Alaska Primer

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Alcan Rider, May 6, 2012.

  1. LDRydr

    LDRydr S10 Pilot

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    Thanks for your post Jack. I'm headed to the shredder now to destroy my June itinerary. :lol3

    See you in Glenallen June 30th?
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  2. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Jack knows Alaska. His advice is right on.
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  3. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    Jack has a tendency to get lost...er....wander. :D
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  4. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    HayDee's been talking to you, hasn't she?

    :lol3
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  5. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    Forget Gregory Frazier and his book.....It's time for Jack to be published.

    No need to buy a Mile Post.....read jack's book.

    The forward could be co-written by KHuddy and Fighter.

    And a reality show staring The Dutchess.
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  6. Thebes

    Thebes Been here awhile

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    Groceries?

    Pardon my interruption of the humor, but this seems like the best place to ask.
    I am on a very strict diet and typically do my own cooking for safety- can't eat any grains or food additives, and numerous other restrictions. This is a treatment proscribed by my physician for Crohn's disease in lieu of steroids etc. If I screw this up I can get profoundly ill. Sometimes I can eat out if I can talk to cook staff and I trust them, my diet is basically plain cooked meat and veggies, and sometimes this can be a problem at restaurants.

    What is the availability of basic foods like fresh (or frozen) chicken, pork chops, fish, veggies, fruits, etc?
    I'm a little worried that I might only find things like canned soup, SPAM, hotdogs, and Doritos- if I find groceries at all at remote stops.

    I haven't seen this discussed before, presumably because most Adv'ers can do pizza-and-a-beer without passing blood from it.
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  7. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    +1......Make sure you stop in Fairbanks at his favorite fudge shop, pick him up some and then drop by Glenallen for a visit!!!! Ask for the $2 tour to Valdez!!

    (hope this gets you more fudge Jack!!)
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  8. LDRydr

    LDRydr S10 Pilot

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    Did somebody say fudge? I must be made aware of this location. To miss a fudge shop on my Alaska trip would surely leave me greatly disappointed (that and I don't want to be empty-handed if/when I meet Jack).
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  9. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    don't remember what flavor my rent for the night was.....but this was the shop!! The one way streets and construction last year were a bit confusing to get to it......

    http://www.thefudgepot.com/
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  10. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    OK Jack, I just read a good bit of your post to the MRS. who is now riding along on her bike. I'm leaving in 36 hours . See ya at D2D.

    Ed
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  11. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    One of the flavors was Espresso - one of my favorites. :thumb You brung a couple more - which earned you the $2.50 Valdez tour. :lol3

    But it was worth it. Thanks, Andy. :wave
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  12. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Cities, even smaller ones, will have everything you need. But the small communities you will pass through along the way will have a relatively poor selection, if anything at all, so stock up when you can.

    The problem up here is the extremely high cost of refrigeration. Forget the jokes about selling refrigerators to eskimos, it gets hot here during normal summers and the expense of running refrigeration is exorbitant. I know, as for years I maintained most of the commercial refrigeration in this area.

    What you do have in your favor is that large enough cities are spaced an easy day's ride apart, so you won't have to carry four or five days worth of perishables. Camp close enough to a city that you can get up in the morning, ride on in to get what you need for that day's meals, then head for the next city and do the same. You might not have steak and eggs for breakfast before you hit the road, but you will have time to work up a good appetite before stopping to cook. :D
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  13. miked68

    miked68 Adventurer

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    I'm currently getting ready for my 4th trip to Alaska, Yukon, NW Territories in the last 6 years. the 1st trip I made all the standard mistakes; took too much stuff, went with a schedule & plan, etc. I got lucky and had pretty good weather most of the trip and traveled 7,500 miles round trip with almost no difficulites. I took a KLR with hardly any modifications except bigger windscreen and better seat. cheap reliable bike with large gas tank.

    I had been talking about the trip for over a year and one Sunday i just said the hell with it, loaded the bike and left the next day. figured I'd "learn the hard way" on the first trip; and it's still my favorite trip to Alaska.

    when people ask me about my trips i tell them they can plan or they can just go!! i strongly recommend "just go" !

    or you can sit at your computer and read the "Alaska" threads and someday you'll die saying " I wish . . . "
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  14. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    Well said. I am guilty as charged.:D
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  15. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    This exchange: Trails End BMW prompted the addition of another paragraph or two.

    Your comments are welcome, as always. If they are in opposition to the author's views, they will be ignored, as always. :lol3
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  16. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Except for all those stories about you dancing on tables.:lol3
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  17. Whalerman

    Whalerman Amateur Gynecologist

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    Excellent info.
    I'd like to add that it all holds true for the north half of B.C. as well.
    Once you get past Prince George heading north, the communities are small, few and far apart.
    For us it's an adventure having to go through somewhere that actually has more than one traffic light.
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  18. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Love your view. Just go
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  19. ThruTraffic

    ThruTraffic Adventurer

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    My schedule is set to leave NC September 1 but after reading the starting post of this thread I don't know if I can wait. I made it as far as Fairbanks in 2003 but time turned me back south. I got the whole month this trip so Prudhoe Bay it is.

    So many of the things he wrote about are "me".

    I never check a weather report before a trip. If I can't go it won't be the weather that stops me.

    I never make hotel or camp site reservations. There's always the woods.

    When I hit sparse fuel territory I never pass a fill up opportunity. I did that last AK trip one time and the stations were only ~25 miles apart. :-) I've never run out of gas in a motorcycle in the ~40 years I've been riding them.

    When I was there last the BMW Dealership was in a mobile home, no shit, new bikes were on blocks in a living room picture window. The mechanic shop was a shack out back. I lie to you not. I have pics of the old guy (my age, little older) mounting a new rear tire on my 1100R and there was just barely enough room on each side of the bike for him to work. I seriously<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    doubt he could have got an LT in there. Alcan 'ate' the rear MEZ3. Went flat as I stood in front of the Yukon/AK sign getting my picture taken. Damn good thing the guard shack had a compressor in the shop. I have no idea how I made it to Fairbanks on that thing. Steel wire was slapping the inside of the fender well like one of those paint scrapers. The pucker mark in the seat was still on that bike when I sold it 50,000 miles later. :-)

    This trip I'm swapping the Anakees for some K60 Scouts in Fairbanks for the Dalton and the Cassiar on the return trip. I'm ordering them ahead from a local dealer to be there when I arrive. I sure as hell don't want those folks going out of business so I'm willing to pay more to help make sure they're there for my next trip. Back to Anakee's near the south end of the Cassiar.

    About the only thing new they can do in AK that will make my day is put a torch to all the Mickey Ds, Burger Kings, etc. I want greasy eggs and truck stop coffee.

    Last thing, I always ride solo. A vacation is for doing what 'you' want to do. Not asking someone else what 'they' want to do. :-)

    Wonder if I'd get fired if I left now ............................
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  20. Boulder Ed

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