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Old 20 Jan 2008
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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!!
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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....
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

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Thanks Colin, and your suggestions are...............what??
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