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post #1 of 23 Old 04-28-2009, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for Alaska partner July 1-July 30, 2009

I have 5 weeks off this summer. Looking to do San Diego to Anchorage and back. I plan to get to Seattle in 2 days (by June 29). Then will do approximately 500 miles per day to Anchorage with side trip to Hyder. Hope to make Anchorage area by July5-6. I would like to see some of the Kenai Peninsula, McKinley Highway, Valdez, and Top of the World Highway. I am not planning to go to the Arctic Circle or Prudhoe Bay.

I plan to camp as much as possible to save money. I have done other shorter trips solo (SD to Canada, SD to Montana, SD to Taos, SD to Colorado, and multiple trips up the California coast. These trips were from 1000 miles to 5000 miles round trip). The Alaska trip promises to be 9,000 miles or more.

If you are planning a trip to Alaska in July and would consider a riding partner for part or all of the trip, let me know. I could alter my route north to take I 15 through Utah, Idaho, Montana or go north on I 5 through California, Oregon and Washington (preferred). If you are coming from the eastern states, I could meet up with you in Dawson Creek.

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That sounds like a great ride. The scenery around Hyder is amazing! (Don't forget to get 'Hyderized' while you are there.)
I lived in Dawson Creek for about 8 years. Two little side trips that are kind of cool would be the WAC Bennett Dam (One of the largest earth filled dams in the world), you can ride across the top of it and they run tours inside. Also Kinuso Falls are pretty amazing and there are campsites right there. Just lots of gravel road to get there and it can be pretty busy with logging trucks.
Just some food for thought.
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Thanks for the info. I will try to check out the falls. I purchased my grizzly bear proof food container from REI. Now all I need is a moose proof tent so one will not walk over me while I am sleeping. I have all my lightweight camping gear from my other trips. I will try to do 500 miles per day to get there in about a week. This will gibe me plenty of time to poke around the state and head back with some time to spare. I have friends in Anchorage who will let me stay there as long as I need.

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Planning to leave for Alaska same time frame. PM'd you!
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Make sure you do the top of the world highway as well as make it to Hyder. Both are highlights of any AK trip. The road into stewart bc by bear glacier is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I would also highly recommend taking a right once you get through Hyder and head up 20 miles or so to Salmon Glacier, the 2nd largest in the world.

Also on the way up go to Watson Lake (where the signpost forest is) and stop in at the campground on the east end of town. The owner, Mandeep, is a great guy and will let motorcycles camp free. Tell him I say hello.

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Thanks for your suggestions

Thanks for your suggestions GW. TOW highway, Hyder, Bear Glacier and Salmon Glacier are definitely on my list. I'll tell Mandeep you said hello. No way I'll pass up free camping


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Make sure you do the top of the world highway as well as make it to Hyder. Both are highlights of any AK trip. The road into stewart bc by bear glacier is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I would also highly recommend taking a right once you get through Hyder and head up 20 miles or so to Salmon Glacier, the 2nd largest in the world.

Also on the way up go to Watson Lake (where the signpost forest is) and stop in at the campground on the east end of town. The owner, Mandeep, is a great guy and will let motorcycles camp free. Tell him I say hello.

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Thanks for your suggestions GW. TOW highway, Hyder, Bear Glacier and Salmon Glacier are definitely on my list. I'll tell Mandeep you said hello. No way I'll pass up free camping
Make sure you tell him Coop and Tige said hello also.

BTW - even though it is July when you are going, make sure you take at least on pair of long underwear, sweatshirt, and some chemical heaters (like hand warmers) that you can throw into your sleeping bag.

The first night at Watson Lake it was below freezing and there was ice on our tents in the morning. Graywolf froze his ass off that night.

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Cold nights

Thanks for your reminder. It's easy to forget how cold it's gonna get at night when I'm going to spend several days riding in 100 plus degree temperatures to get there.

Do you know what type of beer or cigar Mandeep may enjoy in exchange for a night of camping?
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Make sure you do the top of the world highway as well as make it to Hyder. Both are highlights of any AK trip. The road into stewart bc by bear glacier is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I would also highly recommend taking a right once you get through Hyder and head up 20 miles or so to Salmon Glacier, the 2nd largest in the world.

Also on the way up go to Watson Lake (where the signpost forest is) and stop in at the campground on the east end of town. The owner, Mandeep, is a great guy and will let motorcycles camp free. Tell him I say hello.

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Yes, thanks for the advice. I read every word of your travel there last year. I sent you a PM about the wheel damage. How did you manage to put that out of your mind, knowing the rim was bent? Seems like a pretty big problem to continue on with.

I will definitely see Mandeep and say hello for you guys. I also plan to do the Cassiar Road so I can do the Hyder side trip. I will also do the Salmon Glacier as suggested.

I am prepared for cold weather. I have a bag good for 20 degrees and a bivvy bag to add 10-15 degrees to it. I also have poly-pro long underwear. I sleep on a dense foam mat with a 1.5inch Thermarest. I have draped my riding jacket over my torso to add warmth on other winter rides/camping.

I have an electric vest and heated grips, waterproof gear, and a bear vault for my food items.

I have a buddy in Anchorage who will let me stay at his house as long as I want. I also have friends in Soldatna in the Kenai Peninsula.

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