Day 19 – Fairbanks, AK

I ended up staying in a hostel last night for the first time on the trip. Hotels were all $130 and up and once again camping was out because of the rain. So I went to the nearest Starbucks to use their wifi to hunt down a cheaper alternative. There was a bright yellow Honda Goldwing in the parking lot and inside was another biker in a matching bright yellow rain slicker. He said something to the effect that he though he was the only nut-job riding up here this time of the year. Well..apparently there are two of us. We got to talking and I asked where he was staying. It turns out he’s a huge fan of hostels and was staying at Billie’s Hostel for $30 per night for a bed. So I figured, what the heck..I’ll give it a whirl! Mark turns out to be a real interesting guy…he’s been around the world 4 times by boat and is very well traveled. 

Mark and his bright yellow Goldwing...

 

Billie's Hostel in Fairbanks, AK

 

No mileage today as the bike needed new tires and some much needed maintenance. I’ve been carrying a spare front since Denver and will need to purchase a new rear from the local Kawasaki dealer in Faribanks. They offered to save me some money if I pulled the wheels off the bike myself, so that’s what I did. 

First the rear...

 

Then the front...

 

I also changed the oil, replaced and tightened a few bolts that got loose or were missing completely! Then it was off for a bite to eat and a haircut. I’ll be staying at the hostel again tonight and then starting my run up to Deadhorse tomorrow. It’s roughly 1000 miles round trip, 900 of which are dirt and gravel….should be interesting!

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