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    Here from NoCal

    Just returned from a 6 month ride around the US, rode in all but 8 states, & glad to return safely. Now that I've ridden in the lower 49, I'm interested in researching a ride to AK/Prudhoe Bay. Grateful for any info, links, books, etc...so I can figure out how to make it a fun & safe ride. Thnx!

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    Newfoundland is a little off your route.
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    Welcome Greg! Six months??? Nice! Would love to see some pics of the bike and journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8fulgreg View Post
    Just returned from a 6 month ride around the US, rode in all but 8 states, & glad to return safely. Now that I've ridden in the lower 49, I'm interested in researching a ride to AK/Prudhoe Bay. Grateful for any info, links, books, etc...so I can figure out how to make it a fun & safe ride. Thnx!
    Sure Happy It's Thursday, Greg!
    Good 4 U on the conclusion of your epic CoddiWomple! Six months on the road is by definition a CoddiWomple! Hope U had your flag issued in March...
    https://www.bmwmoa.org/page/coddiwomple

    We concluded our western Coddiwomple in Augest (only 8 weeks on the road), but 2 toodling all around Alaska.
    We decided to Fly & Rent from MotoQuest because Canada never decided to open its doors until late in the summer.
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    If ya wanna go to the Arctic Circle, be sure to request the proper Aggressive tires {we chose to avoid it after riding to Fairbanks in the rain}.

    Learned about this outfit while visiting the Reindeer farm in Palmer:
    https://www.akmotoadv.com/about-us
    Rental Season: May 15th - Sept 15th

    Everybody rides their own ride when it comes to Alaska; that's how it goes up there.
    Had two relaxing nights at the Antler's Rest B&B outside Glenallen after departing Anchorage. Gotta get down to Valdez!!!
    https://antlersrest.com
    Antlers-Rest-B&B.jpeg

    We encountered this group of FANatics while ordering carry-out Thai food because we rode the Glenallen Hwy on July 3rd - it's now a 4th of July ritual!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfdb18ngnc0

    Another Exceptionally Cool place was the Lodge at Black Rapids near McCallum on the Richardson Hwy!
    https://www.lodgeatblackrapids.com
    Spent a wonderful night there before riding the Denali Highway westward (an easy ride if Dry).
    Black-Rapids-Lodge.jpeg

    And Don't miss the Chatanika Lodge & Restaurant along the Steese Hwy (NE of Fairbanks)!
    Chatanika-lunchstop.jpeg

    And Don't miss the Chena Hot Springs Resort!!! Their Big season is in the winter... Tell Bernie Karl 'HEY' from Phil & Karen.
    Hot_Springs.jpg

    Enjoyed the 'ambiance' and the local musicians at the Malemute Saloon in Ester, NW of Fairbanks!
    Ester-saloon.jpeg

    Had good food & beer at the Glacier Brewing Company in Anchorage...

    Don't overlook "downtown" Talkeetna, ~12 miles off the Parks Hwy. Kind of a loosie-goosey hippie community...

    Be sure to get an up-to-date copy of The Milepost; always handy for random campgrounds & lodging & PETROL...
    Don't count on every gas station shown in Garmin to be open or to have gas. I TOOK MY OWN Garmin GPS!

    That should get your Alaska trip planning off to a good start. Good Luck with your eXpedition!


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