Let me know if we're biting off more than we can chew......

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by 4corners14, May 21, 2012.

  1. 4corners14

    4corners14 Been here awhile

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    3 - KTM 990 Adventures leave Seattle on July 12th and we have to be back by July 31st. Below is our tentative schedule. We'll be picking up another rider who's flying into Anchorage and renting a KLR for a week to do the runs to Deadhorse and Inuvik with us. I'm looking for thoughts on whether or not the mileages listed are reasonably doable, or if I've overestimated the possibilities. It would be great to be able to go at a more relaxed pace, but to get to both Prudhoe and Inuvik, it requires some fairly big days. 3 out of four of us are accustomed to 600+ days, one of the 990 riders is just getting back to the street, but he rides a 520 KTM dualsport. Each color indicates a days riding. Your thoughts? :ear

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  2. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    The only thing missing from that schedule is a good time.
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  3. AkBrian

    AkBrian Long timer

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    No Dawson City YT ? It's one of the funnier destinations.
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  4. 4corners14

    4corners14 Been here awhile

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    We'll be going through it.....no plans to stay there.....yet:lol3
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  5. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    I've no doubt you can do that but IMHO you'll get back home and wish you'd have dropped one of your destinations (I would axe the Inuvik leg) and allowed some time to experience a little more of the surroundings and culture (or lack there of in some cases). A day here or there, like in Dawson City, to stretch your legs and check stuff out is just a good time.

    Whatever you chose have a blast!!
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  6. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    If the weather cooperates in the least on the two northernmost legs, it looks to be a rather relaxed pace overall. There are places you could do more miles than you have scheduled, allowing you to spend more time in some of the "funner" spots, such as Dawson City.

    Recommendation: Don't make reservations unless absolutely necessary. That way you can adjust daily mileages according to how the riding is going.
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  7. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

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    That is a gentle, sedate touring itinerary. No Problem.
    The only recommendations I have are to spend fewer days in and around Anchorage, and to just use coldfoot as a fuel stop, and not a destination.
    Fairbanks to Deadhorse is only 11 hours, plus or minus lunch.
    You can generally escape Anchorage in under 20 minutes, unless it's rush hour.
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  8. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    Guess you could tell from my earlier comment that I'm in the minority in that I think your pace does not allow for enjoying what you're doing and where you are.
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  9. dirtybike

    dirtybike Been here awhile

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    I made the trip from NY to Deadhorse last July. It is tough to balance the sightseeing and fun stuff with hitting some destinations in a limited amount of time.
    In July you have plenty of daylight. My concern about stopping for the night was mostly the availability of fuel. That and there is not much point in beating yourself up only to be tired the next day.
    A few of the stops on your route are the same as my return trip from AK to meet with my wife and friends for our vacation in B.C.. The mileages are definitely do-able if weather cooperates.

    I am glad that I did the trip. High mileage and short time (12k + miles / 21 road days) were not the best scenario, but the second best vacation that I ever had.

    Only problem with the high mileage, short time schedule is that I can't stop thinking and plotting how I can get a month off to do the trip again. And hit both Deadhorse and Inuvik this time!
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  10. Cubdriver

    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    I am with you Kevin. He will remember best the gas stops.
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  11. Ullr

    Ullr C+ Racing

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    I'd stay in Whitehorse instead of Haines Junction. Whitehorse is just that much more fun.
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  12. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    Those 500+ days will not be much fun IMO. Definitely doable but long. Four of us did a 5400 mile trip from SLC to AK in 16 days. Pace wasn't particularly fast but looking back we wished we had put two or three "free" days in the schedule where we didn't have to cover any ground.
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  13. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    No I with you Kevin just another haul ass do nothing but ride. One of the reasons I solo on long rides I do my own thing (I don't want to deal with someone else's expectations) no schedule I will get there when I get there or go as far as I want go back. Plus the weather and road conditions will dictate how long and fast you go many have found this out the hard way.
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  14. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    +1

    A lot of those high mile days are on the least prepared roads too, many of your low mile days are on smooth sailing stuff, which I guess would allow you more time if you did get behind schedule. I think there are so many fun little excursions one can take up here like the Denali Hwy, Petersville Rd back to the old mines, McCarthy, even Hatcher Pass. Slow down and smell the wild roses.:D
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  15. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    Ok another Adventure rider wanting to have his ticket punched by getting to the end of the earth. So ride hard, take the picture and tell the story to the folks back home. Then when you have another vacation come on back to Alaska and take it slow and easy and see what you missed.

    So you have set your goals and it's all doable.

    Or tell the boss you need an extra week of vacation and enjoy yourself.
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