“The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.” — Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild
A “motorcycle road trip” has to start somewhere. Perhaps now it does, in my mind. What you are seeing through this adventurer’s open eyes, are what I’m now feeling. My open mind is not now concerned with the time factor, the cost factor or feelings of those that want to join the ride.
Each new road, each new ride produces within oneself a new you – rider. This is why the planning part, to me, is just as important – about 40% as fun as the ride itself.
Since 1992 the Dust 2 Dawson Motorcycle Ride has taken place with motorcycle enthusiasts from across the world arriving in Dawson City. This year on account of Covid- no ride, that’s why June 17/18, 2021 should be a special event, ride and visit, if well planned.
Dawson is located in the Yukon territories, Canada. About a 300 mile or so distance from Fairbanks, Alaska. Since 1992, old friends and new ones have been getting together over a common bond: motorcycles. I have not attended this event however I travelled through here in 1991 on my jeep.
Because Dawson City is located at the junction of three iconic highways: the (1) Top of the World/Taylor Highways, the (2) North Klondike Highway and the (3) Dempster Highway, I/we will have plenty of options to ride some epic roads on our Alaska ride. Right now others are telling me – they are in. Allot changes over the course of a year.
My quote: explore all marrow options early and plan accordingly. “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” – Henry David Thoreau quote.
Proposed Battle Plan – Arrive in Prince Rupert with our motorcycles via the ferry from Seattle. $1200
Proposed itinerary; Days 1/2: Prince Rupert to Dawson City/ 1100 miles
“In the morning, we continued crossing the British Columbia/Yukon border and on to Watson Lake stopping at the information center where they have a Signpost Farm. People from all over the world come here and leave all kinds of signs.”
Day 3/4: Dawson Creek, BC to Fort Nelson, BC / 283 miles
Day 5: Fort Nelson, BC to Liard Hot Springs, BC / 194 miles
Day 6/7- Liard to Whitehorse – 400 miles
NOTE ABOVE: That’s already 2,000 miles of riding.
PLANNING INFO ONLY: Whitehorse, YT to Tok, AK / 430 miles Dirt Additions Taylor Highway from Chicken to Eagle / 2 days CANOL Highway; south leg can be incorporated into ride while north leg is out and back only; both amazing / 2 days Campbell Highway as dirt alternate to the Alaska / 1–2 days Top of the World Highway / 1 day Dempster Highway / 4 days Bonanza Creek Road near Dawson City / 1 day Mud Bay Road out to Chilkat State Park / 1 day
Day 8/9/10 Liard Hot Springs to Anchorage- another 1100 miles
Day 11/12 Anchorage to Homer / 221 miles
REPEAT: More information coming as this is only the planning stages and will require great timing to make it all happen.