North Carolina to Alaska

Discussion in 'Americas' started by HeyWhatever, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    I just spent nearly 4 weeks roaming around BC, YT, and AK by myself riding to P.R. and backtracking through Prince George twice this past summer. No troubles whatsoever. Once you get into the wilderness, that's what the majority of the riders are doing; going solo.

    Cell service. I use Sprint and never had service on any network. Not until Fairbanks. Luckily there are a lot of free WiFi spots along the way.

    I didn't even carry bear spray the whole time. Only thing I had was a large camping hatchet in the panniers. At times I looped my 6" camp knife around my riding pants. I guess it's an intimidation factor but I really used it to prop the bike in soft soil.

    The one thing I tried to do was camp in populated areas since I was alone. If a campsite wasn't occupied, I tried to find a hotel. Back in the CONUS, it's the opposite since I can bring my Austrian friend with me.

    Breakdowns can be reduced by conducting preventative maintenance. Everyday before loading the bike down, I gave it a run through. Get to know your bike inside and out, standing on your head, and backwards. I managed to make it through the wilderness on blown fork seals and squeaking wheel bearings. Fortunately P.G. had a dealership in town and they just happen to have my seals. NAPA had the bearings.

    I'm just a small guy, 5'4" and 145lbs and no one ever gave me any trouble. You're sure to come across other riders (riding or driving) who are willing to lend a hand. Every time I stopped just to stretch, drivers would honk and give me some sort of signal to see if I was ok. You'll be fine. I was concerned just like you before I left and all my friends thought I was nuts for not packing a firearm. I think television has ruined a lot of our perceptions about the world and other people. Why judge if you never been there? I prefer to stay away from the news because I know most of the world is better than that (not to say you'll never encounter and a--hole. There's just more of them packed inside populated areas :rofl).
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  2. Laros

    Laros Been here awhile

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    I'm contemplating a solo trip in July from Toronto to northern BC. My intended destination is Smithers BC where my daughter lives. (So I too am very aware of the Highway of Tears issue). Smithers is about 4 hours north of Prince George on the TransCanada highway on the way to Alaska. If our schedules align I would be pleased to accompany you for a section through BC.

    PM me as your schedule is firming up if you would like to explore this further.

    Larry
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  3. nuttynu

    nuttynu Long timer

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    Come come !!! Can't wait to meet some riders ! So many are coming to ALASKA ...
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  4. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    Alaska is out for me for now.

    I can't really do the BMW purchase I would like to before this summer.

    There is another thread on here... there seems to be a horde of people going up...
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  5. nuttynu

    nuttynu Long timer

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    Aww come on. First tank is on me. :)//
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