Alaska Primer

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

  1. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    It is more appropriate to say that you will be entering into orbit around Maggie.
  2. pne

    pne Long timer

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    I'll be trying my first ride into Alaska this summer. Are proper food storage and cleanliness practices, plus my usual trusty can of bear spray adequate for camping?
  3. Git 'R Done

    Git 'R Done n00b

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    Should be fine. Be careful of other campers food storage and such if you're camping at a campground
  4. Slice19

    Slice19 Been here awhile

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    It's snowing right now in Anchorage and pretty heavily too. Be prepared for anything with that arrival date.
  5. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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  6. BikerBill

    BikerBill Motorcycle Addict

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    Alcan Rider,

    Thanks for sharing so much information! You're photographs are stunning.
    Planning a ride this summer to Alaska. Trying to keep it simple and get some gravel road experience before I leave. Whenever I get the feeling I can't do it, your stories and photographs make me realize this is important to me. Plan to ride to Dead Horse and anything else I can fit in. If the Haul Road is too bad I'll just visit some other interesting place. I was pumping gas when the gallons were 23.9 a gallon. Got two possible departure dates, June 19, or July 10. Its a work thing. About four weeks total.

    Thanks,

    Bill
  7. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    There are plenty of non paved excursions here in AK other than the Haul Road: McCarthy/ Kennicott, Denali Highway, Top of the World Highway to Dawson City & side trip to Eagle just to name a few. The Dalton is one of those "been there done that" roads for ADV types but don't feel like you HAVE to do it. There is plenty to do in our fair state.......
  8. flht_db

    flht_db Been here awhile

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    This and if you are winging it and not planning (reserving) places to stay at least check events in the area. Last summer I went up through Dawson City to Top of the World. I did not PLAN or know there was a Moose Head Festival going on. And it was raining and really didn't want to set up camp (hind site camping would have been better). Ended up in a rooming house that got real loud. Also when I went over the ferry, I was talking to the operator and she told me they were expecting like 30-50 RVs in the next hour and good thing I got there when I did. I also had harder time getting places to stay in MT and SD on the bee line home because of Celebrations on the Reservations.

    Top of the World is supposed to be awesome, it was an experience, A clearer day would be better. I would still do it again and want to with a longer time period.

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    Some Clearing

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    Breakfast in Chicken

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    Denali was so much better and a beautiful ride:

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    Did not get to McCarthy/Kennicott but heard it was amazing. Also, the Dempster was a mud pit.
  9. NTTF

    NTTF Been here awhile

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    This is what I got for the TOW weather last June, very different from the fog layer you had. I started the day quite early at the free camping in Chicken and didn't see anyone until I got to the border. I might have been their first customer?
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    Nearly the border..
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    Here are those 30-50 RVs the operators know about :eek1

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  10. flht_db

    flht_db Been here awhile

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    Much different, awesome views there. And no real mud!! LOL
  11. caliform

    caliform Been here awhile

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    Wow, flht_db, you make me so happy that we had good weather on the Top of the World last year. Jeez. Kudos making it over. Is the girl still working the saloon in Chicken?
  12. Shawnspeed

    Shawnspeed Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread. It makes for fun reading.

    My attempt at a Phoenix-Alaska trip ended abruptly last summer, when a Stone sheep and her Ram Lamb decided to jump off a 20 ft cliff and try to beat me to a spot around a blind corner at the highest point of Alaska Highway before Muncho Lake.

    I would call it a tie as the ewe got dead via a broken neck, the lamb wobbled off after a hug and an apology and my gorgeous 2012 BMW R1200R treated me to a classic low side which ended with a meet and greet of a guard rail. I thought a few yards of duct tape would make it road worthy again, but the Edmonton dealer gave my insurance company a $24,000 bill. Fortunately it was just Canadian Dollars.

    That is how I ended up atop a KTM 450 SX-F for the past 9 months as a Jimmy Lewis disciple. Now I’m proud owner of a 2015 Triumph XCx with a Haines to Bellingham ferry reservation on the 20th of July.

    The truncated attempt had me take Utah back roads through Yellowstone, Bear tooth pass, Banff, Grand Prairie and the first portion of Alcan to my kinky sheep date.

    I would appreciate any suggestions for a route heading north, west of Glacier National Park sans the Bellingham – Coastal route back home.

    Shawn
    Phoenix

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  13. flht_db

    flht_db Been here awhile

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    It was an interesting FUN ride!! Glad you had good weather. Just means I have to go back again!!:clap

    Not sure on the saloon as I went to the diner for breakfast and coffee which was much needed!!
  14. caliform

    caliform Been here awhile

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    Haha, indeed!


    Damn, glad you're OK man.
  15. Tweb

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    My planed trip to Alaska from California has become cut extremely short due to work. Anybody know of a good motorcycle shipper in Alaska?
  16. Kummok

    Kummok AlCan Flash

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    Looks like I might miss you by one day...I'll be departing either Whitehorse or Haines on June 2, headed for Homer. I won't plan on making Anchorage same day...too many miles and too many critters for this old guy in one day on two wheels.
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  17. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Wow, nice Pan!! :thumbup

    Jeff
  18. Kankujoe

    Kankujoe Adventure Traveller

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    Thanks for all the info posted in this thread. It was extremely helpful!

    I'm back home from my 31day long trek up there. I really enjoyed riding up in Alaska. The route getting there was great, Great Falls up to the Icefields Pkwy over to Hyder & up the Cassiar to the Alcan. The weather was beautiful, even got clear photos in Denali of Mt McKinley without a cloud in the sky. The ride to Seward & Homer was awesome, as was the ride over to Wrangell - St Elias & back to Tok. I also enjoyed the ferry from Haines to Skagway & then Skagway to Bellingham. All in all the trip was just over 12000 miles after I added the top half of the Pacific Coast Hwy before heading back to Kansas City. I could have easily spent another month or two up there.

    I had no mishaps. I did however need a new rear tire in Fairbanks & a new chain in Haines. The hundreds of miles of gravel ate up my tire and the repeated frost heaves in the Yukon stretched my chain beyond adjustment.

    Thanks for all of the suggestions & info... I used most of it to make an unforgettable trip.
  19. DOD

    DOD idiot dirt rider

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    I'm going to be in Anchorage on business with three or four free days in September.

    What should I see to get a taste of AK?

    Thanks,
    dod
  20. Git 'R Done

    Git 'R Done n00b

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    Get down to the Kenai Peninsula for sure!!! Not a long drive at all....

    If you have to time to get north of town, check out Talkeetna. Great little town, lots of sight seeing flights up to and around Denali.