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Old 06-29-2018, 04:19 PM
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In just over 3 years I have taken my Harley to all 48 states. Next on my list was Alaska. I went to Alaska back when I was a teenager. Riding my Harley there could be my ultimate motorcycle trip. I've been planning the trip for about a year. I used Tyre software on my PC to plan the route. I then transferred the route to my TomTom GPS. I have used this software and my TomTom before but I would have lots of problems with my TomTom on this trip.

Spoiler alert: here's a GPS map of the route I took.
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...10&showAll=yes
You can zoom in and use the other Google Map features.

I just got back from this Alaska trip late last night. I have a lot of pictures to organize. I won’t do it all at once instead I plan on posting one day of my travels before going on to the next day.

I had three weeks off from work. On Friday June 8th I was able to leave work a little early. I packed up my cycle the night before. From my home in Durango Colorado I headed west then northwest to Moab and on to Salt Lake City. It was in the upper 90's in Utah.



This next picture is Wilson's Arch








I followed I15 into Idaho and through a beautiful valley to Pocatello ID where I stayed the night.

Today I rode 568 miles

To be continued ...
 
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Talking Day 2 Saturday June 9th

I woke up early and had breakfast at a Denny’s. I continued north through eastern Idaho and into Montana. Montana was nice.









Beautiful scenery and I made good time. I am not making many stops in the US. I can get back here easily. I plan on slowing down in Canada.

The interstate has an 80 mph speed limit. I found out that my cruise control will not activate over 90 mph.
I crossed into Canada north of Great Falls MT.

I stop for dinner at an Italian restaurant in Calgary Alberta.
I have not been making my motel reservations in advance. When I try to put on 800 miles in a day it's hard to plan exactly when I might end up stopping for the night. Instead I usually stop for dinner about an hour or two before I get a motel. During dinner I make my motel reservations. I was planning on staying in Banff but I couldn't find anything for less than $200 a night. Instead I stayed at a Comfort Inn in Calgary. It turned out to be very nice.

Today I rode 9 hours 37 minutes and put on 704 miles

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Absolutely fantastic, pictures and all!

What a fantastic post! We want more. We want more. We want more.

I feel as if I am living through this with you. Wicked fun!

I do not understand why you did not ask for me to go with you but that is okay. Being new here you get a “pass”. LOL

Your pictures are good quality. And you are logging miles that are way above average for a long trip.

Looking forward to more of your posts.

Excellent job and congratulations!

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Yes nice trip and very interested to read more and see your pictures
 
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Day 3 Sunday June 10th

Today I woke to light rain in Calgary. I usually don't mind riding in rain like this but I was planning on going through Jasper Banff National Park. This is not good sightseeing weather so I stay at my motel for a while. At 10:00 I leave the motel. It rains off and on all day. At the town of Canmore I ride into a huge glacial valley with hanging valleys on the sides. I pay the park fee and ride into Banff National Park.

This is a beautiful place. I don't take many pictures because of the weather.




This is the town of Banff


This is the most beautiful place I've ever been (I used to say that about Yosemite).
This is actually two Canadian National Parks. Banff National Park is to the south and Jasper is just to the north.















As I ride through Jasper National Park the rain turns to snow. Not much of the snow sticks to the road but the ground is snow covered.
I roll into Jasper and stop at a tavern. I have a steak and then use my phone to find a motel. I save a lot of money by driving on to the town of Hinton and stay at a Days Inn. Staying in Jasper, Banff or anywhere in between is very expensive.







The weather was much different today. No more heat. I was cold and wet instead.

Today I put on 432 miles.
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GREAT PIXs!!! GR8 PIXs MAN!

You are killing me. Stop posting them already. LOL!!

'me wife wants to go to Banff. We we'll likely do it in a year or 2.

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subscribed. Nice pics and write up so far.

Wondering if most folks just do this solo? (seems that way)....as its such a big bite and ya kinda want to take your time and chew at your own pace (?)
 
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subscribed. Nice pics and write up so far.

Wondering if most folks just do this solo? (seems that way)....as its such a big bite and ya kinda want to take your time and chew at your own pace (?)
I do all my touring solo. I covered 9676 miles in 3 weeks. I don't think I could have found a companion that would have agreed to head out every time I wanted to keep going (rain, fatigue or whatever). So yes this is something to do at your own pace if you ask me. If you are in a group of 2 or more it always seems like you stop when one person gets tired and starts to complain. If you can find someone with your own riding habits you might be able to do this with someone else.
 
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Awesome pics. Super jealous but happy to follow along. Thanks for posting.
 
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Awesome thread!
 

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