Deadhorse to Seattle - July 17-22, 2017
As we begin our return to the lower 48, we still have to contend with the conditions on the Dalton Highway. Weather can change and the conditions worsen making travel slow and difficult. We have come so far and we cannot afford a break down here as it would likely take a long time to reach us.
Once we return to Fairbanks, it should go fairly smooth until we reach the conclusion of the ride. We do know that even the best laid plans don't always work out and we still have a few thousand miles to go before the ride ends.
Victoria and Vancouver, B.C. are the last two major cities in the southern most portion of the province. Victoria, the province's Capitol, is known as "The Garden City" and one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest with it's origin dating back to 1843 when the first British settlement was established. Victoria has retained many of it's historic buildings including the Empress Hotel and the Legislative buildings which date back to as early as 1897.
Seattle is situated right on the waters of the Puget Sound. Surrounded by mountains at virtually every corner, this bustling city has something for everyone. Whether it's the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market or even the pleasantly unusual Fremont Troll, there is no shortage of activities.
Seattle is home to some of the nation's largest corporations. Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing are just a few that reside within the city and her outlying municipalities.
The city is also home to Touratech USA. Touratech was kind enough to support us and our mission. Adenture Motorcyclists world-wide are familiar with the name and we proudly recognize them for their support!
Christmas time @ Pike Market.
Mt. Ranier shadows the city to the south
Once we cross the border from Canada, we are only a few hours away Seattle. Though our mission will be close to it's end, the trip will not be complete until both bikes and riders have safely made it home.
Vancouver, B.C origins date back to a makeshift tavern that was set up using a board and two stumps the west edge of the Hastings Mill. The settlement, originally called Gastown, was named for "Gassy Jack" Deighton who had a penchant for storytelling and his talkative nature. Gassy Jack convinced curious millworkers to build him a tavern and from that first building, other stores and hotels began to appear. Vancouver was incorporated in 1886, and is consistently named as one of the top 5 cities for livability and quality of life. Also known as Hollywood North, Vancouver is one of the largest film production centers in North America and was the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics