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TOP OF THE WORLD TOUR -- Fairbanks, Alaska to Missoula, Montana, June, 1977

Total Miles: 3008
Miles/Day: 38
Days Riding: 80
Group Size: 6
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 0

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 70 Lbs.
Camping: 95%
Cooking: 95%
Cost/Day: $ 0
ACA Helped Me: No

Rider: Ken Russell; Purchasing Agent, Member UNITED STATES

Summary: Biked from Seattle to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC then ferry stops in Southeast Alaska. Flew to Fairbanks, Alaska then bicycled from Fairbanks to Missoula, Montana. Six people rode the whole trip plus seven others joined us for various portions. Provided trip reports to Bikecentennial to plan their North Star route.; Self-Planned

Health Issues: Most of the folks got a water-borne microbe in Boundry, Alaska and the last few miles into Dawson, Yukon Terriotory were pretty tough.

Motivation: We saw the Hemistour slide slide at TOSRV. We started planning it in the Pueblo, CO bike inn during B76.

Most Challenging Aspect:Since there were long distances without stores, we had to plan and ship our food ahead for the summer.

Favorite Experience: The glorious scenery, wildlife and great people along the way! I moved to Alaska in 1984 because of the trip experience.

Least Favorite: One of the riders went over her handlebars on the gravel during the descent to the Bell River. She ended up in the clinic overnight in Stewart, BC.

Tips: Plan well and keep going. Physically the trip was challenging but it was very rewarding.

Date Entered: Oct, 2013

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