Alaska, is it Worth It?

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

  1. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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

    I said this about sex when I was 17.

    It was!

    Alaska will be also.

    Ben.
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  2. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    I hope I can do Alaska for less than it cost me to do sex. :uhoh
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  3. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    You could probably do a moon trip for less that it costs to do sex, and that is not putting any price on the psychic pain.

    Ben.
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  4. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    This thread is silly!
    OP-if you have to ask "that question" you should stay a couch potato and enjoy the A/C and safety of yer living room? If it was asked 'tongue in cheek", all is forgiven...:lol2
    Anyone who lives in N NM ( where I spent last week BTW) and asks the AK question should probably move somewhere tamer anyway?:rofl
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  5. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    From my perspective, NS and a TransLab trip are more appealing to me.
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  6. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Post # 2, Alcan Rider, and # 4, Tewster2, have driven an stake through the heart of this question. Listening to anyone one else, including me, is about as smart as taking marital advice from a monk.

    Ben.
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  7. worncog

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    It has gotten a bit off track. If you're looking for the simple ride, ride to Hyder and tell everyone you've been to Alaska. And there is nothing wrong with that. Want the real deal? Load up, put up the kickstand and ride north until you can't go no farther...like Deadhorse or Tuktoyaktuk, or wherever. Let the weather be the mystery and live your life through the adventure. I'm riding to Tuktoyaktuk in early June, and other Alaskan destinations, that's why I have been lurking here. Safe travels.
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  8. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Sex and AK travel are two separate things! Both have great appeal. Neither has to be expensive ?
    The ride "as far north as you can" is not IMO, the better part of AK. Do it if you must but your leaving behind lots of other AK.
    SE AK has plenty to offer if you value big trees, water to fish, much more.
    NS compared to AK, well, I'll avoid insulting anyone...:lol2
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  9. Tewster2

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    Just trying to put another light on riding to the top in Alaska.

    Every one I talk to from out of the country, when Alaska comes up, they always ask about the Dalton. I tell them there are many great roads and places to see in Alaska. The conversations still focus's on the Dalton.

    To us that live relatively nearby (I'm only 5,000 miles away) as compared to others around the world, Alaska sometimes seems not that exciting. To others, Alaska is an exotic place they all want to visit.

    Here's my way of looking at things.


    In everyplace around the world there are tons of great roads to ride and places to see...but...If I go to Russia I'm gonna ride The Road of Bones...if I go to Europe I'm gonna ride the Stelvio...if I go to South America I'm gonna ride the Ruta 40...if I go to India i'm gonna ride the Khardung La pass...if I go to Labrador I'm gonna ride the Trans Labrador Highway...if I go to Idaho I'm gonna ride Lolo Pass....when I go to Alaska.....I'm gonna ride the Dalton every time.

    I leave again 20 May and will return 25 July...can't wait to get back to the top :wings
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  10. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    " Neither has to be expensive ?"

    I must have been riding the Euro models.

    Ben.
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  11. kantuckid

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    My point was that my travel is much less expensive than many other peoples- all sort of expensive but we "do it" on the cheap, either subject...
    Raising 3 sons is rewarding and also bled me out at times-sex was involved me thinks?:ear
    Can't say as I've ever ridden a Euro "Model". One of my son's dated an Iranian princess in college. I had one date with a Miss Alaska years ago...:lol2
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  12. worncog

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    You're not alone kantuckid. I mostly camp, eat simple, plan limited vacation full of riding, ride a non-European adv, and burn a shitload of fuel in search of epic adventures.

    Seven week ride? I'm envious Tewster2! Maybe we'll see you somewhere in the far north. I'll be the dirty Florida Tenere with a V-storm taillight monitor.
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    We'll keep an eye out for ya!

    The rest of the Circus WISHES it was 7 weeks....we leave May 20 and return July 25....9 1/2 weeks....they said they don't know if they can put up with me for that long :lol3
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  14. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Have you made the trip to Alaska and if so how was it? I want to make this trip as well, maybe next year the stars will align just perfect to allow me to hit the road.
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    Oops, musta been counting using that newfangled common core math.
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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Do you want to see and ride in Alaska ? Or do you want to be someone who has ridden all the way there , ridden in Alaska and back home ?
    If it's the former , make arrangements soon to rent a bike next summer . It's worth seeing.
    If it's the full boat then prepare for lots of doing the miles. The Yukon is huge with lots of places with little to see. You'll see plenty of it.
    Your choice.
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  17. Tusa

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    Definitely worth it. What might not be worth is is the trip up to Prudhoe Bay. Everything else, is great.
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  18. busapilot

    busapilot Nucking Futs!

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    Agreed. If it doesn't make you happy then don't do it. I personally will be planning an Wisconsin-Alaska trip in the next 5 years. Its on my bucket list. I realize that some of the ride is going to suck, but the payoff will be wortj every second for me!
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  19. busapilot

    busapilot Nucking Futs!

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    What about a 05 DL1000?
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  20. jettech01

    jettech01 Why be cleaning when you should be leaning.

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    Been a Lurker here for quite awhile, i am planning (tentatively) a trip to Alaska with an almost 20 yr old BWM GS "Ruby" IMG_0327.JPG
    My Prep has been relatively thorough but was wondering if the inmates here might have suggestions, comments....Etc.
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