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Old 12-06-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Yes another Alaska thread

We are thinking pretty heavily about Alaska this next summer. For you experienced AK travelers, which is better, to ride from the lower 48 or fly into ANC and rent bikes?

Fly N Ride:
Shorter time away from paychecks
My bike stays clean at home
Money not spent on ferry = bike rental

Ride:
Get the "full experience" of crossing the Alcan
Longer time spent on a motorcycle
Ferry ride looks pretty cool

Thanks in advance for all the wisdom that's about to flow my way.

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:41 AM   #2
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You want to ride TO alaska ...or ....ride IN alaska ?
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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You want to ride TO alaska ...or ....ride IN alaska ?

For sure IN, but if it's awesomely cool, TO as well. I hear that the ride up is mostly trees and rather boring, but never having been there I don't know.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #4
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Bike stays clean at home???!!!!!! Bikes are meant to be dirty,dude! As one who did the trip last year,I DO understand about time vs pay check. I don't receive vacation pay,paid vacations or any benefits and each day away means I am losing income.

Yet I chose to take the month and ride there and back because to me that's what the trip was about,on my own bike with as much seat time as possible. In for a penny,in for a pound,no shortcuts or easy way out. I realize that's not for everyone but part of the whole experience was the journey there and back,not just the end destination.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:57 PM   #5
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For sure IN, but if it's awesomely cool, TO as well. I hear that the ride up is mostly trees and rather boring, but never having been there I don't know.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #6
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11000 mile last June. Round trip Texas to Alaska (Arctic circle) . Alaska is great but riding BC and the Yukon is what dreams are made of. Ride!!! And forget the ferry.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:54 PM   #7
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11000 mile last June. Round trip Texas to Alaska (Arctic circle) . Alaska is great but riding BC and the Yukon is what dreams are made of. Ride!!! And forget the ferry.

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What did you like so much abt BC and Yukon? Did you return by a different route? What was the most memorable?
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #8
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What did you like so much abt BC and Yukon? Did you return by a different route? What was the most memorable?
Canada/ Alaska......if there were no borders you would'nt no where you were, scenery does not know borders
Go up the Alcan and back the Cassier. Think Colorado Mtn. riding equals B.C./ Yukon
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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And if you come through Prince George on your way north (or south, or both) drop me a PM. Free tent space or a spare room if needed.... and beer. Always plenty of good Canadian beer!

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Old 12-08-2012, 02:45 PM   #10
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And if you come through Prince George on your way north (or south, or both) drop me a PM. Free tent space or a spare room if needed.... and beer. Always plenty of good Canadian beer!
Good Canadian beer? This just keeps getting better all the time!

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Old 12-08-2012, 02:59 PM   #11
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While here in Alaska we have some great places to visit, with outstanding scenery, the ride to and from the Great Land is as much a part of the adventure as touring the state. You only have to look over ride reports from people who have ridden - from anywhere across the U. S. - to and from Alaska to see that they found the entire trip worthy of photos and commentary. The ferry ride, at least between Prince Rupert, BC and Haines, AK, adds another dimension to a trip, but you won't be able to sample all that Alaska has to offer in one trip anyway, so pick what looks like the best for your first visit and put the rest on your bucket list for the next trip... or the one after. And let your plans be flexible so you can adjust your itinerary as you travel.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:13 PM   #12
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Highways

Highways to look into:

Top of the world highway,

Sea to Sky Highway

Cassiar Highway

I'm flying into Anchorage and riding to Seattle this August. These highways are some that I am looking forward to experiencing. Alaska is like an elephant. You can't eat it all at once. Take a bite at a time. I have ridden Anch to Prudhoe so I want to try a different route this time.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:55 AM   #13
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A few pictures along the Alaska Highway from my trip in June. One of my favorite rides -

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=827740

The route -

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Old 12-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #14
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Start here...

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