Total Miles: 360
Rider: Karla Hart; 50 years old, Non-Member UNITED STATES
Summary: From sea level at Haines Alaska we biked over the Coast Mountains (summit 3,493 feet) to Haines Junction to Whitehorse and back over the coast mountains (summit 3,292 feet) to Skagway, Alaska. ; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial introduced me to bicycle touring in 1976,
Health Issues: None. This trip was executed as a "get in shape while you go" trip as I had done no bicycle training. We started with lower mileage and built up.
Motivation: The trip is close to my home, spectacularly scenic and for most of the route there is little highway traffic.
Most Challenging Aspect:I researched and planned the trip to take advantage of prevailing winds and we got caught with unusual weather and strong steady persistant headwinds for 6 of 8 days of riding.
Favorite Experience: No single moment or event stands out. For me I bike to hear and smell and feel the route. Bird songs, rushing streams, the tension of encountering roadside bears, and the driver who stopped on a long lonely stretch of road to give us homemade cookies stand out in my memory.
Least Favorite: I have longstanding issues with the way that Canadian campgrounds charge per tent instead of per person or per campsite.
Tips: Cycle Alaska http://cyclealaska.com/self-gc.html offers rental gear and information for a self-guided tour. You can easily access Haines and Skagway from Juneau, Alaska by Alaska Marine Highway ferries. Juneau is served by Alaska Airlines. The trip could also be done as a loop from Whitehorse, YT.
Date Entered: Oct, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello