Bicycle trip North-west USA, Canada and Alaska

Prince Rupert - Haines, Alaska


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The Inside Passage

The Inside Passage is a waterway along the coastal zone of Southeast Alaska. From Prince Rupert I took a ferry up north the inside passage to Haines, Alaska. Taking it easy after having cycled almost 3,000 km. There were a lot of things to see: beautiful fishing towns, a rugged coastline with fjords, lush temperate rain forests, tidewater glaciers and abundant wildlife (whales, sea otters, bald eagles). The Alaska Marine Highway ferries that run up the inside passage were relatively cheap. It was also very convenient to make a few stops at scenic places, discover them by bicycle and hop on the next ferry the next morning.

To my surprise and joy the local public libraries in almost every tiny little village had a computer connected to the internet. The internet connection, called SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) was often very sloooow, but anyhow, it worked!

The first town I'd visited was Ketchikan. With an annual average rainfall of 162 inch (more than 4 meters...!!) it's probably one of the wettest places in North America. It was not a surprise it was raining and I didn't like to camp this time. So I stayed at the youth hostel, located in a basement of a church. A great meeting place with other travelers, mostly backpackers and one other cycle tourist...That guy was Ashley! He was lucky to get a ride all the way to Prince Rupert, and was staying in Ketchikan two days already. A lot of people who stayed at this hostel, crossed our paths several times in other places throughout the state!

Alaska State Marine Totem Bight state park, Ketchikan Ketchikan Petersburg Le Conte Glacier
Mount Edgecombe Sitka Sitka camping in forest, Sitka Tanakee Hot Springs

Inside Passage

The following days we took the State Ferry to visit the next fishing ports, Petersburg and Sitka. The first was founded by Norwegian immigrants, the latter had strong Russian influences (until the 19th century, Alaska was part of the Russian empire).

McGinnis trail

Luckily the weather had changed into sunny and warm weather with clear blue skies. In Alaska's capital Juneau we stayed at the beautiful located campground near Mendenhall glacier. From the campground we hiked up to Mt. McGinnis, a spectacular trail with gorgeous views of the Mendenhall glacier, the fjords of Lynn canal and in the distance the snow-capped mountains of Glacier Bay.

Glacier Mendenhall glacier Mendenhall glacier McGinnis trail McGinnis trail Home-made Snow Cones On top of the world, Mount McGinnis

Mendenhall Glacier and McGinnis trail

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