Alaska 2018 summer

Discussion in 'Americas' started by franki, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    LOL you guys are killing me :rofl
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    franki NB Rider

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    Thank you for the info. I for one would be interested. If you are looking at starting a possible second source of income, please offer some pictures of the facilities you intend to rent out and some pricing for guideline.:clap
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    Tewster2 Long timer Supporter

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    What a great idea! You're right on the way to Prudhoe from Fairbanks. My buddies and I already have a place to stay in Fairbanks this year but would like to stop by on our way up to say howdy and take a look at your place for the future. You should do very well.
  4. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    I am checking on Google map about the routes. I noticed for the moment, I can't navigate the route from Dawson via Little Gold to Tok. Is this because the road is closed for winter season and the ferry in Dawson don't run? If yes, when is the open season?

    Also the 107km from Dawson to Little Gold Google said takes a little over 3 hours. Anyone can share their experience riding on this road?
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    I am interested too. Especially if you cab offer spacw for an oil change.

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  7. froger

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    The Yukon might still be frozen. The ferry should be rolling by the time you get there.

    Is this road also called the top of the world highway? If it is, it has good reviews. Comes out on a big high elevation plateau that sounds like quite the place.

    A question like this, the Canuck regional forum would know better than us southerners.
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    Yes, it is called The Top of the World Highway. Funny enough, I have ridden on roadway +5300m ASL and not called on top of the world. I guess it's how you look at things. :D I am looking forward to ride on this road.
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  9. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer Supporter

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    You can go as fast as you want as long as you don't crash, encounter cops (rare), or get bogged down in traffic (rarer). Road conditions and ability will dictate your speed more than anything else.
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  10. Hi-De-Ho

    Hi-De-Ho Mad Scientist Super Supporter

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    @franki , that route you are wanting to take, from Dawson City to Little Gold, is thee main travel route, and yes it is indeed the Top of the World Highway.
    99% of the riders that leave Dawson City go that route, as it travels through Chicken, Alaska, and on to Tok, Alaska.

    It may not show as an option right now, but the only reason, as stated above by others, is that the Yukon River may be frozen, which means the ferry is not running right now. Once break-up occurs, and the river starts flowing well, the ferry will start running again.

    It is NOT a 3 hour ride from Dawson City to Little Gold. All depends on how long your wait for the ferry is...but generally the wait is anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour at worse....all dependent on how many other vehicles are waiting. With bikes, they try to get as many on-board the ferry as is safely reasonable, but they are also dealing with large RVs that want to cross too.

    Once across, it is at most an hour to Little Gold. So, the ride from Dawson City to Little Gold, including the ferry ride, can be as little as one hour, or as much as 2 hours.

    Yes, there are 1000 places around the planet with much higher elevations to ride over, than Alaska's Top of the World Highway. They just named it that, and if the fog is clear...the views are beautiful.
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    There are also some spur roads that come off of it. The popular one is Clinton Creek Road. It dead ends at an old abandoned town referred to as Forty Mile. It’s neat if that’s your bag and requires some hiking. With the border crossings having limited hours, if you persue that endeavor you may be camping overnight and crossing the next morning.
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    franki NB Rider

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    Thank you guys for sharing your experience of that road. It gave me something to gauge upon and do my planning accordingly. :freaky
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    Forty mile was an established mining camp when the big strike in Dawson hit. Needless to say, it became a former mining camp as fast as they could load the boats. It was guys like these, who were already in the northland when the big discovery was made that got the good claims and ended up rich.
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    From the satellite image of Forty Miles, there is no man made structure there. Do you think they pulled out everything when they move camp? :lol3
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    Buildings that old would of been smashed flat by winter snows long ago. A more likely fate was they were pulled down to make something else or used for firewood. It's a safe bet fire and floods have worked Forty Mile over as well. There's probably enough debris laying around to show there had been a settlement, but not much else. Unless your an Archeologist, there probably not much to see. I'm guessing of course, but organic stuff don't last long in the woods.

    Saw somewhere it's a four mile hike in now days. While I like historic places, I don't think this one's worth an eight mile hike. If you could ride in and camp, I'd say that was different.
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    There are some buildings there and are maintained by the canadian govt. as a historical site. There are some ride reports that include this area.
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    2 more days, I'll be on your shore heading north. I do hope that I'll be running into some of you on the road. :chace
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    You'll be passing near where I live your first day or two. And probably returning as well. If you were to need help I'm around. Don't check the messages much, but do watch your thread. Best a luck to ya.