Just another Alaska ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by snowrider, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. crspep

    crspep Circling the drain

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    I just got done scanning this awesome trip you did, and I don't know if I missed it somewhere in there, but about how much $$$ did you go through ? I would love to do a trip like this someday..... Hopefully the photos and chronicles of rides like this will give me the motivation to carve out the time and money to go do one...... Did you sit down and plan every detail of the trip, or did you just do it by the seat of your pants and hit the atm & credit card whenever you needed ? Great pics and narrative..... Way cool.
  2. GSAmann

    GSAmann Been here awhile

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    Have fun. Keep us posted! :thumb
  3. steyr_scout308

    steyr_scout308 Adventurer

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    Ended at page 21. The rest must be well-deserved kudos. Great report.
  4. snowrider

    snowrider Long timer

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    About $5,000. I didn't plan anything except getting there and what I'd take. You can do it for a lot less, I wasn't even trying to be frugal. The mexico trip was done for much less, and after losing my atm card I had money wired to me and kept most of it in a zip lock bag in my boot (mx boot). I recommend this method if you don't want to blow through lots of cash.

  5. dogmoon

    dogmoon Been here awhile

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    Hey Snowrider did you have to make reservations on any of the ferrys, or did you just wing it. Great report and pictures.:D
  6. snowrider

    snowrider Long timer

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    The only ferry I took was the alaska marine highway, which I made a reservation for, about a week in advance. You probably don't have to do that, but I don't know how long you'd wait in Haines without a reservation.

  7. mark2wheeler

    mark2wheeler Adventurer

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    Just finished the whole report.I'm a slow reader.IT was worth it
  8. dorset

    dorset Dorset

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    What a brilliant series of pictures and daily log. Glad it was still available to enjoy. Thanks:1drink
  9. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    Missed this one the first time around, glad someone dug it back up.

    Great Report.

    Thanks a bunch,

    Todd
  10. flying.moto

    flying.moto Earthbound Misfit, I Supporter

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    Splendid! What a treat while recovering from a cold!

    Loved every pic, every post! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

    I always wondered how far back this forum saves the RRs.

    :clap
  11. martinz

    martinz Runny-nosed Bluenoser

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    <!-- / icon and title --> <!-- message --> Thanks for your entertaining and informative (as well as inspiring) record of your adventure!! You are one of a kind! Hope you get some corporate $$ someday. You've got more street-cred than anyone I've ever come across.
  12. adventurecycle

    adventurecycle Been here awhile

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    Great Report! Heading up that way next July! Can't Wait!
  13. bhd1223

    bhd1223 Been here awhile

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    I hate to bring up something so old but snowrider, you are epic in my opinion. I've driven to, from and around alaska/canada a lot in my truck but my dream is to do it on a bike. I just recently got myself a cruiser I may attempt the ride on(never on my sportbike) but I've always wanted to do it on a simple dual sport with the dr650 being my top choice for years. I guess I just have to save up some more now and try and snag a good deal on one and set it up. Then comes the when and which bike to take the trip on.

    Rock on man.
  14. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    Ha! Just saw the reference to this thread in the September issue of Cycle World! I just finished reading every post. Great RR, Snowy! Tell Peter he should join advrider so we can enjoy his writings as much as we've enjoyed yours!

    Had to read over 300 posts to get to the money shot (money post?) :freaky

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1789341&postcount=304

    I'm sure this thread will be revived now, eh?
  15. snowrider

    snowrider Long timer

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    Yup, so probably all the pictures are about to stop working.
  16. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    I read Egan's article this morning directing me here -- outstanding post!

    I plan to be there next year at about this time.

    kfs
  17. Motorrev

    Motorrev Semi-Adventurer

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    Snowrider, Great ride and great report. Did the ride from Texas to Fairbanks and back in 03. Will do it again soon. Nothing like it.
    Cheers
  18. 2dflyer

    2dflyer Wheelie Conflicted

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    You've got a good pal in Mr Egan. Please thank him for me for turning so many on to your journey. I loved the read; witty, insightful, engaging prose capturing the more enjoyable characteristics of a Neil Peart travelogue. Congrats for making it happen!

    Well done, but... you're messing with my peace of mind (or is that piece of mind?). That KLR, comfortably simmering on the back burner for so long, is percolating to the top of the short list again. Of course, for it not to simply enable a poser's life, ideas must morph into plans. And, as anyone married with children knows, a good 5 year plan starts with, "Sweetie, I have this idea..."
  19. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Long timer

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    Hey, great writing. Got the reference from Cycle World (Egan), like so many others. I have a DR650 in the stable, but took the G650GS to Alaska this year. The DR would have allowed me to go farther on the Canol Road and others. Maybe I should return. Once you've been to Alaska, you never really leave.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618407
    ~Poppawheelie~
  20. RogueHound

    RogueHound n00b

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    Gday Snowrider, I have been lurking on advrider for a while now and I've just finished reading this ride report. Your ride report was very entertaining. I'm also thinking of getting a DR650 and I reckon your DR experiences are helpful for anyone looking at purchasing one. Cheers.