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Old 01-28-2012, 08:54 AM   #61
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Take the time.
Spend the money.
Do it.
Don't forget your camera/lenses.
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I'm taking the whole camera kit, plus 2 tripods. May spurge on a new lens too. We'll see how much money Uncle Obama leaves in the bank account in April. Probably leave the flashes behind.

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After riding from Texas to Alaska, a breather might be nice. Yes, the park and the bus are worth the trip, and money. Use the park as a place to regroup, relax a little, shower, do your laundry and such. Much prettier there then say, Glenallen.




Another thing that I would absolutely make time for, and money, is to fly in to the park from Talkeetna ( Talkeetna Air Taxi ). We lucked out and were able to fly in and land on a Glacier @ 7,000 feet. It will take about a 1/2 day to do it, but it was probably the most breath taking thing we did and saw while we were there.




Fighter is right, take your time and see some of the sights you traveled all that way to get to. By the way, that is a Glacier you see wrapping around that peak...2,500 feet thick !

I'll definitely check out the glacier visit. I'm glad you mentioned it because I would've generally avoided a tourist activity like that. When I travel, I tend to avoid the typical tourist activity and go for the more off-the-track sort of thing. I particularly hate riding in group transportation (e.g. the bus in Denali Park) because they NEVER stop where I want to take a pic and I usually do not want to take a pic where they stop.

I've got a month planed out, but in order to maximize my time, I'm exploring all sorts of ship the bike one-way schemes. That is getting problematic as it seems shipping anything from Alaska is rough on the wallet. I'd ship it from Anchorage to Texas because there is really no sense in having a bike in Texas in August. I might think about riding up there and then selling the bike in Anchorage. I'd take the KLR then, because I've been toying with selling it anyway. Don't know what used bikes bring up there though.

If I can pull off the one way shipping thing, that may free up enough time to take the Dempster highway north as well.

I appreciate all the advice I can get. I don't want to hear about something I missed when I get back.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:27 PM   #62
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@FM: I was being a bit flip with the comment. I don't take stupid risks and I have lots of dirt time. But the medivac suggestion is a good one as there are unfortunate souls who rely on me for stuff. I have a SPOT tracker and I think I can add the evac service to that contract. I will also have a satellite phone if the tumble doesn't do me in. Thanks
Glad you weren't being serious with your original comment. We really don't like seeing news articles about riders being injured - or worse - on our highways. But some people who come up to say they've been to Deadhorse don't demonstrate the best judgment. The Dalton Hwy/Haul Road is not an inherently dangerous road to ride on a motorcycle. But if a rider engages in stupid behavior, it can be deadly. Sometimes "stupid" can be as simple as looking to the right when the road curves to the left. Or doing 25 mph when 10 mph is called for. Being an old phart, the saying "Stupid Hurts" has become more undeniable to me, and the hurt lasts a lot longer than when I was a young buck.

That road itself has never stopped me, and I've traveled it in far worse conditions than most riders are ever likely to encounter. But common sense has caused me to turn around when conditions were such that it would be insane to continue on. Riding it with a full awareness of what could happen if you drop your guard, and how far you are from help if the worst happens, helps to keep a rider more cautious and to ride prudently.

Sometimes I wonder if riders might not take more chances, ride a little more irresponsibly, when they have electronic gadgets that they think they can fall back on if something goes wrong, or even because they are riding in a group. All those things can do is to let someone know where the calamity has taken place, they don't do a thing to prevent the calamity.

When I spend all night riding the Haul Road or the Alcan, and there is virtually no other traffic on the road with me, you can bet I'm not taking any chances. That's when my attention is fully on the road, the bike, and riding. If something goes wrong, I'm totally on my own, and I ride accordingly. Speaking of which - I've ridden over 100 miles on the Alcan without seeing another moving vehicle. Can't recall every going that far on the Haul Road. Despite its reputation and location, there is probably more traffic at times on the Haul Road than there is on the Alcan north of Haines Jct in the Yukon. But still, having a satellite phone and/or SPOT tracker is not a bad idea. Just hope that if you have to use it in an emergency, it's for the other guy.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:12 AM   #63
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@FM: I was being a bit flip with the comment. I don't take stupid risks and I have lots of dirt time. But the medivac suggestion is a good one as there are unfortunate souls who rely on me for stuff. I have a SPOT tracker and I think I can add the evac service to that contract. I will also have a satellite phone if the tumble doesn't do me in. Thanks

A rider in the 2011 IBR had the Medivac service via Spot. Finally his wife drove him home in the car from Nevada to California.

I would suggest you spend the money for MedJet. I have supposedly top notch air medical service service where i work (I am a Partner in a Benefits Consulting Firm) and I buy MedJet. The small cost (less if your are a MOA Member) is a no brainer.

Because Sat Phones need real phone numbers I have a page of all the RCMP, AK State Police numbers I will try and find it and post it up.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:05 AM   #64
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Because Sat Phones need real phone numbers I have a page of all the RCMP, AK State Police numbers I will try and find it and post it up.
Sat Phones can't dial 911 411 or 800 numbers and cell phone service is spotty

Alaska State Police

Post Location Phone Number Fax Number Mailing Address Zip
Anchorage 269-5511 248-9834 5700 E Tudor Road 99507
Aniak 675-4398 675-4498
Barrow 852-3783 852-3784
Bethel 543-2294 543-5102
Cantwell 768-2202 768-2203
Cold Bay 532-2440 532-2724
Coldfoot 678-5211 678-3668
Cooper Landing 595-1233 595-1233
Cordova 424-3184 424-5454
Craig 755-2291 755-2422
Delta Junction 895-4800 895-4026
Dillingham 842-5641 842-5795
Dutch Harbor 581-1432 581-1407
Emmonak 1-866-949-1303 949-1301
Fairbanks 451-5100 451-5317 1979 Peger Road 99709
Galena 656-1233 656-1530
Girdwood 783-0972 783-2026
Glennallen 822-3263 822-5594
Haines 766-2552 786-3265
Healy 683-2232 683-2231
Homer 235-8239 235-3151
Hoonah 945-3620 945-3570
Iliamna 571-1871 571-1807
Juneau 465-4000 465-3333 PO Box 111201 99811
Kenai 283-8590 283-2671
Ketchikan 225-5118 225-6568
King Salmon 246-3464 246-6259
Klawock 755-2918 755-2422
Kodiak 486-4121 486-5810
Kotzebue 442-3222 442-3221
McGrath 524-3052 524-3053
Nenana 832-5554 832-5425
Ninilchik 567-3660 235-3151
Nome 443-2835 443-5840
Northway 778-2245 778-2269
Palmer 745-2131 269-5465 453 South Valley Way 99645
Petersburg 772-3983 772-3906
Seward 224-3346 224-2446
Sitka 747-3254 747-7912
Soldotna 262-4453 262-2889
St.Marys 1-800-240-2019 438-2018
Talkeetna 733-2256 733-1225
Tok 883-5111 883-4249
Unalakleet 624-3073 624-3075
Valdez 835-4307 835-5607
Wrangell 874-3215 874-3241
Yakutat 784-3220 784-3220



RCMP - Yukon

Detachment Address Emergency Telephone Number Administration Telephone Number


Beaver Creek Beaver Creek (867) 862-5555 (867) 862-2677
Carcross Carcross (867) 821-5555 (867) 821-2677
Carmacks Carmacks (867) 863-5555 (867) 863-2677
Dawson City Dawson City (867) 993-5555 (867) 993-2677
Faro Faro (867) 994-5555 (867) 994-2677
Haines Junction Haines Junction (867) 634-5555 (867) 634-2677
Mayo Mayo (867) 996-5555 (867) 996-2677
Old Crow Old Crow (867) 966-5555 (867) 966-2677
Pelly Crossing Pelly Crossing (867) 537-5555 (867) 537-2677
Ross River Ross River (867) 969-5555 (867) 969-2677
Teslin Teslin (867) 390-5555 (867) 390-2677
Watson Lake Watson Lake (867) 536-5555 (867) 536-2677
Whitehorse Whitehorse (867) 667-5555 (867) 667-5551

RCMP Vancouver
General Inquiries: (604)264-3111
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:03 PM   #65
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On a Alaska trip less is more. Why are you taking 2 tripods when the sun will shine until almost 1AM. With the light gathering capacity of digital you will hardly use your tripod. I have shot in Alaska over 10 times and cannot remember ever using a tripod. just trying to be helpful.

I realized after our TX to AK trip that almost 50% of the stuff I brought was not needed. I tripod would be part of that list. What you will need is: Rain Gear, DEET & Bear Spray as a last attempt of saving your butt from MR. Grizz. If I can be of anymore help, give me a shout. As I have told riders in the past about that Epic ride, the best thing you can bring with you is a great attitude. And keep your eyes wide open as there is not an ugly mile in Alaska. And the locals are the best part of the ride. Stop and talk to them, they all have a unique story. That is why they all live in that beautiful place called the Great Land.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:43 PM   #66
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On a Alaska trip less is more. Why are you taking 2 tripods when the sun will shine until almost 1AM. With the light gathering capacity of digital you will hardly use your tripod. I have shot in Alaska over 10 times and cannot remember ever using a tripod. just trying to be helpful.

I realized after our TX to AK trip that almost 50% of the stuff I brought was not needed. I tripod would be part of that list. What you will need is: Rain Gear, DEET & Bear Spray as a last attempt of saving your butt from MR. Grizz. If I can be of anymore help, give me a shout. As I have told riders in the past about that Epic ride, the best thing you can bring with you is a great attitude. And keep your eyes wide open as there is not an ugly mile in Alaska. And the locals are the best part of the ride. Stop and talk to them, they all have a unique story. That is why they all live in that beautiful place called the Great Land.
Hey Foto,

Ok, I'll leave the tripods behind. I really don't shoot with them too much anyway and they are a massive pain in the ass to take on a bike. I'll probably leave the GoPro home too because I'd need to take a computer with me for that and that's a pain.

I've been told by two people that the Canadian border patrol won't let Americans take bear spray in. You can take a shotgun no worries, but for some reason bear spray is a no-no. I guess I'll buy that there.

I'm looking forward to meeting the locals. Its a challenging land to live in and anyone that chooses to live there is worth meeting.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:44 AM   #67
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Leave firearms south of the border unless you've done your homework & filed paperwork with the Canadian authorities.

Forget the Bear Spray as the wind usually isn't in your favor!!


AIR HORNS (pressurized can) WORK and don't have ill effects from the wind.

There are those who run Heidenau's & those who wish they have!!
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Alternate Tripod

I use my motorcycle as a tripod when needed. Sometimes you want to get a shot with everyone in it and it is a pain positioning a camera on a rock.

Ram makes a little ball mount that fits in the standard camera mounting hole.

http://www.ram-mount.com/camera_moun...ts.htm#/wizard

I have a few ram mounts mounts on my bike and , carry a 6" ram arm. For the three -five times i need a camera on a tripod I am set.

I have managed to secure a D300 on a few occasions for a shot at dusk or at night.
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Canada will let Bear Spray in. Like the guy said though, a blaster horn will probably work better. In all honesty, the chance of you needing the Bear Spray is pretty small. I have been up close many times with Mrs. Grizz and cubs and had no problems. It just feels a little better to have some sort of plan in case you encounter Mrs. Bad Ass Grizz. Just so you know, Moose kill alot more people in Alaska than Bears. Remember that when you are trying to sleep in your tent with a Grizz close by. Ask me how I know????

Do not even think about bringing a firearm into Canada. Being from Texas I was grilled for a long time about my weapons that I have at home. She got pretty snarky when I told her it really did not apply since I had NO weapon with me, so beware of that. Smile and they usually wave you through. Canada also had some very pretty agents at some of the border stations.
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Canada will let Bear Spray in. Like the guy said though, a blaster horn will probably work better. In all honesty, the chance of you needing the Bear Spray is pretty small. I have been up close many times with Mrs. Grizz and cubs and had no problems. It just feels a little better to have some sort of plan in case you encounter Mrs. Bad Ass Grizz. Just so you know, Moose kill alot more people in Alaska than Bears. Remember that when you are trying to sleep in your tent with a Grizz close by. Ask me how I know????

Do not even think about bringing a firearm into Canada. Being from Texas I was grilled for a long time about my weapons that I have at home. She got pretty snarky when I told her it really did not apply since I had NO weapon with me, so beware of that. Smile and they usually wave you through. Canada also had some very pretty agents at some of the border stations.
I've heard from 2 different sources they won't. Both LEOs. One guy had his spray taken, another said they let him take his in ONLY because he was an LEO. I think it largely depends who you get as a border officer.

I've also heard your tale of being grilled about weaponed they owned at home from 2 other people.

I'm not taking a gun, but the one guy that got his bear spray taken took a shotgun with the appropriate paperwork.

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I'm not sure I'm taking a sat phone, but its good to know they can't make some of those calls.
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I've crossed the border 15-20 times with bear spray. I tell the agent I have it and the agent looks at me as if to say he/she couldn't care less. No agent has ever asked to see it. All my crossings have been on the Alaska border or the southern BC or AB borders. Sphincters may be tighter in other areas.
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I've crossed the border 15-20 times with bear spray. I tell the agent I have it and the agent looks at me as if to say he/she couldn't care less. No agent has ever asked to see it. All my crossings have been on the Alaska border or the southern BC or AB borders. Sphincters may be tighter in other areas.
Apparently its the border patrol officer you draw.

Here's the post where his was taken from him.
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