Yesterday I requested a quote from Krista at Alaska Classic Motion on a one way shipping of two BMW 1250 motorcycles from California to Anchorage. Finally, on account of the crating requirements we settled on Kent, Washington as our start destination.
Still waiting on my quote but, I’m not really the one this quote is for. The quote is actually for my friend Gonzalo, who lives in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Bet you never heard of it? It’s actually one of 31 states in Mexico. Gonzalo is planning on breaking the current Guiness World book of records for the shortest time travelled by motorcycle from the northern most road in North America to the southern most road in South America.
– Meet Gonzalo- Mi nombre es Gonzalo G Larrañaga, con 52 años, padre de 3 hijos, buzo espeleólogo, originario de ciudad de México, radico en Playa del Carmen Q. Roo México hace mas de 29 años, estudie Licenciatura en administración de empresas LAE y me dedico a la protección de la naturaleza y los derechos humanos.
– Motociclista apasionado con mas de 40 años de experiencia, estoy enfocado al turismo y a la protección del medio ambiente, actualmente cuento con 2 ONG la primera se llama OCEAN DEFENDER http://www.oceandefenders.com que se dedica a la protección de los mares y cuerpos húmedos del país, así mismo la segunda ONG se llama LEVANTATE Y VUELA AC en la cual nos dedicamos a enseñar a las personas con capacidades diferentes o limitadas a bucear y así, levantarlas de las sillas de ruedas y darle una motivación y una vida diferente en la que se encuentran
Once our business of shipping was completed I asked Krista about others doing something similar. She shared with me the name of a group of riders from Mexico City that ride every year from Mexico City to Anchorage, Alaska, except for this Covid year. And no, they don’t plan on riding 12-14 hours a day for 32 days straight, like Gonzalo to break a record.
The name of the group is rutastodoterreno.com check them out.
MY ALASKA RIDE PLANNING V1.0
My thoughts on a future ride to Alaska subject to shipping costs are: take a ferry from Seattle to Prince Rupert. Cost is $1200
Another option for around 10k plus is to book a Motoquest motorcycle tour from Portland Oregon. This works for non retired people.
DAY 2 – Portland, OR to Leavenworth, WA: Begin your motorcycle trip by crossing the Columbia River and heading into the Gifford-Pinchott National Forest in Washington. After a great day of riding the Cascade Mountains, check out a small Bavarian town of Leavenworth. Stay in Leavenworth, WA.
DAY 3 – Leavenworth, WA to Okanagan Valley, BC: Ride some twisties through Washington state and arrive at the Canadian border. Continue riding on to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Stay in the Okanagan Valley, BC.
DAY 4 – Okanagan Valley, BC to Quesnel, BC: Motorcycle the curvaceous mountain roads through the rolling farmland of southern British Columbia. Continue North on the “Gold Rush Trail”. Stay in Quesnal, BC.
DAY 5 – Quesnel, BC to Dawson Creek, BC: Journey down the John Hart Highway at Prince George, BC and climb over the Rocky Mountains on your way to the beginning of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, BC. Night stay in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
DAY 6 – Dawson Creek, BC to Ft. Nelson, BC: Stay in Ft. Nelson, BC.
DAY 7 – Ft. Nelson, BC to Liard Hot Springs, BC: This section of road follows the original route blazed in 1942. Ride past sweeping views, pristine lakes, rivers, and wildlife. Relax in the natural hot springs at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park this evening. Stay at Liard Hot Springs, BC.
DAY 8 – Liard Hot Springs, BC to Whitehorse, YT: Enter gold country today.Cross into the Yukon Territory. Stay in Whitehorse, YT.
DAY 9 – Zero day in Whitehorse, YT: Check out Whitehorse with its gold rush history and diverse culture. Ride to Skagway, Alaska, and back. Stay in Whitehorse.
DAY 10 – Whitehorse, YT to Tok, AK: Ride beside the snow-capped Kluane Range of Kluane National Park. Cruise along the shores of Kluane Lake on your way to the Alaska border. Enjoy more open roads and wildlife. Stay in Tok, Alaska.
DAY 11 – Tok, AK to Anchorage, AK: Ride past Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the U.S. Travel on the National Forest Scenic Byway, the Glenn Highway. Stay in Anchorage, Alaska.
DAY 12 – Anchorage to Homer, Alaska- Halibut fishing. Night in Homer.
Day 13 – Homer to Prince Rupert- 1700 miles
Day 14/15/16 – Prince Rupert to Seattle ferry ride. Im assuming the cost is the same. $1200 US
Day 17/18/19 – Seattle to Home