Seeking riders for San Francisco to Alaska this summer.

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

  1. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible Supporter

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    Call Barb and tell her when you are going to be in the area so that she can order what you want and have them on hand when you arrive. Even if you have to pre-pay for the tires it saves a lot of hassle and the slight extra expense is not that much especially when you amortize it over 5 or 6 thousand miles of use. Besides it is a nice gesture to leave some cash at local businesses so that they might be around to help out if other real problems arise. My $.02 worth.

    Enjoy your trip!



    ps: Are you going to the Mayday Melee?
  2. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    Don't ship. Don't pack. Buy a new set from AK Leather. Have 'em installed when you get here. Then use your other almost new TKC's at a later date.
  3. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    +10 :deal
  4. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    I asked Barb about some Shinkos and she replied that she likes TKCs and doesn't stock Shinkos. I didn't expect her to stock them but I guess she either can't or doesn't want to order them. The Suzy dealer will order and mount whatever I want so I might just go that route. Or ship some to Barb or the Suzy shop.
  5. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    McRuss

    Really good talking with you over skype the other day. I'm looking forward to the trek back together. You prioritize food, a warm fire at the campsite, enjoying the ride and taking photos.....all important things on my list too!
  6. AKTREADs

    AKTREADs Been here awhile

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    Have a set of Heidenau K60's mounted & don't look back as the H K60's will take you 2X the distance compared to TKC 80's!
  7. timbercat

    timbercat Texas Cruiser

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  8. Dotbond

    Dotbond Africa, Africa

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    Well, all you inmates following Nancy's thread and trip organization may be interested to know her eating and drinking habits. Nancy has just spent almost 2 weeks down in New Zealand and I was lucky enough to have spent over 2 days showing her around my neck of the woods, not on bikes unfortunately, but in my car. That is, Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sound. Plus a couple of bars in between. It's not often you get to meet a fellow inmate from the other side of the world. All i can say is, I can't wait till to come over to the USA to do some riding around her stomping ground on a motorbike with Nancy as my guide. Nancy is a great lady, with a wicked sense of humor and a wide range of interests. She loves a good steak, wine and whiskey, preferably in a row, and thought she saw hobbits everywhere we went. It was very easy to spend a lot of time with her. Not sure what she is like at fixing punctures, but i'm sure you guys will step up and help her out if you see her struggling by the side of the road. As you will be aware she has a lot of bike miles under her belt so Nancy would be a great riding companion.

    Have a great D2D trip Nancy.

    Trev
  9. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Baby's got some new shoes... I bought a set of Heidenau K-60 Scout tires from Adventure Designs in Hayward, CA, and had them install them...

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    I'm prepping my bike for Alaska in June... I met Nancy at the Mendo Rally and we are kicking around the idea of riding together for part of the time. I was not planning to do any ferry rides, but I may change my itinerary to include one or two depending on which parts I ride with her...
  10. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Cell phone question.
    What cell phone providers have the best Alaska coverage? I have a virgin prepaid plan that has terrible coverage outside of any major city and I have an unlocked phone that I could get one month of service with a major carrier.


    Yup. Macadamia, in spite of this incredibly irritating avatar, turns out to be very down to earth, solid guy who went out of his way at the Mendo rally to keep doing things for others and helping out with the infernos.
    I'd taken a shower (ahem, 1 minute shower because the water ran out) and he had the fire stoked and ready for when I got back because he had the foresight to know I'd be cold.
    Thanks Andy.
  11. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Not a problem... Sometimes I surprise myself with my sensitivityness... :lol3

    But when I do this, I come back to earth by watching my avatar... :rofl
  12. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    As far as national carriers go, your only option is AT&T, otherwise you'll be roaming. Verizon is slatted to start providing direct service this summer, but no solid date has been published for availability.
  13. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    I'm glad I have AT&T on my iPhone and iPad then... That is lucky I guess... :lol3
  14. KHud

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    Better turn off data roaming while in Canada or you will have a very nasty bill. One evening of surfing and emailing was almost $200. When I worked in Fairbanks my boss went to a conference in BC. Had an $1800 phone bill. You can get an international plan that will be much cheaper, but I turn my phone off and rely on WiFi email on my laptop. Lasy time I spent 4 days in BC and used my iPhone just for calls; still added $40 to my bill.
  15. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie Supporter

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    This ^
  16. Salsa

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    ATT GoPhone works great for us in Alaska.

    Don
  17. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    It's much cheaper if you don't spend all of your time surfing porn.
  18. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Go phone
    I forgot I had an AT&T go phone. Perfect
    Thanks!
  19. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    wondering how the road is from Prince Rupert to Haines.

    Don't want to get suck in this kind of nightmare like I did last July in Switzerland
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    Can anyone tell me about any high passes I'd need to keep an eye on the weather for beginning June.

    Kinda not jazzed about taking the ferry more than I have to.
  20. Farmholio

    Farmholio Smarmy Marmot

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    The road from Prince Rupert to Haines is the ocean. I predict it will go just fine. If it starts snowing, report immediately to the ship's bar.

    Don't forget to put those TKC's on beforehand. I hear that's the best tire for driving your bike on a boat that's driving to Alaska.

    Seriously though, did you mean to write Haines Junction, YT? If you're riding to Alaska from Prince Rupert up the Cassiar, why would you drop the three hours down and three hours back to Haines? Its nice here but that would seem to be pretty out of your way. If that's the case, the question would also be better fielded to the Canadians as all those points in between fall in their fine country.