The Road to Truckee

After a great summer up in Alaska, it was time for the 3000+ mile drive down to Truckee! My dad joined me for the absolutely beautiful drive through the north country. Fall colors were in full swing!

Alpenglow on the Alaska Range

Alpenglow on the Alaska Range

Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier, with a fresh dusting of snow in the mountains above

Wrangle Mountains

Mt. Sanford, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

I drove up the main Alcan route to Alaska this spring, so this time we took the even more secluded Cassiar Highway through British Colombia. It wasn’t uncommon to go for long periods of time without seeing another soul, and you wanted to make sure and top off at every gas station you saw since there was only one every couple hundred miles. The few communities you did pass through always had a very unique feel due to their isolation.

Stewart BC main street

Main Street, Stewart, BC

Totems Poles- Kitwanga, BC

Totem Poles- Kitwanga, BC

The rest of our drive took us through southern British Colombia, which allowed for stops in Whistler and Vancouver. Then after dropping my dad off in Seattle and visiting a friend in Bend for a few days, it was on to Truckee and back to some intensity training with the team! Hard to believe it’s only seven weeks until our first Super Tour races!


About Patrick Johnson

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Patrick attended Middlebury College in Vermont. A two-time member of the US World Junior Team, Patrick came to the Far West Elite Team last year, and has thrown his hat into the ring for another season. He has been training hard and is building upon his excellent results from last season. New for Johnson is an emphasis on Biathlon training. He was invited to the US Biathlon Association’s Talent ID camp in Lake Placid, and was then named to USBA’s Talent Group. Patrick is a great role model for the region’s juniors, and worked with nearly every Junior and High School Program in the area last season.

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