Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: 2019 Alaska Tour
Day 15: Anchorage, AK to Tok, AK
We had planned to spend two nights in Anchorage, but since I got the oil change done the day we arrived, I did not need to stay an extra day for that. And there isnít a lot we wanted to do in Anchorage. The weather looked great for riding, so we decided to hit the road.
It was a little cool, in the 50s again, but sunny and nice as we left Anchorage. I saw the sign for the old Glenn Highway to Palmer and since it added only 5 miles I decided to take it. It was a good decision as it was a nice two lane road with some great scenery.
From Palmer we headed out the Glenn Highway towards Glennallen. This section of road was the best we have ridden thus far. The scenery was great and the road was twisty and in pretty good shape. We stopped for gas at the only gas station between Palmer and Glennallen and also got some lunch and their 25 cent coffees. Yes, that is not a typo, they still sell coffee for 25 cents and keep refilling it for that price! I think the place is called the Eureka Roadhouse. Nice place.
At Glennallen, we turned onto the Richardson highway and went the short stretch up to the Tok Cut-off, which I believe is still technically part of the Glenn Highway as it is still AK route 1. The Tok cut-off was in terrible condition. We still had good scenery, but this is the worst road we have ridden to date. It had many heaved and potholed sections and several construction sites. We were stopped three times for 10-20 minutes each which made the day a fair bit longer than I had planned, but we had a great talk with the native Alaskan flagman. We were the first vehicle he stopped and we were there 10 minutes before the second vehicle came along. This is remote country folks.
The last 30 or so miles of road into Tok was in quite good shape, albeit flat and with dull scenery. However, we did finally see a moose pretty close to the road so Linda finally got her moose sighting and a few pictures. A good day all in all.
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