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Old 07-04-2014, 06:48 PM   #1
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Thumb Alaska to Seattle & Back

Anchorage to Seattle to Anchorage, that is. I have about 4 days left before I start the trip, time to get this RR going.

At a time when most riders are navigating North to Alaska, I will be going against the grain and going South (at least for half the trip). I am riding from Anchorage to Seattle to meet up with family (DL1000, K1200GT, both two up) on July 16. Then we are riding back up to Alaska.
North bound we are doing the Cassiar and some ALCAN. South bound I will be trying to get more gravel time while I have fresh tires. Chicken, Top of the World, Dawson City, and right now thinking about the Campbell Highway, maybe South Canol Road and then follow whatever route down to Seattle.
Alaska itinerary will change around as time/weather permits, but Tok, Fairbanks (hit Arctic circle), Homer, Seward, Hope, Girdwood are on the list, potentially Valdez. Try to fit the Denali highway in there somewhere. I will let them do most of the decision making, as I live here and can go to any of these places freely. To end their trip we will be going to the bienniel air show at Elmendorf AFB.

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24 years old, USAF enlisted. First trip of this magnitude. Some backpacking experience. Trying to keep the excess down on this trip, light and fast! No room for the S&W..

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2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650 with 21,000 miles.
Stebel Horn
MRA Vario windscreen w/ lip
Advtech side stand foot
Advtech GPS mount
Advtech mirror extenders
Barkbuster Storm hand guards
Eastern Beaver 3CS
Eastern Beaver headlight relay
SW Motech crash bars
SW Motech engine guard
SW Motech center stand
Enduro Guardian radiator guard
Enduro Guardian oil cooler guard
Unknown highway pegs
Superbrace
RAM mount Spot 3
RAM mount X Grip
Russell Day Long saddle
Givi E21 side cases
Givi E55 top case
Continental TKC80 front
Heidenau K60 rear
EBC HH brake pads
Fender extender

Carry ons-
PVC tool tube w/ 1.5L Primus bottle for extra fuel
MotoPump
Motion Pro bead breaker tire levers
Tire plug kit
SAE to USB converter
OEM tool kit
DuPont chain lube/degreaser
Grunge brush
1 quart oil & 1 quart coolant
Superglue, duct tape, funnel
Spot 3
iPhone 4S in Lifeproof
iPod w/ headphones
iPad 4 w/ Milepost in Pelican case

Camping equipment-

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
Warbonnet Edge tarp
Marmot Arroyo 30* bag w/ silk liner
Big Agnes insulated Air Core pad
Snow Peak Trek 700 pot w/ cheap long plastic spoon (lighter than ti)
Random eBay alcohol stove w/ HEET
MSR Drom bag 10L, purifying tablets, Nalgene
Petzl E+Lite head lamp w/ 2 spare batts
Spiderco Rescue 93mm knife
SOG mini hatchet
McNett XL microfiber towel
Bear Spray (8oz & 10oz)
Trowel
Matches, lighter, strike rod for fire starting
30% DEET spray
Usual toiletries

Clothing on bike-
Suomy MX Tourer
Klim Badlands Pro suit w/ suspenders
Klim Element short glove
Sidi Adventure Goretex boot
Military merino wool socks x 2
Icebreaker merino top & bottom (baselayer)
Marmot polertec fleece top (midlayer)
Military thermal bottom (midlayer)
Buff

Clothing off bike-
Beanie
Patagonia Torrentshell
LS synth shirt x 1
SS synth shirt x 1
Synth pant x 1
Military belt
Darn Tough wool socks x 1
Underarmor short x 1

More to come..

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Old 07-04-2014, 07:12 PM   #2
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Rough route for heading South. The points aren't specific days or anything, just cities I picked that are along the way. I'm giving myself 7.5 days to accomplish this.




And the rough route heading North.

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Old 07-05-2014, 01:01 PM   #3
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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3 days to departure

Just installed new TKC80, EBC HH front pads, fender extender, and an oil/filter change.

I'm not 100% I used the correct adhesive on the extender. Let me know if you find it somewhere on the highways of AK/CA

Breaking in tires/pads tomorrow, then bike is ready to go.

Can someone recommend an image hoster that has an iPhone app? Photobucket/imgur seem to be terrible. It'd make it easier than uploading to FB and then linking from there to here, ending up with giant crappy iPhone photos.

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Old 07-05-2014, 08:35 PM   #5
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While its not free, SmugMug has an app for both the iPhone and Android system.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:33 AM   #6
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I'm planning on leaving after work today, around 3-4pm. Goal is ultimately Tok, but I'll probably stop short of there. That will align me to hit Chicken/Dawson City at a reasonable time tomorrow. Tires and brake pads barely broken in, but that will be short lived.

Here is my Spotwalla trip link. I will add the actual Spot link once I get going.


https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...a53bbffba724b9


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Old 07-08-2014, 04:37 PM   #7
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Change of plans, leaving tomorrow.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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Seattle to Alaska

We may see you on the road. We leave Seattle 2up on Sunday the 13th. Stay in Whislter that night then Quesnel, Smithers, Bell Lodge, Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Dawson, Tok and then Fairbanks. We should arrive in Fairbanks on or about Wed. the 23rd.

Hope to see you on the road.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:03 PM   #9
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Cool, what are you riding?

Would enjoy some opinions on route decision. Do the entire Campbell highway once I get down from Dawson City, or do half the Campbell and then head south early and do the South Canol road Will be Solo at this point, my signal fire skills are so so.

Campbell seems faster/shorter but this isn't a race.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:15 AM   #10
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I'll be riding through Seattle in a few weeks from Anchorage. I'll be watching your trip. I'll buy you a beer when you get back to get your opinion.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:33 AM   #11
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Seattle to Alaska

We will be riding an 04 bmw 1150 gs. Bright yellow. You won't be able to miss us.

Hope to see you on the road.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:32 AM   #12
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Cool! Here is my Spot track. Feel free to stalk my every move

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...ipN8OWgAbDDTd8
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:48 AM   #13
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If you're looking to save a few bucks on camping, drop me a line as you approach Prince George - in either direction! Lots of tent space in the yard here, covered parking for the bike, and a spare bedroom if you need some respite from the great outdoors!

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Old 07-09-2014, 03:02 PM   #14
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I'll probably cross paths with you tomorrow sometime. Riding from Haines to Dawson on my DR650, buddy will be on an XL650.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:37 PM   #15
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I got u in my sites switching to lasers. Lol watching your spot. My wife always follows my spot, so it's cool for me to follow someone else. I was supposed to go to AK on my triumph 800xc this year, but my riding buddy of 30yrs is terminally ill so I'm staying back to help and support him. There is always next for me. Ride safe and remember U R government property and we don't have the money to fixes U up if U get hurt.
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