Seattle - Alaska in August, best way to do it?

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  1. daiberl

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    Hello,
    I plan with a friend to drive up North in August, we are debating what the best way is to see as much as possible, we have one week (Saturday - Sunday).
    1. Drive from Seattle up North, possible Whitehorse, and back
    2. Drive up to Anchorage and fly back, bikes will be shipped back.
    Questions:

    • Is it realistic to do Whitehorse and back in 9 days and to be able to see something? Good ideas and pointers for such a trip?
    • Has someone shipped a bike from Anchorage back to the PNW, if yes what were the costs, which shipper, was it arranged before the trip started?
    Thanks!
    - Juergen
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  2. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    My advice...

    Go up the Cassiar to Watson Lake and come back via the Alcan and back through the Robson Valley. You might be able to budget some time to see Hyder, Alaska and even Telegraph Creek. Both are not to be missed IMHO. This route has less backtracking and more of a loop to see different things.

    Save Whitehorse and beyond for an Alaska Trip. Whitehorse is the gateway to the real goodies in the Yukon IMHO.
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  3. hvman

    hvman Been here awhile

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    Good advice!!, if you go into Hyder ( you should) go on up the road past town
    and don't miss seeing the Salmon Glacier. For bike shipping advice, post in the Alaska section, those people know all about it.
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  4. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Yes indeed :D

    Road to Hyder and beyond

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    Telegraph Creek

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  6. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    I had my sons Dakar shipped from Skagway to Seattle for ~ $220. You have to provide your own straps and tie down the bike yourself. Or in my case, I paid someone to do it. They shipped by weight and I believe it had to be empty of fuel as I recall. If I were to ship, I'd lighten the bike as much as possible... but then again, the airlines are now charging for extra luggage. Might be cheaper to pay the extra shipping.
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  7. daiberl

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    So you would go up via Cassiar and then back via Fort Nelson (or the other way around)? Sounds also like a good trip, especially with a stop in Hyder, I will talk with my friend what he thinks.
    - Juergen
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  9. Buck760

    Buck760 Been here awhile

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    http://http://www.northlandservices.com

    I simply called their booking department, and they explained the process, and quoted me.

    It looks like they have been bought by Lynden in the interim; when I priced in 2011, Lynden was more expensive.
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  10. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Either way is good. I'd plan for Hyder, Telegraph creek and even try to ride over to the Nisga'a Lava beds. I have actually contemplated doing this route in the time frame you mention. Oh, and plan for a dip in the Liard hotsprings.

    It's all good. One thing I will warn you about. Once you get a taste of the north, you will get addicted. If you are like me, you will spend every minute of your vacations up there. I consider myself Canadian in heart and soul now. Absolutely grand country up there. Consider yourself warned. :deal
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  11. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    are you driving or riding?? It doesn't seem very clear. Cassiar / hyder / whitehorse / etc not to be missed
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  12. daiberl

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    Riding the BMW R100GSPD, friend has a Honda.
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  13. daiberl

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    Thanks for the advise, I can see myself getting addicted after watching your videos, I will send you also a PM.
    - Juergen
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  14. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    We took the ferry up, rode around and rode back down through the cassiar. I would do it again with the ferry in a heartbeat. Very cool boat ride up
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  15. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    My latest video of the Cassiar was just uploaded.
    (Read and see more here : http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=953161&page=2)

    Hope this whet's your appetite.

    Enjoy...

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  16. ercenk

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    Sounds a lot of fun. I cannot wait for this trip...

    Which port did you go first? I guess you get on the ferry from Bellingham, WA. Did you take the AK state ferries (http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/routes.shtml) ?
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  17. ercenk

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    Oh man, I am finally watching the videos. I do not think my Honda Interstate will be high enough for some of the roads.
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  18. daiberl

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    Ercenk, you will make it with your Honda, if not I can pull you out with the R100GS/PD. :D
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  19. eselhengst

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    I would definitely take the Cassiar, it is a beautiful ride. The Alcan back from fort Nelson to Dawson Creek is boring and had a not fun crosswind when I rode it last. There are some good areas to explore in the yukon/north B.C. area and a trip back down the Cassiar or a boat ride home is more enjoyable in my opinion the getting blasted into the other lane in the plains A week is enough time to get a good taste. I was on my '88 GS
    Cheers
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  20. jfdirtybiker

    jfdirtybiker Roads are to explore

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    My advice - don't try to ride too fast to get up there. Too many riders miss the enjoyment of the roads, the sights, and the ride in favor of speed.

    Salmon glacier and the Bear watch Center at Hyder Alaska are a must.

    Also the Sign Post Forest and the Northern Lights Center at Watson Lake are fun stops. Google Steward Cassiar maps for info. But here are a few of my pics at on the Cassier;

    http://joefdirtybiker.smugmug.com/Motorcycling/Solo-Motorcycle-Adventure-2009/i-VvPVCGG

    http://joefdirtybiker.smugmug.com/Motorcycling
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