Alaska-Canada 2018 - Let's Share on the Road Updates

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Trasch, May 2, 2018.

  1. Trasch

    Trasch Adventurer

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    Hello All,

    The Goal of this trip thread: This will be an attempt at a shared Alaska ride report for 2018. Every year there are some great planning threads for those people that head to Alaska/Canada. After the planning threads end things tend to die off a little. There tends to be some great individual ride reports but I know there are lot of us on the road and I think even small contributions can make a big difference. So during our 2018 planning thread we discussed trying a shared epic ride report, so that people could post what they could when they wanted to. I would rather have a lot of people (on the same general routes) have a place to post a few items of interest vs not at all because they don’t get around to an individual ride report.

    Here is the link to the 2018 Alaska Trip Planning thread for background. Please continue to post there until you head out.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/alaska-2018-lets-share-plans-logistics.1263304/

    We want to carry the discussion forward into this thread when each person hits the road.

    • As the title of this thread suggests the general theme is for the trip up to Alaska via Canada. Even if you don’t continue onto Alaska that is fine but the general routes and locations should be pretty straightforward.
    • Photos are always good - please try and keep them to the current year/trip.
    • We don’t care if we see 10 pictures from 10 riders at the same sign on this thread. It’s all good to us and it gives those still in the planning phase or at the office something to look at. (please follow pinned photo rules)
    • General Info posts are always helpful; “watch out for”, road reports, forest fires, good/bad experiences at XYZ place, splitting costs, looking to meet up with a fellow rider etc.
    • If you find that you end up posting every day about your trip I think you are a candidate for your own ride report. Even if you have your own ride report feel free to add road updates etc here as well.
    • I’ll end the report/thread after it looks like the last person ends their run for the season. And then we return to the 2019 planning thread.
    • Extra credit if you post a photo with someone else that adds to this thread and you meet them on the road for the first time.
    Other than that I don’t think over regulation is needed on this thread, again I hope it is a place for people to post 1 time or 10 times or just have a place to lurk. Have fun, don’t take life to serious and stay safe.

    Let’s kick this off as I know there are already some on the road.

    Group SpotWalla Map (show where riders are currently located while on road):

    (Per @migilito)
    Here is a publicly view-able Map for all who are heading to Alaska or Canada between now and Sept 15, 2018. This SpotWalla map will Live track all who join. All riders can join following the below link. I suggest joining the MAP now so you can test it out. GPS device required.

    SpotWalla Map link: https://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=535

    How to join: https://spotwalla.com/join.php?a=a&id=535

    Enroute thread: Please post once you are actually enroute. NO bike prep, planning questions, luggage questions, tire questions etc. Feel free to post up road conditions, photos, stories, best camping location, good hotels, good food, Skinny dipping photos at Tuktoyaktuk, what ever is happening once you are enroute.

    Note: I just tested my SpotWalla. I am Mig on the page. Turns out we only have 3 letter/numbers for the descriptor. Simply however over 3 letters to get full name.

    Individual Tracking URLs: (This section is intended for posting individual tracks so the entire route is visible vs the above spot in time)

    jackalsour: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=18e995afcbabe5e554&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes
    Trasch
    : https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=18f815b00bc87b2d20&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes
    fjmartin: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=18b075aee8a6e9e7f8&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes
    slartidbartfast: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=191aa5b0997f9a89f0&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes
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  2. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    You mentioned making sure to start and end your tracks away from your house so a bad guy doesn't show up to do some bad things. There is an easier way with Spotwalla. Go to Spotwalla.com and log-in. Then, click on your username and a menu pop's up then select DEVICES. Under the field for description, click on the device you'll be taking on your trip and select SECURE ZONES. Activate a new secure zone, give it a description and custom message and then put in the latitude and longitude of your home or other places you want to shield and then put in the number of kilometers of hide from your map. Then select UPDATE ZONES. You can enter multiple locations. You can use this website to put in the addresses you want to hide and it will provide you the coordinates: https://www.gps-coordinates.net/

    Joe
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  3. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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  4. Rakesh Sridhar

    Rakesh Sridhar Adventurer

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    My three letters on Spotwalla is: Rak
    Starting on 5/18 from Portland, OR and aiming to reach Anchorage on 5/26.
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  5. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    Great idea!

    I've been thinking about the benefits of a real time ride report vs the precious leisure time spent trying to maintain it on the road. This should have all the benefits of real time advice that can drastically enhance a trip without any of burden of trying to keep a thread going by yourself. I also like the guidelines of focusing on real time conditions, tips, heads up, significant events from the road. This should be very helpful for all en route :nod

    Spotwalla trip https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=18e995afcbabe5e554&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes

    (active June 1 as JAK)
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  6. migilito

    migilito Perpetual NooB

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  8. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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  10. ScottTenere

    ScottTenere Just want to ride

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    Left Austin Texas Sat morning arrived calgary monday afternoon. Lots of heat on the way up including at Calgary. Apparently cold front over night as much cooler and wet on way to jasper today. Ice field parkway did not disappoint even with clouds and some rain. Low of 4C in jasper tonight and more rain possible. Bring your warm clothes and good rain gear if coming this way soon.

    I saw a few bikes today. One superT headed the opposite direction and few harleys and goldwings. Some tourists in cages, but traffic was light. A few construction zones on the parkway, but only two short waits, and two delays for bear observation.

    Short trip to prince george tomorrow. Forecast looks wet again.
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  11. Trasch

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    Looks like you are staying with Niel and Judi in Ross River? I'm hoping to contact them before I get up there to see if I could stop by for a night. I plan on taking the Campbell. I have moved my departure date up a day. I will be heading out Thursday morning. My spotwalla trip will be active starting tomorrow, TRA on the map.
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  12. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Canol Road is still closed but I came up the Campbell Highway (almost 200 miles of gravel, much of it a single lane but not bad travelling.) Made it to "The View", overlooking Jackfish Lake nr. Ross River, Yukon. This place was highly recommended by a few visiting ADVers last year and I can heartily support their comments. The view is beyond amazing, the cabin is gorgeous and the company is most agreeable. Any ADVRider coming this way really should plan on stopping here.
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  13. jnymdnyt

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    Leaving this Thursday, (5/31) from San Francisco to Hyder/Stewart, BC, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali, Whitehorse, Dawson then to Edmonton. Taking 3 weeks but have a feeling it will extend to 4. Riding a 2015 Black BMW R1200GS. Hope to see a few riders up there. Ride well and have fun.
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  14. Omnimo

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    There is a section of Highway 1a north of Castle junction in Banff NP closed right now. It reopens June 1 I believe. No big deal navigation--wise as Highway 1 parallels 1a. You'll just miss some scenery.

    Happy trails.
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  15. Omnimo

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    I'm in the Smithers Riverside Municipal Campground right now and I highly recommend it. $20 Canadian gets you a well kept site, WiFi, exrtremely clean bathrooms/showers, firewood, and super helpful and organized campground hosts. They also lock they gate leading into the campground from 11p-7a.
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  16. Trasch

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    with ADV website going offline for a couple of days I thought I would post my current plan. All is subject to change as I am not on a fixed schedule for this trip but planning on about 2 months with about a week of buffer. Looking forward to meeting some folks on the road. I'll check back in after the website returns.

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    migilito Perpetual NooB

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    I agree, heres my plan/ itinerary: pull out of the driveway and ride north. Once i reach water or see white bears, turn around and ride south until I see Los Angeles gang grafittee on road signs. Ride a little more and pull back into driveway.
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  18. ScottTenere

    ScottTenere Just want to ride

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    Posted yesterday, buts appears to have gone off into the outternet.

    Calgary to jasper yesterday, some rain and only a couple of construction delays. Traffic light, as appear to be ahead of the summer rush.

    Today jasper to Prince George. A lot of rain and snow, only sticking to windscreen and visor. Apparently it was warm a few days ago but now below normal temp and you should expect wet if coming this way soon. After riding for what seemed like forever i finally came to a pullover, but before i committed, noticed large dark thing. A big black bear was laying in middle of small parking area; i decided that i could stand to keep riding.

    Plan to push to fort nelson tomorrow.
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  19. migilito

    migilito Perpetual NooB

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    So, I guess your just too good to share the pull out area with a bear....:)
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  20. ScottTenere

    ScottTenere Just want to ride

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    He appeared to be licking his paws while awaiting the next tourist, or should i say snack.
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