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Old 03-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #31
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I'm planning on an early June departure from SF to Skagway then ferry to Sitka for 2 weeks, then ferry to Bellingham & back to SF. Plans are currently flexible, except for the 2 weeks on Sitka.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:19 PM   #32
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FYI - I used the "new" Spot tracker last summer when I flew my bike up to Nome---Amy
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:18 PM   #33
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I'm planning on an early June departure from SF to Skagway then ferry to Sitka for 2 weeks, then ferry to Bellingham & back to SF. Plans are currently flexible, except for the 2 weeks on Sitka.
What are you doing/is there to see around Sitka?

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Old 03-13-2013, 12:11 AM   #34
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My wife got a teaching gig at an arts camp.

Actually, per a discussion tonight, the first week is now negotiable and the second week is subject to ferry schedules... Hmmm. Haul Road to Deadhorse?
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:07 PM   #35
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Leaving Seattle on 16 June to make the ferry in Prince Rupert up to Skagway. Headed to D2D in Dawson which is on the 20th. Looking to get some people together for camping on the ferry.
Signed up for D2D today
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:49 PM   #36
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Thinking out loud

I'm over the hemming and hawing part and have decided to start pre-planning. That means if I find riding partners and we can agree to a general plan (with the understanding that weather, sickness, bike problems etc can happen and we stick together no matter what) I'm in.

I've registered for D2D.

Here is the general plan as I see it happening. Just my ideas of timing, route, completely open to anything at this point.

Ride North from the Bay Area with either Raider-Rider from Antioch or Roadracer_Al from Oakland (OR both) somewhere between June 1st and 14th. Open to other folks interested in this ride.

My preference? Take it slow going up and fast coming back.

Leave the 1st or 8th.

1st day. SF to Lassen (camp) or stay with my friend Hop-Sing (ADV handle)
2nd. Lassen to Crater Lake OR. (camp)
3rd. Crater Lake to Portland. (stay with a friend, riding partners could camp in the back yard, maybe basement.)
4th. Portland to Seattle. (stay with a friend, I can probably extend this to 1 or 2 riding partners)
5th. Seattle to Victoria Island ferry.
6th. Victoria island. (one home stay, backyard camp)
7th. Port Hardy.
8th. Ferry
9th. Ferry
10th. here is where it gets fuzzy....thinking of getting off at prince rupert but could go further, seems Haines would be ideal so I would do a RT with McRuss.

Coming back with McRuss. His general trip plan has 5 days between D2D and arriving in Haines on the 26th. Ferry from there to Prince Rupert on the 27th. We would split off in Northern Oregon (probably I would go to Portland) then I would ride the rest back alone. (I'm OK with that)

AKDuc might be able to play tour guide which means I would then go up even a week earlier, the 1st/2nd of June and that might work nicely with Roadracer_Al schedule.

My riding preferences:
-Keep it under 250/300 miles per day (I can ride 800-1000 a day and not complain just defeats the point of the ride if everything is whizzing by on a highway)
-Ride sunup to sundown. no night riding. I'm an early riser.
-Prefer smaller local roads, avoid highways.
-Eat well (at least 2 square meals a day) happy to cook camp food
-Prefer to camp over hotels (guerrilla camping too)
-Wait at forks for last rider, discuss next day route each night, the basic safety stuff.

I'm in comm with everyone mentioned here by PM but just thought I would start to lay stuff out and see what shakes out.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:42 PM   #37
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Thanks Mark.
Spot has the texting option too with the newest model but the additional details about the satellites is helpful.

Sounds like Spot will be fine and I'll just get a SAT phone for the ride.

Sent you a PM
Nancy I used Spot up there last year. Worked great. Family and friends enjoyed keeping tabs on my progress.
June is a great month for the trip and catching D2D is outstanding. Only thing I could add is carry a lot of bug spray and head netting for around camp really helps.

Enjoy your trip.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:53 PM   #38
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'Duc is a great tour guide!
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:15 PM   #39
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Bellingham,Wa to Skagway,Ak 02 Aug. ferry

We're in Victoria, B.C., and thought about it a fair bit then opted to go via Belligham, Wa then we'll see what's up and take three weeks or so to return to our fair Isle via the Yukon and Northern British Columbia...I'm on a Dakar and she's on a Can Am Spyder....should be fun...hope to see lots of people and share info....

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Old 03-24-2013, 02:10 PM   #40
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We're in Victoria, B.C., and thought about it a fair bit then opted to go via Belligham, Wa then we'll see what's up and take three weeks or so to return to our fair Isle via the Yukon and Northern British Columbia...I'm on a Dakar and she's on a Can Am Spyder....should be fun...hope to see lots of people and share info....

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The current plan has be riding to WA then taking the ferry to Victoria. What is the best port in the US to embark?
I've heard Victoria Island is gorgeous and wanted to ride it to Port Hardy and ferry one way to Prince Rupert from there. Thoughts?
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:46 PM   #41
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Ferry to Victoria

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Old 03-25-2013, 11:36 PM   #42
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I have subscribed to the thread. I plan on leaving the SF Bay Area on the last week of June. I have a little more than two weeks to get to the Arctic Circle and back down to Anchorage. Plan on shipping the bike back.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:04 AM   #43
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Ferry over from Port Angeles, WA. The Coho Ferry link above will give you all the info. If you're already in Seattle it's a bit of backtrack but that ride out there is beautiful. If you want to run north from Seattle, check if the Anacortes ferry is running to Sydney, BC. It'll run through the San Juan's and is a fabulous ferry ride. Sidney is about 15 minutes out of Victoria.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:06 AM   #44
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The current plan has be riding to WA then taking the ferry to Victoria. What is the best port in the US to embark?
I've heard Victoria Island is gorgeous and wanted to ride it to Port Hardy and ferry one way to Prince Rupert from there. Thoughts?
I agree with others' recommendations - take the Coho from Port Angeles rather than going through Vancouver, B.C.

On the island, the road to Tofino and Ucluelet, and the coast between them, is pretty spectacular.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #45
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