Cali to Prudhoe Bay

Discussion in 'Americas' started by ParaMud, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. chilango13

    chilango13 Been here awhile

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    I am also looking forward to going to Prudhoe Bay, but my brother wants to go to cabo in July....tough choice. He doesn't have the time to go north...Good luck and looking forward to your Ride Report...
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  2. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    For christmas I got the encampment sleeping bag, I already had the insulated air core and my girlfriend got the Lulu with air core and a memory foam cover.

    My girlfriend has a very generous Aunt who gave us a ridiculous gift card sum to REI.

    So we went shopping at REI and got

    Dragonfly Stove
    Stainless Steel Pot
    Compressible Dry Bag
    Small dry bag
    Towels
    Headlamps
    Other stuff i forgot

    REI is nationally out of stock of MSR fuel bottles so I bought some from another website.
    Still have some more money on the gift card for a camping chair, a schnozzle, and bear supplies.
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  3. nuttynu

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    June 23rd huh..?.. Gee, that's when I might be riding down to sac, CA. Hopefully well cross path. I'll be on my Cbr 600rr. But it's unofficial at the moment.
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  4. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    I'm planning a few long rides...depending on time, money, and how the job search is going, I may make it up to Alaska at a similar time, leaving from the central coast of CA.

    For towels I'd highly recommend microfiber towels like these: http://www.mcnett.com/MicroNet-Ultra-Compact-Microfiber-Towel-Military-Style-P132.aspx They dry very fast, pack very tight, and it takes work to make them smell moldy. I've used them on deployments and love them.

    For underclothes, I like the silky stuff like from Oakley...warm without being bulky. I'm sure someone will pop in and say that if they catch fire they'll melt to your skin or something like that. My advice: don't catch fire.:D I routinely wear them for winter riding and love them...they help keep me warm, but don't make me feel hot & sweaty when temps do rise.

    Just my 2 cents.
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  5. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Already bought the microfiber towels from REI 2 days ago.

    Underclothes is fine, I have crap ton of stuff from the army. Just worried about the layer right next to the skin. Want something that won't stink up, easy to wash, and hopefully is cheap.
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  6. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    Same boat here. I'm about to retire, turning in all my TA-50 & CIF stuff in 10 days, and I think I'm still going to have a shit-ton of stuff left over. But I'm sure I'll be missing something that will cost me hundreds of dollars...:baldy
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  7. ParaMud

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    the best part when we were shopping at REI was at the checkout. Natalie found a pillow she liked, but couldnt find a price on the shelf. We found out at the checkout it was 40 bucks!!!! We didnt buy it because 40 bucks for a camping pillow is hard to stomach.
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  8. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Other recommended gear: mosquito headnet, sleepmask since it doesn't get dark up here that time of year, and a 230gr can of bear spray. Your gf's boots are fine if comfy but they're prolly not waterproof and you really should plan on riding in some, maybe A LOT, of rain. And do your KLRs have a 1 tooth larger than stock countershaft sprocket on them? Love mine.

    University AK Fairbanks rents out rooms for cheap in the summer. I think UA Anchorage does now also. Our Anchorage Harley shop has free camping for motorcyclists that also includes a shower.

    And there are also a lot of side dirt roads and gravel pits up here that are good places to camp.

    Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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  9. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil

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    Hi ParaMud -- Have you checked out the Tent Space Map?
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=776925

    Many inmates here offer places to stay. Relative to your route, places are available in the western US and Canada.
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  10. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Yeah I have been glancing at it. When it gets closer to the time (a bit wamer) ill start contacting people.

    We are definetly going to buy head nets and eye shade thingies.
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  11. Digasi

    Digasi Been here awhile

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    If your route still takes you through the Salem, OR area and you need a break I will purchase you both a cup of coffee or drink to help you guys on your way.

    I will be following on the intranet on your travels as I plan on trying the same trip in 2014 or 2015.
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  12. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Yes! That is right on the path, we will be getting back on the 5 after visiting red woods and crater lake.




    Just did a valve adjustment on both bikes, was able to keep 4 shims out of all of them, and loosened them all. Was able sell them to the local BMW Dealership (Irv Seaver, good people there), and buy 4 correct shims for 4 bucks.

    Also painting Natalie's bike again. Last time we only painted half of it because she had to use the KLR to ride to school. All the painting is done, just waiting for it all to dry.
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    Her bike naked.

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    My bike after closing it up and draining the coolant. Still need to change the oil, grind down the skid pad to allow highway pegs and do small stuff. Can't close the bike up until I get the new spark plug on friday.
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  13. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    We tested out the tent and sleeping bags in the backyard a month or so ago and Natalie had some complaints. She didn't like the feel of the sleeping bag. We looked at REI and they were about 60 bucks!
    So today she made 2 sets with flannel from Jo-Anns. She also made herself a pillow and I somehow made myself a pillow slip thingy.
    Cost 30 bucks in fabric for both.

    We are testing them again outside tonight. It will be 32 degrees out. Alaska should get about that cold on the coldest day right?
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  14. Curtis76

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    If you need a place to sleep as you're passing though the Seattle area, you're more than welcome at our place. I'm just north of Seattle (before Everett) and just a few minutes off of Interstate 5. We have an extra bedroom and plenty of food, beer and wine. Save your money for when you really need it!
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  15. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Yeah that would be great! Ill PM when we get closer to the time to leave.

    So we slept outside and the sleeping bags worked great. got down to 28, which should be the lowest we see in the summer in Alaska.

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    So I just did a simulated packing up. Her sleeping bag with: Big Agnes Sleeping Bag, Insulated Air Core, Memory Foam Cover, Bag Liner, and Pillow do not fit in my 30L compressible dry sack. Great.She can't live without any of those on the trip so....yeah. I have a 40L Exped dry Bag for the schozzle I just ordered so we will try that out when it comes. My sleeping bag (which is a large while hers is a petite) fits just barely in it. I guess the memory foam pads takes up a lot of room.

    Its hard to make packing list cuts for camping because if we are not comfortable camping then the trip will be miserable.
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  16. BigDogAdventures

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    I don't think anyone mentioned it------we camped in the Yukon a lot.
    Cool thing is every campground is laid out the same.
    Very wooded.
    Each campsite secluded by the trees from your neighbor.
    Picnic table.
    Camping area free of weeds.
    Nice Fire Ring.
    And best of all -----Free Firewood-----$12

    I know you talked of stealth camping----but having a fire sure helps with the skeeters.
    And somehow---having a fire made me feel a little better knowing bears were always all around me.
    One nudged his nose into my tent and shoved my feet over about 2 ft.----I didn't sleep much that night.

    BigDog

    typical Yukon campground----Alaska was awesome---------------BC and the Yukon were Awesomer !!!!!!

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    And since it's winter---and you may be gettin' bored----you can read our ride report -----as we went a very different way than most.

    http://www.bigdogadventures.com/1Alaska.htm

    Another Yukon campsite

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  17. nuttynu

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    Keep us updated, I'm in anchorage and if time meets with yours, I wouldn't mind riding along with ya two whole your in Alaska.
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  18. Newsshooter

    Newsshooter n00b

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    I'll be heading up with a few friends this summer. Probably leaving about the first of July. I sold my R6 track bike, and bought a versys for the trip. Still need to get some panniers, boots, and clothing. I'm guessing my leathers and roadrace boots might not be the best choice. :)

    Craig
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  19. nuttynu

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    No...nope. Get something that is warm... And rain proof!! Leathers won't help u at all.
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  20. Digasi

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    Don't know if this has been mentioned, but you probably want to make sure your insurance covers you in Canada and you order the required paperwork from them to show that you are covered.
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