Alaska Ride – May 29th – Day #4

We’ve been gone for four days now, and still have not seen a bear or a moose, but I think we’ve run out of bear and moose jokes.

We knew that today would be a bit shorter ride (~200 mi), so we slept in till 6:45a. It rained a little overnight, but wasn’t terrible (much warmer than the previous night). We had leftover firewood from last night, so breakfast was eaten in front of a nice cozy fire.

The bike struggled a bit starting this morning. I’ve read several reports of cold weather starting issues. I really hope it doesn’t get worse…although I did bring along some motorcycle jumper cables just in case. I may stop by one of the KTM dealers up here and see if there is an easy solution.

The ride was started a bit better today, and started to improve once we got to the town of Houston. We stopped for lunch at Subway again, and used their free WiFi. Out front was a statue of a guy riding a bull. Turns out one of the locals is a champion bull rider (1999, 2000, 2004).


Across the street is a giant fly rod. Not sure why it is here – I took the picture without getting off my bike.


Once you head east from Houston, the views improve with more mountains and snow. We passed through the fairly large town of Smithers. Just on the other side was a rest area with cool mountain and glacier views.DSC02975

At Moricetown, there was a really cool river gorge with a wooden bridge going over it…One of our (irrational?) fears is riding over wooden bridges when they are wet. Fortunately, today was a dry day, so we took the small detour to go over the bridge and take pictures of the gorge.


We ended the day at Seeley Lake Provincial park. The campground is very nice, but it is right next to the highway. Hopefully there won’t be too much traffic tonight. Instead of a picture of our campsite, here is a picture of Seeley Lake itself.

Seeley Lake



  1. I am following another blog as they travel the Alcan and they are at Watsons lake and have encountered all manner of hang in there and be ready for that first black bear sighting.

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