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post #21 of 63 Old 12-24-2017, 12:23 AM
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Oh geez......... really?
Been up here 18 years and still donít lock my house and my keys are in my car as I speak but if I went to Anchorage thatís a different story. Anchorage is a city like any other but as said before as long as your not prowling around at 2 am you should be fine except for the fact your in Anchorage.
Know what the best thing about Anchorage is? Itís only 30 minutes from Alaska.
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post #22 of 63 Old 12-24-2017, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by notacop View Post
"Uncle Sam sent me to Germany back in the 80'"

I was in Ludwigsburg back in the late 60's. When they called an alert and the troops left for the field I was hiding in my office all nice and warm.
The post was quite pleasant with the skeleton crew! Neener, neener!
LOL, that's where I was stationed too....Krabbenloch Kaserne. I got involuntarily PCS'd to a non-airborne unit there when they had an overage of my MOS in the 82nd Airborne, and as soon as I got there, I saw a notice in the mailroom that the 82nd was desperately seeking my MOS back in the Division. FTA ALL THE WAY, baby!

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post #23 of 63 Old 12-24-2017, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BradA34 View Post
Oh geez......... really?
Been up here 18 years and still donít lock my house and my keys are in my car as I speak but if I went to Anchorage thatís a different story. Anchorage is a city like any other but as said before as long as your not prowling around at 2 am you should be fine except for the fact your in Anchorage.
Know what the best thing about Anchorage is? Itís only 30 minutes from Alaska.
It's nice to hear from someone who actually lives there; it definitely gives more weight to your opinion. And it's a very good point you make; that you can't judge an entire state by what happens in a city. There are parts of New Jersey, for instance, that I think are beautiful, but if my only knowledge of the state came from what went on in Newark, then I'd probably believe it was safer to take a summer vacation in Syria.
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post #24 of 63 Old 12-24-2017, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by BradA34 View Post
Know what the best thing about Anchorage is?
I visited Anchorage in 1974, had a great time. I'm sure it helped a lot that the shoulder patch on our navy uniforms read USS Anchorage. It didn't seem like such a big city then, but I suppose growth can be a double edged sword.

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Have you guys ever felt truly threatened or afraid ? ( aside from nasty roads) ;0 _
Alaska? Never.

Aside from the bad drivers in pick-up trucks in the Fairbanks area who straddle the line and cross over into your lane in oncoming traffic, we've never felt unsafe. And definitely not from tweakers.

On a motorcycle trip, you're not going to be riding through cities anyway, much less the parts of the city where **** like that happens. Joe Meth-head is not going to be hanging around a campsite out in the middle of nowhere at the Arctic Circle on the muddy Dalton Highway on the way to Prudhoe Bay.
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post #26 of 63 Old 12-24-2017, 01:25 PM
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I suspect that with regard to crime, Alaska is like Canada's arctic territories. They have the highest crime rates in Canada. But the vast majority of it is booze, drugs, domestic violence or fights between "friends", and some theft. It has so much to do with how we treated our aboriginal people over the last century; long story, but we screwed them up bigtime, and the dysfunction gets passed on down the generations.

Source: I lived in Yellowknife NT 1971-2001, travelled all over Canada's north, and my dad was chief judge for the NWT Territorial Court for years and we learned lots about things from his work and his stories.
They are as opportunistic as the rest of us, so no I will not take the blame for how they turned out. Just look at how they treat each other in their own communities. Booze & drugs are an issue. If the community leaders wanted to contain the issue they could dictate dry communities. As for the dysfunction - hey move away. No money, then maybe the community leaders should be made to explain where the federal/provincial money has gone to. . I am kept responsible for my actions, they should as well. I have worked with various cultures, some people were good and some not quite so. My philosophy is everyone should get an education, get a job and pay taxes ( no exception).

I have no issues in traveling north. Be smart, watch out for the animals (bears), make certain your bike is in decent shape, and travel with another rider if possible. Carry cash & credit cards but hide it. Same issues in Europe , South America etc.
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I know the cynics on the forum would disagree, and I know this worldview seems to conflict with my former profession, but people in general are decent pretty much everywhere you go, to the extent that they're not going to harm you and they'll help if you get in a jam. I've been all over the place on the bike, and if I'm pulled off along the road and I'm there long enough, someone will invariably stop and ask if I need a hand, or at least slow down and give me the thumbs up to see if I'm OK. I'm not saying the world is full of sweetness and light; I'm saying that most people don't have any urge to actively harm others. For every horror story I've heard about a "Trip Gone Wrong", I've heard ten times (or more) as many stories of people who've traveled around the world on two wheels and met really great people everywhere. And not just great as in "he didn't murder me in my tent", but great as in "invited me to share a meal", or "went out of his way to help me fix my bike", "let me stay in his guest house", or whatever.

And yes, bad things happen. Glenn Heggstad wrote a whole book about how he was kidnapped while riding in Colombia. And unfortunately, books like his get remembered because they garner huge headlines ("American kidnapped by rebels in South America, film at 11!!"), while the experiences of Ted Simon or Elspeth Beard or Ed March go largely unknown, because what's exciting about someone traveling the world on a bike and having wonderful experiences?
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post #28 of 63 Old 12-24-2017, 01:42 PM
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There are specific areas of the US that have crime rates well above Alaska, whose population has more than doubled since 1970's and the advent of crude oil. It appears that 80% of the crime in Alaska, according to the FBI stats, is due to property and theft/robbery. And if you're worried about your motorcycle being stolen, less than 1% of the 400 vehicle thefts in 2016 were motorcycles.

You could avoid Alaska if you're so concerned and take the Dempster Hwy (Yukon, Canada) to the Arctic Circle and Arctic Ocean. One of the best northern routes through BC is the Stewart-Cassiar Hwy. Don't forget to take a side trip into Hyder, Alaska with a population of less than 100 its the 2nd safest town in Alaska!

There's crime everywhere but not the level of violent crime our media likes to portray. In the Yukon, it seems "mischief" and "disturbing the peace" are its major sources of crime! PS, If you're coming from the US or Eurozone you're money will go farther in Canada.
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I have made two trips to Alaska and I am currently planning a third for next summer. One was in 2014 and lasted 7 weeks. The second this past June that lasted 5 weeks. That being said, I have never seen or experienced anything but down home hospitality there. In 2014 on the way back from Deadhorse, halfway to Coldfoot, one of the bikes in our group died. KLR-650 with a bad main fuse. Dead short in the R/R. After waiting 2 hours while trying to fix it a guy driving a tilt bed tow truck pulled up. He had seen us when he was on the way to deliver helicopter fuel to Deadhorse. He loaded up the bike and took the rider and bike all the way to Alaska University in Fairbanks. a 300 mile tow!!! When they arrived at the University we asked what he wanted for the tow. He explained it was his bosses truck, he lived in Fairbanks, and appreciated the company on the ride back. He finally said $60 bucks would be fine so he could take his wife out to dinner. The rider damn near ripped his pants trying to get his wallet out. That was the kind of people I met all over Alaska, everywhere we went. Any big city will have problems but if you carry yourself properly and treat everyone the same way you want to be treated you will not have any issues.
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post #30 of 63 Old 12-24-2017, 09:35 PM
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We spent two weeks all over Alaska a few years back on a family vacation and hardly gave it a thought. I was more nervous about the bears near Seward and Denali hiking (and heli-hiking outside of the park) and around Talkeetna when we went up river gold panning and all of the flight seeing we did. The weather and terrain creates some hazardous flying conditions and makes emergency landings difficult. My wife was white-knuckled flying when we went as close to Denali as we could get in a De havilland Beaver on pontoons but the pontoons can land on the glaciers. We got close to some really big bears hiking up to the ice fields by Seward but they assured us that they were well fed along the coast and usually didn't cause a problem if we gave them their space. lol

About half the time someone was armed because the bears were thick in some areas.

The locals were very nice everywhere.

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