Riding Alaska in March Apri 2013

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by partireper.it, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. partireper.it

    partireper.it Been here awhile

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    Greetings from Dawson Creek!
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  2. J&K

    J&K Been here awhile

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    Congrats on making Dawson...:clap
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  3. partireper.it

    partireper.it Been here awhile

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    Weather is treating well so far, tomorrow fort nelson and the day after whitehourse......

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  4. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Fort Nelson today? Friday?

    Next will be Steamboat, with higher elevations and a chance of snow on the surface, then Summit, and it's all downhill from there (figuratively speaking only).

    Once out of the mountains north of Muncho Lake, it is quite often warmer this time of year. That can be good, or... it could mean snow, as often happens when warm, moist air mixes it up with the colder, lower layer. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Here in Alaska, the Alcan is looking good, but the Tok Cut-Off (southwest from Tok toward Anchorage) has quite a bit of snowpack south of Mentasta Pass, but that is melting rapidly and can be handled with just a bit of caution. Predictions are for temperatures to get above freezing during the day for the next few days, although it is still getting near, or below 0° F at night.

    Ride safe! :thumb
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  5. partireper.it

    partireper.it Been here awhile

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    I am in Mucho lake right now and I could have been continuiing if it wasn't getting dark already.

    I'll try to get to whitehourse tomorrow and hopefully weather wiil company me all the way to Anchorage!

    Cheers
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  6. railroad bob

    railroad bob Adventurer

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    If the timing works for you, the Gakona Lodge is open, I just spent 4 nights there, and left Friday morning for Fairbanks.
    It is located on the Tok Cut-Off Highway about 2 miles north of the intersection with the Richardson Highway.
    Valeri and her husband run the place, and she is a good cook.
    Very rustic, meaning comfortable, but the floors creak and are not exactly level (:D). Built in 1904.
    The front faces the Copper River Valley, and the Gakona River is immediately behind the lodge, altho it is hard to see with all the snow on it right now.
    Good riding...
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  7. partireper.it

    partireper.it Been here awhile

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    Thanks Bob, just made to Tok 1 hour ago!
    I will see if I want to get to Fairbanks or not, time seems to be a real issue for me now, as I have a flight booked the 13th from Vancouver and I have to get back there and the bike somehow...
    Cheers

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  8. BARB

    BARB Long timer

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    Stop by when you get to Anchorage!
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  9. partireper.it

    partireper.it Been here awhile

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    Of course I will, this is the final stage of a personal lifetime challange I started 8 years ago with a third hand motorcycle, 2200 USD in my pocket and no clue about motorcycle mechanic.

    Getting to Alaska with the cold has been something now for me and being able to get here on my own is the bet reward to conlcude a roud the world trip.

    I guess I'll have to open a bottle of champagne when I am there and I will happily share it with you all!

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  10. J&K

    J&K Been here awhile

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    Congrats on making Tok. Looks like the weather is gonna be in your favor. Just be careful in the shady spots. Good luck and hope you enjoy your time here.
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  11. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    The Steese Highway is pretty clear all the way to Fox, and from what I hear at least as far as the Hilltop Cafe if you're trying to head to the Dalton. My strong guess would be any maintenance stops at Livengood, if not before. Should be pretty clear all the way to Tok as well. No idea how bad the Parks Highway will be going south however, I'll ask one of my co-workers who head that way how the roads are. I don't think we go much past Nenana until the Denali properties start opening in early May, but we have trucks that go to Tok and the Border ever two weeks for deliveries.

    Welcome to Alaska!
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  12. MMNORTH

    MMNORTH Got GUZZI

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    John (AKA Gionata) Made it in to Achorage last night, said he had clear roads and sun all the way north. May be chiming in later.
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