Alaska To California.

Discussion in 'Americas' started by nuttynu, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. DestinationUnknown

    DestinationUnknown Been here awhile

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    Any chance you could alter your schedule and route? Making it over to North Arizona/ Southern Utah would would be a great route to see some of the scenic southwest while you are down that way. Monument Valley plus all the National Parks in that area.
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  2. ak bike

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    Your talking some fantastic riding country that has a thin population unreal scenery, great camp spots, lots of gravel and light traveled pavement. It's gotta be 5 stars.
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  3. Mendo

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    Definitely take hwy 1 along the coast after san francisco. Its one of the most beautiful rides on the west coast. You are pushing some major milage, personally I would opt for a little slower pace to enjoy the stops along the way but everyone is different. Look forward to reading about the trip, this is on my list as well but staying more coastal most of the time.

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  4. nuttynu

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    I may be able to after Vegas,well see how the timing go. Cause at least 4-5 days will be reserved from coming back to ak. I'll take a lot into your route and see If I can make.!

    And thanks everyone, yes on highway 1, once in WA,OR& CA; I would like to stay close to the coastline as possible. .

    So how crazy are the drivers down there ? Shall I take any kind of precautions? I know lane splitting is legal, you guys have HOV, and some other lanes Alaska don't have .. :ear
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  5. nuttynu

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    Hmm. . I may put Vegas on hold.

    Cause if I do, mostly likely it'll just be me. Which may be awkward and lonely and not fun. Might save that trip for the lady and I...

    Maybe head up Utah after LA instead ^
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  6. DestinationUnknown

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    Here is a small example of what I was referring to in North AZ or South Utah area. So much to visit in that part of the country. I only say this as I plan to visit all of this in my trip out west next month. I linked a map below with what I am referring to. Hope you can make it out there, if not, there is always the future to try. What you have planned is a lot of mileage already, so good luck with whatever you try.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...sSVS-Q&mra=dpe&mrsp=3&sz=10&via=1,3,4&t=m&z=7
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  7. High Country Herb

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    Vegas will be getting warm by then. Utah may be also, but not as bad. If you head east, plan ahead for fuel. Areas like Tonapah (sp?) have stretches some bikes won't make on a single tank. Cool stuff to see out there, though. If the heat is getting to you, and you don't want to do desert, you could ride the Sierra Nevada back north. There are some great roads, and temps are usually about 5 to 10 less than the Central Valley.

    The driving can be hectic in bigger California cities, especially in dense traffic. Some of the popular motorcycle roads like Skyline Blvd. southwest of S.F. or Mulholland Dr. in L.A. can have people treating it like a race track.

    The California CHP just released guidelines for lane splitting. Basically it is only for slow moving traffic, and you should use the space between the fast and middle lanes, going not much faster than traffic. Common sense stuff. There may be some cagers that get angry, so watch for them.

    The carpool lanes allow motorcycles, but I'm not sure about electric vehicle lanes. I don't know of any near me, but the signs should say.
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  8. holckster

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    Bummer, I plan to be in Dawson City June 19th so will pass you northbound on your way here.

    I would be careful trying to do consecutive 700 mile days.
    It's OK once in awhile but 500 is still a long day, I try to figure 50 mph average and stop when tired.
    I have done Seattle to Sacramento (750 miles) in 10.5 hrs cruising I-5 at 85mph (when the radar was not screaming) only stopping twice for fuel.
    Hwy 1 will be much slower.
    Peersonally, Washington and Oregon coasts are nice but the Calif north coast is amazing.
    With your tight schedule I would blast south on I-5 and cut over on Hwy 199 to Hwy 1, then hug the coast.
    Definitly skip Vegas and I would not bother with LA on your tight schedule.
    Take any of the Serria passes and head for Zion, Capitol Reef and loop north maybe thru Yellowstone, Glacier, Baniff and take the Alcan back to Alaska.

    Lanesharing allowed in Calif only.
    It's OK for motorcycles to use OHV express (diamond) lanes but they have removed all the signage that says it's allowed.

    California drivers are some of the worst, ride like you are invisible because they act like they do not see you even if they are stareing right at you.

    Places not to miss along the Nor-Cal coast.
    Avenue of the Giants Hwy 254 off (parallels) Hwy 101.
    http://redwoods.info/category.asp?ca...FcZ_QgoduCUAbg

    Northcoast Brewery in Ft Bragg
    http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/index2.php

    Tony's Seafood Resturant, Marshall, Ca
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...alifornia.html

    Safe Travels
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  9. nuttynu

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    holckster; thanks for all the great word,

    part of my wants to visit the big city and such, but then of course theres more risk,crazy drivers. rush hour traffic thats much worse than up here i bet.


    well see how everything goes.
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  10. nuttynu

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    So my gal is planning to get her license, get a bike and maybe do this trip.

    You guys think this is too much for a new rider for their first year
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  11. alaskan dude

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    I live in Anchorage also and have a recommendation for you. Take the Cassiar hwy and forget taking the Alcan to get to Seattle. It is 450 miles long and is 95% paved. Basically from Watson Lake to Terrace ( by Prince Rupert). The scenery is fantastic. First took in in 1975 when it was opened to the public and have used it 10 times since, no matter if on my Vstrom on in my truck.

    The Alcan sucks, the Cassiar rocks. Trust me, it's a no brainier. Oh yea, it also cuts off 500 crappy miles of boring, dusty, RV loaded Alcan miles.
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  12. nuttynu

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    Yes. Cassiar highway is the plan to getting to the states . From Watson lake, I'll be heading south till Seattle, and ten highway
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  13. High Country Herb

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    Normally I would say it would be too much for a new rider (maybe even an experienced rider), but Alaskans are another breed. How confident does she seem? If she blasts right up to the speed limit, and rides like a boss, she will probably be fine. If she is timid in any way, it probably isn't a good idea. You probably shouldn't tell it to her that way, though, or she may try to ride beyond her comfort level (I would).

    Even assuming she can make the trip, I wouldn't recommend a new rider in San Francisco, L.A., or Las Vegas. When visiting those cities, it would be better to lock the second bike up, and travel 2-up, or use public transport so she can save face.

    It is great to have your lady along for the trip, but would be a real bummer to have problems many days from home. If both of you go, you should probably skip the harsh environments and allow for less miles per day.
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  14. nuttynu

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    Thanks !

    Well it may just be myself on this ride. All good tho.

    Another great news. I got two extra days .so the trip will start June 10- 28th !!!
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  15. FotoTEX

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    It would not be a good idea to do such a big trip on her first ride. That route you have planned is NOT for the Noob Rider. Last thing you need is a incident to wreck your ride and possibly hurt a loved one. Trust me, she is not ready for that long distance ride. Not trying to bum you out but trying to keep it an epic ride, which it will be.
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  16. nuttynu

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    Yes , copy that. This will be a solo ride for sure. Maybe I'll catch up with other adv riders on this route.


    EXCITED !!
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  17. nuttynu

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    As of now the CBR is on stands and won't be ridden till i take off. (Maybe one more ride in town) :)

    Il actually riding around on my GF 's bike. A rebel 250.

    So far the bike already got got inspected,oil changed and is almost ready. I'll be installing new Michelin roads 3 tires ok before I head out.

    Also have been looking and studying the maps of the states. Was thinking about getting a GPS. But nah. Gettin lost can be fun sometimes.

    It's about 4weeks till I take off. June 10th.

    I already have most of the stuff plan as far as packing and such. I will be taking my laptop and do my best to update as possible, if not I will alway be updating my Facebook page...link below. You can add me or follow.

    More updates as the departure date arrives.

    I'm excited !
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  18. nuttynu

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    last few days, i took the bike back out and rode in town and also went out 100 miles north with some buddies and also got a chance to test out my new tank bag.(video review of it in the review section).


    this some stuff you'll see in downtown. tourist season.

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    the bike is now back on stands, and prolly wont be riddin till the trip starts.
    My new tires were suppose to come in friday, but never showed up, so i'm hoping they do show up tomorrow (monday).

    I also wasn't planning to get a GPS, but my home gal had her old one, and offer it for me to use on my trip. which was awesome. it's an old TOmtom ONE , but its pre-loaded with Canada and also the states. this should help in case i do get lost int he city.

    I am using a RAm mount to hold it. works great, gps isnt waterproof, so ill either find a way to clear cover it or just put it away when its raining.

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    ...ohhhhwwee im stoke!!

    bike wise , im pretty much good and she's ready to go.


    ill be running down thru all my gears and tools, and make sure everything is good and needed.
    Also be setting up my tent and making sure its still good, last time i slept in it , there was water..
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  19. nuttynu

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    omg!! can't wait.


    been going over the game plan again, and i've decided the will be my route back home.

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    According to google , i should have enough time . but i know that wont be the case due to rush hour and other things that may slow me down.

    but so far so go, i can always alter my plans.

    Let me know what you guys think, and if your near by and would like to meet, PM me your contact info.
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  20. nuttynu

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    Got two extra days to start my trip.

    Lookalike I'll be taking off by June 8th.

    See you adv riders .
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