After a "wonderful" rest in the fish cabin, I visited Kenai, Seward, Whittier, and spent the night in Palmer. Traveled about 400 miles total that day.
Kenai was not much to see or I just didn't find it. I ended riding over 60 miles to a dead end road and had to double back into Kenai and then back to Soldotna. From Soldotna I rode into Seward.
Seward has a Western flair to the town. Pretty place, and I found another sticker to add to my collection on my paniers.
From Seward I rode to Whittier. This was the coolest and most stressful part of the day. You have to ride through a two and half mile train tunnel. I had to ride within a 36" swath of grooved steel between the train tracks. The grooved surface made my front end jiggle and shimmy and I had to keep the speed to about 30 mph. As I was half way through the tunnel I stopped to take a pic. Motorcycles go through last so they don't get run over in case of a crash. The closer I rode to the end of the tunnel, the more I saw lights of a train! I new it was a train and I was prepared to bail if I heard a train whistle etc. I made it through the tunnel and it WAS a train...........waiting for me to get out of the way. I was stopped and was nicely asked to not stop on my way back out. There are security cameras and I was busted!!
I took a pic of the nice lady that yelled at me.
All the towns people in Whittier live in a twelve story building. There is another abandoned grey building they used to live in built by the military around WWII.
I missed the last ferry out to Valdez so I had to ride out and if you don't get out of Whittier by 11:00pm, you become a POW........prisioner of Whittier according to the Ranger at the visiters center.
After Whittier, I found a motel and stopped riding around 11:30pm Alaska time. I haven't eaten since breakfast the the caretaker gave me a plate of spagatti.
Tomorrow Valdez overland using highways 1 and 4. I have an old friend that is taking me salmon fishing.......
I know my writing skill is not of Peter Egan but I'm trying...........