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Well it's official, I'm off to Alaska. Iv'e been planing this for awhile, but now I'm past all of the things that would have held me back.
My plan is to leave 7/10, and yes I know that is later than most, but that's when I can get away. I set a very easy pace going north. I'll head up the west coast of Florida and bang a left, work my way into the west of Texas and then turn North ish. I gave my self 25 days to make it to Deadhorse. the trip back will be, head east through Canada and then south somewhere around Lake Superior.
On the way up I'll make a real effort to stay off big roads, enjoy the view, stop and take part in local events, but on the way home if it's going my direction I'm gone.
I've started a blog that i think will be easier to up date with photos and such as I go. I've practiced some already and it seams fine, I'll be using a Galaxy tab for my updates and a memory card to get pictures from my camera to the g-tab for uploading. After I'm back and rested I'll try to pull everything together and do a ride report.
Thanks for all the inspiration this winter, reading ride reports, getting tips, and all the mechanical stuff has been a huge help. Any off the wall tips, things I may have overlooked, or spots I just shouldn't miss would be appreciated.
Happy trails and i hope to see some of you all the path.


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Looks like an AWESOME Trip:thumbup:
Looking forward to watching your progress.
You running a spot tracker?
Mike
 

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Sweet! 7/10 should be a good time to leave. We're heading up in mid-June, should get to AK by late June, prime bug season!
 

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I'm not running a spot tracker, but will have Google tracks running on my phone

rconti Sweet! 7/10 should be a good time to leave. We're heading up in mid-June, should get to AK by late June, prime bug season!
05-07-2011 01:45 PM

Please make sure you swat as many as you can (less for me)
 

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Have a safe adventure. I have it on the list to do probably in 2012. There are some great folks who live there that I am planning on stopping to see when in that region. Are you camping or moteling it when you can?
 

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Hey Capt. David over in Tampa is also going to Alaska this summer. Are you two going together?
 

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Greatest of Luck & Enjoyment, Zeek........I hope to go in the near future. My bike is ready, time-off and $$$ are not. What are your plans concerning changing tires along the way?? Your flashlight-tube is a good idea....never seen that one. Once you get to Alaska, you won't need it much tho (18 hrs of daylight). Keep us updated here prior to your departure. :thumbup::hurray:
 

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Some routes I enjoyed ... or not.

As you have not committed to a particular route to the north,
I offer some things I have learned about roads in the west.

Unless you particularly like the odor of feedlots, there is really
no need to ride through the western panhandle of Oklahoma.

On the other hand, if you DO that, you reach Springer NM,
and Brown Hotel is a funky and pleasant place to stay in that town.

If you then go west, US 64 across the north rim of New Mexico is delightful,
because it shows you lovely scenery, tourist towns, and old villages.
When I rode it, in MAY yet, in a state bordering MEXICO yet, I got SNOW!!!
I doubt you will see snow in New Mexico in July ... at least I think I doubt it.

US 93 from Arco Idaho up to Missoula Montana is a lovely ride,
and you will not burn much gas before Salmon ID because you follow the
turbulent Salmon River downstream and therefore downhill. Then you'll
ride through the lovely Bitterroot Range. Ironically you will cross the
continental divide from west to east as you enter Montana.

If you instead go west before going that far north, please consider
riding the north shore of the Columbia River to Vancouver Washington.
Some 25 miles out from the city you will gasp and park and shoot
a lot of pictures that you will enjoy many times.

The road you REALLY will like goes north from Vancouver BC to Whistler
BC and far beyond that, and the southern portion is called Sea-to-Sky.
When I rode it, there were several one-lane-wide bridges, all marked
with signs telling me to yield to southbound traffic, which would have
been hidden by the abundant trees just across the bridge, but there
never was any southbound traffic.

If circumstances make Alaska seem too far to go, there is a way to
ride to Alaska without going to the top of BC. West of Prince George BC
a highway leads to Hyder Alaska, which might fit inside a Wal-Mart.
If you look up "Bob Munden" you will learn about someone who will
ride from Key West to Key West via Hyder and Deadhorse AK.
He will be on a 125 cc Honda. Yup, the same bike he rode from the
Pacific to the Atlantic in 44 hours, and rode an Iron Butt in March 2011!

I expect you will ride the Yellowhead Highway east, because there
is not a lot of choice available. It is a pleasant road, with more variety
than you might expect, even in Saskatchewan.

For many more suggestions, visit the Canadian section,
and heed any advice you get from rcacs. He goes everywhere,
and he seems to be on the way there or back, constantly.
If Canada would only put a Canadian flag on his bike,
they would need only that one flag for the whole country,
and almost everyone in Canada would see the flag often!

Good luck, and bonne chance!
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Capt Zeek,
Are you going to Iron Horse this weekend by any chance? There is suppose to be some kind of presentation Saturday night from some who have made the journey to Dead Horse.
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I'm not going to be able to make it this year. I need to keep working until I leave. I do hope to get a weekend ride and camp one more time before I go.
So have fun up there, I've ben a few times and always had a good time.
 
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