Alaska: June 2020

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  1. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Long timer Supporter

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    Leave sometime between June 1st and June 15th. Nothing is guaranteed but that window gives you decent probability of missing cold/snow and insufferable insects. You'll get rain - there's no avoiding some rain. Be flexible. Adapt as needed. If you have the time, take a zero mile day on the heavy rain days.
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  2. wilsonjw42

    wilsonjw42 Long rider

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    Excellent advice (and photographs). I've included all of that in my route!
  3. wilsonjw42

    wilsonjw42 Long rider

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    Great idea...if no one else sets one up next summer, I might go ahead and do that.
  4. wilsonjw42

    wilsonjw42 Long rider

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    Great advice...I've stretched the trip out to just shy of seven weeks, and will be taking a few zero-mile days off the bike.
  5. wingtraveler

    wingtraveler asphalt to dirt

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    we did them both this past aug on the wing, i plan on coming down into whitefish then over glacier and down into yellowstone cooke city then cheif joes to cody on my way back home next july

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  6. travlr_45

    travlr_45 Long timer

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    Updated the sled a couple weeks ago. Traded the explorer in for this. While it may not be as versatile it’s more comfortable for me. I’m still planning the trip. 9AB2DDC7-4F90-4A78-9326-15B6264B732D.jpeg
  7. wilsonjw42

    wilsonjw42 Long rider

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    I called the folks at the Alaska Marine Highway System to find out when the sailing schedule for next summer might be posted. The short answer is that she didn't know, but that the schedule is usually out in mid-December (or so).
  8. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    Yup, mid december is when they post it up. I will post a note when I see it posted.
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  9. wilsonjw42

    wilsonjw42 Long rider

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  10. wilsonjw42

    wilsonjw42 Long rider

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    I did a little more research this past week. From what I read, the AMHS budget won't be settled for a while, so I replanned the trip assuming that I won't be able to use the ferry. If it's available, fine...if not, I'm in good shape. I would like to take the ferry from Haines to Skagway; riding around chews up the better part of a day.
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  11. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    Yup they are having budget issues. I haven't forgotten you, I check their site several times a day. We need to get all of our reservations lined up for the year now so we can take our trips too. They are currently only have 4 out of 11 ferry's running, kinda sucks.
    For that short hop I would not make a reservation this far out. I would suggest calling the ferry system about a week or two out and see what is available. If your on a bike, not pulling a trailer you should be able to get on the ferry.
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  12. nunzo

    nunzo Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes I was in BC on my way to the Arctic Circle this past summer when I heard of the AHWS Ferry Strike in July/August 2019. What a mess when this happened. Ruined all my previous months worth of planning and logistics to get me and my bike down to the lower 48 to meet the Mrs. For a vacation. All planning out the window when the strike occurred!
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  13. Unwashed Harley

    Unwashed Harley n00b

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    Excellent idea. Is there a “made for Harley “ option out there?
  14. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    @wilsonjw42 The Alaska Ferry System says they will have the summer schedule posted by the end of the month.
  15. 72 Yamaha RD350

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    Probably but I’ve no motivation to look for one when this one works just fine.
  16. Jim_SB

    Jim_SB Been here awhile

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    I’m considering a ride to/from Alaska on my Ulysses this summer. Is there a handy source for trip planning? Places to stay, how far between fuel stops, etc.? If so, I’d appreciate a nudge in the right direction.
  17. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Long timer Supporter

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    Pick up a copy of The Milepost at your local library or off of Amazon. It will tell you everything you need to know.
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  18. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    Jim_SB Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info.

    cheers!
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