Hauke and Petra took their Goldwing GL1800 from Germany to Canada to tour Alberta, British Columbia, Alaska and the Yukon. Their tour ran through most of June 2005, from 2nd until 30th. This gallery holds a selection of images they made to illustrate their adventure.
On Thursday the 2nd of June we started our journey from Paderborn
via Frankfurt to Calgary (Alberta / Canada). Our motorcycle
waiting there since September 2004 for us (now with a new heatable seat).
In Calgary we stay two nights to pick up our motorcycle
and to acclimatise (it’s like pouring out of buckets),
Then it goes on 4 June on the direction of Bellingham = ferry, with
Stopover in Kamloops and Vancouver. Arrival on June 6th
In Bellingham, we pick up our ferry tickets before leaving on Tuesday
on June 7 at 4 pm on the ferry to Alaska.
A little info about Alaska
With a total area of 1.53 million square kilometers, Alaska is the largest state in the USA, but has only about 640,000 inhabitants, of which about 44,000 Eskimos and about 31,000 Indians.
On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state in the United States. The name of the state is derived from the word of the “ales” for “mainland”. The main cities are the capital Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Sitka and Ketchikan.
In 1867, the US acquired Alaska for $ 7.2 million from Russia. In the nineties of the nineteenth century mass immigration occurred because of the gold rush, during which the population almost doubled. In 1906, Alaska was given its own administration, in 1912 the status of a territory.
In June 1942, the Japanese occupied the Alëut Islands Attu and Kiska. In 1942, to build a road link to Alaska, the army built the Alaska Highway, which linked Alaska to British Columbia. The Alaska Highway runs from Dawson Creek in Canada to Fairbanks in Alaska, is 2 450 kilometers long and passable year-round.
It is Tuesday the 07.06.2005, today at 16 o’clock the ferry leaves in Bellingham USA direction Alaska. Our destination -Haines- we will reach on Saturday the 11.06.2005 at 4.30 clock.
The 1st stop is Ketchikan, 2nd stop Wrangell, 3rd stop Petersburg, 4th stop Sitka, 5th stop Juneau, then we reach Haines.
This ferry trip was a unique experience that we did not want to miss.