Haul Road Primer - Part 1

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Alcan Rider, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Howdy. There is fuel at the Hill Top Truck Stop just north of Fairbanks. I believe there is fuel at the Yukon River Camp on the way to Coldfoot. Here is a link to all the waypoints and routes I put together regarding fuel/motel/campgrounds/bike maint and other stuff that may be of use to you. Feel free to use what you want and to share with anyone else that is interested. Ride safe.
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  2. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Mosquitoes... Are really bad once out on the open tundra once you leave the Brooks range.

    I've ridden both the Dempster and the Haul roads. Two different experiences IMHO. The Demspter, hands down my favorite, mainly because of the solitude and on a mile-by mile basis, is more beautiful. The fuel intervals are about the same on both the Dempster and haul roads. More expensive in the Yukon for sure.

    However, my 17 year old son and I rode to Prudhoe from Washington State. He and I carried extra gas in Rotopax containers. The truth be known, I never carried gas as I was on a GSA, but we had planned to ride the Nahanni Range road (400 miles w/o fuel) which we ran out of time.

    BTW: We had 4 days of sunny bliss up the Haul Road in July. The temperature hit over 90 degrees!!! Yes 90 on the Chandalur Shelf just before Atigun Pass. Unbelievable experience.

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  3. TheDarkness

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    I'll be on the haul road June 7th-10th, 2016. If anyone wants to split a room, PM me.
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  4. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Been here awhile

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    Did you air down your K60's for the dalton.

    NC
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  5. Englishmatt

    Englishmatt Been here awhile

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    Nope....just ran 34 psi front and back the entire time.
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  6. KrazeeJ

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    3 heading to Alaska starting from Sonoma county June 22. 2 on GSAs and one on a 86 magna.
    We all have years of riding experience. Myself dirt- trails mostly, sport bikes- track and street, super moto- street and track. Have a few thousand miles on the gsa now. My biggest fear is tires. I know this is a very covered topic so not trying to start another debate in anyway. I am just going to buy a new set to start the trip and buy as I need them. Lol. Other than that should be fine. One of he others is concerned about cost but I will stay in hotels when available and camp when they are not.
    The two others I am traveling with don't want to make any reservations which has me a little worried but won't stop me from going. We have been planning this trip for 18 months. I would go even if it was on an old triumph Bonnie. Can't wait to get on the road. Less than 5 weeks to go!! Whoohoo
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  7. MtnRider2

    MtnRider2 Been here awhile

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    Hi Krazee....I too am leaving Sonoma County but on July 26th for 6 weeks with a buddy of mine from So Cal on a GSA and GS. We are making zero reservations and camping 99% of the time. I've decided to use a K60 rear and will swap my front up in Fairbanks (thanks for the reminder I still need to order a tire). Feel free to PM and we can chat.
    Sam
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  8. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Until you have made the trip at least once, it's pretty difficult to predict your daily mileage. Weather, possible forest fires, road construction, etc. can all have a major effect upon your rate of progress. With reservations you are making it difficult to have the flexibility you really need to adapt to conditions. You may find yourself changing your routing on the fly, as you get farther into new territory and learn of places or roads you weren't aware of when you planned this trip. With over fifty years of traveling back and forth between Alaska and the South 48 I never make reservations. Get an early start in the morning and if you are afraid you won't find accommodations where you want them, stop early, before everything fills up.
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  9. TheDarkness

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  10. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Like Jack, I usually check my progress mid-day, then make a reservation down the road a few hundred miles for the night. A GPS or phone or Milepost is your friend. Easily done while you are getting your Tim Horton's fix for the day. Some places are full of oil patch workers.
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  11. KrazeeJ

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    Guys. Thank you so much for the replies. This is all great information that will be useful.
    We are riding full pack ready for any weather and or accommodations but I am a spoiled bastard I like fresh water for a shower every couple of days. Hahaha. I am sure we will be fine. Being my first time that far north has me very excited and at the same time nervous about the unknowns. But that's why it's an adventure right? I used to live in the moment and now with kids in their teens, a career and a very scheduled and planned out life it's hard to remember to just go out and hang loose. Just let it happen and enjoy that moment without worry. God, I can't wait for this trip to happen.
    It is long over due. Usually my holidays and vacations are dirt biking with friends and family but that is a nightmare now. 4 dirt bikes. Toyhauler. Maintenance on everything cause I don't load it if it ain't ready to ride when we get there. Then we have to bring the UTV too. Holy crap I am tired. This trip is going to be great. Did I mention I have 2 teen daughters. 3 women run my life. Love them to death but I can not wait to put that helmet on and leave all the mess behind for a minute. Hahahaha.
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  12. KrazeeJ

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    Great website. Thanks for passing along. J
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  13. KrazeeJ

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    This is what I was looking for. Just a little reassurance. Thanks for taking the time to pass along this information. Just what I needed to hear. J
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  14. KrazeeJ

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    Thanks Keith. I do love that MILEPOST, you would think it was a bible the way I carry that thing around. Hahahaha
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  15. jBreeze

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    Great read - feels good knowing some inside info
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  16. orsurf76

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    I was wondering how picky gas stations get about gas containers up above Fairbanks?
    I've had good success using the bags inside 'starbucks' gallon boxes--I'm not looking to argue the merits or stupidity of doing it--
    I just want to know if I'll have any trouble filling them up.

    Thanks!
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  17. Alcan Rider

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    At Hilltop (a few miles out of Fairbanks), Yukon Crossing, and Coldfoot (the first and last are places I always stop for gas) the pumps are out of sight of anyone who might care, and few do. Just don't start any fires near the pumps. If you immolate yourself up the road, they will deny ever seeing you. :D
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  18. Tewster2

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    Hey Jack, looks like I passed near your place when I went through Slana today. Just wanted to say hi.
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  19. orsurf76

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    Thanks Alcan Rider--that's what I figured, and wanted to hear. :thumb
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  20. zoomcarve

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    Mr Alcan Rider,

    What about the weather for a ride to Deadhorse around August 5th? That is the time that I have. My online research indicates that may be too late in regard to weather? What do you say? Thank you.
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