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Three friends drove snowmobiles from Minnesota to Alaska…just for fun!

Three men sit on snowmobiles on a snowy surface with snow falling

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How do you get from Minnesota to Alaska? You could drive a snowmobile. That’s what three men who call themselves the “3 Old Guys” did! Rob Hallstrom, Rex Hibbert, and Paul Dick drove snowmobiles about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to Fairbanks, Alaska. It wasn’t easy, but the 3 Old Guys had a lot of support and a great time.

The 3 Old Guys (they chose that name because they are all in their 60s or 70s) left their homes in Minnesota on March 6. They had planned the route carefully. They would take snow-covered trails northwest into Canada and then Alaska. What they didn’t count on was how many challenges they would face. Even in March, the weather in Canada and Alaska is freezing cold—and a snowmobile provides no protection from low temperatures. Sometimes snowstorms made it hard to find the trails. At one point, a stick got stuck in one of the snowmobiles, and the group had to stop for repairs. 

“Every bend in the river seemed to bring on a new challenge of some sort,” Hallstrom told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). 

But the 3 Old Guys also had plenty of help. When people read about the men’s journey online, they started keeping track of where the guys were. At times, the men would arrive in a small town and find people waiting for them. Sometimes they were given meals and even warm beds.

Three men pose next to a sign that says Welcome to Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City.

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Rob Hallstrom, Rex Hibbert, and Paul Dick pose next to a sign welcoming them to Fairbanks, Alaska.

The 3 Old Guys arrived in Fairbanks on April 12. That night, residents threw them a welcome party.

So, will the 3 Old Guys ride again? Hallstrom says he hopes the group will take another trip someday.

“It’s nice to have it over, but that doesn’t mean that we weren’t enjoying every minute of it,” he told the CBC.

A man on a snowmobile turns around to face the camera with a snowy trail carved out ahead of him.

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This photo of Rob Hallstrom, one of the 3 Old Guys, was taken on the trail to Alaska.

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View from below of a paramotor with the words flight of the swans

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In 2016, Sacha Dench joined a flock of swans as they migrated from Russia to the United Kingdom. Dench flew alongside the swans on a vehicle called a paramotor.

Adventure By Bike

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This map shows the original Pan American Highway, plus unofficial parts of the highway. The bicycle shows the route Liam Garner took.

Traveling by car or train is nice, but seeing the world on foot or on a bicycle is a whole different experience. Liam Garner knows this well. Garner rode a bike all the way from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina! The trip took him through 14 countries.

Garner, who is 19, left Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, on August 1, 2021, when he was 17. He arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina, on January 10, 2023. The trip was 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometers) long and took 17 months, which is nearly a year and a half!

Garner had been on long-distance rides before. His longest trip had been in his home state of California, when he rode from Los Angeles to San Francisco. After that journey, he wondered what it would be like to ride from the northernmost part of North America to the southernmost part of South America. That’s how he got the idea to ride from Alaska to Argentina.

Garner says he hopes others will go on their own adventures—large or small.

“Everyone is capable of amazing things,” he told bicycling.com. “The hardest part is getting the confidence in yourself to attempt something.”

Get Going!

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