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Old 12-13-2009   #31
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Re: Arctic Circle via Alaska

Two roads not to be missed are the Top of the World from Dawson, YT to Chicken, Alaska and the Denali Highway from Cantwell to Paxson, Alaska. I'll plan on going to Inuvik the next time, it seems to have a little more predictable weather than does Deadhorse.
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Old 12-13-2009   #32
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Re: 2010 Alaska Tour: Tag the Deadhorse

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I've considered it in the past, but it's not really the trip I want to do. So I guess I'll meet you in Fairbanks?
A quick look for airline tickets $900-1000 and $500 for bike rental. Not completely out of the question I may have to research a little more..
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Two roads not to be missed are the Top of the World from Dawson, YT to Chicken, Alaska and the Denali Highway from Cantwell to Paxson, Alaska. I'll plan on going to Inuvik the next time, it seems to have a little more predictable weather than does Deadhorse.
+1. You gotta make Dawson City in the YT a stop on this adventure.

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Two roads not to be missed are the Top of the World from Dawson, YT to Chicken, Alaska and the Denali Highway from Cantwell to Paxson, Alaska. I'll plan on going to Inuvik the next time, it seems to have a little more predictable weather than does Deadhorse.
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+1. You gotta make Dawson City in the YT a stop on this adventure.
The Top of the World Highway is actually something that I have been considering. I was thinking about riding up the Taylor High3ay to Eagle Village, AK to see some of the Yukon National Park, however I'm a little uncertain as to just how much of the park can actually be seen from a motorcycle (it's pretty remote). Not sure if it's worth the added time. The 330 miles section between Dawson and Whitehorse (which brings you back down onto the Alaskan Highway) has me a bit concerned as well, because that looks like some really slow-going travels.

I had not planned to head in the direction of Cantwell, as from my understanding the Denalli Nat'l/State Park is fairly "touristy" and my guess would be that July would be a very busy time for that area. It is something that I would still consider though.
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Old 12-13-2009   #35
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Re: Arctic Circle via Alaska

You're right about Denali being touristy, it was not a pleasant part of the trip, too many people. The Denali Highway starting in Cantwell was remote and we had no traffic at all, just washboard that had to be covered at least 50mph. Anything less would rattle your teeth.
In retrospect, I think I enjoyed Yukon Territories as well as Alaska. We didn't get down around Anchorage so I can't comment on that area. The only place that we felt slightly uncomfortable was in Carmacks, I wouldn't spend the night there alone.
I also remember strong gusty winds just out of Grande Prairie which was a little tricky. All in all, it's a great trip.
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All in all, it's a great trip.
How many riders went with you. Anyone write up a trip log or ride report of sorts?
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Re: Arctic Circle via Alaska

Four of us went, that's probably the limit for traveling that long together. That was also the days before digital cameras so we don't have a lot of pics, just a few snapshots. One of the guys kept a daily diary but he is no longer with us due to an unfortunate accident with a train near Augusta a couple years back. I'll check with his sister sometime and see if she found it.

We trailered to Kalispell and had pre-arranged to leave the truck and trailer at a Stor-n-Lock. It was 10,000 miles (+-20 miles)from my home at Lake Cumberland to the Arctic Circle and return. I can't remember costs involved, we stayed in a motel every night except one.
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Re: Arctic Circle via Alaska

Someone recently reminded me of this article:
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/284/45...se-Alaska.aspx
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Re: Arctic Circle via Alaska

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You're right about Denali being touristy, it was not a pleasant part of the trip, too many people. The Denali Highway starting in Cantwell was remote and we had no traffic at all, just washboard that had to be covered at least 50mph. Anything less would rattle your teeth.
In retrospect, I think I enjoyed Yukon Territories as well as Alaska. We didn't get down around Anchorage so I can't comment on that area. The only place that we felt slightly uncomfortable was in Carmacks, I wouldn't spend the night there alone.
I also remember strong gusty winds just out of Grande Prairie which was a little tricky. All in all, it's a great trip.

I hear you didn't need any luggage since you were wearing all of the clothing you packed for the trip
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I hear you didn't need any luggage since you were wearing all of the clothing you packed for the trip
I can put on clothes quicker than you can hook up all your electrics.
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Re: Arctic Circle via Alaska

I would so love to do this but, as usual with work I can't do anything from mid-March to July-ish. I would call in sick but I don't have anyone to call.

Maybe me and Nick can head someplace warm in December? I have thought a bit about that Trans-American deal too.

I hope you can work it out Tom, we'd all be with you in spirit!


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Uh, I have already done half of that when Bill was living out his MotoCross fantasy and busted some ribs and punctured a lung in Colorado. BTW doing such a trip is safest in a group of 3 or more.
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I would so love to do this but, as usual with work I can't do anything from mid-March to July-ish. I would call in sick but I don't have anyone to call.
When is July-ish?
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Re: Arctic Circle via Alaska

It's usually in July but sometimes late June or Augest. In my business when it gets that nasty humid hot, it's basically over for the year. That's when I have more time to do important motorcycle stuff.


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Ok... so I'm looking into my phone plan and what to expect when crossing over into Canada. I currently have Cincinnati Bell Wireless. Long story as to WHY I have CinBell Wireless, but the short version is because I've had it for years, it's been relatively cheap, its been bundled with other services for years, and we've not been required to be tied down to a 2+yr contract for a number of years.

When they offered the "Why Pay For Two" deal, I upgraded the plan. It essentially gave me a free Smart Phone and the Data Plan, because I am already paying for DSL at home. It's all bundled. The catch was, that we had to sign a 2yr agreement. No biggie, since we've always been with Cincinnati Bell, rarely have any problems, and never seem to have the need to make changes. So why not?

I wasn't too keen on getting a Blackberry, but with my upcoming travels, I thought it would be a smart idea. I knew that the CinBell coverage was not the best, but got a phone with WiFi and figured that I could live with it. I talked with the Cincinnati Bell rep for a long time, explaining exactly how I was going to be using the phone, crossing thu Canada for a couple weeks, Alaska, etc. My current plan had no roaming charges, and with some basic tweaks, adding an additional line for daughter, plus the smart phone and data service, it's essentially the same plan I've had for years.

I knew it wasn't perfect, but I thought I had it covered well enough. WRONG. I recently had a friend make a trip into Canada. When he came back, he warned me about being on "Canadian Towers" and said he got socked with a bunch of expensive roaming charges. Like the ignorant cell phone guy that I am, say "My plan has no roaming charges!". Well, that's true.... as long as I'm in the US. I obviously did not read the fine print. WTF? Why didn't the asswipe in the store tell me this? He KNEW that I was going to be spending time in Canada and we talked about it! He was either just plain dumb, or he intentionally withheld this info from me.

When I inquired online, I find that roaming charges are 69/min plus LD charges. CBW wants me to ADD a $20/month service plan to avoid roaming charges in Canada, and if I send photos via email, they want me to ADD a $60/mth data service plan to my existing account. WTF?

I'm guessing I could temporarily deactivate my cellular service while in CA (my BB has the ability to shut turn that service off) and rely exclusively on WiFi connections, but man... that would be a major inconvenience and a pain in the ass.

So what do I do now?
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