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Old 01-26-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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Must do's before leaving Alaska?

So I'm headed south for at least the next 4 years. I'm taking the ferry over to homer and then driving down south. I'll have my DR loaded in the back of my truck. What do you guys think are some last chance must do's before the the last frontier is in the rear view?
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:17 AM   #2
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What time of year are you heading out?

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Old 01-27-2015, 12:51 AM   #3
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I arrive in homer on the 23rd of May. Epiphany; any of you guys wanna ride with me to Seattle? Will be camping out along the way and my passenger seat is empty. It's just me and the dog so far...
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:31 AM   #4
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How much time do you have?
Kennecott McCarthy is a fun trip.
A run across the Denali Highway
Top of the World Highway with a side trip down to Eagle
To name a few......
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:10 AM   #5
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Not AK but the Cassiar if you haven't done it. Don't miss Telegraph Creek Road and also don't miss the Salmon Glacier near Stewart/Hyder, two of my favorites.
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:14 AM   #6
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I've did Denali hwy on my way to Prudhoe the past summer. All the exploring would have to be out and back. I missed McCarthy on my ride last year. That's one I want to hit for sure.
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Old 01-27-2015, 02:11 PM   #7
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I arrive in homer on the 23rd of May. Epiphany; any of you guys wanna ride with me to Seattle? Will be camping out along the way and my passenger seat is empty. It's just me and the dog so far...
Wow - what a temptation. I LOVED riding through British Columbia (Beautiful Country) last year and down to Skagway the previous year and can't wait to go again someday. I definitely recommend checking out Skagway, the White Pass and Carcross areas, as well as Atlin Lake (all relatively close together). If you have time and $, you could drive down to Haines, take the ferry to Skagway and then ride up the awesome Klondike Hwy (?) through White Pass and head through Carcross over to Atlin Lake (could be an out and back dirt road ride) and the Cassiar. I didn't ride on the Telegraph Creek road, but I heard it's absolutely amazing, and easily handled by a mighty DR.
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I arrive in homer on the 23rd of May. Epiphany; any of you guys wanna ride with me to Seattle? Will be camping out along the way and my passenger seat is empty. It's just me and the dog so far...
Might be a tad early for some of the higher elevation rides. Crown Point will probably still be snowed in, and Hatcher Pass will still be closed. Don't know about the Denali Hwy, as I've never tried it that early. Might be mostly pavement riding.

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Old 01-28-2015, 07:20 AM   #9
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Wow - what a temptation. I LOVED riding through British Columbia (Beautiful Country) last year and down to Skagway the previous year and can't wait to go again someday. I definitely recommend checking out Skagway, the White Pass and Carcross areas, as well as Atlin Lake (all relatively close together). If you have time and $, you could drive down to Haines, take the ferry to Skagway and then ride up the awesome Klondike Hwy (?) through White Pass and head through Carcross over to Atlin Lake (could be an out and back dirt road ride) and the Cassiar. I didn't ride on the Telegraph Creek road, but I heard it's absolutely amazing, and easily handled by a mighty DR.
Telegraph Creek would be no problem on your DR Duchess! My CB500X handled it just fine! I don't think I'd do it in the wet however. My friend Ricardo had turned back on his 1200GSA the year before and he's a pretty talented rider!
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:03 AM   #10
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So I'm headed south for at least the next 4 years. I'm taking the ferry over to homer and then driving down south. I'll have my DR loaded in the back of my truck. What do you guys think are some last chance must do's before the the last frontier is in the rear view?
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:21 PM   #11
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Telegraph Creek would be no problem on your DR Duchess! My CB500X handled it just fine! I don't think I'd do it in the wet however. My friend Ricardo had turned back on his 1200GSA the year before and he's a pretty talented rider!
I know my DR would have done fine, but I heard from several people that the road can be scary when wet, and it had been raining for at least 2 hours, pretty hard, when I got to that road so I decided to wait for another day.
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Make sure you get into Hyder/Stuart and get to the top of the Gkacier.
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