GREEN LIGHTS IN ALASKA A possible trip in July/August 2019 by three South Africans. Introduction I went to Canada and America a few years back https://advrider.com/f/threads/body-odour-is-a-state-of-mind.1099792/ . I travelled around British Columbia and Washington State alone and loved it but I felt that I had not done the area justice as I didn’t go as far north as I wanted to. Ever since then this itch has been growing and I have found myself reading books on Canada and Alaska and yearning. I broached the subject with Les Davis who I have had a few misadventures in the last couple of years. From being stampeded by a buffalo in the Bavianspoort https://advrider.com/f/threads/capetown-to-durban-offroad.1219628/ to Les breaking his leg in Mpumulanga. Peter, myself, Les and Richard on a ride to Maputo Mozambique in 2018 Les is very keen to go and Peter may tag along too.... Les and I helping locals in Zimbabwe My passion is to ride in Alaska and see Anchorage. I am aware that another goal could be to cross the Arctic Circle and maybe even visit the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay but this is a secondary goal as I seek adventure riding in beautiful landscapes and the Arctic Tundra lookes tedious…. Soon after I spoke to Les I started seeing books at the local second hand bookstore on Canada and Alaska. Two that stood out was the tragic tale of the Golden Spruce and the other was “Good Time Girls” by Lael Morgan. We South Africans have learnt to ride in the harsh landscapes of Southern Africa but that experience seems very different to what we might experience in Alaska. Here we have the big five, wild animals which tend to want to nosh you. We also have dry, unforgiving deserts and a remoteness which is hard not to love. Sadly, we also sometimes have aggressive locals which keep you on your guard. Travelling in Alaska and maybe the Yukon is becoming more appealing. The stories of the hardy women (and men) who made it up to the gold stampedes in the early 1900s have piqued my interest. The Logistics On my trip in 2015 I used Vancouver as my base and bought a bike through my darling cousin who stays in Squamish. This time around we may need 3 bikes so other plans are on the table. 1. We could ship our bikes over. To Les this was first prize as it would mean that he could say his own bike had been to the Arctic. We investigated the costs and it looks like a non-starter…. Far too expensive and logistically a nightmare. 2. We could rent. Not my cup of tea, a little contrived and very expensive for us Africans. 3. Or we could buy second-hand bikes and try to sell them afterwards. We all ride BMW GSs so the bike of choice would be older models of the BMW GS or GSA. This is at present our best option. Where do we start? Where could we source bikes? I have emailed bike shops in both Seattle and Vancouver. Initial investigations showed that buying second hand in America is more expensive than in Canada. Also, responses from Seattle so far have been… non-existent. Vancouver dealers seem very keen. What to take? We would like to camp and stay in hotels when we need a break. This is how we do our long trips in Southern Africa. Does that mean we buy camping equipment in Seattle/Vancouver and then toss them afterwards or do we lug our impedimenta with us from South Africa? Les and I agree that our adventure riding kit is pretty old and over the hill. Hell, some of my kit is well over 10 years old and in need of replacement. Once again what do we do, buy in South Africa and lug it across or do we buy there and take it back with us? At the moment there are more questions than answers. Any advise would be appreciated.