Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Chippewa Falls, WI, USA
Re: Alaska Trip
I went last summer, end of june thru july. Pegasus laid out some good information. I would add:
1. Get a heated vest or full liner. You will be glad you did.
2. Carry a phone card that is good in Canada and US. Cell service is
3. Talk to other riders on the way, construction/gravel sections change by the hour. I did the Cassiar on the way back and it was beautiful. Unlike the Alcan, the trees, alders and shrubs come right up to the shoulder, and you will have little warning of big animals crossing the road.
Travelers on the Alcan and Cassiar were very friendly and helpful. I only had one bad experience where I was on a remote spur road, off the Alcan at about mile 1100. I had turned off the main road to check out some abandoned buildings and drink some water. Out of nowhere two dudes in a beater pick up parked right next to me as I sat on my bike. They were very intent on having me camp at their cabin for the night, offering me free camping and a "hot meal". They didn't want to take "no thanks" as an answer to their offer. I was unarmed and didn't know what they had in their truck.
Lucky for me, some lady in a beater sedan came rolling by, and I took the opportunity to quickly gas it out of there while there was a witness. I had no idea what she was doing on this road, as I had not seen anybody for quite some time. I got back on the Alcan and made tracks!!
That was the only time I felt unsafe the whole trip. I just happend to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The rest of the trip, people were great.
If you are going down to the Kenai. There is a nice hostel in Sterling AK called Jana House. It is huge and run by an elderly gentleman, ex government contractor/engineer who is a bit gruff, but when you get to know him is a great guy. He runs the hostel like a barracks, very clean and quiet. 23 buck a night..can't go wrong.
Have a safe trip and take your time...
Note: I did this trip on an R1100GS, not my LT. Not because I thought the LT couldn't handle it, I just wanted to take the GS.
Last edited by Nordo; Mar 31st, 2008 at 9:43 pm.