9/12/2017 10:18:00 AM Alaskan adventure is a dream come true
The six travelers who enjoyed making their way across Alaska in a 31-foot recreational vehicle included, from left, Carly and Pat Leuning, Finley Leuning, 10; Oliver Leuning, 12; and Melissa Sue and Don Leuning of Stewartville. Don, Pat and the boys rode from Minnesota to Alaska on motorcycles.
Oliver and Finley Leuning pose under a sign welcoming the motorcyclists to the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
For almost two years, Don Leuning of Stewartville and his brother Pat daydreamed about a motorcycle trip to Alaska. The dream began thanks to a family connection with the Land of the Midnight Sun. Carly Leuning, Pat's wife, grew up in Alaska and hadn't been back since she finished college. "She still has family that lives up in the Eagle River area, and wanted to bring her kids up there to meet everyone and see where she grew up," Don Leuning said. Carly and Pat began talking about a trip about three years ago. About a year later, the planning began in earnest. "Pat and I took four weeks off from work for this trip," Don said. "We took 10 days to drive to Alaska, 10 days experiencing Alaska, and 10 days to come home." Don drove a 2015 Yamaha Super Tenere. Pat drove a 2015 Aprilia Caponord. Their passengers on the trip north and west were Oliver Leuning, 12, and Finley Leuning, 10, sons of Pat and Carly, who live in Mazeppa. Leaving Minnesota on Saturday, July 22, Don and Pat drove 3,600 miles to Alaska with their passengers, arriving in Sutton, Alaska on July 30... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Sept. 5 Stewartville STAR.