In just over 3 years I have taken my Harley to all 48 states. Next on my list was Alaska. I went to Alaska back when I was a teenager. Riding my Harley there could be my ultimate motorcycle trip. I've been planning the trip for about a year. I used Tyre software on my PC to plan the route. I then transferred the route to my TomTom GPS. I have used this software and my TomTom before but I would have lots of problems with my TomTom on this trip.
I just got back from this Alaska trip late last night. I have a lot of pictures to organize. I won’t do it all at once instead I plan on posting one day of my travels before going on to the next day.
I had three weeks off from work. On Friday June 8th I was able to leave work a little early. I packed up my cycle the night before. From my home in Durango Colorado I headed west then northwest to Moab and on to Salt Lake City. It was in the upper 90's in Utah.
This next picture is Wilson's Arch
I followed I15 into Idaho and through a beautiful valley to Pocatello ID where I stayed the night.
I woke up early and had breakfast at a Denny’s. I continued north through eastern Idaho and into Montana. Montana was nice.
Beautiful scenery and I made good time. I am not making many stops in the US. I can get back here easily. I plan on slowing down in Canada.
The interstate has an 80 mph speed limit. I found out that my cruise control will not activate over 90 mph.
I crossed into Canada north of Great Falls MT.
I stop for dinner at an Italian restaurant in Calgary Alberta.
I have not been making my motel reservations in advance. When I try to put on 800 miles in a day it's hard to plan exactly when I might end up stopping for the night. Instead I usually stop for dinner about an hour or two before I get a motel. During dinner I make my motel reservations. I was planning on staying in Banff but I couldn't find anything for less than $200 a night. Instead I stayed at a Comfort Inn in Calgary. It turned out to be very nice.
Today I rode 9 hours 37 minutes and put on 704 miles
That is a trip I hope I can get done before Ma Nature declares me ineligible due to excessive age. We've (local group) been talking about doing it within the next year. Keep the pix and story coming, Dave.
Today I woke to light rain in Calgary. I usually don't mind riding in rain like this but I was planning on going through Jasper Banff National Park. This is not good sightseeing weather so I stay at my motel for a while. At 10:00 I leave the motel. It rains off and on all day. At the town of Canmore I ride into a huge glacial valley with hanging valleys on the sides. I pay the park fee and ride into Banff National Park.
This is a beautiful place. I don't take many pictures because of the weather.
This is the town of Banff
This is the most beautiful place I've ever been (I used to say that about Yosemite). This is actually two Canadian National Parks. Banff National Park is to the south and Jasper is just to the north.