Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
I know that Alaska is on the bucket list for many riders, but there are roads and view vistas in the U.S. and Canadian Rockies, coast ranges, and B.C. coast that are equally spectacular and easier & quicker to get to. Many have been mentioned already.
One trip planner mentioned riding around Mt. Rainier on their way south to Boise. The Mt. Rainier ride has some spectacular moments, but all in all I'd rather cross the Cascade range in B.C. or Washington SR-20 North Cascades highway, then south down the Rocky Mountain spine of Idaho.
With customs you never know what to expect. I always drive up, passport in hand, remove my sunglasses, look the inspector in the eye, and answer the questions courteously and concisely. One Canadian inspector asked if I'd ever been convicted of a crime. A U.S. drunk driving conviction, even years ago, is reason to be excluded from Canada. The U.S. inspectors are usually tougher. Depending on the state of their supervisors hemorrhoids, don't be surprised if you're told to pull over and empty things out.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero