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post #1 of 8 Old 07-28-2014, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Tennessee to Hyder Alaska in August

I'm planning a solo trip to Hyder Alaska the second week in August. I'm looking for advice. Spending the next few weeks servicing and prepping my 2008 Wee. New tires, new plugs, brakes, air filter and oil change. The ride is a little over 3000 miles each way. Any suggestions on places to stay in Stewart or Hyder or local must sees would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-28-2014, 09:46 PM
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Buck.........you gotta go over to the ADV forum and read up on their Alaska Ride Reports.......great stuff there. But we also have some Real Riders of our own here.....look under ride Reports. A couple of guys have been to AK in the last 1-2 months here. I'm envious of your trip.........have a great ride!!!!!

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My wife and I went to Alaska with my parents in a motor home last summer. The ride into Stewart will be gorgeous! There is an eagle refuge on 37a as you're traveling south into Stewart. It's signed well so you'll know where to stop. Worth packing some binoculars if you have the space. Hyder should have a bunch of grizzly bears feeding on salmon this month. There is a walkway to go out and see them. We were a few weeks early at the end of July so no bears for us. We stayed at a nice campground in Stewart. I forget what it was called but there are only a few there. Also stay away from camping at dease lake on your way up. Tons of bugs and my wife kept calling it disease lake! Sounds like a great and exciting adventure!

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it can get cold in August in AK if you are going into the norther part of AK. June and July are when most people go. I just got back myself about a week ago.

if you are camping then in Hyder Camp-Run-A-Muck is a good place if you are going to stay in a hotel stay in Stewart. the one in Hyder is a crap hole.

while in Hyder be sure to make the ride up to Salmon Glacier. It's an awesome view.

Also there is no bank in Hyder and most places in town use Canadian money.

on the way be sure to hit Banff in Canada. The ride into Hyder/Stewart is beauitful but the ice field parkway is amazing too and even better.

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I also just got back. My '05 Wee did 9,100 miles in great style from Virginia through the Michigan U.P. and then through Manitoba, Sask, Alberta and BC to "that odd, little place," Hyder.

I returned via Jasper, the Icefield Highway, Banff, Calgary, Montana, Denver, a big circle through Colorado, lots of Kansas, Nebraska. A "ride and a half" as my old Mom used to call 'em. Five weeks, with about one week off the bike in all.

All went well except for the "chain failure." I mounted brand new Pirelli Scorpions before I left. I looked long and hard at the chain which had about 8K miles on it and looked good before I left. The little bird on my shoulder was screaming to replace it, but I cheaped out. The mud and long miles caused links to fail just about the time I rolled into Hyder. I limped back to Prince George BC. The kinks kept whacking the clutch shift pin and shattered it, but the gods were with me and it didn't fall apart until the repair tech At NV Motors (Bless 'em!) took the side cover off and it fell out in three pieces.

I got the last available chain above 50 degrees latitude and a newly machined clutch shaft as there was nothing like it in stock. No sprockets available. A great big pile of Queen Elizabeth money and half a day but I was on the road again.

I don't camp. I slept in the mud for years in the Army and have a real aversion to anything less than room service. That being said, The SeaLaska Inn in Hyder IS camping. It's really a barroom with a few beds scattered around. I can see where a lot of you may not look at this joint with anything but askance, but it is part of the whole experience. I was there at the height of Bear Season (mid August) and between the 30 or so that we saw close up (too close in some cases) and the bar fight at 2 a.m. (a couple of local grizzlies rough housing for the visitors) I felt like I was "really someplace different."

The rear tire is trashed but the front one could possibly make another round trip. I've got new sprockets on order - the ones on the bike look OK but I'm not pushing my luck.

You see what you want to. I try to learn 1,000 new things a day. This was easy on this trip. Lots of other bikes out there. Met a few Strommers. This is a must do for anyone with a yen for the open road. I would do it again only if I had someone to ride with. Many, many miles of desolate road that could be problematic all alone if something bad happened.
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Just doing some reading on this cold December
night. That must have been some,..ride, alone.
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Just doing some reading on this cold December
night. That must have been some,..ride, alone.
Congrats.
I agree. I have not been so far from civilization as I reckon Hyder AK is.
I have ridden a couple of hundred miles with a gent who rode his Honda
CBR-125 from Key West to Deadhorse at the top of Alaska to Hyder at
the bottom of Alaska and then back to Key West, all in June 2011.

But he had a companion, his friend Charles, on a BMW that has gone
as far as it is from here to the moon, some 400,000 kilometers.

The CBR-125 rider is Bob Munden, a fellow almost 66 now, with
remarkable endurance. He has ridden that 125-cc machine over
1500 miles in one calendar day. That is 1500 miles, not kilometers.

Actually, I think the Wee-Strom is a fine machine to depend on.
I have ridden mine alone to every province in Canada, and my only
problems have been tires: one puncture requiring a plug, and one tire
that I should have replaced before the ride that it did not complete.

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