Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: 61 Degrees North
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There is no smoke here in Anchorage. Though Fairbanks is the nearest town of any size, the closer you get, the worse the fires are going to get, and it is really bad between Nenana and Clear. If it were me (and you are not, and probably have your own agenda...like Denali) and you just wanted to make it to Anchorage, I'd cut south of Delta Junction on the Richardson Highway (towards Valdez), hang a right at Glenallen (long before Valdez), and that road will take you to Anchorage. This will circle you well east and south of the fires. You may think about cutting across from Paxon to Cantwell to see Denali that way. A VERY beutiful trip (I think you may like it better)...but, that road is unpaved and you will find more bears that direction. It is also longer, but if you are on a MTB rig versus road touring bike, it should be OK. It is closer to the fires than going through Glenallen, but it should be better than going through Nenana.
We have had alot of rain south of the Denali range and I do not believe there should be much smoke. Fairbanks, and west/south of Fairbanks is burning pretty good, and I do not think it is going to be out anytime soon.
Good luck. Sorry about the smoke.
"Where you come from is gone;
where you are headed weren't never there;
and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it."