Alaska trip - 2 weeks long enough?

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  1. Bwana

    Bwana Me Bwana You Toto

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    I am planning on a trip to Alaska from Sacramento summer of 09 and wondered if 2 weeks is long enough to see some of the major sights?

    I was planning on slabbing it quickly to Canada and then up to Alaska and catching a ferry back down to Seattle or somewhere close.

    Thanks.
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  2. Burtonridr

    Burtonridr Wanderlost

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    Dude have you looked at how many miles it is from sacramento? Have you ever seen how big alaska really is? If you were to overlay alaska over the manland of the US it is about the same as new mexico, nevada, california, utah, and colorado put together(if not bigger). If it were me I would plan on more time off or to fly up and rent a motorcycle or something. Alaska is freak huge dude.
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  3. Burtonridr

    Burtonridr Wanderlost

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    Because I was curious I checked out the distance and estimated time. It is 3,107 miles from sacramento to Anchorage alaska and the estimated time to get there is 56 hours. Thats not taking into account; traffic, road construction, accidents, road closures, freak weather, etc... If you were to travel 12 hours a day it would take 4 and a half days each way, that would leave you roughly 5 days to site see. I would more like 4 because you would have a half day when you get there and half a day before you leave. You could do it but your gonna be in such a hurry and so exhausted it may take away from enjoying the trip. just my 2 cents. Still if 2 weeks is all you have then Id say do it.:beer

    taking the ferry however may make up some time. I dont know how much though, Im sure someone here will be able to help more.
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  4. Bwana

    Bwana Me Bwana You Toto

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    Yeah, I know it sucks that I only have 2 weeks but it is what it is. I know I won't be able to see all of the cool spots in Alaska but just a couple would be fine for my first adventure up there.

    Maybe someone can chime in on whether taking the ferry up and back would allow me more time in Alaska.
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  5. Dawg_enD

    Dawg_enD Been here awhile

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    The ferry from Seattle comes in 2 flavors. One is a 4.5 day, the other is a 3 (I think.) You could save some time, yes.... but not too much, I don't think. Well, it depends on what kind of miles you do in a day.

    I took 3 to see Alaska, including the 5 day ferry ride, from Alaska. You can see a lot in the time you laid out, yes. You just won't see it all, nor have time to enjoy things as in depth as you may like.

    Oh, and you'll have to do some fairly long days on the bike. I'd recommend skipping Prudhoe Bay with your time constraints.

    If 2 weeks is all you have, go for it.
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  6. HeadingNorth

    HeadingNorth Keep On The Gas!!

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    I just did 5 weeks all over Alaska and he Yukon and here is what I would do if I were you.

    Go straight to Hyder and Stewart on the Cassiar Hwy, Then go to Watson Lake which is close to where the Cassiar and Alcan meet. Then head west to Tok. Then take the Hwy to towards Anchorage but then grab the road to Valdez. Come back upand around and hit Seward, Homer then the road to Anchorage. Continue to Cantwell and do the Denali Hwy to Paxson.
    Then basically haul your ass home. Be prepared to do 500+ miles days and you won't have time to smell the roses.

    Basically see the Kenai Penensula along with the Cassiar Hwy.
    Best of the bunch on your time constraints.

    Hey you can always call the boss from the road and tell him you have eye trouble-You can't see coming to work.:rofl :rofl
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  7. Bwana

    Bwana Me Bwana You Toto

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    Hey thanks for the tips! Unfortunately, I'm the boss so I'd have to make up an excuse to myself. :lol3 Hmmmmm...

    I may try to modify your route a little. I don't realistically expect to see a whole lot but just wanted to experience a little Alaskan adventure.
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  8. Lone Rider

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    Summer of '09, 2 years into the future...really?
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  9. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

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    I don't think two weeks is enough. We took four and a half from Montana...11,000 miles.

    www.motoalaska.blogspot.com

    If I had two weeks from where you are, I'd do the Canadian Rockies....Glacier Park, Waterton Park, Banff, Jasper , Whitier and home...........Actually a much nicer trip with sometimes even better scenery than Alaska and absolutely better, more fun roads!
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  10. Benjava

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    "If I had two weeks from where you are, I'd do the Canadian Rockies....Glacier Park, Waterton Park, Banff, Jasper , Whitier and home...........Actually a much nicer trip with sometimes even better scenery than Alaska and absolutely better, more fun roads!<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->__________________
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    This is brilliant advice. either this or fly to AK and rent a bike if you just have to do AK.
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  11. Bwana

    Bwana Me Bwana You Toto

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    Thanks everyone for the tips. I guess I have to scale back my Alaska adventure. The PNW of Canada sounds like a great trip. I guess anywhere north of Sacramento would be fun.

    Someone asked if I am really planning a trip 2 years out. Yes I am because:

    1) It will be my longest motorcycle trip.
    2) I have never had a 2 week vacation before and advance planning is needed so that I don't waste this luxury.
    3) Part of the fun is planning and thinking about such an adventure. So for me it is a pleasure to read about different routes and areas to visit.

    Thank again everyone for the suggestions!
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  12. m0to

    m0to Under the Big Hard Sun

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    I did it in two weeks from San Diego. I'm glad I did but if I do it again I'm taking at least 3 if not 4 weeks to do it. I only had two weeks with time contraints between my riding bud and I. If you want to see more on it here's a link to my ride report. Alaska 07

    Feel free to ask any questions via PM or here. We were pretty aggressive and still to this day I'm stoked we did the trip :-)
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  13. m0to

    m0to Under the Big Hard Sun

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    Thanks! I need to make a second table with the 'actual' miles. Because we didn't go quite as planned. haha
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  14. jkersh1

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    Beautiful for sure. A little farther along the Alaska Highway is the Muncho Lake, Laird River area, in between Fort Nelson BC and Watson Lake YT. In my couple of trips to Alaska I've seen more wildlife in that couple of hundred miles than on the rest of the roads combined. And there are hot springs and spectacular scenery, and many fewer turistas than Banff, Jasper etc.
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  15. Bwana

    Bwana Me Bwana You Toto

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    Fantastic!! I was a bit depressed about not being able to get to Alaska, but you've really given me hope! I realize that I won't be able to go to the Artic Circle this time around but just to ride up trhough Canada and parts of Alaska would be so cool!

    Thanks again!
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  16. Bwana

    Bwana Me Bwana You Toto

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    Thanks for the links and the tips! I think I will have a much better idea of where I CAN go in 2 weeks versus where I WISH I could go. I do want to enjoy the trip so I don't want to rush just to make some miles.

    BTW, one of the first memorable trip reports I read was the one by you where you rode on some back roads to meet your friend. I think you were wishing you had a more dirt oriented bike. Awesome trip and a real adventure.
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  17. IncompleteInsanity

    IncompleteInsanity Ride more, type less.

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    I have not done the Alaska trip myself, yet, but friends have. From what they have related to me, I would spend the most time I could on the ride up, and then in Alaska. Then have made plans to ship my bike home from Anchorage, and fly home commercially (saving all the days riding home would take).
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  18. Monty_Burns

    Monty_Burns Excellent.

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    Wow, Sacramento to AK is almost the same as Chicago to AK.

    Can you run back-to-back 700 milers on the 990? The days will get longer as you go farther north, but their is a limit to rider endurance. Do you want to run back-to-back 700 milers is really the question.

    Could you negotiate for some more vacation time. It'll take a week to get there, a few days less to get back. This just leaves enough time to eat a burger and a Coke and turn around if all you have is 2 weeks.

    Plus, 2 weeks doesn't leave much time for problems. I mean, you'll probably be down for a total of 1 day just for tire and oil changes. More if your 990 has a few gremlins along the way.

    There is a lot to see on the way up. 5-7 days is a bit more realistic. The ferry on the way back is a good idea.
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  19. Lone Rider

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    This post is about planning a trip two years from now that will be two weeks in duration.
    I remember that girl back in high school. She was two years my senior, but had captured my attention in such a way that could never be logically explained.
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  20. Bwana

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