Come join in on the fun! The Buffalo Center Drive-In is sponsoring the 7th annual Tour To Tok (ride-at-your-own-risk) bike ride!
This 108-mile overnight bike ride begins at the Drive-in and continues down the Alaska Highway to about mile 1370.5. There is a campout complete with a delicious pot luck-style dinner and award ceremony for Best Dressed (Yes, we ride in costume), Red Lantern, Speed Racer, and Bowlegged. The next day we continue on to Tok and have a delicious dinner at Fast Eddy’s restaurant and then hop in vehicles for a relaxing ride back to Delta! This is a free, fun, family event.
This year’s event will take place on #Bikeovernights weekend June 3-4, 2017 beginning at the Drive-In at 11:30 a.m. For more information, email Lindsay Pinkelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or look us up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TourToTok. Check out our story at www.bikeovernights.org, search Tour to Tok. We recommend you wear bright colored clothing and have a red tail light flasher on your bike for rider safety.
About Crowley Maritime
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 124-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico Liner Services, International Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its 50 percent ownership in Ardent Global; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found at crowley.com.
About Alaska Power and Telephone
Alaska Power & Telephone is an employee- and investor-owned company founded in Skagway, Alaska, in 1957, just prior to statehood. The company provides a variety of regulated and non-regulated electrical and telecommunications services in 40 different Alaskan communities. AP&T has pioneered innovative rural energy development projects across Alaska. In addition to owning and operating numerous diesel plants, AP&T currently owns and operates seven hydropower projects, a utility scale solar installation, and is in the process of constructing two additional hydropower projects (Hiilangaay and Yerrick Creek), as well as a wind farm at 7-Mile ridge, located north of Mentasta, near Alaska Route 1. Additional information about AP&T can be found at www.aptalaska.com.
ECO/AFS, which has been in business for eight years, is the leader in bi-fuel technology. The company has installed the bi-fuel technology on over 400 engines throughout the United States and continues to focus on other opportunities in the Alaskan market. The dual fuel systems operate in public utilities, asphalt plants, oil and gas facilities, remote generator operations as well as at peak shaving and emergency facilities around the country.
Mr. Peterson is a fourth-generation Alaskan who was raised in Juneau. He received his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and worked as the Deputy Magistrate and Law Clerk in Barrow in the two years before his appointment. He also holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Saint Leo University in Florida. He has extensive experience volunteering abroad, including in India, Ukraine and South Africa.
Mr. Peterson is excited for the opportunity to serve the people of Delta Junction, Tok, and the surrounding area with humility and diligence.
She will be having here official book release in Tok, Alaska, July 4 at the Tok fairgrounds from 9am-3pm.
She will also be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Fairbanks on July 8 from 4pm-8pm.
About the Book: Growing up Alaska
Beginning with a family move to Alaska in March of 1982, Growing up Alaska follows the memories of Niki as she settles down and lives in the small town of Tok (pronounced Toke), Alaska, located ninety miles from the Canadian border in the interior of the state. From daily life of walking to and from school in the dark with a flashlight and playing outside at recess at 20 below zero, to traveling upwards of five days for school basketball trips that included bus, ferry, and airplane travel, Niki weaves a tale of a unique childhood and talks about what her normal was.
Delving into the town of Tok itself, the book highlights things that make Tok, well, Tok. Featuring Mukluk Land, the Mukluk News, Bucky the Moose, the Tok Trot, the Tok Race of Champions, and the infamous Tok River Fire of 1992, Niki’s story is proof that although Tok may be a tiny town considered a tourist stop along the Alaska Highway, you cannot say there is nothing in Tok.
Looking back, Niki shares childhood memories of wilderness play and unusual winter living, like life in the dark and cold. Even with the dark and cold, though, there was life. Life full of ice skating, snow machining, sledding, and friendship. Summertime was bursting with light, work at local businesses, bike riding, basketball at the town courts, travel “outside” to see family, and travel within the state for the few and brave who could make the trip. There were also a few shopping trips a year to Fairbanks, the closest major city . . . four hours away.
The heart and soul of Growing up Alaska is the community of Tok. Tok wouldn’t have been Tok without the residents who lived there. This town of 1200 souls was living in a unique time and a unique place with an even more unique people. Niki may have left Alaska physically, but Alaska has never left her heart, which was evident when she made a return trip in 2006. Alaska will always be home.
Here’s to a well-lived childhood. . . . Here’s to Growing up Alaska.
About the Author: Niki Breeser Tschirgi
Niki Breeser Tschirgi is a stay-at-home mom who resides in Spokane, Washington, with her husband and six adopted kids (five still at home, ages eight through eighteen, all boys). She discovered her love for writing in the seventh grade and studied Creative Writing at the University of Idaho. Niki wrote for Blindigo Online Magazine while living in Houston, Texas, and over the years, has published several blogs such as “The Stars Are Bright—How a Northern Girl Became a Southern Woman and Everything Inbetween” and “Rock a Child’s World,” which raised awareness for adoption in Texas. Her most current blogs can be read at www.spokandyland.com and www.growingupalaska.net. To connect with Niki and learn more about life in Alaska, follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/growingupalaska or Twitter @nikitschirgi.
Come join in on the fun!
Buffalo Center Drive-In is sponsoring the 5th annual Tour To Tok (ride-at-your-own-risk) bike ride!
This 108 mile overnight bike ride begins at the Drive-in and continues down the Alaska Highway to about mile 1371.
There is a campout complete with a delicious pot luck style dinner.
The next day we continue on to Tok and have a delicious dinner at Fast Eddy’s restaurant and then hop in vehicles for a relaxing ride back to Delta!
This is a fun, family event. This years event will take place on June 6-7 beginning at the Drive In at 11:30am.