Need help planning Alaska 9 day ride

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by quixand, May 22, 2012.

  1. quixand

    quixand Been here awhile

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    I am renting a BMW R1200Adv. in Anchorage in late July and hoping for guidance in trip planning, including preparations, destinations, activities, etc. *Staying south of Artic Circle, so Prudhoe Bay is out.

    1. How would you route a trip out of Anchorage for 9 days to see the best parts of Alaska? Limit is 350 miles per day.

    2. *Camp, or hotels? My riding buddy prefers the finer amenities. I would prefer to camp, but not sure about gear rental, packing space for gear, expense at campgrounds, etc. *Is it safe?

    3. *Communication? Cell phones have signals up there, or do I need a SAT phone?

    4. *Should we get MedJetAssist?

    5. *Can you recommend any good ride reports or threads here for info that would be helpful from others that have made similar adventures?

    Thanks in advance, fellow inmates...
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  2. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    Anch to Valdez, McCarthy/Kennicot, mebby up to Big Delta, Denali Highway, back to Anch.... mebby with a loop over Hatcher pass and/or Petersville road on the way back.... guess you could throw a ride to FBKs in the loop if you want... if you do Chena Hot Springs should be on the list

    Anch to Seward, mebby Hope, Homer back to Anch. Stop in Anchor Point out of Homer & drive to the beach... it's as far west as you can drive in the hemisphere without taking a boat.
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  3. worthydog

    worthydog Shosholoza

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    I am going up to Alaska the last week of June and will have about the same 9 days once I get there. Let me ask the same question a different way;

    If you Alaska residents could see or do 5 things on a motorcycle without going north of Fairbanks, what would be on your list?
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  4. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    McCarthy/Kennicot

    Denali Highway

    Seward, mebby Hope

    Homer w/ stop in Anchor Point

    Hatcher pass and/or Petersville (if the weather is clear P-ville road gets you as close to Denali as you can drive without permits and luck, etc)
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  5. Wheeldog

    Wheeldog Long timer

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    From what I have found is that tourists don't like the stuff I do and I don't like the stuff tourists enjoy.:huh

    I did a web page back in '00 about Alaska in a "nut shell". It pretty much explains what's on the paved highway system. My suggestion would be to check it out and do/research the stuff that interests you.:deal

    http://home.gci.net/~wheeldog/suggested_tour_of_alaska.htm
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  6. cacsteve

    cacsteve n00b

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    You really can't go wrong. On My old wreck (k100 RS), I would do after work rides that were visually stunning. 4-5 days a week, starting from the same point and seeing something different every time. Pick Your landmarks, but don't snooze in between. Good luck, Steve
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  7. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Valdez, Kennicott/McCarthy.

    The Denali Hwy one way or the other. Maybe think about doing the bus ride back to The Visitor's Cntr in Denali Park.

    Maybe the little town of Talkeetna between Anchorage and Denali where you could take a little plane ride and even land on a glacier.

    Seward is 100mi closer than Homer. When in Seward maybe think about taking a motorboat cruise: http://www.majormarine.com/alaska-day-cruises/

    Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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  8. Beezer

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    yes Mr Dog.... right you are, there are other sights... high on the list, if you guys have money take a flight out of Talkeetna & do a lap around the Moose's Tooth & mebby land on the Ruth Glacier... or have the pilot fly over the toe of the Kahiltna... if it's a good melt day you can see a river 200 yards across jump straight up out from under the ice about 50 feet in the air or so.... kinda like a waterfall in reverse. Even just an hour cruise across the Alaska range will blow your mind... it puts the "R" in remote... you can fly for hours and all you will see is peaks... most with no names, and oh yeah, no roads.

    EDIT.. ya Mark... you posted while I was writing... airplanes! YA
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  9. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    We did 9 days in Alaska last year. Instead of rentals, we had our bikes shipped to Anchorage and we flew in.

    Day 1 Anchorage to Talkeetna, flew to Denali, thern rode up to the park

    Day 2 Bus ride in the park to the visitors center

    Day 3 Denali Hwy to Copper Center

    Day 4 Copper Center to Valdez and back

    Day 5 Copper Center to Whittier, then to Hope

    Day 6 Hope to Seward and return to Hope ( rental Cabin )

    Day 7 Hope down to Homer and return

    Day 8 Hope back to Anchorage

    Day 9 Flight home

    Only regret was that I probably could have fit in a ride to McCarthy and I didn't. My suggestion would be to try and not over book stuff and take your time to see Alaska. You might want to consider taking the ferry from Valdez to Whittier.
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  10. bmwgirl

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  11. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    It's hard to see it all in 9 days. But first I think your on the right track by touring Southcentral Alaska.

    As Beezer and the rest of the locals have said you can't go wrong with their ideas.

    Try this:
    Anchorage heading south-Breakfast in Girdwood. Side trip into Portage Glacier. Quick run into Hope (Lunch?). Continue South to Seward. Spend the afternoon and evening in Seward. (Camp on the beach or cheap hotel.)

    Either head back South to Homer or North back to Anchorage and on to Wasilla/Palmer and across Hatchers Pass.

    A run up to Tallkeetna and on to the Denali Hwy.

    Take the Richardson Hwy on down to Valdez.

    From Valdez run into McCarthy. Visit the mine.

    Return to Anchorage.

    I think thats a doable loop and allows enough time to sight see.
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  12. worthydog

    worthydog Shosholoza

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    great stuff! keep it coming! and be specific, instead of breakfast in some city, give me the name of the restaurant (or flight operator, etc)
    you guys are awesome
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  13. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    Wild Onion in Wasilla ( pricey but very good, our forst meal in Alaska
    Fat Mermaid in Valdez
    Thorne's in Seward ( what a neat throwback to another era )
    Salty Dog in Homer
    King Mountain Lodge ( between Glenallen and Anchorage )

    We took Talkeetna Air Taxi up onto Denali. We were lucky enough to land on a glacier and spent about 45 min walking around. Costs was $ 265 a person but I challenge you find a better way to spend that money. It was simply breathtaking. Be preparred to spend time at all your food stops to talk with people in there. All unique and alot of fun listening how they ended up there. If you can get into Hope on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, heading " downtown to the local bar will be a real treat. We used Hope as our HQ for 3 nights while in the Kenai. Found a cabin to rent for $ 125 a night for 5 of us. Nice to be able to have a shower and indoor plumbing after 5 nights in tents.
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  14. nateofthenorth

    nateofthenorth Adventurer

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    Just returned from a great/quick two day ride -

    Anchorage to Whittier - Ferry to Valdez (5 hours, but you see the sound and the ride out of Valdez is incredible)

    Camped outside of Chitina - gas up at Kenny Lake. (Early in the season and the damn gas station in Chitina is only open Tues/Fri.) :huh

    Mess around with McCarthy Rd (awesome if you like off-pavement)

    Ride north to Glenn Allen and decide where you want to go from there.

    Hatchers Pass is fun.
    The penninsula is nice
    Lots of small towns full of great people.
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  15. SlowBlue

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