May 28 - June 15, 2010
Looks like the ‘Ride Reports’ section of this forum is logically a bit asleep at this time of the year.
Some of you might be planning a ride North, so here is a report of last year ride who took 3 buddies and myself to Alaska, Yukon and Northern BC.
It was an 18 days ride , so why not split it into chapters which I will post every other day or so.
We made the decision to ride the entire distance on TKC 80 tires. Being much more dirt oriented we knew that they would ‘melt’ on pavement especially with the power of our bikes. They certainly would not handle the entire ride. We also did not want to carry a spare tire with us.
We also know from past experience that ‘hat creek ranch’ to Hazelton, is not too exciting riding either and infested with tax collectors.
Factoring in the cost of lodging and gas, we decided to use ‘Alaska ferries’ from Bellingham to Haines, and BC Ferries from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy. Mini cruise along the inside passage is always fun and a bit of a weather lottery, so why not up the chances with 2 ferry rides 2 weeks apart.
The cost Northbound is roughly $1,000 for a bike and yourself, based on sharing a 4 bunk room. Food was not as expensive as we feared and actually of pretty good quality. It leaves on Friday evening, and arrives in Haines after Lunch in Haines the following Monday.
The cost southbound is $400 roughly if my memory serves me right.
Map of the tour.
Chapter 1 - Transit to Alaska
We boarded the Malaspina, an Alaska ferry in Bellingham WA. After 3 nights at sea we rode on Alaska soil for the first time in Haines. This first chapter highlight a few spots along the Inside passage route.
Malaspina car deck door.
The painful part of the ferry ride, waiting to board.
We probably waited almost 3 hours.
The coast guards escorted us out of Bellingham.
The first day is spent at sea only. The time is broken between lighthouses sightings and waterfalls.
The abandonned town of Butedale.