Alaska 2018

Trip Overview

The plans for my Alaska trip 2018 were optimized for time.  I had eight weeks to ride and wanted to spend most of my time up north.  I was able to leave the middle of July which is later than I anticipated. Leaving on July 16th and returning home around labor day gives me 8 weeks of riding.  My original route up the US East Coast will have to wait for another ride.

Click on the map for an interactive google map showing where I have traveled and my plans to complete my adventure.  Favorite places are marked with a heart....  Places I have saved for my next adventure north are redish-brown.

Route Overview

To maximize my time up North, I pushed across the United State at a quick, but measured pace.  Stopping first in Cincinnati, OH, I got  to see a work colleagues on my way.  I enjoyed the area around Sturgis, SD - particularly Spearfish Canyon and Deadwood. Glacier National Park was my launch spot for my journey Northward, using the Chief Mountain border crossing.

I visited the Canadian National parks including Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho many years agos.  I still have memories of the wildlife, mountains, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. I enjoyed this beautiful part of the world again.

The road between Banff and Lake Louise and then to Jasper is known as the Bow Valley / Icefields Parkways.  Using the Bighorn route, I arrived at Dawson Creek, BC and Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway.

I am using highway overviews and mile-by-mile descriptions of the highway from The Milepost and from Bell's Travel Guides.

Just after Whitehorse, YK, I headed north on The Klondike Highway and spent a few days in Dawson City. As the weather turned very rainy, I deferred my trip across the Top of the World Highway and the Dempster.

I entered Alaska near Beaver Creek and spent my first night in Alaska in Tok  I adjusted my schedule based on the weather and saw as much as I could around the Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seward areas.  There were plenty of roads and milestones to discover along the Parks Highway and the Alaska Railroad Route, and Glenn Highway. North of Fairbanks, I traveled the Steese Highway to Circle (close to the Artic Circle).

Beginning the Southward trip, I traveled Seward Highway.   At Skagway, I will book Ferry transport on the Alaska Marine Highway (Inside Passage) to make my way to Prince Rupert, stopping at Haines, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  I will ride the Yellowhead highway from Prince Rupert to Prince George.  The West Access Route including the Sea to Sky highway will take me via Vancouver to end up in Seattle.

I'll ship the bike home and fly home.

Packing

I refined my packing techniques along the way.  The Wolfman pack is not easy to get into while on the road.  I reserve this pack for extra clothes and camping gear only.  Originally, my camera gear was tucked away here.  The tent poles, sleeping pad, and tarp are rolled up and secured to the outside of the pack.  This makes is easier to open the panniers and keeps the dirt from the tarp outside of the packed bag.

Refine kitchen packing further.

Equipment Upgrades

  • Video cameras
  • Center stand
  • Rally footpegs
  • Gas Can (1.5 gallon)
  • Faring
  • Tire pump
  • New tires:  Considered Metzeler Tourance, Mitas E07.Dakkar, or Heideneau K60.   Ordered Motoz Tractionator GPS
  • Touratech Pannier Lid Bag
  • Phone Mount
  • Considering a KTM 1290 Super Adventure R:  V-Strom DL1000 improvements desired: handlebar risers (difficult due to brake cable length), more rugged engine cowling, engine guard, lights, cruise control, and tank capacity.