August 8, 2008 – Day 13: Tok, AK to Fairbanks, AK – 202.34 miles
- Alaska Range, Between Tok and Fairbanks
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, August is Alaska’s driest month. Could have fooled me, it was still raining. As I packed the bike I noticed the sky was grey with no sign of the rain letting up. It wasn’t coming down as hard as it was the day before, but it was coming down steady and cold.
As I sat on the bike allowing the engine to warm up, I knew that if I could just make it through today’s ride I would have two days to relax in Fairbanks. The ride, it turns out, was pretty uneventful. It was cold and it was wet but the 45 miles of bad road Wilma had mentioned was a piece of cake compared to what I had been through the day before. I found myself actually enjoying the ride and making pretty good time.
- Delta Junction, AK
I arrived at my hotel in Fairbanks, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, around 12:15pm. The lady at the front desk informed me that my room would not be ready until after 2:00pm. I asked if there was some place I could wait and possibly get something to eat. She said they had a very nice restaurant/bar next door. She told me to exit the front doors and follow “The path of Lights” trail to the restaurant. “Path of lights” being a relative term since the lights were only on an hour a day during the summer.
As I sat in the bar I found myself talking with the very nice young woman tending bar. As we conversed I decided to sample a glass of each of their Alaskan beers, one at a time, after all, I was only required to find my way back to the lobby, and I had the “Path of Lights” to guide me. I wouldn’t be getting back on the bike and I certainly had the time. It turns out the Alaskan Brewing Company brews eight different beers in Juneau Alaska. I’m here to tell ya, each is as good as the next.