Hi, we are home now and are enjoying reflecting on our cycling accomplishment as we prepare for the coming school year. I have created a short video of our trip to say thank you for your support and encouragement along the way.

Thank you.

Today was our last day on our bikes for this trip. We disembarked from the ferry at 8:30am and enjoyed our ride through beautiful Fairhaven under the soft light of the rising sun. The road we travelled to Sumas was smooth and easy. It had a downhill trend and after 5 days rest our legs felt great. We sped across the flats at over 30km an hour, and we powered up the short hills like they were not even there.

The last leg of our trip!

We really enjoyed our conversation with the customs officers because of the great feeling of pride we each had when we told them that we rode our bicycles to Alaska. We had fun trying to determine the number of days we were outside of the country because of the days spent in Canadian and U.S waters.

We stopped to visit Michelle’s mom and then made it back home to our new home after 41 days away. We were happy to be home but only had a couple of hours before we packed up to head to the interior for my cousin’s wedding.

We spent these last 5 days relaxing and enjoying the Alaska Marine Highway. We boarded the ferry in Skagway and made stops along the way in Haines, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Wrangell. We had different amounts of time at each port, but generally speaking, not more than 2.5 hours. The break from the ferry was nice, and it gave us opportunities to stretch our legs and purchase groceries for the coming days.


The scenery along the southbound journey was wonderful. Ice capped peaks, lush green islands, and waterfalls abound.

Evening on the M.V. Columbia

I was very surprised at the amount of wildlife visible from the short decks of the M.V. Columbia. We viewed Humpback Whales, Orcas, Black Tail Deer, Bald Eagles, Porpoises, Salmon, and a variety of other marine birds. From the viewing platform of the ferry we could always tell if a whale had been spotted because every time one was spotted half the passengers would scramble to the side of the boat where the whale could be spotted.

Leaving Skagway

We took our own groceries on board and pitched our tent in an area known as the “putting green” to save some money. The tent worked out well despite a brief episode of rain, and the short stops in Alaskan communities ensured our food supplies stayed plentiful. We met many wonderful people from around the world on the ferry, and had plenty of time to enjoy our books.

Tent City

 Scott read Klondike Fever by Pierre Berton, and Michelle read Raising Ourselves by Velma Wallis. The former is touted as the premiere account of the Klondike Gold rush, and the latter a story about a First Nation women’s experiences growing up in the area around Fort Yukon.

Broadway in downtown Skagway

Not much to say about Skagway except: busy, resting, tourists, historical, beautiful, and happy!

Leaving Carcross

I was always taught that hard work always pays off, and today was a true testament to that life lesson.

Bove Island and Tagish Lake

Over the last 6 months I would always start my mornings with Michelle by saying “Michelle, guess what?”, and being the good sport she is, she would respond in turn with  “What?”, I would than say “we are going to ride our bikes to Alaska!”, and we would both have a little laugh. Well today I said it in the morning for the last time, and it felt really, really good.

Riding our bikes to Alaska!

We were told that it was a nice road to Skagway but were not expecting it to be anywhere close to how fabulous it actually was.

Enjoying our last day riding up north!

 Words are hard to use to describe my experience riding today because they would need to convey the ups and downs of the past 34 days,both literally and figuratively, the planning of the past 6 months, and the culmination of it all on a road that travels through a mountain range that is described as one of the most challenging in North America.

Riding toward White Pass

Nothing worth having is easy to get, and the feeling of riding today was priceless. Instead of trying to describe it further, I can only say that the hard work paid off, and that there is a really, really, really long and steep hill into Skagway!

Looking down towards Skagway at the start of the downhillCycling into Skagway

Today we woke up early, but left kind of late. It felt like we were the last ones to leave the campsite at 11:30am. Once on the road we were a little worried about the weather because the forecast was calling for hot and clear all day, but after 10 minutes on the Klondike Highway(#2) the clouds started to roll in, and before we knew it we were cycling under the cover of a blanket of clouds.

Leaving the Alaska Highway

It threatened to rain but never really got going. We enjoyed the ride as the terrain was pretty casual. The road rolled and had a few significant downhills. The further south we travelled the more mountainous the surrounding terrain became. It was a real enjoyable ride because overall the road had a downward trend. The highlights from the ride today were Emerlad Lake, the peaks in the distance, and the very noticeable lack of a headwind!

Emerald Lake

 It was a dream to not have to work against it today. We arrived in Carcross this afternoon around 4pm and really enjoyed a lengthy conversation with a couple from Chilliwack. They were on a road trip north in a vehicle but had completed many significant bicycle tours in the past. We enjoyed swapping stories, before going to check out the local campground. We did not stay at the campground because of a lack of water, people, and rumors of significant bear activity in the area. We settled for the local RV park which included showers,  a store and a restaurant. It was a great day today.

Carcross Visitor Centre and Train Station

My problem with spokes led to an unplanned rest day today. I needed to get my wheel trued and some spokes replaced. I ended up purchasing a chain whip and cassette removable tool so that if the spokes crapped out again I could fix it myself on the side of the road. As it turned out, it was a relatively nice day. We met some nice folks from South Africa, we ate a couple of meals out, and we stayed at the groovy Robert Service Campground.

Robert Service Campground


Rancheria Falls

Today started out as a great day, had some challenges, and then ended as a great day! We started really early this morning with our warm clothes on tp protect us from the chilly headwind that continued to blow. It was only the first or second time we had to put on our cycling tights. Michelle and I were feeling really good, we had some great conversations going, the sun was poking through the clouds, and the landscape was starting to become more Mountainous. We were really happy, and then…….ping!……ping!…..”what was that? …..I don’t know?……I think it might have been a spoke!”……”wait I will check……..bummer! It is not one spoke, but two!

Well needless to say the tire was no longer spinning true, and despite the fact that we had received some spare spoke nipples, we could not change them because I did not have the tool to remove the cassette. Double bummer!

I really dislike weak spokes!

We decide to continue on without the two spokes. I had to be very careful going downhill, and much to my surprise we made it another 45km, for a total of 85km, before I blew the third spoke. We knew it was going to happen, we were just lucky we made it so far. We stopped to fix it on the side of the road, and although I could not replace it, I did move some spokes so that I did not have three spokes gone in a row. The highlight of the stop was the three University students who stopped to give us cookies. ThANKS AGAIN GUYS! We got the bike going and pedaled the last 30km to the Dawson Peaks resort, which was great by the way!

How great you ask, well….when we rode in to our campsite a Man we had talked to 3 or 4 days ago at Contact Creek walked up and said…”Want a beer?”. There is no need to write what my answer to that question was after riding 70km on a wobbly rear tire. It was welcomed and enjoyed immensely.

It just got better when we learned that the same Gentleman would be driving to Whitehorse the following day to pick up a pair of glasses he had ordered as a result of a mighty battle with a lake trout! Before I knew it we had a plan to get my bike fixed, visit Whitehorse, and still have about 200km to cycle.

We slept relatively well that night, knowing that things could have been a lot worse if more spokes went Pop! today.

We are in Whitehorse now, all is well, and we cycle to Carcross tomorrow. I am running out of time on the library computer.

Headwind, Headwind, Headwind! Today felt like 200km! We could not hear ourselves think because of the constant wind howling in our faces, the flats felt like uphill, and the uphill sections were real work.

Despite the extra effort today we had a couple of nice surprises that brightened the day. First, we met Lewis from Portugal who was Cycling from the Arctic Circle to Patagonia. He had 15 months off work and was travelling south solo. He told of us his excitement to see the Canadian Rockies between Jasper and Banff, and we were envious of the great tailwind he had. Talking with him revived us and made us realize the project that he was undertaking. If he can ride all of North, Central, and South America we can certainly put up with a full on gale force headwind!

Lewis from Portugal!

The second great surprise was the restaurant at Rancheria Lodge. We stopped in for lunch and had great soup and burgers! I think the break from the wind was enjoyed as much as the food! The Continental Divide Lodge was a little bit disappointing for us, the folks there had the …”it is the end of the RV season, and we are fed up attitude”, but we made the most of it by getting up early the next morning and hitting the road, just as th sun was coming up!

"All these clouds must have something to do with this wind!"

This morning we took full advantage of the hotel room we had last night by sleeping in until 8am. After which we went out for breakfast, and then we made a couple of stops to be sure we were well equipped for the next leg of our journey. We did not get on the road until about 10:30am!

Open country west of Watson Lake

The day was pretty casual really, we cruised along at a leisurely pace because we knew it would be a short day. The highlight of the day was stopping at Nugget City for some pie and onion rings. Well there we learned that the northern end of the Cassiar Highway was starting to open, and this was evident by the lack of smoke that had previously kept all residents within 50km of Watson Lake indoors.

We cruised along until we came to our first campsite in the Yukon, and were happy to find a quaint campsite equipped with Bear proof storage! We would not need to sling a tree this night!

Camp among the Pines!