Alaska July 2016 - Planning, Prepping, Psyching

Discussion in 'Americas' started by -Chris-, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Guessing we'll probably see you, and many others, along the way...we're heading out from the Denver metro area on 16July. Planning to be at Adventure Cycleworks in Fairbanks on 28July for new tires. (already purchased)
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  2. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Is it flippin June 30th yet? I cannot wait to get on the road!!! Work has sucked and recovery from my accident last October has been slow. But now I am ready for the trip and ready to roll. We started with 6 and are now down to 3. Two of us doing Key West to Prudhoe Bay and back to Key West. Only have 4 weeks plus 2 days off to do the whole thing, about 15,000 miles. We are shooting for the Ultimate Coast to Coast to Coast Insanity Challenge and log it in 30 days, but if we don't we don't. I left Homestead (130 miles from KW) on a Thursday back in 2011 and was back on Thursday 28 days later, so we might have a chance. Plan is to haul ass through the US and cross into Canada from the tip of Idaho. From there we run up through the Kootenays to Revelstoke, Golden, then down to Banff, Jasper, Kitwanga to the Cassiar to Watson Lake, up to Fairbanks for tires and service with Dan at Adventure Cycleworks. Then to Prudhoe Bay, down to Valdez, back to Tok, Chicken, Dawson City. Run up to at least Fort MacPherson on the Dempster, then head to Carmacks. Run the Campbell and if weather and time permits do a round trip run on South Canol road. Finish the Campbell down to Watson Lake and back to the Alcan. From there is pretty much make as good as time as we can making a line to home and KW. We are going to run through South Dakota and through Badlands, South Dakota is the only state I have not ever been to one way or another. All of which is subject to change because of delays, weather, or we just wanted to do something different when we got there, or were just to tired to push into a tougher road........its an adventure with a loose structure!!1

    First 3-4 days and last 3-4 days will be high mileage days to have time to enjoy AK, YT, and the NWT. This is my second run up to Prudhoe Bay. In 2014 I tagged my 4th corner of the US and Canada, which was the third for my riding buddy. So Prudhoe Bay will be his fourth. We did not do it all at one time, separate trips to visit Key West, Prudhoe Bay AK, Saint Anthony Newfoundland and San Diego.

    I am on a 2007 GSA, my riding buddy is on a 2015 Super Tenere and third buddy is on a 2015 GSA.

    For those making their first trek my advice is:
    1) Don't other think it
    2) Be ready no matter what fate and mother nature throw at you, its an adventure, keep a good attitude and move on
    3) Gather what you can from all the ride reports, but RIDE YOUR RIDE!!!
    4) Listen to EVERYTHING that guys on here like, Fighter, The Dick, KHUDDY, AKTRACKS and especially ALCAN Rider say. They have lived and ride it daily and they are honest on their opinions and want you to be safe and enjoy.
    5) RIDE YOUR RIDE and Listen to ALCAN Rider (Yes I repeated myself on purpose!!)


    29 Fn' DTG!!!
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  3. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I never understood why everyone thinks this trip takes months and months of planning. I did some research asked some questions and figured it out as I rode.
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  4. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Mine wasn't so much planning it was learning about an area I have never been to and not ever read much about. Planning was figuring out a route to do all I wanted to do and still be back home and to work in 4 weeks. You can just wing it for 15,000 miles in 4 weeks, but probably not very effectively and might miss something you wanted to do. I see and get your point, but for me and many others, planning it out fills the gap to getting to do the trip.........although many do overthink it!!
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  5. -Chris-

    -Chris- Long timer

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    Well 17 days... I'm pretty much ready. I have a couple more random things to pick up, but other than that, I'm freakin ready to go!
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  6. svahadean

    svahadean und i.m. vandaring

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    Me too, same day, same few random things, same freakin ready to go -- woo-hoo!
  7. kanotuna

    kanotuna Adventurer

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    I made it to the arctic circle on street tires, Pirelli Angel GT. I never really rode offroad on any machine before, but I just took my time (mostly because the suspension of a RSV is not made for rocky surfaces). I actually met a man that was bicycling back down from Prudhoe Bay. I'll never do it again (on the RSV). That being written, I'm trying to figure when i can make it back up there.

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  8. CaptainBeard

    CaptainBeard Adventurer

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    Awesome info. I'm doing some research for my ride, trying to figure out what tires to put on my bike. Started a planning thread for questions. I work on a tugboat in Valdez Alaska and I'll be riding from Southern California to Seattle. Then leaving Seattle on July 15 and hoping to be in Valdez on the 20th. I'll be on my red Multistrada and will be going up the western route on the cassiar. Never even been in Canada haha. Trying to decide how much dirt I'm going to hit for tire selection, and if I should plan on camping
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  9. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Same here. Did a practice packing job to see if I'm missing anything and I'm ready to leave this heat. Supposed to be 118F-120F this week.
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  10. fastestfreddie

    fastestfreddie BMW GSA

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    Leaving Vancouver c July 5th heading to Squamish BC for some fishing then onto prince george. hope to make Haines and ferry back to port harding and ride the island south to victioria.

    anyone taking this route?

    Notsofastfreddie
  11. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    A good set of road tires and a small compressor to air them back up if you drop the pressure in bad loose gravel . Man I don't know. Some how always lucked out . I am always concerned on how good my tires are in rain on the blacktop and how many miles I can get out of a set as that's my major rides . It's all a matter of choice , different strokes for different folks . :0)

    most of my rides.
  12. CaptainBeard

    CaptainBeard Adventurer

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    I just ordered one of those new motopumps to replace an old crappy pump :). Should be good there. I went ahead and ordered up the continental trail attack 2s for this Alaksan ride. We'll see if they get me all the way up and back home roughly 7,500 miles. If not, I'm guessing I may just have to change a rear out somewhere along the way home. Which I'll have time for. The trail attacks just seemed like the best option for super long tread life, plus food wet/dry performance, and some dirt characteristics for the small amount of dirt roads I'll hit. We'll see if I made a good choice!
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  13. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    "Motopump" brand air pump, expensive and worth every penny and more. I've had one for a few years now (I think it's what they call the 'mini pro standard') and it is great. I've also got a nice "Slime" brand, some other little pump from Walmart and have used a friends 12 volt pump. Motopump is just way better operating than any other pump I've come across.

    Don't leave home without one!
  14. CaptainBeard

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    Yah I've been using a super cheap 12V one for the last year but just ordered a "motopumps" deluxe ADVrider special a couple days ago haha. Among a bunch of cool other stuff I've been ordering lately haha.
  15. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    9 days.................. I hope it passes quickly!!!!!!
  16. -Chris-

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    tick tock tick tock.......
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  17. fastestfreddie

    fastestfreddie BMW GSA

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    camping or hostel near prince george suggestions? Preferibly south between williams lake and george.

    Leaving Seattle July 5th on my way north!
  18. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    14 days :p3rry
  19. Mustang28027

    Mustang28027 Been here awhile

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    Well, I made it from NC to Nebraska and then this happened. Guy pulled out in front of me. I didn't even have time to cuss. I survived with relatively minor injuries, and know Im fortunate to be alive. Oh well, there is always next year...

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  20. svahadean

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    So glad to know you're good enough to write this post; wish you a quick full recovery; hope all goes well going forward.
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