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2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:50 pm



I am hoping to ride to Alaska from Ohio in 2015. I am looking for others who would be seriously interested in riding to Alaska.

I thought I had found a group who were going but I just found out I was wrong.
I plan on camping due to the high cost of motels. I have no concrete plans at this time. I have found that I want to go in an even number of bikes. Campgrounds usually let 2 tents to a site.

I hope to keep this thread open to anyone who would be seriously interested in making this trip and try to make some preliminary plans.



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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby yamaha96 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:50 am

what time of the year are you planning on going? Mike, from Va., and how long will you be gone, a few details would be nice?

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:13 am

I would like to go sometime after the end of May. Time to me is not of a concern as I am able to go when a group would like to go.

I have thought of a meeting place for all to meet like glacier national park at the northern part of the lower 48 on a certain date with plans on leaving from there for anyone who would like to come from other states. I just do not want to ride the vast wilderness up north by myself.

I know from Ohio it is at least 10 day ride up and 10 day ride back. So how long would depend on the group who may go. I would like to spend at least 3-7 days while in Alaska.

I think from what I have read July is the rainy season up there. Road construction makes for a very slippery ride if it is raining. But then weather is a little odd every where these days so no idea what or when is the best time to go. That is why I would like some input from others who seriously would think of taking this trip.

One thought is to ride up and make a base camp in Alaska somewhere around Dawson creek or where ever and everyone could do their own day trips-fishing, helicopter ride to a glacier, or what ever one wanted to do by themselves or two or however many wanted to do the same thing. Then all ride south together to Washington.

I want to ride through Washington and Oregon states as they are the only two states I have not been in to make a total of all 50.

I already have a spot 2 which is a satellite tracker so everyone back home can see our progress on their computer.
As far as any plans I have none at this time as I said in first post- This is to see what people would want- and do some preliminary planning.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby KenClaflin » Fri May 02, 2014 10:32 pm

Check with some locals in Washington and Oregon if you plan to drive up the coast. I grew up in western Washington but have been away since 1983. As I recall, May is rainy in the Seattle area. I used to tell people that if they wanted to visit Seattle in nice weather to only visit in July and August. I could be wrong, but you should check.

Good luck.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby dingdong » Sun May 04, 2014 7:33 am

You may be aware of this but a current copy is good to have for anyone planning a trip to Alaska. http://shop.themilepost.com/index.php?p=home On my bucket list but not this year. Not sure about riding that far and long with a group. Even if it is with a group of friends. I only know a couple of people I could stand to be around for that long and I know that not many people could stand to be around me for that long either. :lol: Wishing you luck and a safe ride if and when you go.
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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu May 08, 2014 9:37 pm

Ding dong

It is not a question of if-- as it is going to happen for me so 2015 seems so far away from today.

Yes I know what you mean about riding that long with people. I figure there will be some things that will have to be overlooked on that long of a ride.

I do have a milkepost already BUT I will get a new one for 2015. They are printed in March.

At this point there are 4 of us that are serious about the ride in 2015.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Wed May 28, 2014 10:39 pm

Great that you -Tumunga(only bike 2-up) and ciaa1980-would be willing to do this. This makes 8 bikes. That is the number I was hoping for. As I stated earlier in the post. I am open to planning this trip with the 8 (bikes) of us.
I want to travel both the east and west side of the mountains up and back from the Alaska. I do not care which comes first.
When do you want to start this trip?
When do you want to be back home?

At this time I have:
CJAA1980-Omaha Neb
Peter Das-Portland Texas
Head -Pitt Pa
Dave J- Auburn Wa
Yamaha 96-Clifton Forge Va.--not yet confirmed
Eric-Pittsboro Ind
Leroy-Columbus Ohio
Wilcoy02- Marengo Ohio

Please post your suggestions and preliminary plans. This is your trip also not just mine. This will be OUR trip of a lifetime.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby yamaha96 » Thu May 29, 2014 6:01 am

This sounds like a trip of a life time, but i will not be able to go, sure do appreciate the offer, but i am still working , planning on retiring maybe July 1, 2015, but wife and me have made some tentative plans for next year, hope will keep us informed on your trip on this web sight, i really enjoy reading the stories, your Va. friend, Mike

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby jim mccarty » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:58 pm

This trip still open to more people? If so, I'm interested. I'm Jim McCarty, 69 years old (come August), own a 99 Goldwing trike, live in Thomson, Ga. near Augusta.
Been wanting to do this for awhile, but can't get any friends interested.
Keep me in the link.
Thanks

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:25 pm

At this time there are 7 bikes who say they will go. You will be 8. Two bikes are two up. So 10 people. I want to go with an even number of bikes to make camp sites easier to finance.

Please give some input into what kind of trip you would like. I have stated before it is a trip of a lifetime so I am hoping everybody going will put some input :
Like how far we should ride in a day, what you want to see along the way, and anything else that can be thought of.
8 bikes is the most I would want to go with.
I have you down as a positive that is planning on going north to ALASKA.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:01 pm

At this time I have the 9 bikes to do this.

Wes- Ohio_ 83 gl1100
Leroy-Ohio-01- gl1800
Jim Mcarty-Thomas Georgia- 99 GW trike
CJAA1980-Plus 1 up -Omaha Neb
Peter Das - Portland Texas
tumunga-plus 1 up-Pittsboro Ind
Carl Wilson-Florida
Eric Head-Pitts Pa.
Dave00122-Meadowview Arizona

Some have not confirmed they are still interested.

Some thoughts:
start out sometime early July 2015 10days up, 10 days there, and 10 days back
Meet near Minot North Dakota to Cross into Canada
North on 2 from Edmonton
camp 1 night at Ft. Nelson as there is a hot spring to soak up the tired riding muscles
make base camp at Denali National Park

Ferry has been suggested but I get sea sick so I won't be doing the ferry for several days

Please e-mail me if you are serious about doing this ride as I want to keep this to 6-8 bikes.
Also please keep the suggestions coming

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:56 pm

we are at 8 bikes now.

Wes- Marengo, Ohio_ 83- gl1100--confirmed
Leroy-Upper Arlington, Ohio-01- gl1800--confirmed
Jim Mcarty-Thomson Georgia- 99 GW trike--confirmed
CJAA1980-Plus 1 up -Omaha Neb
Peter Das - Portland Texas
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Eric Head-Pitts Pa.
Dave00122-Meadowview Arizona

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby yukonwing » Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:01 am

Gentlemen, your ride sounds like an adventure of a lifetime. I live, and ride, in Whitehorse, Yukon. In reading some of your posts, your geography seems to be a little off. Someone had posted that they wanted to ride both the east and the west side of the mountains on the trip to and from Alaska. From just north of Watson Lake, Yukon to Tok, Alaska, there is only one way in and out, that being the Alaska Highway. Someone also mentioned a hot springs in Ft. Nelson, B.C. There is no hot springs there however the Liard River Hot Springs are approximately 3 1/2 hours north of Ft. Nelson.

I have driven from the US Border crossings in Montana/Alberta to the north many times. I know the Alaska highway very well and I know all of the fuel stops (and pricing) along the way. If I can be of any assistance in your planning of this trip, please dont hesitate to send me an email at klyle at northwestel dot net.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby davead51 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:35 pm

I'm interested. I have a 2000 GL1500 SE. I'm in southeast Arizona near Tombstone and ride a lot.
My wife 'might' go with me. We have a trailer and usually camp. It's something I've wanted to do for quite a while.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby jmblitz » Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:50 pm

Greetings, my wife and I are planning to ride from Michigan to Alaska during the summer of 2015, so we would be interested in company riding along as well. We haven't set a date yet for travel though. We actually live in Seward, AK and purchased a 1987 1200 in Michigan.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby witz1952 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:27 pm

I am interested in leaving 1st thru mid July and rtn mid to late August have 4-5 wks to use
2 routes possible
I. heading shortest distance between Ohio and Denali national park approx. 3900miles meet at where route crosses border
2. go to glacier national park then north to ak highway to Denali. approx. 4200 miles and meet with all at glacier

My plans are to get to Alaska and do all my sightseeing there since never been there.
just my ideas nothing in stone
thoughts?
anyone know how bugs are at this time of yr in ak black flies skeeter etc.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby jim mccarty » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:30 pm


I posted a few questions to Yukon Man. Gigure if none of us have been to Alaska, we can benefit from those that have. He lives there. Here are his responses.



Near the end of May there can still be snow on the mountains at higher elevations. While this poses absolutely no problems for riding as the roads will be clear and dry, the wind can have a bit of a bite to it as it cools due to the snow. Personally, I would be in this area about the second or third week of July as this is usually quite warm and usually dry.



While bear spay is never a bad idea, educating all of the members of the group on bear safety would be a fantastic investment. Things like never, ever keeping any food in your tent. Things like don’t cook bacon close to tents etc as the smell will stay with anything close. I have lived here for 50+ years and while I have seen a lot of bears, I have never had an “encounter” with a bear. Safety in numbers is one thing however there is also that much more that a bear could be attracted to such as everyone’s cooler. This site has some decent information. http://www.bearaware.bc.ca/



Weather can change quickly so be prepared for anything. The closer to the ocean the more likely it is to rain. Mosquitos are ferocious so get some repellant with a high Deet concentration. You will only need this while stopped as they cannot catch a moving Gold Wing.



I hope this answers your questions and should you have more, feel free to ask. One thing that you will want to do is carefully plan the Alaska Highway portion of the trip. There can be great distances between campgrounds and gas stops. And some of the gas stops have ridiculous prices. I can tell you all of the decent places to stop.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:59 pm

I can easily ride 400 + per day, everyday, but I don't want to!
It's more likely that some days we'll ride 400 miles and other days, 250 miles. And at least one day soaking in a hot spring.

I was talking to a m/c rider who lived in Alaska for 4 years. He said to go in August as most of the construction could be done. I do not know if I can wait that long as I am ready to go now.
He also said there is a 15 mile area north of /deli that is free camping for as long as you want. ( at least that was true a few years ago.

Jerry is from Seward Ak who is planning on going with us if things work out. What are your thoughts Jerry as to when you would like to leave the lower 48 states?

I too have Coldfoot on my bucket list.

Lance was thinking about riding to Deadhorse (242 miles, one way), but after

a little reading, maybe just to Coldfoot and across the Artic Circle!

Man, heated gloves are expensive and I have to get some for the wife?

We'll be on our 2000 GL1500 SE with trailer.


Pleas give me some of your thoughts on this trip either by pm or on the forum for others to see.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby jmblitz » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:08 pm

Hi Wesley, my wife and I are still planning on taking a motorcycle trip home to Alaska next summer, we would probably head north around the first or second week of July, this is tentative though. Weather wise, it might rain a bit, but definitely won’t snow. Construction wise due to frost heaving they are always working on roads here up north during the warmer months, so construction is always a possibility. You just have to be prepared for some less than ideal riding conditions, either way it isn’t that bad, at least its paved now, huhhuhhuh. Lots of wide open scenery and wildlife. The reason we cannot reach a solid date yet is my wife is a teacher and I am a student but I graduate in early June next summer and hopefully my wife can get away near the end of June, keeping fingers crossed. I will keep you posted.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby akautohl » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:57 pm

Ho Ho! I would think twice about Deadhorse or even Coldfoot. I have been working the oilfields for almost 6 years and have some stories about bikes coming up the "Haul" road. I have seen Goldwings, Harleys, Japan and Europes finest up here. The best bike for the Haul road would have to be the BMW (with spare tire). Any bike built for comfort and has plastic usually gets beat up. I have recovered bikes, and shipped them back to Fairbanks (500 miles) because repairs and parts were too expensive or non-existant. I hate to be negative, I own a 2006 Goldwing I bought new in Wasilla, Alaska and have ridden the Alaska roads and the ALCAN. I have been watching this thread for awhile thinkin I might be ready to abuse myself again but not the Haul road. The truckers! We are nothing but a pinball game to them. The Haul road is 500 miles of dirt, mud and gravel so top speed would be maybe 55 mph. The truckers are bored and want to play. If your wanting a new bike and a reason to get one then the Haul road is a good bet. Sorry, I will stop in Fairbanks.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:42 pm

I will listen to the people who know. Since I have no idea of what to expect I will plan on your advice.

Right now I am thinking of leaving Ohio end of June or First of July.

Thanks.

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby akautohl » Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:04 pm

Wesley, me again. I'm getting the itch again and can't get your thread off my mind. One thing you and your friends need to do now if not already done is to get your passports. For Canada a small credit card passport can be purchased and is good for 10 years. In my travels I always liked to jump off at Sweet Grass, Montana. The ride is fast and comfortable. Great Falls is a nice city to visit. The border is open 24/7 as well. At this point you will have freeway all the way past Calagry, Red Deer and upto Edmonton. Easy Access to food and fuel. Past Dawson Creek where the ALCAN actually starts you will notice a gradual change in not only geography but living conditions as well. Get with Yukonwing on stop overs and camping prices. The Canadians open their camp grounds after the end of May as we do so there will be many to choose from. The roughest part of your journey thru the ALCAN is always after Yukonwings stopping grounds. From Haines Jct thru Destruction Bay and on to Beaver Creek there is always ice heaves and construction. Beaver creek is your last stop (not really a town) before no-man's land and the Alaskan border. Once at Tok you have to decide to go to points south or Fairbanks. If you want to go to Denali Park the road from Paxton to Cantwell may seem appealing. This road like the Haul road is mostly gravel and no facilities. Above Fairbanks is a well developed Hot springs called Chena Hotsprings. Good camp grounds, has dog sled rides and tours as well. Oh yeah if you go there, on the way you go thru a town called Fox. Stop at the Turtle Club and get their Prime Rib, Their famous for it! If you go to Fairbanks from Tok you have to pass thru a town called the North Pole. Yep, Santa Clause house is in full swing all year long. Great place to send a post card with a North Pole post mark. Well, thats it from memory lane for now. I know my BIO says West Plains, Missouri but I'm an Alaskan and have been since 1992. Later you lucky dog!

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:30 pm

What are the camping fees up North?

The milepost in 2013 says:

Alaska State Parks--Camping fees (subject to change) range from $10.00 to $28.00 per night. Day- use parking fees are $5.00 to $10.00 per vehicle. There are fees for dump station and firewood.

BLM land has 15 campgrounds: fees are charged at some. All undeveloped BLM public lands are open to free camping.

U.S. Forest service charge a fee of $6.00 to $24.00 per night depending on facilities.

Yukon territory charges $12.00 a night.

British Columbia $10.00 to $30.00 per camping party per night.

Northwest Territories $15.00 to $32.00 per night.
Firewood is supplied for free but bring your own axe.

Prices seem reasonable to me.
Kinda thinking now to leave Ohio Monday July 6

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Fuser3000 » Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:33 am

Hello. I just came across your post on Alaska ride in 2015. I am also planning a trip to Alaska in 2015 and I am looking for riders to either go with or join me. My plan is to ride all of July from Pennsylvania to Alaska. Are you looking for any more riders? My wife would be much happier if I was going with a group them by myself. I have done a lot of research using the milepost and websites and feel I have an okay trip planned but I am always up for some new information. Like many others I am also planning to do a lot of camping instead of hotels. New tent new sleeping bag, new gear...etc... I have already been camping in cold weather and will do a couple of practice runs fully loaded prior to the actual trip.

Please let me know if you would be willing to take on another rider. Thaks

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Re: 2015 Ride to Alaska

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:51 am

Anyone is welcome to go up north with us. People say they will go but it is still a ways away from actually leaving.
I am leaving from central Ohio with a buddy somewhere around July 5 2015.
We plan to stop and meet up with anyone wishing to go at Glacier National Park.
Anyone is welcome to meet up with us anywhere along the way and go part way or go up as far north with us as they wish.

Everyone is responsible for their own food, gas, camping fees (campgrounds usually let 2 campers per site-My buddy and I will be on one site), and any other expenses that may occur.

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