Alaska Trip Day 1

June 30



The Trailer is packed the trip is ready to start!

Hello All

The trip started at 6:00 this morning with breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Brighton.  The temp was high 50's and sky clear until 50 miles South of the Mackinaw bridge.  We had a small amount of rain only enough to get the bike dirty.  Mike and Nancy left Brighton with us and we met up with Julian and Mary Jo on the upper side of the bridge.  Just had a snack on the road.  No trip would be complete with out a trip to Sea Shell City where the Alligator tried to eat Chapter V Elephant.  We had Ribs for supper and will be departing at 8:00 tomorrow.  Traveled 482 miles today.

See slide show of today pictures

Hello All this is the start of the trip to Alaska on our motorcycle. We have been planning this trip for three years now and this is the first day of the trip. We are planning on leaving at 6:00AM. I will be updating the pages as I can on the road. I plan to add pictures to the web pages as I go. I hope that you enjoy the trip as much as us!                                                                                                                                                                                          Dale and Candy Dressler

Here is the route that is planned Alaska.

The Route is 9,757 mile as planned


Here is a list of the miles as they accumulate each day of the trip!

Start of Trip  =  0 mi
day 1 =456 mi
day 2 =761 mi
day 3 =1211 mi
day 4 =1630 mi
day 5 =1640 mi
day 6 =1991 mi
day 7 =2299 mi
day 8 =2687 mi
day 9 =3037 mi
day 10 =3421 mi
day 11 =3753 mi
day 12 =4139 mi
day 13 =4357 mi
day 14 =4448 mi
day 15 =4451 mi
day 16 =4457 mi
day 17 =4566 mi
day 18 =4566 mi
day 19 =4566 mi
day 20 =4817 mi
day 21 =4819 mi
day 22 =4821 mi
day 23 =4944 mi
day 24 =4945 mi
day 25 =5112 mi
day 26 =5116 mi
day 27 =5529 mi
day 28 =5772 mi
day 29 =6047 mi
day 30 =6447 mi
day 31 =6918 mi
day 32 =6924 mi
day 33 =7306 mi
day 34 =7618 mi
day 35 =7683 mi
day 36 =7800 mi
day 37 =7801 mi
day 38 =7960 mi
day 39 =8262 mi
day 40 =8603 mi
day 41 =8862 mi
day 42 =9129 mi
day 43 =9437 mi
Back Home =9757 mi

Day one route


We are looking to travel 457 miles the first day!

From Home to Iron Mountain Michigan

Room reserved 1-8-07

Queen bed non smoking

Mary Ann

Call Back in June to check

Budget Host Inn

North US2
Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801
906-774-6797 or
Fax 906-774-6910


Iron Mountain

In the Southern Upper Peninsula

Iron Mountain Weather Forecast

Iron Mountain Michigan is the gateway to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. It is 2 hours from Green Bay, 3 1/2 hours from Milwaukee, and 5 hours from Chicago (map).

Iron Mountain is one of the largest cities in the Upper Peninsula and offers everything from lush forests, miles of rivers and streams, four seasons of outdoor recreation and abundant wildlife, to malls, art and music festivals, museums, Pine Mountain Ski Jump, famous sport competitions, along with unique shopping and dining opportunities.

For recreation, enjoy fishing, hiking and biking along with swimming, boating, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, and camping. Experience the thrill of spotting a bald eagle, a graceful deer. Spend some time in the beautiful Nicolet National Forest, just 20 miles from Iron Mountain.

Golf vacations in our area are fabulous. Occupying fantastic natural sites, some along the shores of lakes or rivers, others on mountainsides with panoramic vistas, the Iron Mountain area has nine golf courses within a forty mile radius. Most are carved out of mature pine or hardwood forests where wildlife sightings are par for the course. All offer friendly hospitality.

This entire area reflects the mining and logging heritage. The town of Iron Mountain began in 1879 with the discovery of the Chapin Mine, now considered one of the greatest iron mines in the world. Between 1880 and 1932, the mine produced 27,506,868 tons of iron ore. The mine was closed on August 1, 1932.

Mining brought many Italian, Swedish and Cornish immigrants to the area and their ethnic food and traditions remain. Smokestacks, pumps, underground mines and mine shafts are daily reminders of the mining heritage.

Snowmobile Trail Report


Budget Host Inn


North US2
Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801
906-774-6797 or
Fax 906-774-6910

"Something Better at a Budget Rate"


Located in Iron Mountain, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, the Budget Host Inn offers clean modern ground floor rooms and large kitchenettes with one or two adjoining rooms for large groups.

The Budget Host Inn of Iron Mountain has been awarded the Quality Assurance Award from Budget Host International for excellence for the last four years.

High Speed Wireless Internet
  • Cable TV with Remotes
  • Direct-dial Phones with Data Ports
  • Air Conditioning in all Rooms
  • King, Queen, & Double Long beds
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchens / Apartments Sleep up to 6
  • Pets Accepted (in designated rooms)
  • Ample Trailer & Truck Parking
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Continental Breakfast
  • Small Refrigerator Available
  • Restaurant and Supper Club Next door
 Close to VA and Dickinson County Memorial Hospitals


  Direct Snowmobile trail access, ample trailer parking. Close to Lake Antoine, Pine Mountain Resort, and many other recreational attractions.

Minutes away from dining and shopping. Snowmobile rentals one block north of the Budget Host Inn.

One of our comfortable motel rooms

The Budget Host Inn of Iron Mountain, MI also offers kitchen units with full sized appliances, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, and cooking utensils. Sleeper sofa in living area and connecting bedroom with two queen beds.

Large Kitchen Unit with two queen beds and sleeper sofa

At a Budget Host Inn, the traveler enjoys consistent high standards at budget rates, plus the bonus of warm hospitality so traditionally associated with predominately family-owned and operated inns.

Kitchen Unit with connecting bedroom

The Budget Host of Iron Mountain is regularly inspected by Budget Host and AAA to help ensure the highest levels of cleanliness, comfort and maintenance of guest rooms and facility. The Budget Host Inn of Iron Mountain was awarded the 2001-2004 Awards of Excellence by Budget Host International for a "very well maintained property with outstanding housekeeping status".


Apartment with full kitchen, living area, and a bedroom.

AAA, AARP and Commercial rates, daily, weekly or monthly. All major Credit cards accepted. Fax machine in office. We also speak Polish.

No matter the time of year or the locale, you can always be sure of solid relative budget value at all Budget Host Inns

Recreational attractions: Golfing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, sailing, boating and swimming nearby. Snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. Snowmobile rental 1 block north. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a Supper Club next door.

Your Hosts: Joe & Mary Ann Kozial

For Reservations, Rates and Availability call

906-774-6797 or

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