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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Loro17, Dec 27, 2012.
Missouri to Deadhorse and back in two weeks will be a "quick trip" indeed. Ride safe.
While I have been up to Deadhorse many times, and I really enjoy the trip, IMO doing the round trip in two weeks just to say you've been there seems like a waste of what could be a really nice two-week vacation. There is certainly a lot more to see - and better scenery for sure - in other parts of Alaska and northwest Canada. You'll really be pushing it if you intend to camp most of the time. When I do a trip with time constraints like you're faced with, it's ride all night every other night, motel on alternate nights. Making & breaking camp is just too time consuming. But... if you can do it and still have fun, more power to you.
The three guys I'm riding with haven't done a lot of long distance riding. I did a trip two summers ago of 4,500 miles in 7 days. Around Maine and then across Eastern Canada and around Lake Superior. I did the hotel every other night, for additional rest. I'm hoping the three guys I'm with will go for alternating nights camping and hotel. It does help.
We discussed shipping the bikes back, and taking two weeks to get there. The consensus was go for it all. We'll see.. I've been around a while, I will have fun. If not, I'm not opposed to changing plans. Thanks for your advice.
Quick question, I just purchased a Pentax k-30 (primarily for it being weather resistant). How and where are you transporting your camera to have fast access for that great shot? I purchased a tank bag, but it seems to get really hot in there and I'm worried about the camera getting bounced around.
Any experience on the best way to carry a DSLR on a bike?
Leaving Boone, NC June 2 to meet up with a buddy out in
California on the 5th. Blasting across on I40. In the neighborhood and need a riding buddy? Just PM me.
I've carried a lot of cameras on my bike, mostly on a dirt bike pounding the trails and rock ledges in CO and UT. Point 'n Shoots go in a tank bag. I took my pro Canon SLR in the same tank bag without issue. That said, I have stopped doing that since my trips are getting longer now. I would recommend an all weather sling bag such as the one from Lowepro:
It is added protection. The totally sealed bags seem to hold enough moisture on the inside that the electronics in some cameras have failed. These AW bags seem like a good compromise. You can get to the camera quicky and it is on your back away from driving rain and removed from shock. The AW designs come with a rain cover as well.
I'm leaving Seattle for AK around 14th June on a red Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport, camping exclusively too, so I will keep an eye out for you.
I have memories of Bend, I can laugh now, well, almost. In mid April I left Bend heading north in light snow, I was supposed to be on Hwy 97, heading away from the snow. In reality, I was on Hwy 20 heading towards it. D'oh.:eek1
Hoping to connect with some other inmates on the road. Its early for sure. I'm leaving from Sandpoint, Idaho and heading up to Jasper, Then onto the Forest Trunk Road. Connecting with the Alcan at Dawson Creek. Making a run to Fort Liard ( to check off NWT... been there done that..) Up the Alcan to Fairbanks by the 3rd or 4th of June. Girlfriend flies into Fairbanks on the 9th, so weather permitting I'll make the run north to Deadhorse. If anyone is crossing paths PM me and we'll meet up. Camping away from the tourist traps. Hope to see you on the road! Riding a red '91 GS. Loaded for bear..literally!
I'm fixin' to leave June 15 for Deadhorse and Inuvik aboard a WR250R. I'm going solo but from looking at this thread, it looks like there will be plenty of company!
I am starting from Seattle as well. I haven't worked out the start dates, but I am planning to put aside three weeks for the entire trip. My goal is to end this trip around the July 4th holidays, so I am trying to get my work schedule wrapped around that. Once I have something more concrete I'll update this thread.
Some of us just want to ride!! Leaving Bozeman June 26. Going to the Sun Road, Dawson Creek, Teslin Yukon and back. 3800 miles and just 7 days to do it. Looong July days and a love of riding should make it possible. I will be solo on a Wee-Strom (nekked and flat black). Route flexible.
Wave when I go by!!!
My son and I are heading out from the Seattle area on about June 22nd, planning for a minimum 3 weeks. Planning for a big "loop" to include Inuvik, Prudhoe, Kenai, etc. Leaving the Connie at home, riding the V-Strom; he'll be on a KLR. Hey, he's young! Camping most of the time. Gonna be a hoot!
I Started a Blog for the trip; Preparation, Gear reviews, + photos, spot locations and Journal of the trip as it unfolds.
Looks like I'll be about a day or so behind you. Leaving Fort Collins CO after work on 7/3 and high tailing it to Seattle/Vancouver...then slowing the pace. Same route intentions for now. Maybe we'll see you along the way!
I will post my "Spot" positions on my blog (http://ridealaskasolo.blogspot.com)if you have a chance to check on the road, I will also post my intending camping locations hear soon, I may do a layover in Whitehorse or telegraph canyon area, you may catch up to me !
Sounds good FHW...I'll check in on your blog.
Leaving 21June from Ottawa to Edmonton, going through Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alberta. Meeting my brother in Edmonton, then on to Inuvik...
Looks like it will be packed with ADVers.
Gonna smoke me a Cuban cigar at the Arctic Circle...just because.
So jealous....damn Alaska is a looooong way away from the east coast.
wow just over 30 days to departure, getting excited.
It stopped snowing and its 55 degrees in anchorage. hoping for good weather but preparing for less!
some updates to the blog:
Bike and kit, I will get in to camping gear and tools next