Seeking riders for San Francisco to Alaska this summer.

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by SpecialAgentNancy, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    So was this on a Duc? Machine can make a lot of difference in 'feel' just as a tire can. My FJR always feels like it has a flat when on gravel but the KLR loves it. YMMV. BTW. only time I have been on the TOW, it was dry as bone but some GS riders told us it was very muddy two days earlier. Its all luck.
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  2. CaptUglyDan

    CaptUglyDan Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't do it, Wait till you get to Whitehorse or Haines, The chipseal on the Cassiar will tear up those TKC's faster than you think, Its perfectly fine to run your street tires up the Cassair.
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  3. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    I'll be heading down to California June 1oth, we may crossed path!


    Yaaa . Hurry up summer
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  4. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    I don't think she is taking the Cassiar but rather the Ferry to Haines from Port Hardy with a day's layover in Prince Rupert. Could be wrong, we haven't discussed the 'up link' of the trip yet but we are taking the ferry 'down link' from Haines to Prince Rupert on the way back from D2D. Last time I was on the Cassiar, the issue was mud, not chipseal!
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  5. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Sounds great. I LOVE food! (I'm called The Hobbit in some circles and it's not for the hairy feet).
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  6. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I'll be in Prince Rupert the 11th and 28th June
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  7. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    The route plan as it stands now....I'm entirely frustrated with dead time between ferries so if anyone has advice, please give it in the total route plan with dates. (alternative routes)

    June 5 - Oakland - Crater Lake OR
    June 6 - Crater Lake - Seattle
    June 7 - Ferry to Victoria Island stay overnight with yatman
    June 8 - Victoria to Port Hardy
    June 9 - Ferry from Pt Hardy - Prince Rupert
    June 10 - lollygag in Prince Rupert (ferry only the 11)
    June 11 - Ferry from Prince Rupert to Haines
    June 12 - Arrive Haines late 11:30pm
    June 13 - Haines to Tok
    June 14 - Tok to Anchorage (AKDuc offered a couch!)
    June 15 - Anchorage to Seward
    June 16 - Seward to Homer
    June 17 - Homer Cruise, back to Anchorage (back to AKDuc)
    June 18 - Anchorage - Tok
    June 19 - Tok to Dawson
    June 20 - Dawson (sharing a hotel with McRuss)
    June 21- Dawson (recovering from too much scotch)
    June 22 - Dawson to Tok
    June 23 - Denali hwy to Mt McKinley
    June 24 - Bus through Denali to MtMcKinley
    June 25 - Anchorage or skip Anchorage and go solo to meet up with McRuss in Tok
    June 26 - Tok to Haines
    June 27 - ferry from Haines
    June 28 - arrive in Prince Rupert
    June 29 - Prince Rupert - Vancouver (hey I've got an airhawk)
    June 30 - Vancouver - Portland
    July 1 - Portland - Oakland

    Whew!
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  8. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    :huh Uh, no. :lol2 This'll be my 7th D2D on my KLR with a different tire combo each time ranging from TKC's to Annakees. My preference these days is a bit more street oriented tire on the rear and knobbier up front. I also let some air out at each end of the TOW. Fun!

    Nancy, the Major Marine boat tour I recommend is in Seward. You could go out and do some fishing on a charter boat in Homer tho if you wanted.

    Have fun, Mark H.
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  9. CaptUglyDan

    CaptUglyDan Been here awhile

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    Sorry, I was under the impression she was riding to AK, That said, I've ridden the Cassiar 12 times now, and mud isn't nor has been an issue, at least for me, I was just pointing out that it would be a waste of TKC's to mount them in PR to ride the Cassiar.
    Thanks for correcting me on Yellowknife vs Yellowhead, Maybe I was dreaming of riding to Yellowknife, or was it Yellowbeard?
    Enjoy the ride, Have fun at D2D, BTDT, never again:puke1
    YMMV
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  10. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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  11. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Sounds like I should change to TKC's once in Anchorage.
    Boy am I glad I've got help here figuring this all out.
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  12. KHud

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    That sounds like the plan. Alaska Leather can see to all your tire needs including having the tires waiting for you. I plan on getting about 2500 useful miles on the rear tire of my GSPD. I also subscribe to Mark's idea of running a more durable tire on the rear and a TKC on the front. Much better over all durability and excellent traction too. If you can keep the front tire planted you are winning the battle.
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  13. Farmholio

    Farmholio Smarmy Marmot

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    That place is to be avoided at all costs, particularly on your vacation clock. Go to Seward and do a Kenai Fjords tour (I think that's probably what the OP meant). To get to Whittier, you have to wait for access through a two mile long tunnel. Despite the interest that might pique, the only thing (literally) on the other side of the tunnel is rain, clouds and a boat harbor for the Anchorage-ites who are too impatient to drive to Seward to sail their boats. Seriously, Seward/Homer/Kenai/Cooper Landing have much more to offer than Whittier.
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  14. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Yeah you know I've done the train tunnels near Truckee....when AKDuc described the Whittier train tunnels I thought, no thanks.
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  15. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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  16. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I've contacted AK Leather in Anchorage and am waiting for a response.

    I've got 2 options (in my mind).
    Ship my set of almost new TKC's there and have them swap my battlewings for those
    or
    Pack them on the bike.

    I've toured over 20 countries with soft bags and unlocked items like my sleeping bag, cot and tent. Even a gas can with gas and never had anything stolen off the bike.

    I've got some home stays arranged on the ride up but the bike will be parked without supervision overnight somewhere along the way and more than once.
    I'm torn. I could use a cable bike lock to secure them to the bike. They would sit on top of my top box on the Tiger. It would make the whole bike pretty top heavy I would imagine but I don't expect to ride dirt. Then it also makes the hassle of removing them each time I need access to my camping gear or top case.

    Ideas? I asssume shipping would be expensive but might be worth the hassle it would save and possible theft.
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  17. Schleprock

    Schleprock Let's Do This!

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    I sent tires USPS to Fairbanks from Va Beach. Snail mail took two weeks to get there and thirty bucks. If you plan ahead and have the time, it's cheap. To somewhere in Canada, a different story. Hth
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  18. ThatGuy

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    Don't have your long trip experience, however the less stuff you carry the better. I'm pretty sure Barb has a set which they can keep stored until your arrival. Shipping to AK can be pricey. If you are a member of Amazon's Prime you may get them shipped up for free (expedited)
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  19. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Amazon Prime. I'll look into it. thanks
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  20. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie Supporter

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    I've never orderd tires through Amazon but FlyRescue has and being a Prime member he got there very fast.