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North to Alaska ???

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

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I don't think my butt would handle it, but if you think you can make it, more power to you. Personally, I'd probably fly to Alaska and then rent a bike once I got there.
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Lots of scenery along the way to Alaska. Wish I could go along.
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you won't know unless you try . my advice would be to give yourself enough time with several "down" days to break things up . your pace may differ from others in the group, and it becomes more fatiguing to fit anothers riding style.
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I had a friend ride his Goldwing to Alaska and along the way he managed to break his windshield and front fender due to road conditions. He said he wished he had taken the ferry from Seattle instead.



I met a couple riders on BMWs one of which was on a the big tourer in Lake Louise. They were on their way back to the States having ridden to Alaska. Their bikes were basically buried under mounds of mud but they refused to wash them until they got home. There is an adventure element to parts of the trip that you need to be prepared for.



For an enlightening tale about riding in the Great White North you might be interested in this thread on another site.


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you won't know unless you try . my advice would be to give yourself enough time with several "down" days to break things up . your pace may differ from others in the group, and it becomes more fatiguing to fit anothers riding style.
Mikk, our friend, is aware of my concerns. It would only be the 3 bikes, I don't do groups. He's planning 6 weeks from New Mexico to Denali & back. 4 days would be on the ferry from AK to WA. Also he's including a week to see Alaska.
I'm adding 2 weeks for FL to NM & CA to FL. Hope to see my son for a few days in San Jose.
Mikk's done Ironbutts, 4 Corners, etc & says he's past all that now. Looking at 2-300 mile days with a few longer.

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Do practice runs to The VooDoo Lounge to get in shape
I don't even know WHERE the VooDoo Lounge IS
That's part of my concern. Between money & being here for Dave's mom, we don't get to make multi-day trips to build up stamina (ya know how us old folks are). We're going to NC this year for OctoVRfest. Maybe I should leave NC & take off

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DeanS, we plan on staying on the main roads, which are in pretty good shape. I've ordered "The Milepost" which is suppose to be necessary reading for going to AK & Canada.
Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

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A local 70 something landscaper has done several solo runs to Alaska from here in Eastern Pa.
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