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Not Broke, Not Even Broken...
A blog about...a motorcycle trip in 2013 from North America to Central America and now about a bicycle trip from Alaska to San Diego. But it is really about So much more....Life! If you are between age 45-whatever and you thought the financial chips would fall in a different, more lucrative way, then you just may find this enriching, refreshing and inspiring!

It is about how to define or redefine our sense of “purpose”, “happiness”. In our world, when things appear to be upside down, even twisted; there is a great “purpose” for each and every one of us. Our “purpose” and “happiness” is needed!

My goodbye to my good buddy, Fraser!  Fraser treated us like royalty!  We got a great river ride down the Atnarko River looking for Grizzlies feeding on salmon. Fraser also took us on a 4x4 adventure ride to see HUGE Cottonwood trees and Cedars that are 300-1000 years old. This area has 3 or 4 times the bio mass than the Amazon….just  the diversity. We also saw beautiful waterfalls and massive boulders that the glaciers placed there. A great visit!

My goodbye to my good buddy, Fraser! Fraser treated us like royalty! We got a great river ride down the Atnarko River looking for Grizzlies feeding on salmon. Fraser also took us on a 4x4 adventure ride to see HUGE Cottonwood trees and Cedars that are 300-1000 years old. This area has 3 or 4 times the bio mass than the Amazon….just the diversity. We also saw beautiful waterfalls and massive boulders that the glaciers placed there. A great visit!

Look what we saw today and then LOOK WHAT WE SAW TODAY!

THE DARIEN GAP CROSSING TOO!

One of the reasons I wanted to incorporate a stay on my “Keith’s Incredible Journey Trip” with friend, Fraser Koroluk at Bella Mountain Lodge, is because he too rode in 1991-1992 from Victoria, BC to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The only difference being that Keith & Keith started from Anchorage. But Fraser too took his bicycle into and walked through The Darien Gap! This is very dense, dangerous and unfit for human conditions…let alone having a bike and all of your gear along! So I will be inquiring on my stay many questions about Fraser’s Darien Gap crossing. I am also quite sure we will be using Fraser in the movie process, as our “Darien Gap Consultant”! Many questions to come today!

Also a few people have asked how they might donate so we can complete this bike trip adventure to the Mexican border. PayPal is the absolute easiest by using my email name donniemackenzie and it’s at gmail or you can use my cell 208.573.0534 to find me at Paypal. Donations are still needed and much appreciated! Thank you!

I am at the bottom half of BC and will be in the U.S. the latter part of this week! All is going well! My bike, “Mr. Brown” and I are holding up quite well! Smart rest days have been key! Stay tune!

P.S. They’re feeding me well too!

ANGELS ON WHEELS

Remember the kind couple from NJ who picked me up and were taking me to Williams Lake? Well then I had to go 275 miles due west to my friends resort in Bella Coola. Because Bella Coola was totally out of my way, but I wanted to see my buddy, Fraser and he kindly offered me a waiters job for a few days, I was going to hitch a ride for that portion too.

So we reached Williams Lake where highway 20 takes me west to Bella Coola. We unloaded my bike and I attached my gear and we said our goodbyes to my new and amazing, sweet friends. I rode out to 20 and set up for my 275 mile hitch hike to Bella Coola. All of the sudden I see my motor home Angels drive up to me (Anthony & Joy, who had just dropped me off) and wave me over. I rode up to Anthany’s window and I asked if I left something behind? Anthony said we heard there’s a new waiter in Bella Coola…hop in, we want to go check him out!” “Come on throw your bike in, we want to see how this ends!”

UNREAL…Anthony & Joy are driving me all the way out to Bella Coola…275 miles…550 miles round trip! WOW! I’m blown away at their heart and compassion!!! At minimum I want to buy them dinner at the lodge and hopefully a night at the lodge.

I’m taken back at these two’s goodness! Here’s the crazy part, after we loaded Mr. Brown (my bike) back in and headed toward Bella Vista we saw a sign a mile down the road that said “Hitch hiking and picking up passengers is illegal!” But the more important sign to me is….God’s goodness IS unlimited!

After my stay at Fraser’s resort and serving a few tables, my plan is to take short ferry over to Vancouver Island, then bike down the Island to Victoria. I’ll then take the ferry over to Bellingham (U.S. mainland) and continue my biking down to Seattle, Portland, San Fran, LA and San Diego. I’m looking forward to seeing many of my friends along my route and watching the many blessings open up before me!

I am so grateful and so blessed!

The only way to get to Dawson City from the north (Top of the World Highway is by this ferry crossing the Yukon River!

The only way to get to Dawson City from the north (Top of the World Highway is by this ferry crossing the Yukon River!

One last precious luxury in Dawson City, Yukon before I hit the road!

One last precious luxury in Dawson City, Yukon before I hit the road!

I’m in Dawson City, Yukon! Long story short I left my German riding couple, who were taking a day off for rest and I rode out of Tok, Alaska. I road 12 miles to the turn off to Chicken, Alaska on the tough, dirt and gravel Taylor Highway! Don’t let the word “highway” fool you! Keith described it as, “a dirt trail”. It’s a lot more refined now than it was 40 years ago, but at the same time this is more rain than Alaska has seen in 57 years. It was 60 miles of steep, wet and gritty riding! The most challenging ride of my life! But getting to Chicken was like the cherry on the chocolate sundae! The entire reason for going this particular route verses The Alaskan Highway, which is much easier, was because Keith went this way and wrote about having lunch in Chicken with this incredible woman named Anne Purdy. That’s all I knew, but was driven out of curiosity to find out why Keith thought she was so incredible. Also to find out whatever happen to her and to find any relatives. I knew Anne would most likely not be alive, because she came to Chicken in the 1920’s as a young 19 year old. So I pull into Chicken, a three building mining town and met the proprietress, Susan Wiren. Susan know all about Anne. Anne came to Chicken in 1927 as a 19 year old school teacher AND there is a book, “Tisha” that is about her life. Susan secretly gave me a hand drawn map of where Anne lived and is buried. Anne died in 1984, ten years after Keith and Keith had lunch with her. I rode out about two miles…crossing a creek….riding through the creek and must have made a wrong turn. I didn’t find it. But so very worth the effort! I now know why Keith took the Taylor Highway. It is referred to as, “The Top of the World Highway”, so the views are jaw dropping and it is challenging! If the word challenging was brought up, it drew Keith like a magnet! So in trying to staying true to Keith’s Journey, I want to stay on route, but in reviewing his route and pace last night and riding this route and with peddling 90lbs, I realized one can’t do 80 to 100 miles a day. Laying on my bed back in Topanga, Ca and punching in total miles on a calculator, doesn’t apply to real life and time schedules. It took Keith & Keith over two and a half months to ride from Anchorage to the Mexican border. I don’t have the time or money to do that. And my new job in Austin can’t wait for ever! So I am having to make some hard decisions about what parts I can shorten via hitch hiking. So yesterday while in Chicken a very nice guy, Race from Switzerland offered me a ride in his pickup truck to Dawson City, Yukon. So I am happy to report in I am in a super charming gold mining town of Dawson City! It reminds me of Aspen in the 50’s. But I am having to figure out how I am going to have to cut out time and not take more than my original time of 45 days! The hard part is, even though the riding is difficult and challenging up here in Alaska, Yukon and BC I love the journey, but it will be easier to hitch ride part of it…many more pick ups and people are very friendly. People are in survival mode in these parts. So from a practical aspect, I think I will hitch hike parts of this vast wilderness. I feel badly having to do this, but I just don’t have the complete luxury of doing exactly what Keith and Keith did. Not that what they did was luxury. What they did was luxury from the stand point of freedom, but extremely challenging, demanding, uncomfortable, but in the end rewarding! These are crummy decisions for me to be making, but it is what it is. I haven’t planned out what part or parts of the trip I will shorten, but have decided to take a very needed rest day off in Dawson to do some planning.

This page that Keith wrote on June 17, 1974 is just about where I am heading off today. I am splitting off from my cute German couple, Robert & Sabrina. They are taking the smart way…The Alaskan Highway. I am dutifully following Keith Jackson and Keith Keith Klehm’s route. Perhaps Keith Klehm can shed light on why they made this decision, because it’s about 5,000 feet more in elevation, 30+ miles of rough gravel/dirt road and many more miles. Maybe because it’s referred to as “Top of the World Road”?  Sounds like a phrase that would lure Keith & Keith.  My new found riding partners are taking today off. If I don’t take a day off perhaps we can rendezvous I Whitehorse in about 5 days or so?

This page that Keith wrote on June 17, 1974 is just about where I am heading off today. I am splitting off from my cute German couple, Robert & Sabrina. They are taking the smart way…The Alaskan Highway. I am dutifully following Keith Jackson and Keith Keith Klehm’s route. Perhaps Keith Klehm can shed light on why they made this decision, because it’s about 5,000 feet more in elevation, 30+ miles of rough gravel/dirt road and many more miles. Maybe because it’s referred to as “Top of the World Road”? Sounds like a phrase that would lure Keith & Keith. My new found riding partners are taking today off. If I don’t take a day off perhaps we can rendezvous I Whitehorse in about 5 days or so?

Enough of this rain! It hasn’t rained this much for 67 years! It’s a big state, but I’m only 90 miles from the border! Maybe the weather patterns are different in the Yukon…just maybe?