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Old 03-05-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
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Seattle - Alaska in August, best way to do it?

Hello,
I plan with a friend to drive up North in August, we are debating what the best way is to see as much as possible, we have one week (Saturday - Sunday).
1. Drive from Seattle up North, possible Whitehorse, and back
2. Drive up to Anchorage and fly back, bikes will be shipped back.
Questions:
  • Is it realistic to do Whitehorse and back in 9 days and to be able to see something? Good ideas and pointers for such a trip?
  • Has someone shipped a bike from Anchorage back to the PNW, if yes what were the costs, which shipper, was it arranged before the trip started?
Thanks!
- Juergen
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:27 PM   #2
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Hello,
I plan with a friend to drive up North in August, we are debating what the best way is to see as much as possible, we have one week (Saturday - Sunday).
1. Drive from Seattle up North, possible Whitehorse, and back
2. Drive up to Anchorage and fly back, bikes will be shipped back.
Questions:
  • Is it realistic to do Whitehorse and back in 9 days and to be able to see something? Good ideas and pointers for such a trip?
  • Has someone shipped a bike from Anchorage back to the PNW, if yes what were the costs, which shipper, was it arranged before the trip started?
Thanks!
- Juergen

My advice...

Go up the Cassiar to Watson Lake and come back via the Alcan and back through the Robson Valley. You might be able to budget some time to see Hyder, Alaska and even Telegraph Creek. Both are not to be missed IMHO. This route has less backtracking and more of a loop to see different things.

Save Whitehorse and beyond for an Alaska Trip. Whitehorse is the gateway to the real goodies in the Yukon IMHO.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:39 PM   #3
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My advice...

Go up the Cassiar to Watson Lake and come back via the Alcan and back through the Robson Valley. You might be able to budget some time to see Hyder, Alaska and even Telegraph Creek. Both are not to be missed IMHO. This route has less backtracking and more of a loop to see different things.

Save Whitehorse and beyond for an Alaska Trip. Whitehorse is the gateway to the real goodies in the Yukon IMHO.
Good advice!!, if you go into Hyder ( you should) go on up the road past town
and don't miss seeing the Salmon Glacier. For bike shipping advice, post in the Alaska section, those people know all about it.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:06 PM   #4
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Hyder and Telegraph Creek

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Good advice!!, if you go into Hyder ( you should) go on up the road past town
and don't miss seeing the Salmon Glacier. For bike shipping advice, post in the Alaska section, those people know all about it.
Yes indeed

Road to Hyder and beyond




Telegraph Creek

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Old 03-05-2014, 07:56 PM   #5
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:24 PM   #6
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I had my sons Dakar shipped from Skagway to Seattle for ~ $220. You have to provide your own straps and tie down the bike yourself. Or in my case, I paid someone to do it. They shipped by weight and I believe it had to be empty of fuel as I recall. If I were to ship, I'd lighten the bike as much as possible... but then again, the airlines are now charging for extra luggage. Might be cheaper to pay the extra shipping.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:56 PM   #7
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My advice...

Go up the Cassiar to Watson Lake and come back via the Alcan and back through the Robson Valley. You might be able to budget some time to see Hyder, Alaska and even Telegraph Creek. Both are not to be missed IMHO. This route has less backtracking and more of a loop to see different things.

Save Whitehorse and beyond for an Alaska Trip. Whitehorse is the gateway to the real goodies in the Yukon IMHO.
So you would go up via Cassiar and then back via Fort Nelson (or the other way around)? Sounds also like a good trip, especially with a stop in Hyder, I will talk with my friend what he thinks.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:03 PM   #8
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Do you have a contact number or a link, sounds also like a very good and reasonable idea.
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Do you have a contact number or a link, sounds also like a very good and reasonable idea.
http://http://www.northlandservices.com

I simply called their booking department, and they explained the process, and quoted me.

It looks like they have been bought by Lynden in the interim; when I priced in 2011, Lynden was more expensive.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:43 PM   #10
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So you would go up via Cassiar and then back via Fort Nelson (or the other way around)? Sounds also like a good trip, especially with a stop in Hyder, I will talk with my friend what he thinks.
- Juergen
Either way is good. I'd plan for Hyder, Telegraph creek and even try to ride over to the Nisga'a Lava beds. I have actually contemplated doing this route in the time frame you mention. Oh, and plan for a dip in the Liard hotsprings.

It's all good. One thing I will warn you about. Once you get a taste of the north, you will get addicted. If you are like me, you will spend every minute of your vacations up there. I consider myself Canadian in heart and soul now. Absolutely grand country up there. Consider yourself warned.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:01 PM   #11
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are you driving or riding?? It doesn't seem very clear. Cassiar / hyder / whitehorse / etc not to be missed
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:04 PM   #12
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are you driving or riding?? It doesn't seem very clear. Cassiar / hyder / whitehorse / etc not to be missed
Riding the BMW R100GSPD, friend has a Honda.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:37 PM   #13
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Either way is good. I'd plan for Hyder, Telegraph creek and even try to ride over to the Nisga'a Lava beds. I have actually contemplated doing this route in the time frame you mention. Oh, and plan for a dip in the Liard hotsprings.

It's all good. One thing I will warn you about. Once you get a taste of the north, you will get addicted. If you are like me, you will spend every minute of your vacations up there. I consider myself Canadian in heart and soul now. Absolutely grand country up there. Consider yourself warned.
Thanks for the advise, I can see myself getting addicted after watching your videos, I will send you also a PM.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:28 AM   #14
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We took the ferry up, rode around and rode back down through the cassiar. I would do it again with the ferry in a heartbeat. Very cool boat ride up
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:58 AM   #15
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Cassiar Beauty..

My latest video of the Cassiar was just uploaded.
(Read and see more here : http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=953161&page=2)

Hope this whet's your appetite.

Enjoy...

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