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post #1 of 43 Old 01-21-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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KKORO To Alaska

This was my steed for Alaska trip in 2017.

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2004 KLR. Great bike and great trip. However, at my age (I'll turn 70 this year) I decided I wanted something a bit more comfortable. So, this was my steed for my 2018 trip to Newfoundland.

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Again, great bike and great trip. I'll be leaving for Alaska from Northern MI on May 19 on the 2012 V-Strom 1000. I'm going to head to Aztec, NM and ride up Hwy. 550 through the Rockies on my way. After a stay in Jacksonville, IL, on May 20, I'll be looking for folks to meet and/or travel with. I'll be doing a little camping and a little moteling. I'm meeting up with a couple of friends in NW Washington for the run up to Dust to Dawson.


My next post will include my proposed route. There will be more posts with questions and explanations about my trip.

Hope you enjoy.


Be Well! KKORO
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This is a spread sheet that has my nightly stays and the planned miles out to Deception Pass.

05/19/19 South Haven, MI 237
05/20/19 Jacksonville, IL 344
05/21/19 Lake Frances, KS 355
05/22/19 Liberal, KS 356
05/23/19 Taos, NM 308
05/24/19 Aztec, NM 198
05/25/19 Montrose, CO 143
05/26/19 Dutch John, UT 244
05/27/19 Pocatello, ID 288
05/28/19 Ontario, OR 354
05/29/19 Kennewick, WA 284
05/30/19 Deception Pass CG 309
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I'm not really very good at sticking to plans. On this trip, however, I plan to stick to the plan as much as possible.

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Leg Two that will take me up to an off-the-grid cabin on Vines Lake near Jade City. I'll spend a couple of nights relaxing and doing some canoeing/kayaking.

Date Destination Miles
05/31/19 Douglas Fir CG, WA 70
06/01/19 Chilliwack, BC 44
06/02/19 Kamloops, BC 158
06/03/19 Prince George, BC 324
06/04/19 Prince George, BC 0
06/05/19 Smithers, BC 231
06/06/19 Nisga'a, Memorial, BC 205
06/07/19 Stewart, BC 271
06/08/19 Stewart, BC 0
06/09/19 Dease Lake, BC 244
06/10/19 Jade City, BC 72
06/11/19 Jade City, BC 0
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Leg Two that will take me up to an off-the-grid cabin on Vines Lake near Jade City. I'll spend a couple of nights relaxing and doing some canoeing/kayaking.

Date Destination Miles
05/31/19 Douglas Fir CG, WA 70
06/01/19 Chilliwack, BC 44
06/02/19 Kamloops, BC 158
06/03/19 Prince George, BC 324
06/04/19 Prince George, BC 0
06/05/19 Smithers, BC 231
06/06/19 Nisga'a, Memorial, BC 205
06/07/19 Stewart, BC 271
06/08/19 Stewart, BC 0
06/09/19 Dease Lake, BC 244
06/10/19 Jade City, BC 72
06/11/19 Jade City, BC 0
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You had me at "off the grid cabin" in BC. I'm also jealous! Someday... but until then, I'll live vicariously through you. Thank you for sharing your plans with all of us. I bet you get some takers.
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Very cool...turn south-west (how appropriate!) and wave to my family when you get to Aztec; they live in Farmington and Kirtland. :-)

Looking forward to following your adventure!

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Leg Three will take me to the Arctic Circle sign then to Dust to Dawson in Dawson City.

Date Destination Miles
06/12/19 Watson Lake, YT 87
06/13/19 Atlin, YT 280
06/14/19 Skagway, AK 155
06/15/19 Skagway, AK 0
06/16/19 Takhini HS, YT 127
06/17/19 Tombstone Territoial 300
06/18/19 Eagle Plains, YT 254
06/19/19 Dawson City, YT 254
06/20/19 Dawson City, YT 0
06/21/19 Dawson City, YT 0

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And finally, Leg Four -- my tour of Alaska.

Date Destination Miles
06/22/19 Tok, AK 147
06/23/19 Fairbanks, AK 202
06/24/19 Coldfoot, AK 254
06/25/19 Fairbanks, AK 254
06/26/19 Willow, AK 291
06/27/19 Homer, AK 294
06/28/19 Wasilla, AK 263
06/29/19 Valdez, AK 267
06/30/19 Beaver Creek, YT 363
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After that I'll be hightailing it home with a little detour around the north shore of Lake Superior. Last time I did that was about 40 years ago. I'm sure it's changed a lot since then.

Next post I'll be talking tires for the trip.

Be Well! KKORO
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Be sure to install fork protectors before riding on dirt so you don't end up with leaking fork seals. Way worth the $25.

Looks like a fun trip. Keep the posts coming.
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