Alaska 2018 - Let's Share Plans / Logistics

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  1. slobinski

    slobinski easily amused

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    If you're really into old buildings and machinery, take the walking tour of the mine buildings. Seems like it was around thirty-seven bucks; I thought it was well worth it. The tour includes a hike to the top of the mill building, then down through it and into the powerhouse, as well as several other restored buildings. It might be a good idea to take your flashlight along as the mill building is a bit dark in places.
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  2. Tewster2

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    We're gonna try to do the ride out to Kennicot this year....my buddy who lives in Anchorage says it's one of the best rides in ALaska.
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  3. MotoSkipper

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    I went there late June this year, it was one of my favorite places . It rained 4 days straight, I still had a blast. The Golden Saloon had some great local talent and a restaurant called the Potato had some good eats as well. I'll be back next year, as stated above by Mike the locals are good people. I'll be putting a RR out here as soon as I can.
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  4. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    I guess that answers that, I’ll be there after my “vacation” in Homer.
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  5. scoutDad

    scoutDad IBA#203

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    Chitina and McCarthy are on our list as well.
    A friend of mine when there a few years ago and highly recommended it.
    Thanks for the great pics!
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  6. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Well.....dang it......I guess I am forced......forced I say......to ride out to McCarthy, and the Kennecott Mine, as there is no way I am letting the rest of you ride to those places, and make me "read" about your adventures....after we all get back from Alaska. :hmmmmm

    My riding partner is not aware...YET...that we will be riding to Glennallen, then to Chitina, then to McCarthy....and back...but he will find out once he reads this thread and this post.

    Surprise....we are riding to McCarthy, Alaska next year :wings
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  7. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    When you go through Glennallen go around the corner to the other little store/gas station...no lines to get gas
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  8. rickj

    rickj Been here awhile

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    There are a number of places I'D LIKE to spend more than 2 days, but we unfortunately only have 3 weeks for our trip and lots to see and experience. We do plan on several down days along the way in places we like, such as Stewart, BC so we can spend time up at the Salmon Glacier. Dawson City in the Yukon is the exception. That town is so amazing that we may actually spend 2 days there, but that might come at the expense of possibly missing out some other place. Ugh. I guess this dilemma is the reason that we have to keep coming back!

    We're winging it on this trip and don't have a hard schedule or route that we're sticking to. We have the overall route that we plan, which is up the Icefileds Parkway, up the AlCan, Dawson, Denali, Kennecott Mines, (possibly Homer), and back down the Cassiar. Of course, it's all subject to change along the way. We've also got a number of places that are optional such as Telegraph Creek, Keno City, Forty Mile ghost town, and Hatcher Pass to mention a few.

    The trip will be awesome and we'll have a great time, but there will be places we'll miss. That's what the "next trip" is for...
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  9. rickj

    rickj Been here awhile

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    Based on what I'm reading in this thread, it seems like there will be lots of traffic on the road to Kennecott Mine and McCarthy! When I was planning our 2015 trip I somehow didn't know about McCarthy and the mine. We learned about it after the route was planned out and we did try to make it, but during the trip we found ourselves with a ferry to catch in Valdez and not enough time to go out and back to McCarthy. It was our biggest (and probably only) regret about that trip. We did manage to ride out to Chitina, which is a great ride, and had lunch there before heading back across Thompson Pass down to Valdez. BTW, the ride across the pass and into Valdez is spectacular. It's one of our OPTIONAL places to visit and I'm hoping we can make it again.

    Not sure if we'll camp at Kennecott or if we'll stay in some lodging. The Kennecott Glacier Lodge looks pretty cool, but I'm guessing that we'd need to book well in advance. Hmmm. Any advice on that?

    By the way, is it KENNECOTT OR KENNICOTT?
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  10. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    I've got a few recommendations of must see places.
    Hatcher Pass is great!
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    Fish Creek at Hyder when the Grizzly's are visiting.
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    Clinton Creek road north off the Top of the World road will take you to the First town in the Yukon "Forty Mile"
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    And for those that aren't afraid of remote back country there is always the South and North Canol roads. Best roads on the trip north!
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  11. slobinski

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    Kennecott Glacier Lodge is spendy, on the order of $ 200 or more per night. I camped once at Glacier View campground (which was closed in 2015 and may still be), and once at the raggedy Base Camp campground. Seems like there are a couple of bed/breakfast outfits in the area; you might look online or check The Milepost.
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  12. mikegc

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  13. rickj

    rickj Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the intel! I did some digging and found a GOOD REFERENCE WEBSITE with lots of information on lodging and camping around McCarthy. There may be more small operators using AirBNB and VRBO, as it seems that capitalism is taking foot in McCarthy.

    Link: AIRBNB LISTINGS
    Link: VRBO LISTINGS

    LODGING:
    http://www.kennicottlodge.com/
    http://www.mccarthylodge.com/
    http://www.kennicottriverlodge.com/
    http://currantridge.com/?page_id=2
    http://www.mccarthybedandbreakfast.com/index.html

    CAMPING:
    http://glacierviewcampground.com/index.html
    Base Camp Campground – Located next to the Kennicott River & the pedestrian footbridge at the end of the McCarthy Road. It is $5/day to park your car there, or $20/day to set up a tent in one of their many tent or RV camp sites (no hook ups). There is no website, phone number, or reservation system; just pay when you show up.
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  14. black 8

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    Too bad you can only do 3 weeks during the trip Rick but understandable with the time constraints that your group has... it'll be an epic adventure nonetheless going up north again. I don't blame you staying a couple of days in Dawson City. I spent three days there between D2D and just walking around exploring. Great times.... be safe....

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  15. rickj

    rickj Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I wish we could be gone longer. We're constrained by one of the guy's work schedule (and probably my wife!), and I'm sure it would be appreciated if we could be back for July 4th. I think we'll be able to fly to Spokane on Friday 6/15 and start riding Saturday the 16th. However, if we want to be back on 7/3 that's only 18 days of riding! No Bueno. Looking at our 2015 ride, we didn't return until after the 4th - and survived the homecoming. Hmmm. Maybe we can stretch this to 3 full weeks.

    We will have to make some compromises, so 1.5 days in Dawson is the likely scenario. We did reserve two cabins at the Triple J for 6/23 and 6/24, so we'll just miss D2D. We may consider pushing it up and arriving a day or two earlier, but we'd have to stay somewhere else as the Triple J is all booked. (I really like the cabins at that place!) The route I've developed is our virtual wish list, and we know we can't possibly see it all. We don't want to miss Dawson City, Kennecott Mine / McCarthy, Denali highway, and Hyder / Salmon Glacier. We'll just have to see how much of it we can actually make on this trip. It's all good, and I'm sure we'll have a great time! Cheers, Rick
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  16. worncog

    worncog YBNormal

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    Good stuff guys! Feel like I just went to a 'Let's Ride to Alaska' primer.

    We are rolling up that way the last week of May for a three week stint. I can only squeeze out three weeks at a whack, and that's a stretch, so I'm dropping my Tenere off in the Seattle area after wandering thru a southwesterly leg from Florida. Riding buddy will be meeting me in Seattle, and then heading up to ride the new Tuktoyaktuk stretch before wandering over to some of Alaska. The Haul Road is a maybe depending on weather, but with so many good options it may fall off the table. The plan is still written in pencil...and I am sure the more you guys add chatter about places like Kennecott and such, the more the eraser may be utilized. ;)

    Cheers,
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  17. wannabehippy

    wannabehippy I'll risk it!

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    One thing I need for my trip is a good pair of truly waterproof/cold weather gloves. I don't mind spending the money on something that works. I just can't make up my mind on any.
    Any suggestions from those that have been there done that?

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  18. mikegc

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    I've been using BMW's Allround gloves for almost six years and they're superb. They've been across the US in winter 5 times and to Alaska twice with no issues. I'll take them back up to The Last Frontier in June of next year. https://www.ascycles.com/Products/ProductID/21059

    Mike
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  19. Ol Man

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    On my trip last year I used bar mitts and did not have any issues with wet hands. I had Klim Inversion gloves. I rode in rain, snow, sleet and hail. I do have heated grips, which worked nice. I had a pair of gauntlet gloves, but never used them. The mitts I used were http://www.obradvgear.com/index.php/products/enduro-grip-mitt
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  20. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    I only rode with MX gloves [even in cold and rain] heated grips and good hand guards. That way I don't have to remove gloves to use the camera. Kept the camera in a top outside coat pocket for quick access. Took a lot of pictures on the go. easier to capture bear pictures.
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