Alaska 2019

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Guls, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    keeping in perspective... Canada is a country (2017) of a little over 35 million people. Below per 100,000

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    the Country of California.. similar population (39 million)... homicide nearly 7 per 100,000. I would go back to worrying about mosquitoes and bears when traveling the far North of Canada.. (BTW I try to stay out of California)
  2. That.guy

    That.guy Been here awhile

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    If anyone plans to ride the Denali Highway it’s probably in the best condition I’ve ever seen. I just did it again this weekend and it was great, enough rain to keep the dust down but not quite enough to turn the road into mud.
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  3. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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  4. MapMaster

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    Of course you will. They'll all be headed the other way. :lol3

    On my last trip, leaving the state on Aug 17, I learned that locals refer to the August snowfalls that start coating higher elevations as "departure snow". :deal

    Have a good trip!
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  5. simestd

    simestd Packet plumber Supporter

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    Close, most of the folks I know refer to the early snowfall high on the mountains as "termination dust" as in the termination of summer. The fireweed has also already topped out, which is another local sign that summer is coming to an end. Next up is our wet season, followed by snow which begins around Anchorage in mid October.
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  6. MapMaster

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    :scratch
    Close? It was an exact quote of a local resident near Slana.

    The Inuit have reportedly come up with 200 different names for snow. I'm sure there can be more than a few ways to label those early coatings on the mountains in English. :lol3

    But I quite like "termination dust" as well.
  7. Emasen

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    Hey Guys, are ye trying to put me off travelling too? I don't get there till the 23rd August..... and yes I'm bringing a good proven rainsuit from Ireland with me..... just don't tell me to expect snow south of Wiseman before September......please!
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    Ok, we won't tell you. :deal

    On a more serious note: You'll probably be fine, but you WILL hit rain along the way and when the clouds clear a bit, there will be lots of white lower down on the slopes then there was before.
    It may not reach the valley floor - much.
    Check conditions in advance before heading north of Fairbanks and any passes south of there.
    Good luck.
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  9. Tryggr

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    Heading north from SE Louisiana, departing this morning. Thanks to everyone who posted here and on several other ride reports for invaluable info and advice.
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  10. Alcan Rider

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    You should be here in plenty of time. A few years ago I headed for the east coast of the U.S. on August 25th and had great weather going south out of Alaska -
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    Hit the Alaska Highway northbound September 14th and waited for an early season snowfall to melt off the highway around Watson Lake, then had great weather the remainder of the trip. Road construction/repairs were still going on in Alaska, leading to the inevitable flaggers and stops.
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    If you are planning on going to Deadhorse, be aware that north of the Brooks Range mountains the seasonal weather change is delayed nearly a month due to proximity to the Arctic Ocean. There's a possibility of hitting snow at the top of Atigun Pass, but that usually lasts just a day or so early in the season.

    In years past I have seen riders leaving the state, heading down to the South 48 as late as the end of October. You shouldn't have any serious trouble; just don't get in a hurry. Patience is a virtue - especially when traveling relatively remote highways in the far north.
  11. nunzo

    nunzo Been here awhile Supporter

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    ASR, ..I am in Palmer AK today and shipping my bike back to Ohio . August is the rainy season and believe me when I say 4-5 days straight. I tried waiting it out on the Dalton but no dice. Still great weather to be had but you should pack good rain gear and a spare set of gloves.

    Be Safe
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  12. AllSeasonRider

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    @nunzo I appreciate weather is a fickle thing, but there was a trade off. I do see that August is pretty wet in coastal Alaska, but it's typically just as 'dry' as June in northern AK, YT, NWT and northern BC, and drier in places like Banff and Idaho where I'll be going through. My aim is the Demspter, so I prioritized the weather for that area most.

    My gear is GoreTex and I'm bringing extra rain gear on top of it for the heavy days. I'm bringing 3 pairs of gloves - mesh, a heated/insulated/waterproof pair, and a non-insulated GoreTex pair.

    I've found that keeping dry in downpours hasn't been an issue for me, but keeping warm has. I'll have heated gear for this trip which I didn't the last time I rode in a lot of rain, so it should all help.

    Appreciate the heads up!
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  13. That.guy

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    The Dempster was plenty wet this weekend, and windy too.
  14. Emasen

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    Fail to prepare..... prepare to fail...... ride safe....... and remember there is always next year.
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    scootac Just a Traveler

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    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    crazy - glad it's over, but would prefer them alive for more answers...
  17. Bigbob1

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    I am happy the manhunt is over. I rode the Alcan four time this summer, on the last ride the vibe on the highway was not normal. I would pull into a turn out and the other travelers would run to their RV's or cars and lock the doors. No one wanted to chat, just keep to themselves unless we were in a campground around a bunch of other people. Things should get back to normal now.
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    The answers would more than likely be just as ( if not more than ) confusing as the crime. Let the devil have his way with them now!
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  19. Tryggr

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    IMG_20190810_085004995.jpg Just checking in, I'm in Kalispell getting a new rear tire installed. This is a planned stop to have fresh rubber.

    This is my old tire with about 5300 miles on it, had lots of life left, but changed it out of an abundance of caution. 1500 of those miles were commuting, the remainder were fully loaded, 2006 V-Strom DL1000.
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  20. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    Do you have either the Klim or Aerostich waterproof over glove liners? My buddy had the Aerostich. The Klim dealer in Fairbanks only had them in Small. I recommend getting a pair. The rain goes on forever at times.
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