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Old 11-01-2012, 11:19 AM   #16
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The only time I had a guy come through Tok in winter On a bike when I was there and it was in Feb at -40 was my friend Rolland from Switzerland (not that he was any less of a nut bar) now he even in his home town didn't own a car and all winter there rode his bike so he was use to it AND it is a three wheeler two wheel drive old russian bike BIG difference. The day I met him I was at the store there in Tok saw the bike there out front and I said to myself this guy will not be hard to spot in the store and he wasn't I invited him over to the shop he stayed for a few days had a big old time I few years later I ended over at his house in Switzerland.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:08 PM   #17
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Italians

What is with you crazy Italians? 1 and 1/2 years ago, another crazy Italian came through here (Miriam ) she stayed on my couch on the way north, and then again on the way south. She had just finished a bike trip that was about 1.5 yrs travelling through South America and then wanted to see North America. Her trip is on here some where. Good luck on your travells.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:13 PM   #18
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This photo was taken in early April when I went backcountry skiing with some friends. We stayed at some awesome hot springs outside of Fairbanks for a few days. We "enjoyed" balmy temps in the single digits during the day and below zero at night. We encountered blizzard conditions skiing in to the cabins and again while skiing back out and visibility was poor. Be careful!

HayDuchess, to me"balmy temps in the single digits during the day and below zero at night" sounds like a very good news! I imagine the main road would be clear, right?
Would you say that in lucky years temperatures are that high or it is just common to have above zero temperatures during the day?
Plese let me know.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #19
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Yeah, you might want rethink your plan. There is a snowmobile poker run in March that goes from Tok, AK to Dawson City, BC Canada. This is on the Top of The World Highway (Taylor highway) Trek Over The Top) So here is an idea. Come up in early march do the poker run on snowmobiles and then in June you can meet everone at the D2D(its not a rally), same route only it may be snowfree and a bit warmer. There is even enough snow in South-Central in April you will definately run into it up North.
Aufevermike, the poker run sounds great but I won't have time to be there in June. I will try to make my way up north in late march early april and is temperatures and roads allow is, I will get as far as I can, as some of you guys here gave me the impression that beside the snow, temperatures in april are around and above zero and the main road is kept clear all year long....

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Old 11-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #20
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you mite want to get a rethink on this NUT BAR idea heres some more info.I use to live in a town you have to pass through coming into Alaska (Tok) and in March it can be a standard -30F day and night all month

http://www.currentresults.com/Weathe...ture-march.php
Friar Mike, thanks a lot. Now you suggested the next question:
isn't the far north colder than what comes before it? I mean, If HayDuchessLives says that in Fairbanks, around april temperatues stay around and above zero I thought that all the cities from Canada to Fairbanks would have more welcoming temperature or the same.
Am I wrong?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:21 PM   #21
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No, we don't sell studded snow tires. No, you'll need studded tires while you're in Canada, several hundred miles before you reach Alaska.
Our shop is closed for the winter, and won't reopen until May, when the roads are clear of snow/ice.
I see, well I might find someone in Canada for the tyre then. What I don't really get is if roads are literally closed in March April or if they are open but not completely cleared from snow and ice. Cause the first scenario would keep me from even trying while the second scenario wouldn't.
Please let me know.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:24 PM   #22
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If you time your ride just right, you can join us in our annual April Fool's Arctic Circle Ride (which we insist all participants realize IS NOT A RALLY!). We try to keep the number of riders below 200 to minimize traffic disruptions on the Dalton Hwy, but for someone coming from way south of the border, we could make an exception.

Khuddy will undoubtedly be riding up from Montana for the event, as he hasn't missed one yet (other than the very first one) and would probably be glad for the company, so you could join him as he travels across the snow-covered wasteland.

I would provide a link to ride reports covering earlier occurrences of this event, but Mr Huddy has gotten a little behind in posting those reports. Something about having difficulty getting the photos uploaded, he claims.

To sign up, just send a PM to khuddy (who posts frequently in this forum) and he will tell you how much to send for the honor of joining the hordes of riders who make this event what it is every year. He might even offer a discount if you will let his friend Maggie ride behind you from Fairbanks to the Circle and back. Your bike can handle two-up riding, can't it?
That is a HELL OF A INVITATION Alan, I am interested!
Wouldn't you have pics of previous edition for me to understand what it was to be doing that in April? And also which is the furthest point you guys reach north and what is the most challanging one due to the current conditions?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #23
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:29 PM   #24
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The only time I had a guy come through Tok in winter On a bike when I was there and it was in Feb at -40 was my friend Rolland from Switzerland (not that he was any less of a nut bar) now he even in his home town didn't own a car and all winter there rode his bike so he was use to it AND it is a three wheeler two wheel drive old russian bike BIG difference. The day I met him I was at the store there in Tok saw the bike there out front and I said to myself this guy will not be hard to spot in the store and he wasn't I invited him over to the shop he stayed for a few days had a big old time I few years later I ended over at his house in Switzerland.
Mike, all your advices help me thinking well about all this winter alaska idea of mine but I also need to put into consideration that people went there on a bike in february and march, like Rolland and few others.
I won't push myself too far is it's not possible but I will give it a try.
That is why I would like to ask if you, from WHITEHORSE to TOK which route would you suggest to find the better condition in march april? The one that goes across Dawson City ot the one across Beaver Creek?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #25
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Yeah Kuddy, Sjaak videos about Alaska in February helped me a lot into taking this trip in April into consideration. I am not sponsored and equipped like him that's why the knoledge of the area you guys are providing me will help me getting prepared to face the condition in the best way possible.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:33 PM   #26
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Hey Jack..............

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If you time your ride just right, you can join us in our annual April Fool's Arctic Circle Ride (which we insist all participants realize IS NOT A RALLY!). We try to keep the number of riders below 200 to minimize traffic disruptions on the Dalton Hwy, but for someone coming from way south of the border, we could make an exception.

Khuddy will undoubtedly be riding up from Montana for the event, as he hasn't missed one yet (other than the very first one) and would probably be glad for the company, so you could join him as he travels across the snow-covered wasteland.

I would provide a link to ride reports covering earlier occurrences of this event, but Mr Huddy has gotten a little behind in posting those reports. Something about having difficulty getting the photos uploaded, he claims.

To sign up, just send a PM to khuddy (who posts frequently in this forum) and he will tell you how much to send for the honor of joining the hordes of riders who make this event what it is every year. He might even offer a discount if you will let his friend Maggie ride behind you from Fairbanks to the Circle and back. Your bike can handle two-up riding, can't it?



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Old 11-02-2012, 10:07 PM   #27
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you might make Dawson in April from the southern end but you won't cross the Taylor Highway unless you drag the bike in a sled with a snow machine... and that would be an adventure! not sure the border is even open that time of year.... it will be dead on winter still across Top of the World Highway.

EDIT.... as in it is closed.... not plowed.... giant snow drifts that only melt out 2 months later (barely)

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:18 PM   #28
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...temperatures in april are around and above zero and the main road is kept clear all year long....
You do realize that the temperature these people are telling you are in Fahrenheit degrees, not Celsius? Zero degrees F = about minus 18 C.

No, the roads wouldn’t necessarily be ‘clear’.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:40 PM   #29
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Just finished a 3 year stint in Wainwright(3 on , 3 off).About the same lat. as Deadhorse. As far as weather goes, march is no different then january. Some winters we would have heavy equip. on the lagoon ice as late as may. Dress warm my friend :)
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:46 PM   #30
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Here's the last couple days of my ride to Alaska this past spring.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=200

If you dont want to read, Here's a photo of the Alcan in canada between Destruction Bay and beaver creek yukon on April 2, temps were well below freezing.


Be careful and you'll probably make it maybe. It'll be a good story anyway, hopefully written by you and not your next of kin. Me, I'd wait till late April at the earliest to come up to Alaska on two wheels.
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