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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    On my very first motorcycle trip, we stopped at a motel on I-40 west of Nashville, we parked right outside the room door. I put a cover on our bike, the couple we were traveling with didn't have one, someone stole everything they could get from his bike, exposed rolls of film, his maps, cigarettes, underwear, even the pad for his tank bag. They never touched mine. And once while riding the Blueridge Parkway, we pulled off to a motel, I had a 91 Goldwing with a sidecar, again parked right outside the room door, when we came out in the morning, the cover was gone, and someone took a couple of the snap on sidecovers. You just never know who may want something on your bike. Then again after about 65 years of camping, I have left all kinds of camping equipment in tents, and have never had anything stolen, other than a raccoon stealing my donuts a couple of times.
    That truly is a shame. We sent up tent in Sturgis a few years back in one of the campgrounds and then took off to ride a few days around Yellowstone and such. Came back after 3-4 days and nothing was touched. I am sure it is a matter of time before something happens.

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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetick View Post
    Do you want the ride up/back or just to ride in Alaska? I flew up to visit my daughter once when she was stationed in Fairbanks (Ft. Wainwright) and rented a bike there. Gave the wife and I a lot more time to see the sights and was probably cheaper in the long run. Not a whole lot of roads up there to ride. There are some nice Hot Springs not too far from Fairbanks that are worth a couple hours of your time. Just be warned, you won't want to get out.
    gonna ride up....its the journey

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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    was wondering what route you are taking up and back? we are planning on a mid june 2020 for 4-5 weeks i'm very interested in how your trip goes and what things you plan on taking. thanks chris

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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    Quote Originally Posted by fireshine View Post
    was wondering what route you are taking up and back? we are planning on a mid june 2020 for 4-5 weeks i'm very interested in how your trip goes and what things you plan on taking. thanks chris

    http://mapq.st/2mvVlIl


    With the suggestions from dusty boots I mapped out a route that I am thinking now, this route can be run either way so Glacier maybe on the way up or the way back or both lol. The route across MN, ND & MT will change depending on weather and time. We want to take route 2 verses 94. Although we may go across Canada one way or another.

    We are considering doing the Dalton Highway but this is a big maybe.

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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    heres our way to anchorage planning 10 day to get there may take 9 but 10 max
    https://goo.gl/maps/8yae3HNmjrk and then we are stay in anchorage a couple nights going to seward and around relax time tthen head to denali to fairbanks 2 nights go to the artic circle sign then head home this route https://goo.gl/maps/iu8fc7XYLL82 thinking 4-5 weeks .

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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    Quote Originally Posted by fireshine View Post
    heres our way to anchorage planning 10 day to get there may take 9 but 10 max
    https://goo.gl/maps/8yae3HNmjrk and then we are stay in anchorage a couple nights going to seward and around relax time tthen head to denali to fairbanks 2 nights go to the artic circle sign then head home this route https://goo.gl/maps/iu8fc7XYLL82 thinking 4-5 weeks .
    If this is your exact route I think the route 17 will be more scenic than 11 around the lakes, I have taken 17 and it nice. Hopefully the trip home you will take a detour and go through Banff, Jasper, Glacier. I know it can't all be seen all you can do is listen to others and plan accordingly. And you have more time to plan than me lol

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    sorry the map on the return trip was the old plan this one comes down bc37 and into jasper and all the other Parks we want to see https://goo.gl/maps/BUeSgxkcY9S2

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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    Quote Originally Posted by fireshine View Post
    sorry the map on the return trip was the old plan this one comes down bc37 and into jasper and all the other Parks we want to see https://goo.gl/maps/BUeSgxkcY9S2
    looks good to me. I will let you know in about 6 months if I have any better advice.

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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    Yes, Hwy 17 is by far way more scenic!!!!
    Hwy 11 is boring and fraught with moose, north/west of Cockrane!!!
    I'd avoid the 401/416/417 routes, bypassing the Ottawa area and take this route instead! - https://goo.gl/maps/Dg8hWceq7Yq
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    Re: allowing enough time to Alaska and back from PA

    Ditto, the north shore of Superior, #17 is a wonderful ride.
    I am happy that you folks are including BC on one leg or the other. Beautiful BC is the highlight of most of my trips.

    Getting up to the arctic circle is possible on just about any bike if it's dry, even towing. Same applies to the rest Dalton but I would not tow a trailer past Coldfoot/Wiseman and would not ride past there on a large street bike unless its dry as a bone.
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