Alaska One Time...

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Twojump36, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. SPX

    SPX Long timer Supporter

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    US Dollars are accepted everywhere. Take US cash for contingencies, not Canadian cash.
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  2. Twojump36

    Twojump36 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the advise....
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    Twojump36 Been here awhile

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    17 days until I head out from Salem Oregon to the Arctic Circle...
    The gear is bought... the clothes are ready... the bike is just about ready... still waiting on the Moto Z Tractionator GPS's... bike is serviced... reservations triple checked, maps loaded... camera is packed...

    I'm ready!
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  4. Twojump36

    Twojump36 Been here awhile

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    Great news today... the shop just called and said my Moto Z Tractionator GPS's are in.... going in Monday for new sneakers and we will be really done at that point... Like "loading panniers done"...
    Noticed a few bugs in my Garmin Montana 650 GPS last night... the Routes aren't in order... it's like each segment / day is mixed up in order... so I got to know exactly where I'm going each day and select the correct departure and destination in order for it to calculate... it might be because there was no clear view of the sky since it was in the garage.... no worries since I have memorized the route I'm taking over the last 6 months...lol

    I'm washing the bike and hitting it with some kind of metal penetrating spray that is supposed to help with oxidation rust and corrosion... not sure what it's called, Tewster told me about it... AFC-50... I don't like a dirty bike and want to keep it in as great of shape as I can and Tewster's bikes always look like he just rolled them off the showroom... so if he recommends it, it must work...

    14 days...
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    Safe travels my friend
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  6. Lime

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    Anyone planning on staying in Fairbanks. Check out the University of Alaska Dormitory. You can get a room there for under $40 per night. Free laundry nice showers. Super 8 there was $175. GPS coordinates N 64° 51.516 W 147° 49.775. It's up on a hill. Roads under construction so it might be tricky to get there. I came in from the back (north side).
  7. Twojump36

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    $40 is a good number...
    We have 3 nights at Best Western Chena Landing Loop for like $190... pretty pricey but that's when our vacation starts so it's all good. Lots of fun stuff planned before we ship the bikes back on the container ship out of Anchorage.
    11 days to go!
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  8. Twojump36

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    IMG_9759.JPG IMG_9760.JPG The last thing to do was to get new sneakers for the Africa Twin....
    That happened today thanks to Bryson Goettsch and the boys down at Power Sports in Sublimity Oregon... New Moto Z Tractionator GPS's... way on back order but they knew I needed them for next week and they made it happen for me when they said they would... Quality team over there in Sublimity....
  9. Marcham

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    Your american debit card will probably work as a credit card would in Canada (does it have a Visa or Mastercard logo?). The easiest way to get cash would be to use an ATM once you cross the border. It's not a bad idea to have a little Canadian $$ on you, just in case some remote gas station's credit card terminal is down. Not all businesses would take american dollars.
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    Yeah the debit card has a mastercard logo on it and my bank says it will work throughout Canada... I just think a couple hundred bucks would be a good idea while traveling... I mean we'll be in Canada for 7 nights... I can use the money pretty much anywhere while we're there.... food, drinks, motels, incidentals...
    10 days...
  11. Mirider

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    I’ve been to Canada many times for different reasons and I always try to use my credit card to get the best exchange rate. I’ve found most places are happy to take US dollars but not all will give you the fair exchange rate and a few say they’ll take it even up only. Right now Canadian money is worth about 75 cents to one US dollar and for that reason I always take a couple of hundred in Canadian money too.
  12. Lime

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    ATM at a gas station wouldn't accept my card. Had to go to a bank.
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    ouch.... did you call your bank before you headed out?... I went to Mexico last year and I notified my bank and my card worked everywhere... so I went in there last week to let them know I was heading to Canada and they said it's all set and I shouldn't have any problem...
    It'd be my luck though that I'd be the one with the one card that wouldn't work...
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    First ADV bike... first time with big aluminum panniers...
    I'm assuming you should keep the weight low so the center of gravity is as low as possible but how much weight is too much on one side or the other... the reason I'm bringing it up, most of my tools are in my right side box... the tools and stuff is probably 15 pounds. The wifes clothes are going in the other side... maybe 7-10 lbs... all the light weight stuff is in the Top Box... is 5 pounds one way or the other a big factor?
    My Harley Road King is almost 850 lbs so you never really notice anything... but the Africa Twin is about 525 lbs before all the gear. Do any of you guys really worry about weight differences in the side boxes?
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    I exchanged $500.00 american for $600.00 canadian at AAA in California. The Red Box Diner in Dease Lake was the only one who took Canadian $ only. I paid for food, gifts,campgrounds, and hotels out of it and ended up with only $1.25 left when i got home.
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    I went on line for Bank of America and put my travel plans in trying to avoid any problems with my card getting frozen. It worked fine. Only place that had an issue was the Indian Casino gas stop in Bishop, Ca. For some reason they needed to see an I.D before i could use it.
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    There are unmanned service stations along the way that have 24 hr. access. The day we hit the Arctic Circle, i wanted to go further but had no hotel reservations and would have to fuel at Coldfoot and then fuel again at Yukon camp on the way back down. Yukon Camp stop fueling at 900pm and i would not have made that cut off. The young gal behind the counter said if i could call her and give her an estimated time on the return trip she would get me fuel so i could make it back to Fairbanks. When the heavy rains hit i turned around and headed south asap so i never got to test the offer. Remember the 241 miles from Coldfoot to Deadhorse...Make sure your bike can do that even if you have to carry the extra fuel. Have a great trip.
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    A few years ago we stopped in a little out of the way town and the teller had never seen US cash. She had to ask the supervisor what it was and they wouldn't take it.
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    I've got a couple days before I head out.... I've got some extra fuel, some Canadian money, a capable Africa Twin, and I just wish these last 3 days would pass quickly. I've asked a bunch of questions, made a lot of replies, learned a lot from some of the OG's on here... Did a ton of research and figured out a lot about the route, where to stay and what to expect... there is nothing really left but to do this trip....
    I've never done anything like it...but we're doing it...
    I'll start posting in the Ride Report tomorrow or the next day and I'll call it "Riding Alaska One Time"... I hope some of you will follow along.... Thanks for hanging out this far and all the advice....

    Happy Independence Day....

    See you on the road....

    Todd
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