Since August 2014 to date, the registered bikers had been emailing back and forth with ideas and suggestions for return routes home.
Recently, for the past few years, I found it wise to have the most direct route to Alaska instead of trying to change the route each year to include Glacier National Park, New Brunswick, Lake Superior, the Badlands, Pacific Northwest, etc. as it only made a small percentage of each years' group happy.
Now, each biker can customize his or her return route home! Last year, some of the bikers stayed on the road until early SEPTEMBER! Some bikers took the Inside Passage route; others to Baja Mexico, some to Sturgis, some to Texas, some to Quebec, etc.
Below are some of the bikers planned routes to give you an idea if you join us this year or in a future year. Names have been removed to protect the privacy of the bikers (except for internal emails).
1. For planning purposes, (name deleted) and I have planned at this time the following itinerary. We will leave Edmonton with the group, however will head north to Manning, AB for the night. The next day, will ride up to Yellowknife NWT and spend the night and part of the next day. Will return to Manning, AB. From Manning, will ride to Watson Lake and spend the night.
The next day after hanging a sign in the "Sign Post", will ride to Dawson City, Yukon and spend the night. The next day after reviewing the city, will head across the Yukon river ferry onto the Top Of The World "highway", to Alaska border crossing(Northern most) onto Chicken, AK. for a rest stop then onto Delta Junction(official end to the Alaskan highway) for the evening. Next day, head south on the Richardson highway to Valdez and spend the night. After a little sight seeing, will then head back and head west towards Anchorage and down to Homer(actually will spend the night in Anchor Point).
The next day with a short ride to Homer Spit and see what there is to see will head back over to Beaver Creek, Yukon and spend night at Buckshot Betty"s. Next day, head south to Haines and catch ferry to Juneau, Alaska(state capital)- only way to get there is by boat/air. Will spend the night in Juneau and next day ride up to Mendenhall glacier while waiting for BC ferry to arrive at noon. Will load onto BC ferry for nineteen hour ride over to Prince Rupert, BC(ferry makes various short stops along the way).
The ferry systems in this part of the country is the main traveling means for people to get around (lack of highways) doing shopping and other businesses. Once we land at 8:30 a.m., will ride over to Prince George, BC and head south on 97 to catch highway 99 to Vancouver area( spend the night somewhere along the way). After that, we will wing it and make plans on returning homeward.
We are not the typical stop and see everything but more "see it and done it "types. We scope out areas on the Internet for various things to see so when we get there we don't spend a lot of time just looking around. We do stop though,for those "unexpected moments". Daylight is long in the Northern latitudes and especially in Northern Yukon and Alaska, nights do not get dark but more a dim daylight so a lot of riding can be done. Fairbanks has a midnight baseball game played without lights on June 21st.
I met (name deleted) on the 2009 ride and the next year rode to the Florida Keys with him. We also rode to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and across Newfoundland together(2010- just have to watch him during severe thunderstorms at same time crossing tall metal bridges) If anyone else is interested, feel free to join.