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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 2010, 5:34 pm Thread Starter
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08 K12 to Alaske

I have a conference in Anchorage at the end of June. I am planning to ride the K12 from Spokane up BC Provincial Hwy 97 then to 37 to Whitehorse and on to Anchorage. Good idea or bad? Does anyone know how these highways are? I expect construction due to frost heaves, but I really want to know how the dirt portions are. Are there dirt portions? Any advise would help. PS, how will be look after the trip? We are coming back to Washington via a ferry through the NW passage.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 2010, 9:07 pm
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Gr8 idea, my LT has been to Alaska 8 times and it loved it.
Beautiful scenery, excellent people, little traffic, roads are fine.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 5th, 2010, 6:06 am
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Spokane to Anchorage

Have ridden various ways each of the past 3 years. Polson MT to Alaska/Yukon arctic.

Hwy 97 to Prince George then west on 16 to Hwy 37 (the Cassiar). North on 37 to the Alcan. Wonderful motorcycle ride. About 15 miles unpaved on the Cassiar but well maintained. While I rode a GS both times, I have seen every kind of motorcycle up there and everyone did fine. Tha Alcan is a very well used highway....some frost heave and construction in various places, but no problem.

When you get off the Cassiar at Hwy 1 be sure to stop at Sallys Cafe for a meal. On the Alcan fuel and cinnamon rolls at Johnsons Crossing. You can get about anything at Whitehorse. There is a Honda dealer there, pretty well equipped, that can solve most problems. There is a BMW dealer in Anchorage.

When you get into Alaska you will go to Tok junction, then south to Anchorage. Along the hwy about 120 miles or so is Gakona Lodge right on the river....near GlenAllen....my brothers place. Val is a great cook. Stop and say hello....eat, sleep.

I have my route maps in pdf form if you are interested. I planned a route for each day and have my maps set up that way. Email [email protected] or call 406-249-0835. We camped mostly and I can give you some suggestions. Last year we rode end May....absolutely no rain. Previous trips, some rain to a lot of rain. Plan for rain.

This is an awesome trip....and you will have a superb time. Call or email if I can help.

Would head that way again this summer, but am off east to Labrador instead...on my 06 GT.

Tony Marshall, Polson MT
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 2010, 2:07 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks Tony,

I will be contacting you for more information as the trip gets closer.
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