Alaska, is it Worth It?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Carl Childers, May 19, 2017.

  1. NorthPole

    NorthPole Adventurer

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    A similar question I ask myself is if riding Beartooth and Chief Joseph highways are worth the distance from Fairbanks. Guess I will just have to go down there this summer and find out. Really hope the Ice Feilds or Going to the Sun don't get in my way.
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  2. Vandergraf

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    I don't really see where Mr Childers presented attitude. He came here looking for information on the area.
    You lived there and could probably have provided more helpful info than cranky lecturing about what you assumed his attitude was.
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  3. Nurse Ratched

    Nurse Ratched Been here awhile

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    Apparently my 50-mile round trips to the Arby's in Rock Hill, SC don't count for much.

    But I enjoy the trips immensely. Sometimes, I'll spoil myself with an extra packet of "Horsey Sauce" on my roast beef sandwich. Not thrilled about the corn syrup in it, but other than that...
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  4. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    JoMomma is down the hall.
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  5. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Maybe you have pretty high expectations if you want a "pot of gold" at the end. Sometimes trips don't work out that way. Sometimes there are tiny pots of gold along the way and not a big one at the end.

    I am on my way there now and the past 2.5 days have been hell. It's a hellava slog just to get out of Ontario, I am coming from Coburg not to far from the Belleville area.

    Every hour of riding has been in constant rain and cold. Almost..subtract 6 hours on day one. I am trying to keep my "pot of gold" in sight...d2d.

    You know the answer yourself,why do you need us to convince you?
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  6. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    Your post puts it all in perspective for me. Wise words indeed! I still go back and forth on this everyday but I'm just about there as far as getting the bike packed and heading out in a few weeks.

    Be safe and have a great trip.
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  7. Ryan72

    Ryan72 Been here awhile

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    I di the Fairbanks/Paxon/Cantwell triangle on a rental bike two years ago; best ride of my life. Next week I'm going back to try Anchorage and Seward. I don't think you'll have any regrets.
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  8. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    OP- IMO, you should definitely go to Alaska. I have travelled quite a bit (49 States, much of Canada, MX, Central Amer., EU, SE Asia) and was totally blown away by the grandeur and beauty of Alaska. YMMV
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  9. mb289

    mb289 2 Wheels Welding LLC Supporter

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    As stated above...yes, it is absolutely worth it. I went last year for the first time and plan to go back in 2018. My only regret is that I don't have more time. Fortunately for my third trip (2020?), I will be retired!

    BTW, last year mosquitos were not a problem at all, at least for me.
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  10. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Beartooth and Chief Joseph Highways are well worth the trip. Rode them for the first time last year and it was a very welcome side trip on the way to AK. I know this may draw some feedback, but IMHO, if you run the Icefields Parkway, which is a 'must ride' route, before you do Going to the Sun Road, you wil be severely letdown at what you experience on the Going to the Sun Road. I did after having been on the Icefields Parkway and through AK and the YT. Traffic, glaciers aren't in your face around every corner.......just wasn't up to what I saw to the north. Since it seems like you will be going from north to south and back north I highly recommend you do the Ice Fields Parkway in both directions. Its truly two different rides!!!
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  11. HotChilliColdBeer

    HotChilliColdBeer Human Swizzle Stick

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    Exactly.




    Charlie
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  12. ZiaThunder

    ZiaThunder Go big or go home

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    I grew up in Anchorage, been up and down the Alcan about 10x as kid with my parents. Last summer I rode up there to visit. I have to say it was the most amazing trip I've ever done. It's very different to see all those sights from a bike. Very worth while, and it's not just bragging rights. It's 180 degrees from what we get/have here in NM.


    My ride report from the trip:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/to-alaska-d2d-the-dempster-july-2016.1163402/
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  13. NorthPole

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    Since it seems like you will be going from north to south and back north I highly recommend you do the Ice Fields Parkway in both directions. Its truly two different rides!!![/QUOTE]
    Might just have to do that.
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  14. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    Thanks for your words of encouragement, I will be studying your ride report.
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  15. NL7U

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    Jeepers, creepers....I cannot believe that I am reading Alaska ride reports again. I guess the problem is incurable, to go along with my old age (73), fat ass condition, and a host of other things that the doctors say that will kill me. I plan to "go for it", at least one more time. See you there!
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  16. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    10 years ago a buddy of mine suggested we get a couple of BMW GS's and ride to Alaska. He had been inspired by Long Way Round/Down/Sideways. So like a dummy I go out and buy a GSA and start planning and of course he flakes out and doesn't buy a bike and cancels his plan. Well, like hell if I am not gonna go, so I did it solo. I even got my M1 license two weeks before departure. Greatest road trip of my 40 years on earth. I met lifelong friends and guess what? I am going again next year for my 50th. See ya up there!
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  17. RidewithAB

    RidewithAB Just Ride! Supporter

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  18. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Easily distracted Supporter

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    If you like an adventure, have the time and money...go. If you don't like an adventure, don't have the time or money...don't go. Simple as that. It's not an easy ride, but only you will be able to decide if its worth it or not.
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  19. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    It is not that crowded. From reading on this board, I expected to see a lot of bikes on the road. Often we would see bikes at the end of the day, and a few on the road but I will see many more any day in Maine than I saw in Canada or Alaska. I think everyone who rides there posts about it here. That is a good thing. Ben.
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  20. wannabehippy

    wannabehippy I'll risk it!

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    It better be worth it I've been wanting to go for the past 10 years and I'm finally getting the chance next year!

    I'll be spending a good amount of time wonder g around Canada too lol!

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