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Old 05-08-2008, 10:41 PM   #31
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Found another good link for updated road conditions in AK: http://511.alaska.gov/

Hope everyone has a good trip up and back.

See ya, Mark H.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:25 AM   #32
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Found another good link to road conditions thru BC.

http://www.drivebc.ca/map.jsp?zoomDi...s=on&district=

It even includes updated camera shots.

Hope everyone has a good trip.

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:01 AM   #33
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Laugh Jul/Aug OR/WA -> AK trip

This thread was immensely helpful! Thanks. I just paid 836 USD for a ride from Haines (Aug 4) to Bellingham (Aug 8)... I've got to be back to work on the 9th. That sure seems like a lot! But round-trips were not really an option for us... Too bad I saw this thread AFTER I booked the ticket!

Funny moment - I was booking (www.ferrytravel.com), filling out info on my bike. It asked for length, and, assuming it knew I had a motorcycle as the previous menu had asked, the parameters were 1-70 (no units). My KLR is 90 inches long... I thought, well, if I turn the bars to the left maybe it will lower it to 70 inches. Do they only take short bikes?? Absurd! I'll just put in 70 & deal with it later. Then I kept getting ticket quotes for something like $5,430 dollars... my stomach did an entire Olympics gymnastics routine before I figured out I was booking for a 70 foot long motorcycle.

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Old 09-09-2008, 09:34 AM   #34
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Any tips on tying down? Sidestand up or down? On the centerstand? I don't want to be the n00b that has his bike fall over in transit and spill fuel all over.

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Old 09-09-2008, 09:46 AM   #35
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Sidestand down.

I've read, and used, a triangulation method. Two straps on the left pulling towards the side stand and one on the right pulling away.

Hope that makes sense.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:35 PM   #36
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Hello to all my trip plannin buddies!

Because the info here is still pertinent, I asked mod gaspipe to change this thread's title from '08 to '09. (thanks Bruce)

So this is a little bump to maybe help some adv'ers have an even better trip northward.

Warmest regards from the frozen north, Mark H.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:02 AM   #37
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Thanks for all the great info.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:31 PM   #38
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:10 PM   #39
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This is a great thread!

When you talk of riding from Bellingham to Prince Rupert, you mean taking 97 up to Prince George and then 16 over to prince Rupert? (about 900 miles)

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:28 PM   #40
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From someone who took the ferry from Bellingham to Haines, I highly recommend the experience of the Alaska Ferry. Incredible scenery, wildlife, characters on the back solarium and you have a nice rest before an epic ride. A 4 berth sure was nice for some privacy and comfort but you could do without it and be fine. Keep you eyes and mind wide open.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:25 PM   #41
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This is a great thread!

When you talk of riding from Bellingham to Prince Rupert, you mean taking 97 up to Prince George and then 16 over to prince Rupert? (about 900 miles)

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Yep, that's what it would be. Actually 1 to 97 to 16... but you've got the idea.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:04 AM   #42
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From someone who took the ferry from Bellingham to Haines, I highly recommend the experience of the Alaska Ferry. Incredible scenery, wildlife, characters on the back solarium and you have a nice rest before an epic ride. A 4 berth sure was nice for some privacy and comfort but you could do without it and be fine. Keep you eyes and mind wide open.
Yep, the berths ARE mighty comfy. Maybe even TOO comfy, for me anyway. In all my years of ridin our ferries, and after giving in to the overpowering comfort of a berth, I find I have a much more rewarding trip if I ride up in the solarium where I get a much better view and keep more entertained by other passengers. Fun!

Wishing you all a wonderful journey, Mark H.
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:44 AM   #43
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Good Info on Ferry

Thanks for the information on riding the ferry system this summer. I'm looking forward to catching it Haines and riding to Prince Rupert. Sounds like it's going to be a blast
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:26 PM   #44
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I am also checking the routes as I may ride up from CA (picking up a bike) back to ANC.
How much time would be saved taking the ferry from PR to Haines versus the WA to Haines trek? Shipping quotes for the bike were around 2K which I think I can do much better and have a better time!

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Old 03-29-2009, 04:12 PM   #45
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Hello and welcome ADVn00b excessivemachine! You're the second Alaskan ZX-14 owner to join up here in the last week.

ThatGuy, getting on the ferry in Prince Rupert instead of Bellingham, WA saves you about a day and a LOT of money. And as mentioned, the road into PR is beautiful! And don't forget, they're offering the 10% off if you go out of PR again this year.

Riding the ferry from PR to Haines instead of motorcycling is about the same time wise as it takes 2 days but I think it's a fun ride. And again, the 120mi between Haines, AK and Haines Junction Canada is one of the best!

And remember, this year you'll need a passport.

Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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