Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > North America

North America Topics specific to Canada and USA/Alaska only.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 20 Jan 2008
nugentch's Avatar
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 90
Question Milepost?

Got a question for all you northern riders. I have fairly detailed books on the Alaskan Highway (Alaska By Motorcycle by Frazier, Alaskan Camping by Church and Alaska Highway by Readicker-Henderson). Is is really necessary to purchase the Milepost or are these books just as good? Now, I'm not cheap, but is it worth the $28.00 when I already have other resources for planning. Also, I see it is fair sized book not sure I would want to haul it from North Carolina to AK. Any input would be apprecieated!!
Ride Safe!
Kurt Nugent

My Motorcycle Adventures Blog
My Photography Site
My SPOT Adventures
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jan 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 998
IMO, often different than others, is that the Milepost is a needless book of advertising.
It's nothing but a couple of long roads, AK and the CN parts...not some scary abyss.

If you're Pa driving the RV, it might give Ma something to read....
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jan 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: montana usa
Posts: 519

If you have never been up north buy the milepost and read it this winter and then tear out the few pages you want and take them along. I first rode a motorcycle to alaska in 1971 and have enjoyed it every other time I have been north altho I do enjoy the canadian north people more.
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jan 2008
DLbiten's Avatar
HU California Meeting Organiser
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Camano is. USA
Posts: 443
Milepost is THE book for Alaskan roads and sights. But dam its boring I seen it it will tell you things like watch for bares at the trash cans at this stop. Grate but you willwatchingfor bares already and if theres a stop your looking for a stop well you will likley see it with or with out a book in your bags. Im cheap go to library and copy the pages you need.
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jan 2008
Hindu1936's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Yongin, South Korea
Posts: 327
agree with the idea of photocopying. when a person has to pay 20-40 bucks for something that is full of advertising, it's a ripoff. If you can't photocopy at the library (many of them won't allow it because of copyrights) just write down the info you need. You might know some business person with a handheld scanner who will let you borrow it. then go to the library with your computer and scan what you need.
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jan 2008
John Ferris's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Reno,NV,USA
Posts: 563
The Milepost was a good book to have years ago before the internet.
Now you can get a map and go online and do a google on each town along the way.
Every town I have looked at has its own website with its attractions and businesses listed.
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Jan 2008
evilgruffalo's Avatar
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Isle of Wight, U.K.
Posts: 34
Did a trip to alaska last year and just asked for local advice on the hub, there was plenty of good stuff that people passed on plus we met so many other bikers on route that advice and route info were easy to come by.
Enjoy your trip

Reply With Quote
Old 30 Jan 2008
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 186
I am working out a rough plan for a trip to Alaska and Canada in 2009. This is what I've written down so far. Has anyone any suggestions to make? Things not to miss?

1. Ship bike by sea from Southampton to Vancouver.

2. Fly to Vancouver and collect bike.

3. Ride north up Vancouver Island to Port Henry and catch ferry to Haines or Skagway. Sleep on deck in tent.

4. Ride to Anchorage, Mt McKinley, Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay and back.

5. Dawson City, Whitehorse, Moose Meadow, Prince George, Rockies to Jasper and Calgary.

6. Ride east to Toronto and Halifax.

7. Put bike on ship and fly home.

Bike - BMW R100GS Paris Dakar

Time of year - July/August/September
Reply With Quote
Old 1 Feb 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: golden, bc, canada
Posts: 15
hey paul

thought i wouls shed some light in the fall months in the yukon and northern bc. you will get snow and temps at -10'c any north of prince george in september. at least the tourists are thining out and the humming bird sized mosqiutos are asleep.

if you are riding a dual sport or enduro i have a few sugestions of great alteratives and side trips.

all the best
Reply With Quote
Old 1 Feb 2008
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 186
Thanks Colin, and your suggestions are...............what??
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Milepost John Ferris North America 0 20 Aug 2003 09:14


Renedian Adventures

HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:18.