as we came through two kiwis on a DR650 came hosting up behind us. It was the Two Moto Kiwis!

We were rapt to see then because they come from Wanaka and we have been following their blog all the way up to Prudhoe Bay. Andi and Ellen were in great form.

Fantastic and what a coincidence.

We then rode on up the road to the glaciers. Which was interesting! The first five Kms were really soft gravel from road works and then we hit the pot holes. But when we finally got there we agreed, it was worth it:

So now we are back in Stewart and have had a few beers/wines and some food and are whacked.

Total for today: 400kms
Cumulative: 1555kms