Alaska solo ride early spring - ride report

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Damiano, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. thrills

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    Nice report! too bad about your experience up here.

    Next time try crossing into the states without stopping... you'd likely not have a nice 2 hour chat, but be staring at the business end of a gun.
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  2. Damiano

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    very true. i though about it too. it couldn't have happened because usually a US border is guarded by a nice road bar blocking the way..
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  3. Cal

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    I have crossed into the States from Canada and Mexico many times over the years and never seen a raod bar but have stopped at the inspection window. Now in Central America I have seen road bars at the border.
    I usually stop at the road bar a little farther down the road for a beer!
    Cheers:rofl
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  4. Damiano

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    a picture (or two) will refresh your memory perhaps?

    US to CA at Beaver Creek - no bars

    http://g.co/maps/g6rvp

    CA to US at Beaver Creek - bars

    http://g.co/maps/2cd8s

    not to justify my action (mistake) but a big shiny bar in the middle of the road would have definitely caught my attention

    oh and by the way. this is the canadian border at stewart BC..
    fairly tiny and insignificant building.. i honestly did not see it in that foggy rainy day

    love google maps ;)

    cheers!
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  5. houndawgg

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    Yep, fk Canada. That sounds like our version of a "Yankee Speed Trap". I've thought of an Alaska ride, but there's so much to see in our lower 48, that I'll never cover in my remaining years.
    I just did a 7300 mile trip in Sept, that still sucks the breath out of me. Colorado, Utah, Mont., & Wy. are as beautiful as it gets, in my opinion.
    Your report was the best and most well constructed, that I've seen. Ride on my brother.
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  6. lakecntyrider

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    Traveled some of that same route in the summer. Looks a lot different than when I was there -- a lot colder, for sure.
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  7. _cy_

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    nicer trip report... hope you didn't go the entire way with only a 32 degree bag
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  8. Damiano

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    Eh eh, I'm afraid so
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  9. westcoastvaleska

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    Sweet post man; sounds like an epic adventure. What kind of camera are you using? I intend on making a similar route trip this Summer. Too bad you missed out on the San Juan Islands. Some great couchsurfers out that way. I figure i'll take ferry out of Bellingham to Hains. Would you make this trip again? Do you suggest it? Did you have a book of preference on this trip?
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  10. metric64

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    Beautiful pictures and very good ride report... I enjoy it. Thanks...
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  11. Pray4Snow

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    ... with a big f-ing stop-sign on it. Good thing it was a building, and not a logging truck at a crossroads.
    Glad you were safe, and only $500 lighter.:beer

    On a lighter note, what type of video camera were you using? I couldn't help but notice your narrative during the Whittier Tunnel was exceptionally clear ... almost no wind noise!
    P4S
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  12. Damiano

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    Thanks! glad you liked it!
    the camera was a 7D with a bag full of lenses..
    there is only one road from prince george up to alaska, and i didn't want to drive it twice. I figured I could see the coast going up and the tarmac going down. alaska highway ferry system had a deal going on, that it would charge only for the vehicle and free passenger until the end of April, so I saved about 300$ on my way up. plus the inside passage is magic, so very pretty. i would definitely recommend it.
    one thing i regretted was missing Prudhoe bay, but unfortunately the road was closed that time of the year and i wouldn't have made it safely anyway with my bike (she's so scared of gravel :)
    favourite book? in general or on Alaska? well all the travel info I needed was on the ebooks of Bells'Alaska on my iPhone. and I had couple of Jeremy Clarksons books to keep me company. plus a bunch of Audiobooks, brilliant accompaniment while riding for many hours.

    Cheers,
    Damiano
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  13. Arek Kontrol

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    Oh man, I love those photos so much! :thumb
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  14. McRuss

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    Great report! I'm doing Dawson City, Top of the World and Tok to Delta Junction next June, taking my Wee Strom but I also have an FJR and I applaud you for taking the Feejer. What great bikes they are and YES is very comforting (though rarely needed!)
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  15. alcanrider

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    I have to say that you are the man for riding in Alaska and the Yukon in April! It is a wonder you didn't get snowed on, as I have been snowed on in July more than once. I remember getting about six inches of snow in Anchorage a couple years ago in April, you just can never be too careful. As for the correction the person made about that not being a deer and not having deer that far North. Yes, it is a Caribou in the picture, and yes they do have deer this far North. There are lots of Reindeer on farms, and there are also Sitka Deer (just not in that area). Also, technically, Caribou, Elk, and Moose are also members of the deer family.
    I will tell you this also Sir, the reason you didn't see any bears while riding through the Yukon and in Parts of Alaska, is because they won't come out of hibernation until the ground starts to thaw. They have to have a food source to sustain them. Three quarters of their food comes from vegetation. Although not uncommon to see a bear wonder out of hibernation before the lakes thaw, the snow melts or grass is growing, they usually quickly go back into hibernation. They have been seen in the dead of winter wondering around, though very rarely. Bottom line, in the Yukon or parts of Alaska (like Denali or Tok) chances of encountering a bear that early are slim to none.
    I have just got to get back up there, Florida is killing me!
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  16. chelo5sur

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    Very cool , I m enjoying your pics
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    I rode to Hyder earlier this month.... actually I think I was there on July 30. They are doing road construction in Hyder getting ready to lay blacktop. The signs in the link you posted at the border must have been new. I knew from reading other posts that I would have to go through Canadian Customs to go back out but it's really a waste of time. Sorry they scammed $500 out of you. When I went through they actually asked me where I was coming from. I said "really? There is only one place I could come from and I waved to you a hour ago on my way in." I told her that I rode up from Redding California and would be out of Canada in 2 days. I ate lunch at the hotel in Stewart and left at 3:pM and rode to Vanderhoof where I started from in the morning. I rode 834 miles that day. That border crossing is a big joke.
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  18. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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    This was really extra exciting not knowing if you would be snowed in any minute! It made me feel the cold at times, even sitting in my recliner with my heating pad. I couldn't stop reading until it was over and considering some of those loooooong days that you rode, it really went by super fast. The photos were super-great showing many things that I haven't seen before. Anyway, thanks much for taking the time to do this ride report.

    Gary "Oldone" :gerg

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  19. Damiano

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    Thank You for reading it. Hope to have the chance to go back there on two wheels, but now I just moved to the UK, it'll be much harder.
    Ride on
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