All around Anchorage!
When planning this trip, I intentionally came in the day before the tour kicked off so that I could have some time to take the bike out and explore Anchorage a bit. Our group was scheduled to meet for dinner that evening and I wanted a little extra time to settle in and adjust. After arriving so late the night before (or, so early that morning), it ended up being a great decision.
At the time I made all my arrangements, I had no idea that a friend from the PNW tour last summer was also on this trip. We discovered each other a week prior in the private social media group that had been set up for the members of this tour. Being in early allowed us to spend some time catching up and we even had time to ride a bit together!
During the PNW tour the year before I had told my tour mates about the Tour Of Honor and so my friend joined me in visiting a couple of sites in Anchorage. I’d thought about doing these at the end of the trip, but finally landed on the day before. This ended up being another wise choice and I’ll explain that in a future post.
After we hit up the two Tour Of Honor sites in Anchorage, we took Alaska Highway 1 south until we were ready for lunch. We stopped for some photo ops and kept saying wow, we’re in Alaska! We had a lovely ride along the coast of the Cook Inlet. We’d hope to travel all the way to Hope, Alaska but sorting out the rental bikes took longer than anticipated, but was time well spent.
That evening the entire group came together for the first time. There was a lot of laughter and speculation about what we’d be seeing in the week ahead. After dinner we all headed back to the hotel to catch some sleep and prepare for the adventure the next day would bring!