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Discussion in 'Americas' started by AKDuc, Jan 30, 2008.
also from what I have read we need to bring our own tie downs to secure our bikes....correct?
With a knee injury I rode from Kenai to Haines (not to be forgotten ride) caught the ferry to Bellingham and rode to Sacramento. The ferry trip was exceptional. I would have never guessed or expected such a trip. Met a now friend in Haines and a half dozen people on the ferry that I still communicate with. I missed the ride experience though gained the AMHS experience. The Alaska Inland Passage is one of a kind with many different views. We had excellent weather.
I bought tie-downs but the Deck Master gave me their tie-downs to use. The Deck Master moved my motorcycle to accomodate other motorcycles. He did a great job of securing the KLR and using good tie-down points. You can only get to your motorcycle allowed by the crew which is quite often since many of the passengers have animals they have to feed and water.
You can't go wrong with either choice of passage.
Getting to be that time of year again so, ttt.
Taking the Alaska Ferry was one of the high-lites of our ride to Alaska. Besides the incredible scenery the whole way and meeting some interesting people, I would say it is a must do. And thanks to the Alaska riders for the great info. Great people living in the Great Land...
For me it was also a nice rest for a couple days.
June 2009 I hurt my knee on the way to Kenai where I was going to help friend prepare their home for sale. Hurt my knee in Bremerton so I rode (five days) with my good friend John to Kenai. Couldn't bend down, difficult to walk, was useless. After a ten days (I think) I decided to return to California. Rode my DL1000 from Kenai to Haines. Met a motorcycle local and became friends. Caught the ferry. Had 3.5 days of inland passage, great weather, beautiful scenery and wild life, fun meeting folks, toured Ketchikan and stopped in the VFW for some beers and camaraderie, 15 hour long ride home. Expensive and worth it considering my banged up knee.
Could anyone clue me into how much it will cost to feed and caffeinate myself on the ferry?
I'll be going from Skagway or Haines to Prince Rupert, late June.
I'm guessing breakfast and lunch at $8-$10 and dinner at $10-$15. Coffee @ $1.50 w/free refills.
I figure since I only ride the ferry every couple years, I don't mind paying for their food. A lot of folks bring snacks onboard.
Your trip is at least 2 full days. Have fun, Mark H.
You can buy food on the ship and you can offset the cost by bringing your own food. Haines has a good heathy Market / Deli / Coffee shop. I traveled 3 1/2 days from Haines to Bellingham. Had a room so it was easy to keep food. They also let you go to your vehicle 2-3 times a day so you can keep food there. Also went off the ship twice and enjoyed a restaurant meal and a few beers at a VFW. I liked the ship food but ate all the fruit and snacks I brought on board. Bring a book, playing cards, camera, and a friendly smile. If you are sleeping on the deck and the weather gets ugly you can sleep in the theater when it is not being used. Hope this helps.
For those of us who live in the AK, the food prices are very reasonable. Depending on who's the cook, it can be very good quality. The more formal restaurant with waitresses is nice and cheap- you are not allowed to tip because it is against state law to tip an AK employee. The view is great from the formal dinning area.
Just a little Alaska Marine Trivia- a friend of mine who is first mate told me about how a porn was filmed on the Taku boat back in the seventies. They had to back haul from the lower forty-8 and they rented it for filming. So if your on the Taku chillin on the deck remember that somebody swabbed those decks clean for you-brilo pad style baby!
That is exactly what I needed to know. Thanks!
And that is exactly what I needed to know. Thanks!
Doing a little trip planning on an impulse. I have some vacay days to burn as I leave my current job. Figure with the amount of time I have, a trip to AK is in order but I only want to ride one way (prefer the way down).
Since I'm late to the game, I noticed the spaces available for vehicles are all gone.
Are cancellations relatively common? How about making exceptions since a bike is the fraction of the size of a car/truck?
I don't think I can handle riding to and from AK solo.
From where to where? If you're talking the cross Gulf ferry, it's gonna be tight. If you're talking out of Haines or Skagway there are numerous sailings each week and I'll bet they can usually always squeeze another bike and rider onboard.
Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
Haines to Belligham was one of the best trips I have EVER had. 3.5 days of fun and beautiful views. I had a banged up knee so I got a room. If you can handle it there is always the aft deck.
Whoops, sorry. I prefer Bellingham to Whittier or any other port surrounding Anchorage. I have the feeling whichever boat leaving Bellingham for those ports are going to be full. Guess I'll start calling the office and hope for an opening.
Hell, if all else fails, Haines will do. I don't think I'll get many chances to ride throughout BC and AK.
I was hoping to conserve energy since I was thinking about making a run up Dalton to the Arctic Circle and back.
We took the ferry down from Haines to Prince Rupert in 2010. The guy at the check in said they can almost always get a few more bikes in. We had reservations last time. This year we are winging it and may get out a day or two earlier with a layover stop somewhere. If you ride to AK this is a trip you don't want to miss. We are getting off at PR and going back north on the Cassiar before coming back down the ALCAN