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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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I was just wondering if anyone is planning on making a trip to Alaska this year. I was inspired by Shrug's trip of 2011 and I am planning on going myself this year. I know he planned a trip in 2013 but circumstances in his life have changed and I have read that he will not be making the trip. I am wondering if anyone else is planning on making the trip. I plan on leaving Rochester, NY on June 15th with the ultimate goal of reaching Deadhorse, AK before turning back.

Hope to see a Roadglide or 2 along the way!
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Sounds like a fantastic trip, I wish I could say I would be going but getting off work for a extended period of time is not going to happen. Have a great time be safe.
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I have to get there in the next year or two. Picked up a copy of the milepost, Great info in there.
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I'm rideing up from Arizona the end of April. Will be rather a cool ride but one way to the house in Palmer. I will give a heads up when the time comes. Check out the Mile Post online. Good luck on your journey.

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I would be interested in the stories that come out of your ride to Alaska. I went from Utica NY to California (10,357 miles on trip)last year. Are you going to be camping all the way. I ordered the Milepost book to read and get some info that I will need when I go.
How long do you think it will take you?
Are you making any ahead plans to get the bikes tire change?
Booking any hotels or camp sites??
Or are you going with a wing and a prayer!! I did the wing and prayer ride on my ride out west..
Good luck, you are one lucky guy!!!!!!
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I would be interested in the stories that come out of your ride to Alaska. I went from Utica NY to California (10,357 miles on trip)last year. Are you going to be camping all the way. I ordered the Milepost book to read and get some info that I will need when I go.
How long do you think it will take you?
Are you making any ahead plans to get the bikes tire change?
Booking any hotels or camp sites??
Or are you going with a wing and a prayer!! I did the wing and prayer ride on my ride out west..
Good luck, you are one lucky guy!!!!!!
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I have been planning the trip for almost a year now. I am set up to camp and I will be staying at hotel/motel when convenient. I am not booking anything as I want to keep my options open. I have last years Milepost and study it all the time. I've got more equipment than clothes. I am probably going to put tires on in Montana on the way up. I am leaving June 15th and have planned 3 weeks for the trip.

I am setting up a website for family and friends to track me. 107 days to go!

I would appreciate any advice from your experiance.

Wing and a prayer is what I like.
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I would stop at gas/convent stores they would let me fill up my small cooler with ice for my water. I also had the meals in the bag for eats at night when I stopped and camped. I have the MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove this way you could use gas or canister fuel. You will find a lot of good people when you camp. Some offered me burgers, grilled vegs. and even fresh french fries they made in their camper. I would always talk to them because they like the open road just like us but they are in a metal can with wheels. They also had some neat places to see. One couple even was at Zion National Park when I was there and we saw each other in Colorado. Now that was odd. take a lot of pics.

Let us know the website you start up so we all keep track of a fellow biker.
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Hope you have a great trip! As others have suggested, the Milepost is your friend. Shrugs trip is also a great resource, of course. The Iron Butt Association web page also has some great distance riding advice.

If you travel the Haul Road(Dalton), have a functioning CB radio, listen to, and talk to the truckers, if you need to pass one; and if you have one close on you from behind, move over and let them by. When meeting one head on, slow down, move as far away from them as possible, to minimize the shower of rocks and gravel.

Most importantly, if on a big heavy bagger, let the road conditions/weather determine when/if you attempt to go all the way. Trying this road in wet/muddy conditions on a bagger, is not a good idea.

Good luck, and have fun!

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Hope you have a great trip! As others have suggested, the Milepost is your friend. Shrugs trip is also a great resource, of course. The Iron Butt Association web page also has some great distance riding advice.

If you travel the Haul Road(Dalton), have a functioning CB radio, listen to, and talk to the truckers, if you need to pass one; and if you have one close on you from behind, move over and let them by. When meeting one head on, slow down, move as far away from them as possible, to minimize the shower of rocks and gravel.

Most importantly, if on a big heavy bagger, let the road conditions/weather determine when/if you attempt to go all the way. Trying this road in wet/muddy conditions on a bagger, is not a good idea.

Good luck, and have fun!

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Thanks for the advice Jeff.

The CB radio is about the last thing I need to purchase. I fully understand its need on the Dalton. I hope the weather permits me to complete my goal. Rest assured safety will be my first priority. Here's hoping for dry weather!
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I did it in 2009. Two sons and I went to Fairbanks on the Alaskan Highway and back. Because they were on two weeks vacation from their jobs we just made it to the little park on the Dalton at the Arctic Circle.

At the end of May this year I am going back and will go to Dead Horse. However I won't be on one of my HD's as I plan to use my Ural with sidecar and 2WD. It will carry a ton of gear needed for the trip. Will do both motels and camping.

The ride up the Canadian Rockies is one magnificent ride on the AlCan.



Interesting guest on the Dalton. We stayed wayyy back until he was gone!


Found a great B&B in Fairbanks www.aaaacare.com. The owner Pat Obrist has a wealth of knowledge about palces to go and things to do in Fairbanks and the area.

Note about the Milepost. The places in it are the ones that paid the minimun $1K for the littlest add. In addition some facilities may have went under before you get there like a gas station. The area was hit extremely hard in the recession. Travel was down 80%. Get one but look on the internet for each town and add the phone numbers for the motels and what not that you do not see in the Milepost. Also, each morning decide on where you will stop next, call the motel to reserve the room. They may be full if you wait until you get there even with the reduced number of travelers as there is not that many rooms and as I have said you will find many closed ones.

The bear is on the Dalton. Notice the road and weather. It was 60, sunny and dry which I was told was a rare thing. That road that day was smooth and easy sailing. There were even bicyclists making their way back to Fairbanks. It about blew my mind. We encountered bicyclists every now and then on the AlCan also.

That leads to another suggestion. It is considered hazardous to tent camp with food stored nearby or at all. The best recommendation is eat at restaurants/Quick Marts or stores. Bears can smell food for miles and miles.


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