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North to Alaska on a motorcycle and back for Oklahoma City riders

Dan Maxey, owner of Maxey’s Motorsports in Oklahoma City, rode a motorcycle to northern parts of Alaska and back this summer. The trip was over 11,800 miles.
by Robert Medley Modified: August 31, 2014 at 12:52 am •  Published: August 31, 2014

This summer there were no crashes. Maxey and Waldschmidt stayed in a number of landmark places along the way. They stopped in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Cache Creek, British Columbia, Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory and then north of Fairbanks and up the Dalton Highway to Coldfoot Camp in Coldfoot, Alaska.

The plan was to make it farther north to Deadhorse and the Prudhoe Bay, but snowfall changed their minds and they decided to stop and go south for the long ride home.

One of the highlights of the trip was seeing wildlife. Maxey said he saw bears, a moose, deer and rabbits along the highways. Maxey said he noticed more convenience stores and gasoline stations than he did in Alaska in 2002.

They changed tires in Fairbanks, camped out a lot and even stayed one night at dormitories at the University of Alaska.

The Dalton Highway was full of potholes, he said.

“I hit one on the way back,” Maxey said. “You can’t see how deep they are. I bent the rims on the front and rear wheels.”

His trips across Alaska on a motorcycle are not over, he said.

“I plan to make one more trip to Alaska,” Maxey said.

by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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