Alaska under 29 days?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Ge-Mini-gun, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. racer

    racer Long timer

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    If your short on time, fly to Anchorage and rent a bike. Its cheaper in the long run. We paid 500 dollars round trip from Cincinnati last spring. If you ride, the trip is going flog your bike with at least 10,000 additional miles. You'll wear out at least two sets of tires and a chain and sprockets, and several oil changes. You will have the cost of food and camping/lodging along the way. But mostly, your going to burn a lot of valuable vacation time, which is better spent riding the good stuff in Alaska, rather than crossing the endless plains on the slab to get there. If you're in a hurry, you're not going to have a chance to spend the time in Alaska that you really need. You probably won't take that side trip to McCarthy, which was the highlight of our trip.
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  2. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    A guy I work with rides his old BMW from Fairbanks down to Duluth and back every summer, and claims to do it in 3 1/2 days each way. That is a lot of pavement pounding, but it does put it in perspective. He just got back from Duluth last week, driving a new pickup truck, and despite having some fuel problems (bad diesel in Whitehorse), he made that run in 4 days.
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  3. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    Anchorage to Seattle has long been a driving discussion. I have known people who claim to have done it in 50 hours. I have heard the campfire story of a guy on a motorcycle who was way under that.

    So......Who has the record? Lets hear about it.
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  4. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Mr. Eagan (Gary?) did Prudhoe Bay to Key West in 100 hours on a Duc. :eek1 :eek1 He probably could have done PB to Seattle before lunch :lol3
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  5. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Racer, I like the way you think :nod :nod
    It's all about making the most of precious vacation time. If you have several weeks to spare......ride the wheels off your bike. If you only have a few weeks, renting makes sense and helps me pay the bills :thumb win/win
    Doing the Alcan in 4 days is a mind numbing march, IMHO. Not my idea of a vacation :puke1
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  6. racer

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    One other thing I forgot to mention about fly and ride. If there is trouble with the bike and your not above the Artic Circle, Keith will help you out. At least if you rent the bike from him, which I can recomend from experience. We had a great time last spring on Keith's bikes. He'll pick you up at the airport and see you get back for your return flight.

    Hi Keith :wave
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  7. Ge-Mini-gun

    Ge-Mini-gun Been here awhile

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    Ok this is getting a little crazy, imagine that! I thought I might be able to do it in the time between semesters, but upon farther review, ain’t happin’. No problem I graduate in ’07 so the time between now and then we allow me to save some cash, that way I’ll be able to take my time (within reason) and look around a little, plus that will put me at 40 and that would be a great birthday present to myself. Something about flying then renting that I don’t like, not my bike so it won’t be the same. Does that make sense?
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  8. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    GMG, sure it makes sense. Besides, you probably wouldn't like the R1200GS anyway :D

    Keep those grades up!! :deal
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  9. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    How about a fly, buy, ride, ship (or sell) package.

    you can fly to Anchorage, buy my 02 GS (I in turn would buy a 1200), you can tour all you want on your bike (even though we will all call it AKriders old bike),and than ship it home, ride it home, or sell it before you leave.

    The possibilities are endless.
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  10. TREE

    TREE Interloper

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    Thanks, looks like I better go back and edit that. DOH !
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  11. Fighter

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    KIA and AKR.... you two are brutal. :eek1 :eek1
    and I love it. :thumb

    MiniGee... you just get your young ass up here. Doesn't matter when.:nod
    Just don't wait too long. :wink:
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  12. BARB

    BARB Long timer

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    If he wouldn't have crashed at the beginning of that feat, he would have made it in 99 hours. Barb
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  13. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    I heard he was pretty lucky in that crash, went tumbling through the tundra up aroung Coldfoot if I remember right. He was a big topic of discussion around here last summer.
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