Alaska 2018 - Let's Share Plans / Logistics

Discussion in 'Americas' started by rickj, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    Do they make a canister big enough for a human to fit in? Bears are attracted to trash and I'm 230 lbs of biker trash...
  2. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Yes they do!!!!
    It's commonly called a pick-up!!!

    Yer welcome!!!
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  3. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    I've got and tried one of those, but keep burning up my clutch trying to tow it with my motorcycle. I still to this day don't know how all those guys in Sturgis do it every year???
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  4. Tewster2

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    Oops someone mentioned the bear thing....this thread will be over 100 pages long by tomorrow :lol3
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  5. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    You know what they call adv bikers in Canada and Alaska...ursa bait.
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  6. ZiggyInNc

    ZiggyInNc Adventurer

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    I’m packing my BV450 for my trip to Alaska. I already had one since they (bear canisters) are a requirement for several areas that I hike in. I’ll be doing camping and plan to keep any scented items and food in there, rather than in my tour pak or saddlebags. I always stash it a good ways from my tent and bike overnight. Don’t want a bear to scratch up or knock over my bike :-). I also have a bear bag for hikes but when overnighting on the bilke I don’t want to have to worry about finding a branch and rigging it up before I go to sleep.
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  7. nickgindy

    nickgindy KLR Basher

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    Bear canister it is then since im camping alot. Hopefully I can find one used.

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  8. Ozarks Rider

    Ozarks Rider Adventurer

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    Late to the party but heading up in about 6 weeks solo. Taking my time winding up to Glacier via Badlands and a section of the IDBDR after soaking a few days at Bergdorf. Up through Banff and Liard, soaking again, and arriving in Anchorage mid July. My buddy arrives and is renting a bike from Motoquest, and we're doing an 8 day loop up to Tok, Chicken, Dawson City, Whitehorse, Delta Junction, then down to McCarthy, Valdez, and because I can't read a ferry schedule, back up to Glennallen (not all bad) and back to Anchorage.

    Then my wife will fly in to Anchorage and we return Motoquest bike, store mine, and the three of us rent a car and head to Homer. Doing a flight to Katmai for a day, kayak salmon fishing the next, then on to Seward. Next day is a jet boat trip to Bear Glacier to kayak and afterwards helicopter back to Seward. Following day return my buddy to Anchorage so he can fly home with wife and I spending two days in Anchorage to look around.

    Then she and I with car head back down to Whittier for the night, where I finally figured out how to read a ferry schedule, so we can head to Valdez. Three days to go wherever and then she flies back out of Anchorage for home.

    Get my bike out of storage and weather permitting, head up the haul road for Prudhoe. Hopefully hook up with a couple of guys from Houston who will just be getting in the area. Time and weather permitting after that (this will be mid August at this point) try to make it to Tuk if at all possible before I make the 4500+/- trip back to Arkansas.

    Hope to see some other inmates out there and share some stories!
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  9. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    What kind of bike is your buddy renting from Motoquest? If it's a 1200GS, it's likely one of the bikes we just ferried up there in April. We rode into Alaska from Whitehorse up to spend the night in Tok and on down to Anchorage. I really wished we'd had time to add on that section up to Dawson, Chicken, etc. April was a bit early to be up that far north anyway. Post up a ride report, I'd love to see what that loop through Alaska and the Yukon looks like.
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  10. ZiggyInNc

    ZiggyInNc Adventurer

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    Anyone actually on the road yet? I’m heading out next week and wondering what roads are like across the border. I plan to be crossing from ND into Saskatchewan sometime on Memorial Day weekend and then up thru AB, BC, and NWR on way to Anchorage.
  11. Ozarks Rider

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    He's renting an 800 GS for a couple of reasons. First, he's never ridden off road before, second, that was all they had! According to Motoquest he got one of the last ones available for the season short of some cancellations if they happened. I am debating whether I think I can keep up with a ride report in progress or just wait until I return. I've tried to keep a basic journal before tracking miles per day, temps, etc. with a little recap and that has been difficult-even though I can nee figure out why it should be so tough to keep up. Either way it will be well documented. I would imagine April was a little early and possibly the same as August into September might be hitting the later side. To some extent weather is weather and all you can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Did you put together a ride report? I try to look at everyone's and they have been really helpful.
  12. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    Reading another thread, they talk about planning ahead if you want to dip your toes into the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay. I know you have to take a bus out there, but what else is involved....how much in advance needs to be done?
    My goal is the Arctic Circle sign....beyond that will be gravy. But if everything goes right....just maybe I'd shoot for PB. Can I wet my toes on a whim???
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  13. Ozarks Rider

    Ozarks Rider Adventurer

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    Since the 9/11 attacks you are required to get a security clearance and that takes a day apparently
  14. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Mad Scientist

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    Or, just ride up to TUK...Tuktoyaktuk...with all the cool inmates, because riding to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay is so old hat...passe'.

    In TUK, the Arctic Ocean is right there, within toes reach, just remove your boots, and walk right in.
  15. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    I’m not saying your wrong, but that is total B.S. on the governments part. They restrict access to the Ocean just to discourage tourist travel unless your on a tour. Land of the free, my ass.
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    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Leaving home in Louisiana tomorrow - but the real trip (departing from Calgary) starts in another week.
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  17. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Did my toe drenching in the Arctic in 2016. In James bay. Yep, technically part of the Arctic ocean. Local told me to taste it. I did. Was a little hesitant at first. Wasn't sure if he was trying to kill me. Its salty. But I will also dip in Tuk if I get there next year and while I intend to go to Prudhoe bay, I don't think I will pay for that "tour". I do want that picture in front of the Deadhorse sign though.


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  18. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    The land access to Prudoe Bay is all oil country, that’s the real reason for the security.
  19. Tewster2

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    Yep if you ask adventure riders from most other countries if they’ve heard of the Dempster and most will say no....but the Dalton....they all want to ride it.
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  20. Halen

    Halen Suerte O Muerte

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    Sealing the seams on my tent for a northern New Mexico camping shakedown run (with Alaska prep in mind). My dog is providing quality control on my work.

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