Seeking riders for San Francisco to Alaska this summer.

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

  1. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    You might consider taking the Alaska Marine Highway ferry from Bellingham to Haines. We may have people that can help you out from there. Inmates please chime in!!!
  2. legion

    legion Honking the Horn

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    Huh. No offense but please don't PM me again. I'm not much for needy high drama correspondence, I don't know anybody that lives near you that will be leaving on your schedule, and I don't have the kind of help you're looking for.

    Good luck to you.
  3. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Good idea. I'll look into that tonight.
    I put Vancouver island on my route because so many people wrote about how amazing it is...suppose I can see it another time.
  4. highplains drifter

    highplains drifter Adventurer

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    Nancy,
    Good idea from fast idle on the Alaska marine ferry. That is how I did it on my first trip to Alaska. Ferry is always loaded with people off on some adventure so interesting folks to talk to. There are bound to be other motorcyclists on the ferry and see how there is only one road out of Haines you can probably find someone to ride with. If my memory serves me right it is a 3 nights and 2 day trip to haines from Bellingham. Good way to see the amazing coast of British Columbia and southeast Alaska where roads are few and far between. It stops in Ketichikan, Petersburg and Juneau with possibilities of getting off the ferry for a short time. Southeast Alaska is one of my favorite parts of Alaska and I have done several kayak trips along that coast. Only problem might be getting a spot with such short notice but worth a try. Paul
  5. CalgaryKLR

    CalgaryKLR Been here awhile

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    Not going that route, we are coming up the Cassiar, so thats out.

    I know that riding alone can be very rewarding, and you will come accross many making the same trip.

    Go for it, you will not regret it at all.

    Travel safe....
  6. willys

    willys Long timer

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    I agree with going alone for part of the trip also.......300plus riders made it to the D@D last summer, you will meet plenty riding up there I have no doubt.
    I'm not a lone rider either but for a few days or so I can handle it to get to where I need to get, whether that is to meet up with someone or get to the event in general.
    Not judging at all, just seems a huge waste not going if you are worried about making the entire ride alone. I can't see that happening myself, but I have been known to be wrong before.
    As for scenery, you will not beat the ride up the Cassier highway. That also leads you to Telegraph Creek and Hyder and the Salmon Galcier in the opposite order.
    I'm not a boat person and don't like not riding to my destination personally, plus I'm a cheap skate! I have heard it is a fantastic sail up the interior seaway or whatever it's called. Something I will never see I'm afraid. lol.

    Please rethink your decission about going part way alone, the end result or destination is way worth it!:deal:freaky
  7. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I just rode 600 miles yesterday through the Nevada desert in shifting side/head winds of 20+mph with 4 gusts that were so strong they pushed me right into the shoulder or left (fast) lane.
    I would have enjoyed that ride if someone had shared that with me.
    Doing it alone just added to the misery.
    So I repeat....I just don't enjoy doing long stretches alone. I'm a social person by nature and like a good chat around the breakfast table or fire at night.
    I like it when someone is hanging out with the bikes while I tinkle at a gas station so I don't have to take everything valuable off the bike or lock it up.
    I like it when someone sees the humor or beauty in something I might have otherwise missed.
    I like the feeling of being a team, of helping each other out in little ways, like packing up in the morning if someone is dragging tail pipes.
    Changing a tire on the side of a road is much easier with 2 sets of hands....

    must I go on? I have plenty of reasons why no matter how beautiful, riding all that way, mostly alone is just not fun for me.
  8. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Yes, I've considered this. It's a good possibility but the feeling that I'm going to have in the pit of my stomach that I have yet more days solo if that doesn't work out is like remembering the aftermath of that bottle of tequila I drank in rocky point mexico when I was 19 and stupid.
  9. highplains drifter

    highplains drifter Adventurer

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    Ha!! I bet you learned from that tequila experience. I hope it was good tequila. I also hope those winds are gone when I am hammering across Nevada in three days on Highway 50( the loneliest road in America)
  10. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Winds from the SW (santa ana perhaps?) with gusts of 30-40+ mph
    It was like that from Monday to yesterday between Vegas and Bakersfield where the winds turned from the North.

    Highway 50 is way North of there and so it should be OK.
    I wanted to do that road last summer but just could not fit it in.
  11. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Your not married ?
  12. KHud

    KHud Survivor Supporter

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    Bring a puppy.
  13. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    do moose antlers on my helmet count?
    that's cute

    puppies pittle in tents
  14. NomadGal

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  16. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I've had a great response (as usual) from the ADV community and have a few Plan B's lined up.

    Nothing actually definite yet but have many promising conversations going over PM. Thanks everyone for stepping up and offering help and time.

    So the final prep. My Tiger XC 800. 12K service. All done by me with the expert help of a jet mechanic and good friend JetDocX.

    Took apart the Tiger hung over from the night before and going on 4 hours of sleep just fine.
    Removed battery, fairings, gas tank (empty this time), valve cover (with some cursing about additional pieces to remove with tiny, hard to get to screws), air box cover (probably some other stuff can't remember right now)


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    New RBF 600 brake fluid
    New 10w50 synth oil
    New K&N oil filter
    New spark plugs
    New paper filter (seriously, dual sport bike, paper filter. geeze)
    New zero degree coolant (some spilled on carpet under bike)
    Removed front wheel to balance
    Checked all valves (within spec, whew!)
    Checked throttle bodies

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    Paul made me do most of it so I know my bike now and feel pretty good about running into basic mechanical or tire issues. Not to mention he helped me save $900.
    the funniest part....trying to remove the bottom coolant hose with brute force...would not budge so Paul chimed in "think of all the guys that have wronged you" and well, eventually I got it off. :clap

    Alaska here I come.
  17. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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  18. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    that's a cute emoticon.
    looking forward to meeting you Russ!
  19. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    Glad to hear you are one step closer to kick stand UP mode to Alaska!! Praying for safety and good weather for you. Keep us posted on your progress. And If you need a place to wrench or whatever in the Palmer/Wasilla area of Alaska give me a shout:D
  20. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    And just in case our VERY recent warmer weather doesn't hold, the over-mitts are on their way.

    Warmest regards from the still thawing north, Mark H.