Packing list and preparation AK trip

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Ducati7444, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Ducati7444

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    Hello fellow inmates,
    I did post few times for the trip I'm doing this summer to celebrate 50 years of good life.

    I'm in the final preparation stage. Here are the packing list i came up today and stuff on the floor ready to be packed. My goal is to travel light. I also decided not to invest in new riding gears as the gear i have was quite comfortable on previous trips. For riding gears, I have my own 4 layer system that can be mismatch as the weather dictate. Leather street jacket, adventure Jacket with 2 layers, riding pants riding enduro boots. set of winter and summer glove. Rain suit. I did previously ride in freezing temperature with my adventure jacket over my leather jacket, was perfect. THe benefit are also huge impact protection. from both jacket. In warm weather, i always wear my street jacket for protection. and it's signed by the Doctor and Colin Edward, then it make me faster....Other important part of my packing list is the camera to take pictures and also be able to go for a day hike in various of our beautiful national parks. Food is not a concern as I know I can go a long time with only high energy foods as dry fruits and anyway, in North America, civilization is never far away.
    As I will be traveling alone, safety is and will be my top priority. (until I jump on the bike...:) That why I invested in a Spot 2 and subscribed to their insurance's. All my vital and safety information will be clearly labeled on my bike and on me. Some of my best friends will follow me and trigger alarm if I do not give sign of life once a while.

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  2. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Looks like you have thought it out. Where are you heading?
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  3. Ducati7444

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    From NC to KY, MO, Ks, CO for the CO back discovery road, Wyoming to visit and hike Yellowstone, Montana to visit Glacier National Park, British Columbia to visit the Rockies, Yukon, Fairbanks, Deadhorse, Anchorage. (from there I will see if I take a ferry down to Washington state or drive. When there and depending of left over time, go down to the Grand Canyon may be death valley and then back home. If i spend more time in Alaska, then go back home trough British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, North Dakota then south east back to NC....6 weeks trip... My main issue is that every night when I look at the map or on internet, I change the route. And I will change it many time when on the roads.
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  4. Ducati7444

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    And if I forgot something essential, it is plenty of shopping centers on the way up north...
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  5. FotoTEX

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    I would take everything but the sofa. Plenty of places to lay down along the way.

    Most people take too much stuff. Your bike will thank you if you go lighter. So will your budget for gas. Less is more. I took probably 30% more stuff than needed on our trip to Alaska. I speak from experience.
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  6. eddie98

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    When are you heading out?
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  7. Ducati7444

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    If everything goes as planned, Saturday June 15th, return home by August 4th :)
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  8. eddie98

    eddie98 Been here awhile

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    I'm leaving in Aug
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  9. Englishmatt

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    Hey Eddie,

    Leaving in August too, from Woodstock...

    Maybe see you on the road!
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  10. Delta61

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    Don't forget to get your Canadian insurance card from your insurance agent. May save you time at the border if you get that one guard that asks for it.

    Got mine in the mail today as 4 of us are leaving SE Alabama on 22 June for Prudhoe
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  11. FotoTEX

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    Was never asked asked for the Canadian Insurance card on our ride to Alaska. More concerned that a rider from Texas was not bringing a Pistol with me. Was not. Sure grilled me though. Stereotypes run deep. I live in a place called America where we have the right to own weapons. And I am smart enough to respect countries that do not have that right. Any more questions??
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  12. eddie98

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    Really? How weird is that. U leaving solo? Im leaving with a friend.
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  13. falcon20x

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    Hello,

    Two years ago I rode to the Arctic circle then down to Anchorage with three other guys.
    We build a check list to help us ensure that we had everything we would need for the trip. For that matter we are getting ready to head out to Happy Goose Bay and we are still using the same check list.
    I would be glad to send the check list if you PM me your email address.

    If I had to choose two MUST have items that would be a heated Jacket and Rain gear.

    We left late June from Texas and we used the rain gear on the second day of the trip, we used the headed vest at least 2/3 of the trip. I never thought I would but I was glad I had mine.

    Do not forget full strength DEET, mosquitos are not your friends up there. Rags and windshield cleaner are also absolutely necessary
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  14. falcon20x

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    I would recommend to also talk to AAA about their motorcycle towing insurance. They will tow the bike back to the nearest town( 100 miles) if it becomes disable.
    It nice to have that piece of mind if you run into a deer or brake down.
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  15. Ducati7444

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    Thank you for the advice, did not know that...last time I cross canadian border by bike, they did not ask for it, as you said, better to be ready to save time.
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  16. Ducati7444

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    as any good trip planning, bike preparation is a big part of it. What i have done:

    Change oil, oil filter, all brake fluids, coolant, new air filter, adjust rear shock and fork for loaded bike,, check tire pressure, brake pads, install Spot II, change GPS mounting bracket (home made) install new aux light switch. The "kill switch button" is wired to flash all lights (Hi-beam and aux light)...and then test "loading technique" to see how everything fit.
    Now I'm ready....will post pics when possible and share the trip with everyone.

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  17. Sheps3

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    Looks like you kept it sweet and simple. Good luck. Grade same way same time frame. Maybe see ya on the road.
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  18. revolut10n

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    Looks like a good, balanced list to me. I did a spreadsheet in prep for the trip I'm going to be taking in the next couple of days and it shared a lot of the same things that you have. Good luck on the trip!
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  19. G is for Guiness

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    I knew when I saw the Doors t-shirt you had everything you needed! :rofl

    Helge Pederson has some great tips, catch his website, a lot of video's on you tube.

    Watch out for the deer- I don't think they like The Door's!
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  20. K2vodka

    K2vodka Been here awhile

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    Like you said... you aren't going to be too far from civilization so you can buy most anything you forget.

    The most important thing is to bring the key things that will need and that would cost you an arm and a leg on the road.

    Have fun and enjoy! Should be an incredible trip. Don't stress too much while organizing it. Not worth it.
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