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Postulated Route To Alaska
Allowing 4 side Trips
1. Moab Utah; Arches National Park
2. Jackson Hole Wyoming; Grand Teton and Yellowstone NP
3. Kalispell, Montana; Glacier NP
4. Denali, NP Ak (Bus Tour Only no free access to Park)
Day 1 Albuquerque to Moab / Green River 365 miles
Day2 Moab area
Day 3 Provo/SLC 230miles
Day 4 Jackson Hole 260 miles from SLC (Stay in Jackson Hole to Explore Tetons and Yellowstone.)
Day 5 & 6 Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.
Day 7 Yellowstone to Kallispell, Mt. 390miles
Day 8,9 Glacier National Park
Day 10 Cross into Canada (mileage to this point 1287) Go to Calgary, Alberta. 307 miles
Day 11 Banff Canada 80 miles 2 or 3 days exploring the area.
Day 14 Banff to Jasper 180 miles
Day 15 Jasper to Prince George BC 234miles
Day 16 Prince George to Dawson Creek (AL CAN highway) 252 miles Extra Day Rest and Visit and Take
photos of the area.
Day 18 Fort Nelson 282 Miles
Day 19 Watson Lake (enter Yukon, Territory) 319 Miles
Day 20 Carmacks Yk 381 miles
Day 21 Dawson City Yk 221 miles
Day 22 Fairbanks, Ak 389 Miles. (Entrance to Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay Artic Circle.) Haul Road
mostly Dirt)
Day 23-30 Alaska ExploreÖ
Day 31 Whittier, Ak Catch Ferry to Bellingham, Wa (3-4 days on ferry) 2700 ish miles to this point.

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you have a real nice route planned.

Keep in mind that T-man lives in Calgary, Canuckrider is a bit south and Iím only an hour north there are a few others around as well......... Supper anyone? Or ďguidedĒ tour???
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Pretty ambitious. Moab and or Yellowstone is a couple of weeks just by themselves unless of course you've already explored those areas. Same with the Banff area, that's worth at least a week. Make sure to check out Waterton Peace Park on the northern border with Glacier while you're there. I'm pretty sure a US Park pass with get you into Waterton although things might have changed since I've been there.
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I know we can't see "everything" without moving in, but plan to see a lot Hubby has National Parks pass already, although it's only good for one motorcycle, so I'll have to get my own. Also wondering if we should get day or annual passes for Canadian parks.

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Gene, looks like he has us in the Banff area for a couple of days, so lunch/dinner may be doable

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Looks like fun! We have visited those USA parks over the last couple of years...love them! Would really love them on a bike. The only problem with Yellowstone is finding a place to stay...ugh! On the last day, it looks like you might would spend the morning in Yellowstone and then, head out to Montana?



Do yourself a favor and eat at Two Sisters Cafe in Babb, Montana. It will be easy to find and delicious. Go ahead and get the $9 piece of huckleberry pie, it's incredible.


Looks like a fun trip. The big Chieftan and Haul Road may be challenging from various accounts I have read. Many people leave their personal bikes and rent off-road/adventure bikes for the Haul Road; that would be my recommendation considering your current ride. Your bike will be great for knocking off miles from place to place but the dirt roads can get nasty really fast.



Have fun taking some extended rides on some weekends to get warmed up for the long days in the saddle.
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It sounds wonderful in concept, but ... I'm sorry ... I don't see a Chieftain as being the right bike for the Al-Can Highway. Everything leading up to it, hellz yes, but the Al-Can has a reputation for *killing* machinery.

1. I fear your bike will get beaten to crap.

2. Pray nothing breaks when you're north of the border, because your dealer/parts network is reeeeallly thin.

I don't have any serious road trip experience. What I know about the Al-Can is only what I've read. Maybe I'm just a Negative Nellie. But my Victory Cross Roads shared a ton of DNA with your Chieftain, and I would not have taken it on the Al-Can, for the very reasons stated above.

Now, are you sorry you asked?

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I have the same fears, it's not much of a road.
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Delivered today, the Milepost 2019 which details all the roads mile by mile. Not planning on riding north of Fairbanks so shouldn't encounter the Big Haul road (I don't do non-paved roads ) Not sure what the big Chieftan is ? Remember, this idea is only like 2 days old
I've got a lot of research to do, which is why I'm starting this year. Any advice, good or bad is appreciated. If we decide to go against said advice you can all say, I told you so

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Okay, I need honest opinions. We, Dave & I, are thinking about riding to Alaska next year.
We have a friend who is thinking of going & we're thinking of going along. This friend has extensive long distance riding experience. (He actually got us into riding 40 years ago.) The thing is, our longest ride was 2 1/2 weeks & 3000 miles. This will be pushing 8 weeks & 10,000. Am I crazy ??? (never mind, don't answer that ) I know the bikes will make it, I'm worried about me making it.
If you have serious trip experience, let me know your thoughts. Even if you don't, let me know your thoughts
Its a bit overblown, its just a motorcycle ride. I was a young guy but I rode from North Carolina, to Louisiana, to Seattle, to Deadhorse and back to North Carolina in 9 weeks. And we did not have hotel room money and sometimes stopped to catch and cook dinner.

Its just a ride on the slab now. When I rode the Alcan there were frost heaves and the dalton had rocks the size of my fist. It's easy in 8 weeks. Don't have any heavy days, take a day off a week, stay in nice places. Its a cruise.

I could push my bike out of the garage in 15 minutes and be there in 3 weeks. I mean easy peasy. I would cross Canada Diagonally and be there before my back started killing me.

With any luck your bike will look like this in 4 weeks... or you'll be fixing a clutch on the side of the dalton
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