Prudhoe Bay, Alaska 2010

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by dreamtour, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. dreamtour

    dreamtour Adventurer

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    Hi All,

    I’m from NH and thinking of Prudhoe Bay Alaska for 2010. I rode the Translabrador this year, it was a blast.

    The Plan:
    July 2010
    Start from NH, ride through Canada to Calgary and way up to Purdhoe Bay.
    Return: flight back from AK to NH, shipping the bike back.
    Length: 2-3 weeks
    accommodation: mix of camping and motels.
    Riding:07-12gsa


    I'm flexible with dates. At this point going alone but would welcome company, it would be nice to find someone to ride with.

    I ride at safe pace, usually about 200-300 miles/day.

    anyone?
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  2. Cubdriver

    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    Hey, Dreamer, just come up and take the ride at your pace. You will find lots of company on the road once you hit Fairbanks, or even before. It is a great ride and lots of folks do it. Lots of folks here plan it rather spur-of -the -moment and I may be one of them. Plan on 4 days North of Fairbanks with an over night somewhere in or near Coldfoot so you can emjoy the ride. Some folks do it faster, but why miss the good stuff. Have fun.
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  3. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    +1 :thumb
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  4. ridingAK

    ridingAK On the Road Less Taken...

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    Try to stay at one of the B&B's in Wiseman rather than at Coldfoot. You'll pay about the same for a MUCH nicer place. The Arctic Getaway is awesome and the family who runs the place is great.
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  5. dreamtour

    dreamtour Adventurer

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    Thank you all for the advice. I'm on it!
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  6. legion

    legion Honking the Horn

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    Definitely. The Coldfoot rooms are a bunch of old Atco mancamp trailers from the pipeline construction days. They were a lot nicer 30 years ago and not nice then. :lol3


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  7. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    Yep, pass on Coldfoot itself, though there's a campground just up the road that's nice. You can tent in the grass in front of the building in legions picture, but you'll have to listen to trucks going through the parking lot all night.
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  8. Graftyman

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    from Ma and planning on Prudhoe Bay in June 2010. Maybe we can work together to share information.

    I too did the TLH this summer.

    My tentative plan is for 2-3 weeks. I want to ship the bike to Seattle, fly out and head north on the Cassier then over the Denali Hwy to Denali NP to try and get a glimpse of Mt. Mckinley then on to Fairbanks. I'm hoping for 2 nights in Wiseman to use it as a jumping off point for Prudhoe bay.

    start in wiseman early, head to deadhorse, take the bus to the ocean then back to wiseman to sleep in. :)

    Then off to Tok, up to Chicken, top of the world and back down to whitehorse. Then down through Jasper and through Glacier NP. Then back up heading home through the rest of the provinces through Thunder Bay.

    This trip will give me every Canadian province except Nunavut in a single year.

    Righ now my plan is to be on the 6/11 ferry. I'm ready to pull the trigger and get my ferry spot. Just trying to figure out a placee to ship my bike to in the Seatlle area.


    Hi-jack over. :D
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  9. Patrick58

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    I'm planning a ride to Alaska for next summer. I live in East Tennessee and will be leaving on or about May 26th. (Never too early to plan:evil )
    If you are interested, let me know. My ride is a 650 V Strom. It's gonna be a really cool trip, in more ways than one!!

    PD
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  10. dreamtour

    dreamtour Adventurer

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    Thanks you all for the information, this is great forum.
    I'm flexible with the dates and either the direction meaning ride north fly south or opposite.
    poffy74, you live in MA. We are neighbors, i just PM you.
    Patrick58, what is your tentative planned route?

    Dreamtour.
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  11. Arkrube

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    I am planning a trip for August 2010, solo, departing from NW Oregon intend on taking the ferry from Bellingham, Washington, to Skagway; camping on the deck for three days (approx. 1800 miles up the inside passage)....be advised this about an $800.
    Skagway to Whitehorse to Fairbanks, Denali National Park, and Anchorage in a counter-clockwise fashion...departing to the South via the ALCAN back to Oregon; which I hope 3 weeks will be enough.
    The Banff, Jasper, and Glacier NP is a must if you are up in the Alberta-Montana area...did Banff and Glacier NP this past July; weather was awesome with exception to one miserable night in Banff when it was just above freezing and condensation had formed in my one-man tent....soaked through and through. Don't rely on your calendar to tell you what weather you will have!
    If interested, feel free to contact me for my personal webpage for pix/story on my two summer roadtrips around the NW Nat'l Parks and Oregon's HWY 101 from Astoria to Crescent City, CA.
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  12. lakota

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    a minority opinion - i did not find the accomodations too awful - certainly not as bad as they were made out to be. and it was nice to be able to get something to eat when i wanted to.
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  13. jvickery

    jvickery Adventure Rider

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    I'm contemplating going myself. I'm down in Chattanooga and plan to trailer my bike to Montana, park the truck and trailer at some place and begin my ride from there. I hope to go up thru Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and go that way to Fairbanks. In Fairbanks, I will probably change tires to knobbies and then go up to Prudoe Bay. Come back to Fairbanks, change tires back to street, then come back down to Redmond, Oregon for the BMW international Rally which will be the latter part of July. And then back to Montana for the return trip home. This trip to celebrate my 65th birthday. So I guess I would start my trip middle of June in order to not be gone too much time. Maybe two months. I ride a 2006 BMW R1200GS. I just returned from a trip to Chisasibi, Quebec to see the Rupert River. I was gone 20 days and 5400 miles. Interested in this scenario?
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  14. gsilvernale

    gsilvernale Lowlander

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    I think you need to ride faster than 300 miles a day. THe shortest distance between NH and Prudhoe Bay is 5000 miles. You still have to ride back down to Anchorage to ship your bike. So figure a 6000 mile trip. 21 days at 300 miles a day - 6300 miles. Doesn't leave much time for delays and shipping your bike.

    You will be able to make better time then you think, since the freaking sun never goes down (or barely). We did a "slow" trip, doing 400 mile days. I wish we had gone slower and stopped and seen more stuff.
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  15. harleytj

    harleytj Mr Mac

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    Did the trip this year, road 7,754 miles total on the trip. Fairbanks to Prudhoe bay is around 500 miles one way. Pretty good roads except when they put down the stuff they put on the road to keep dust down. It makes a real mess of the bike and the roads are like riding on ice when they first put it down on the dirt roads. I used Cont KTC80 tires and put on a new set at Fairbanks Suzuki shop before heading up the Dalton Highway and I'm glad I did. I had reserved the tires ahead of time to make sure they would be there when I arrived and the Suzuki shop had at least 15 tires on the rack when I got there.

    I stayed the night just north of Cold foot around 250 miles north of Fairbanks. The last 85 miles to Prudhoe was the hardest part of the ride as it was raining and cross winds pushing 30 mph. I was riding a 2007 GSA and my top speed for the 85 miles was not much more than 25 mph due to the loose gravel and wind pushing me off the road. The air temp was 33 degrees and wind chill who knows as I was trying to keep the bike up right to really care about the cold. I saw several caribou and Mus cots along the way. I doubt that I would make the trip to Prudhoe Bay again as you only need to see in once as they say. Make sure you take the tour when you get there as that is the only way you going to be able to piss into the ocean legal. It cost about $40.00 bucks and they take you in tour van and you get to see all the oil Riggs and equipment at the faculty. If you want some pics let me know and I will send them to you. I spent 24 days in Alaska and canada and had great time. I plan on going again in August for only two weeks 2010. Good luck and have a great time I stayed in the Prudhoe bay lodge and it cost about $100 bucks and it includes all you Eat eat while you stay there. Not a bad deal.
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  16. big jer

    big jer Been here awhile

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    i did from north central wa. [the state] to prudoe and back in 08 on a xr 650l honda in 10 days,6000 miles. did the dalton from fairbanks to prudoe and back nonstop in 23 hours. road and weather were perfect, except for a bit of snow on atigan pass. however i missed alot of stuff doin the marathon method. sooo i'm goin back in july 2010 myself, this time takin time to enjoy. oh ya, and on a 990 adv. this time. keep me posted of your schedule and maybe we'll meet up some where.
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  17. Brad Felmey

    Brad Felmey Long timer

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    You may have already discovered this in your preparations, but as mentioned above you will only be able to visit the ocean proper in an escorted minibus tour that's ~$40. You will need to call at least one day in advance to the Arctic Caribou Inn at (866) 659-2368, where you will provide your name, driver's license info, etc. The pipeline terminus is a secured area, and you must be pre-approved to take the tour.
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  18. Patrick58

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    Johathan, Sounds like a good trip. And, we are close in age (I'm 58). I'll keep you in mind. I was thinking of making the MOA national, but am not sure I want to start that late. Have a great time and keep in touch. If your dates change, let me know and perhaps we could hook up in Montana.

    PD
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  19. Patrick58

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    Hello, If you are flexible on the dates, perhaps we could hook up in the mid west, as I am coming from the south. I'll leave the last week in May, though. Interested?

    PD
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  20. akrider

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    Glad to hear everyone is excited about a trip to Alaska.

    BUT-Don't miss the 2010 addition of the Dust To Dawson motorcycle meeting.
    (It's not a rally, it's a happening)

    If you can plan your trip to be in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada on Thursday and Friday June 24 and 25, 2010 You will find about 100 other ADV riders from all over the world on the streets of town.

    You don't want to miss this one.
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