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Routes / alcan highway
« on: July 15, 2007, 10:26:19 pm »
do you want to cycle around while in alaska, or do short rides while driving the RV back home?
i would suggest staying off the alcan altogether. there are alot of fabulous rides within the state, such as anchorage-whittier-ferry to valdez--paxson and across the denali highway, and either back to anchorage or on to fairbanks.
the highway conditions and shoulders get better each year. only the richardson highway between glenallen and delta is without a shoulder these days.

Routes / Alaska Routes
« on: December 22, 2005, 02:20:04 pm »
you fly to prudhoe bay/deadhorse from anchorage or fairbanks, or take a tourist shuttle bus one way.

Routes / Alaska Routes
« on: December 05, 2005, 01:33:55 am »
there is no way you can ride a triplet on the current conditions of the dalton, please disregard any advice to that effect.
try the whittier-anchorage-glenallen-valdez triangle, using the ferry service to connect, for a pleasant and well serviced ride with children. the ferry will show you coastal vistas unattainable on any highway. june 1-30 has been our best weather lately.

Routes / Touring Alaska
« on: December 05, 2005, 01:46:38 am »
howdy-nice of you to let us know your time frame-how about whether you plan to camp or stay in hotels?
you are right about the fact that NW canada and alaska are huge! perhaps you would consider flying north and riding south, or riding north and taking the marine highway south.
the resources from judyrans are very sound, especially the milepost. i also recommend "bicycle touring in alaska" by pete preatorious and alys culhane. though dated, it is right on the money.
perhaps my website would help you with it's in-your-face advice: www
for more up to date or specific stuff, don't hesitate to email me.
best of luck-janet

« on: January 28, 2004, 11:34:29 pm »
forget anchorage-start from fairbanks=why miss denali national park? the denali highway? chena hot springs?
the milepost is a great guide-unfortunately it reads from south to north, so you might want to cut and paste things in a more convenient layout.
you didn't mention any time limit for your trip, or whether you wish to camp.
please check my website, or contact me.

Routes / Researching Australia touring March of 2004
« on: January 29, 2004, 09:58:49 pm »
we rode australia in 98=99. i suggested bussing from sydney to brisbane, coz after WA & Sa you will be spoiled-the traffic in eastern australia is pretty bad. if you send me your proposed route i can give you my impressins-if it's anywhere i've been.
 we kept a list of all the stuff we found by the side of the road, it included dildos, teletubbies and any piece of clothing you could possibly need.
 a good resource is: the bicycle institute of new south wales, there are also many regional clubs.
we loved the "pub stays", great way to meet folks, try the beer and food.
i would bring at least 2-3 LARGE platypus containers=you can't imagine how hot it is. i am at: for further responses. TTFN

Routes / Researching Australia touring March of 2004
« on: January 28, 2004, 11:28:53 pm »
crossing the nullbar-be prepared to pay for water-it is very scarce. we had heaps of carrying capacity, so rarely ran out. occasionally we filled our containers while we were in a (paid for) shower. forget those  little bottles=get some 2=4L bags.
sydney to brisbane=consider the bus. you'll be spoiled after the wilds of WA and SA.
lakes entrance and that coastal area-SAND FLIES!!!!
if you have specific questions don't hesitate to contact me off line.
6 months isn't anywhere close to being enouigh time for this trip.
keep your sense of humor, and watch out for those roundabouts!

General Discussion / Stealth Camping?
« on: February 14, 2008, 01:20:40 am »
most folks want their wireless internet, flush toilet + shower and convenience store nearby.
also they are not willing to go for miles at a stretch self-supported.

General Discussion / Protection from bears
« on: August 19, 2007, 03:08:57 am »
alaska method:
1.) bear spray-high capsicum percentage
2.) fireworks-crackers or cherry bombs (if no fire danger)
3.) air horn
4.) .44 pistol
this is no joke.

General Discussion / PLEASE HELP
« on: January 28, 2004, 11:06:49 pm »
the last thing you want to do is get involved with the american (non)system. doesn't your coverage have a foreign plan?? my only suggestion for US insurance is "blue cross catastrophic" insurance. this is for accidents and any hospital fees relating to accidents. not cheap! other countries are much more cicilized about this sort of thing.

General Discussion / Detailed supply list
« on: January 28, 2004, 11:14:03 pm »
you didn't mention what time of year you are planning your trip.
if above 20 degrees F:
Blue gaz camping stove
down sleeping bag rated to 0-10 degrees
thermarest biggest you can carry
small 3 legged stool
north face canyonlands tent
small pillow
reference books of your interest-i.e. birds, rocks history, astronomy, etc.
petzel headlamp

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