Riding OUT of Alaska to Spokane

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AK_Hoff, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. AK_Hoff

    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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    A short report and late. Some of you may know Gpax. Last summer his dream ride was cut short by a heart attack and I rode his bike OUT, as Alaskans say. Just a few pics, mostly of Rita. 6 days, three mostly in rain and three in the heat.

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  2. AK_Hoff

    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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  3. AK_Hoff

    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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  4. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Tough situation for him and I'm sure taking this off his plate was helpful with both the difficult logistics of recovering the bike as well as the good mojo to his emotional recovery knowing good people are "out there". Beautiful photos and Cheers on being a Mensch!

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  5. cycletlh

    cycletlh Slower than yesterday!

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    Please post your route. Where did you start, stay at night, miles per day, etc. Thanks!
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  6. AK_Hoff

    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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    Posting the route would actually make it a ride report, thanks.

    Day 1. Left home Eagle River Alaska bright and early. Long days ride, stopped for fuel at Glenallen and Tok, crossed the border around 5pm but had a 1 hour wait in the rain. For some reason the there was a line up. The acanadian border guard was very confused since aiI am a Canadian citizen living in Alaska and riding someone else’s bike. So after an explanation that as Canadian military serving with the USAF and that the bike needed to get to Spokane she finally let me go. Fueled in Beaver Creek and rode to Haines junction for the night. ALCAN Motor Inn, clean and cheap (for the north country). Arrived at 1030 pm. 12hrs, 600 miles.

    Day 2. Left Haines Junction, breakfast in Whitehorse, another long day with stops at Teslin and the Cassiar junction for fuel. Right turn down hwy 39, Cassiar, and overnighted at Dease Lake. Rain and cold last 60 miles. Stayed at the Northway Motor Inn. Pricey but you have little options. I should say that I didn’t book rooms in advance and was lucky to get them in the Yukon and BC. I did have full camping gear just in case. The trip was a last minute deal with little time to prep. Also, since I travel the ALCAN every year I was not sight seeing, if you want to really enjoy this ride half the mileage per day in northern BC/Yukon is a good planning figure.
    500 miles.

    Day 3. Continued down the Cassiar. Best road to get in and out. Stops at Bell 2 and the junction at Hwy 16 for fuel ( famous Alaska sign). Once on the 16 (Yellowhead) you are back in civilization, always a weird feeling. Houston for the night. Houston Motor Inn, very cheap and clean with laundry machines.
    420 miles.

    Day 4. Hwy 16 pretty much all day. Stopped in Prince George for lunch with OlGriz. After PG the road gets a little boring. Instead of going to Jasper and taking the Icefield Parkway (been there done that) I turned right on Hwy 5 and overnighted at Blue River. Very few tourists on this road, beautiful scenery, lots of twists and turns, light traffic - excellent. Stayed at the Sandman Inn, good price and a partial kitchen.
    420 miles.

    Day 5. Continue on Hwy 5 to Kamloops, main hwy for a bit then right on a little know backroad that local riders love, 97, through Vernon. If you have never been Vernon and the Okanagan Valley are a Must! I did not stop, was there the year before and I had miles to cover. Hwy 6 to the ferry at Fauquier - wow what a road for motorcycles!!! In BC the ferry rides are free. Up to Nakusp for the night. A touristy town but small and full of excellent restaurants. Stayed at the Canyon Court motel $70 for a full kitchen room, super clean and new. Run by an old German who had been to Alaska before there were any paved roads.
    325 miles.

    Day 6. Hwy 6 to 22, another beautiful road, crossed the tiny border crossing then on to meet Gpax in Spokane.
    250 miles.

    You can see I did the big miles on the first few day on roads I travel all the time, then slowed down when I got to places I rarely see. Enjoy.
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  7. WrldRiderWC

    WrldRiderWC Adventurer

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    When did you make this ride? I'm planning to do a very similar ride this August. How's the weather in Aigust? Thanks...
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  8. AK_Hoff

    AK_Hoff Going slow as fast as I can.

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    Last July, I believe I left on the 1st. August is perfectly fine.
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  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Every 4 years they run a TSD rally called the Alcan5000 (www.alcan5000.com). I did it in 2006 and 2010 and have entered this years round. It is always in August because the weather is best that month. But even August can be pretty tough sledding once you are into the Yukon and AK. You'll have rain and cold temps and maybe even a little snow or hail. You need Gortex and heated under gear and several pairs of gloves. That event starts in Seattle and finishes in Anchorage or Fairbanks. It will run about 4500 miles over 9 days. Then you have to ride back to Seattle!
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