Stewart/Hyder

On our way down the Cassiar Highway, we took the scenic side trip to Stewart and Hyder, passing myriad waterfalls and glaciers all the way to the coast. Stewart is a friendly little town, blink and you’ll miss the few quirky shops and cafes in the centre of town, we stopped in at the toaster…

Top of the World vs AlCan?

As we headed East along the AlCan, yet again we had a decision to make, whether to go the longer, much hillier, wilder route over the Top of the World Highway, or continue along the AlCan towards Whitehorse. After far too long deliberating we decided to flip a coin, heads TotW, tails Alcan. Well, heads…

Wheel building in Alaska

After one and a half days of riding towards Tok, negotiating some roadworks around Dot Lake, my front wheel (the one I left the UK on with more than 26,000km on the clock) exploded (literally, complete with billows of smoke). Unable to cycle or even push the bike, I hitchhiked to Tok to attempt to…

Bike troubles

By the end of the Denali Highway, Jules’ bottom bracket had managed to work itself quite loose, and she had also been having to hand tighten her headset on a fairly regular basis, so we decided to hitchhike to Fairbanks to find a bike shop. We were picked up from Delta Junction by Robin, who…

North vs South?

After reaching the end of the Denali Highway we had another choice to make, whether to head north towards Delta Junction or south to Glenallen. At the junction we met a lovely bunch of cyclists on an organised tour with Alaskabike including Patty, a wonderful character, who immediately offered us each a Baileys (yes please!)…

Denali Highway

The wind was blowing from the West, the skies were blue in the East and the forecast for the National Park was not looking great, so we decided not to go to the park and started heading east along the Old Denali Highway. The road was immediately quieter and more peaceful than the Parks Highway,…

A recipe for blueberry jam

Pick some blueberries. Any that you haven’t already eaten with pancakes can be made into a tasty blueberry jam. For this recipe you will need: 2 cups freshly picked wild blueberries, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 apple, chopped, 1 cup water, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 2 tbsp ginger root, finely chopped. Get the fire going…

K’esugi Ridge

We decided to go for a walk for a change, heading up to K’esugi Ridge from Little Coal Creek, just off the Parks Highway. We locked up our bikes and stashed our food up a tree to keep out of reach of hungry bears, packed our bags and started up the ridge.

Talkeetna

Bargain shop Brewery and beer tasting Blueberry ice cream and a burger

Hatcher’s Pass

A couple of our friends from Fox had mentioned the road over Hatcher’s Pass, for its stunning scenery and great hiking, so we set off from Palmer along a little back road that started gently climbing, following a pretty river upstream. After the Gold Mint trailhead the road steepened up, but we turned off after…

Independence Day

After a sociable and delicious July 4 dinner with Chris and his friends, and another day in Anchorage for final supplies, we rolled out of the city following a cycle lane sandwiched between the highway and army land heading north. Chris had mentioned Eklutna lake, so we headed up the (steep) hill to explore. On…