Getting a bike from Vancouver to Fairbanks, or?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Stan Dalone, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Starting a trip next June 2013. 1 year on the road
    Have a 10 day cruise booked from Vancouver to Fairbanks in August. No problem with the 1 month to get from the east coast to the west coast. However,
    What do I do with the bike? Is there a reasonable cost to have it shipped up to Alaska so we can ride back to the lower 48?
    Is there a place thats trustworthy to store it in Vancouver?
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  2. Lone Rider

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    Your post is a bunch of scattered puzzle peices.
    Tell us how they should fit togther.
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  3. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    No puzzle here,
    What options are there to get the bike from vancouver to fairbanks?
    Or where can i store it for two weeks?
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  4. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    What Lone Rider means , I bet, is that you are not being as clear as could be about your "cruise , your available travel time " and your desires.
    If the cruise is on something like an HAL liner you will not be able to take your bike would you?. If it is a ferry then perhaps yes.
    Why not ride up and down?
    Leaving the bike waiting in Vancouver should be no problem , just rent one of the many available storage units for the duration. You will then either take the bus or a plane back to Vancouver , no?
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  5. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Sorry for such a confusion
    I am booked for 10 days on a vacation cruise,
    Deports Vancouver, ends 10 days later up North.

    We are departing the east coast, on a 1 year Adventure Ride, In the end of June 2013
    We will ride to Vancouver, then start the vacation Cruise on the Boat,
    I figure I can find a place to store the bike, just thinking it would be awesome to have the bike in alaska when I get there.
    Already checked with the cruise lines, ~haha~ no room for freight!
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  6. Lone Rider

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    Pretty much a nobrainer, eh?
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  7. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Sorta, but hoping to get some info on how to get the bike from vancouver to alaska. Air freight is pricey
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  8. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    You could ship it on one of the many cruise ships that leave Vancouver everyday for Alaska or your welcome to leave it at my place till your back.

    Cheers
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  9. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    I asked the cruise line we are on, Holland, the twit on the phone couldnt stop laughing :puke1

    I might need a place to store it, and certainly appreciate your offer.
    Just starting to throw a general plan together, any idea if there is a train we can hop to get back from Alaska to Vancouver?
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  10. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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  11. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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    Have you considered booking a room on one of the ferries that way you could take your bike. Instead of the Cruise Line.
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  12. holckster

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    Ride to Alaska, store bike (find an Inmate off the Tent Space List who might help).
    Fly to Vancouver (probably cheaper than shipping bike???).
    Cruise to Alaska and retrieve bike and continue trip.

    Spare room available in Nor-Cal if you're passing thru?
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  13. adit

    adit Bent and Broken

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    There is no train from Alaska to Vancouver .
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  14. Lone Rider

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    A travel agent might be the right call to make. :D
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  15. akbill

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    This is the best way and by far the cheapest, I have shipped my bike with them many time, much cheaper than the ferry. And they will store it for a small price on both ends. You drive it onto a fork lift skid and strap it down and they put it into a 20 foot container and off you go.
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  16. Lone Rider

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    Good post. :thumb
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  17. ytrider

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    where do you live? Lynden runs trucks out of edmonton into alaska. Can't see it being cheap, but worth looking into. I truck from Van to whitehorse once a week and could, might be able to get your bike this far, and could store it at my place, IF you could find a way from alaska to whitehorse. Lynden would be your best bet, but look into customs issues.
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  18. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I shipped a car, some years ago, by barge Anchorage/Seattle. Really easy. I handed them the keys. They called when it arrived.

    It took several weeks, but was not expensive. $400 in 1996.

    I think it was Lynden.
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