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Alaska or the Continental divide trail??

Discussion in 'Americas' started by ABADV, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. ABADV

    ABADV Been here awhile

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    Thoughts? They are both epic, but if you were leaving from Calgary and had 12 days which one would you choose?
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  2. shocker

    shocker Sir Flips-Alots Friend

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    I have two bikes, one is an SV1000 with Givi's on it and the other is a brand new KLR. I didn't buy the bike to ride 10 billion miles on the hiway up to Alaska. On the other hand, the KLR would love the CDT and even try to get down to Pikes Peak. I want trails, dirt, back country.

    The Dempster hiway is where I want to go...now thats off road
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  3. ABADV

    ABADV Been here awhile

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    Are you still gonna be tblaney's friend after this trip? :lol3
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  4. shocker

    shocker Sir Flips-Alots Friend

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    As long as you don't sucumb my KLR to a 10000 miles of hard top
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  5. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    They're two very different rides, in my opinion.
    AK being many paved miles and the CDR being 90% unpaved.
    AK is 'big stuff' and the CDR is more constantly changing scenery.
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  6. TrailDoc

    TrailDoc Been here awhile

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    Have not made either ride. However, after having driven a cage through some of Alaska, (Anchorage to Denali NP and back), my vote would be for the CDT.
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  7. Lav1200

    Lav1200 Pig Pen

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    I think you would be hard pressed to do the CDT and get back to Canada in 12 days. If you made it to Mexico, you would be looking at some major Interstate slabbing to get back to Canada.

    You might want to consider doing just the Montana and Northern Wyoming portion of the CDT then loop around back up through the Western side of Idaho. You could also do a connect-the-lookouts tour on the way back and get in the Lolo motorway... that would be a cool trip.
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  8. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Agreed. It took us 10 days CA-MX.
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  9. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Yep.
    I spent 11 days (I think) and would have liked to have had 14. It's massive country.
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