Alaska 2008

Discussion in 'Americas' started by paulgadget, May 4, 2007.

  1. White Knuckles

    White Knuckles Insufficient memory

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    This year the Cassiar closed while I was on it and I had to double back to the Alaska Highway. I recommend you take the Cassiar on the way up so if it closes, you can take it on the way back instead. That gives you two chances of making it.

    Buy the Milepost when the 2008 edition is out (it's sold at most gas stations if you wait until you are in Canada). The Milepost lists many of the motels and campgrounds along the way. When you need a motel, call ahead around noon to reserve.
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  2. Lurch II

    Lurch II Been here awhile

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    If all works out, we plan on leaving Vermont for Alaska the end of June. No schedule and no itinerary yet - we may both "retire" - i.e., quite our current demanding 60 hour a week jobs and then decide what we want to do for work when we get back. Perhaps we'll meet on the road.
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  3. Drifter

    Drifter Long timer

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    I would strongly suggest that from San Diego, you shoot over to and head north on 395 up to Oregon (very scenic), then cut over to Idaho (US 95). Take 95 all the way to the Canadian border and enter Canada via the east port of entry and then tour through Jasper NP, Alberta. The 140 mile Icefield Parkway is a must ride! (Also 95 up through Idaho is great -- mostly scenic and plenty of camping especially in the Hells Canyon area.)

    After Jasper, head up 16 all the way to 37. You will see a lot of wildlife along 37. As another poster said, make a side trip to Hyder / Stewart and ride the Salmon Glacier road. There is camping in Hyder, but also a lot of bears. Might want to stay at one of several nice Inns or motels in Stewart.

    Have your camera at the ready as you ride up 37 -- in early june your will see black bears along the road eating wild berries and moose are everywhere.

    http://www.gsriders.com/Alaska2.htm (you can check out some of my Alaska pics here.)

    Ice Field Parkway, Jasper NP, Alberta, Canada

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    Salmon Glacier - Hyder Alaska
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    Salmon Glacier road goes for about 22 miles up to an old mine at the 8,800 ft level. The glacier runs about 16 miles.
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  4. faceman

    faceman currently ADV-less..

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    It might involve a bit of back-tracking in/out of Anchorage, but if you have an opportunity, ride the Denali Highway. 136 miles of gravel with fantastic views. From Paxson on Hwy 4, west to Cantwell on Hwy 3.
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  5. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Milepost is great for planning, but always have a "Plan B"!! Made the trip this past July as well, planned to stay (also a planned gas stop) at Kluane Wilderness Village and RV Park @ mile 1118 on the Alaska Highway. 1/4 page ad in Milepost!! Got there and the driveways were blocked with oil barrels and buildings had been closed for some time. Just saying!! The Cassiar was closed when we were ready to return. Changed plans and booked passage on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry out of Haines. We went to Juneau for a day lay-over on the Columbia (cattle call, way to crowded). This is something everyone should do at least once!! Don't take an express!! The Columbia or one of the larger ferrys. We were on the Taku from Juneau to Prince Rupert. This took us to "ALL" the small towns on the inland route. Petersburg and the Wrangell Narrows is hard to beat. Reservations are recomended, but you can get lucky if you go last minute (especially with the gas prices like they are going to be!).
    Edit: and when your in Fairbanks, stop by the Arctic Cam located at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner building and call home so the folks back home can get a picture of ya.
    http://arcticcam.com/cam/
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  6. pfestus1

    pfestus1 Slasher

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    :clap Paulgadget: I'll be watching this thread, and lookin for the ride report! I'll be doing this ride in '09 when I retire from firefighter/paramedic'n in Virginia. I wish you and your fellow travelers a safe fun journey!
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  7. Rockmanpete

    Rockmanpete n00b

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    Who ever is planning on the Vstrom on the Dempster is going to find that he/she is on the wrong bike.

    this road is NOT for Beginners or Average Machines~ it is one of the most gruling roads I have ever been on, if you are taking a Vstrom, make sure it has every possible up grade in suspension, brakes, tires etc.... not a good idea for a bike designed for 10% off road.
    ~Just my opinion~ Rockman
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  8. Rockmanpete

    Rockmanpete n00b

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    We are putting together a supported ride From BMW Motorcycles of Detroit, I lived in alaska for 19 years and will be leading the ride with the help of a BMW Mechanic and Certified Medic, complete with a support rig and trailer~
    If you would like some info and contacts to use while in Alaska please contact me here at BMW Detroit 586-274-4000
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  9. coop74

    coop74 Deal's Gap Junkie

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    Not to get in a pissing match with you but a well prepped Vstrom will go any where a r12gs will go. What makes you think that a road that regular highway vehicles travel on would be beyond the abilities of a VStrom?

    Coop
    9 year BMWMOA member and over 100k on Beemers...
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  10. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Does the Cassiar still have some gravel sections? If so, does anyone know how many miles are unpaved? This may be a deciding route factor for a friend of mine who plans on coming to Alaska with me next year.

    Thanks
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  11. treysmagna

    treysmagna Bald is beautiful

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    I agree. I did the Cassiar, Dalton and Top of the World on a Sportster back on 05 with no problems what so ever. And, it did rain a lot, especially on the Top of the World and Cassiar. Just prepare the bike well and you should be ok
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  12. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    I am going to ASSUME you have never ridden a Vstrom or read any non-BMW rags about the Vstrom?

    In fact a BMW motorcycle has NEVER been on this road...

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    And, under the same premise, then a Harley should never be able to do the Top of the World highway?

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    The ride is about the rider, not the ride. Sorry to kill your trip promo but when you start throwing out absolute and stats with no foundation, you open yourself up. And, you should know that if you live in Alaska for so long...but, maybe your were stuck in an office in Los Anchorage.
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  13. AKTroy

    AKTroy BE AWARE OF TRAINS

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    OK. These guys were nice. Your talking out your ass!

    Not for beginner rider's, ok. Average machines, what is an "average machine'', one thats not stamped BMW? Got news for ya, there not the only horse in the stable.

    Funny your taking support vehicles and all kinds of other shit. All Ive taken with my "10%" Strom is a flat repair kit, a sleeping bag and tent.

    Oh, Dont forget your tie downs.

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  14. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    you are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO full of shit! you and your so call facts.
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  15. Moto One

    Moto One Been here awhile

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    We did the same trip in 2006, ( I only went to Whitehourse an back)... We also planed on Camping (only did it one night Dawson Creek) rest of the time it was hotels...(Plans change). You will see more motorcycles on the road (Alcan an Cassiar) then on your fav moto road at home. Really!

    The recomendation to take the Ice Fields parkway is a four star recom, and you will not regret it.

    Brake pads (rear), are a must if you are riding an abs GS, but every one on our trip made it on one set. (me I have a none abs GS, and I'm still on my orginals at 20k but I'm due) Make up your packing list, pac, re-pac and then plan on not using half of it, just the facts, but being prepaired is not a bad idea.

    You will see all typs of motos, bicycles, motorhomes, trucks, mini vans, if it rolls some one will be traveling in/on or pushing it.

    Also Stop at Sallys for breakfest (juction of alcan/cassiar) about 12 mile north of Watson Lake.

    Also know that you will (or may not) have any cell coverage except in some larger towns, and then it depends on your carrier. I rented a Sat Phone for a month as a emergency back up.




    Retired @ 31 years Oct 05. 91% pers.

    Mark.
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  16. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    I think you will find its not the abs its the riding style I have a abs GS and I also made it to 18000 miles. I have found that super bike type riders tend to used more front brake (thats why there are 2 of them up there) and the others tend to use up the rears or I have seen here in my shop some who can't get there fat foot off the rear brake lever. but it good for biz I do stock more rears then fronts.
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  17. AKtraveler

    AKtraveler SEAK

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    I already posted the following in the Northwest forum but then found this one and it is also appropriate for me to post in.
    Hello there,
    This is my first post and I want to introduce myself, I live in Juneau, AK, I am nearing retirement (from the Fire Dept.), and my wife of thirty-two years left me without warning a year ago so I am resetting my priorities.
    In May I am picking up my new R1200 GSA in San Diego, will be riding the mountains and desert and visiting friends and then follow the coast north on my return to Juneau. Then in the middle of June I am traveling with friends to the Yukon (D2D) and on up the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">Dalton</st1:City>, then solo throughout the rest of <st1:State w:st="on">Alaska</st1:State> finding a place to enjoy the Fourth of July and then returning to <st1:place w:st="on">Southeast Alaska</st1:place>.
    I am looking forward to meeting new people, getting advice, sharing information and ideas. Also if any of you have questions about <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Alaska</st1:place></st1:State>, especially Southeast I may be able to help.
    I have been a lurker in advrider for some time now and I am impressed with all that I see in this forum. Cheers to you allÂ…:1drink
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  18. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    Aktravler. please change your font color before you cut and past and welcome to the assylum.:freaky
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  19. AKtraveler

    AKtraveler SEAK

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    Thanks for the welcome friar mike, I hope to meet you in the future...:1drink
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  20. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    Iam sure you will see me at D2D Iam hard to miss with the custom pants I wear.:eek1 my wife the Penguin makes them for me.:1drink
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