You will need to make reservations no later than July 3, 2019 for places such as Deals Gap and stops on the Alaska Highway and Hyder. May I suggest you reserve rooms with two beds and offer to share with other bikers who may join up too late in 2020 to make reservations? A novel idea I have --- suppose we hit really bad weather or you have a breakdown costing you at least one or two days of delay. If you are well organized and create a spread sheet, you can make multiple cancellable reservations at some stops. For example, suppose we had reservations in Lloydminster, Aberta for, say, July 8, you can add July 9 and 10 and then cancel that if not needed. I have had excellent results with booking.com as I can make cancellable reservations which allows you to cancel at up to 6 p.m. of the arrival date. This is only for peace of mind ...
Day 1 -- July 4, 2020 St. Augustine, Florida to Lake Murray of Richland, South Carolina Kickstands up from Georgies Diner in St. Augustine at 9 a.m. I keep struggling with myself --- I was going to do a 600 mile day to get to Deals Gap but that's an exhausting start for the trip. So, we will take I-95 then I-26. This is a delightful 342-mile start with a pleasant destination. Suggested lodging -- Hyatt Place in Irmo, SC -- off Exit 102 I-26. Rationale -- 4.2 stars out of 5 and reasonable price. You can go to Lake Murray and gaze at the scenery.
Day 2 -- July 5, 2020 Richland, South Carolina to Deals Gap, North Carolina Kickstands up at 9 a.m from Hyatt Place. Via US 74 West then 129 -- a leisurely 260 mile day with more than half of the route pleasant twisties. Deals Gap Motel only has around 40 beds so please reserve no later than July 5, 2019. Check in time is 3 p.m. Suggested lodging ... Deals Gap MotelIron Pony Day 4 -- July 7, 2020 Columbus, Ohio to Grayling, Michigan Kickstands up at 9 a.m. after breakfast at Deals Gap. Via 127 N -- 400 miles At Lansing, we would take a motorcycleroads
suggested route -- Called Central Michigan Excursion -- Grand Ledge to N
Higgins Lake -- 140 miles in length. Suggested lodging is Ramada Grayling -- just off Interstate 75
Day 5 -- July 8, 2020 Grayling, Michigan to Marathon, Ontario -- 409 miles Suggested lodging is Villa Bianca Inn -- this is the only lodging in this area so book early! Ontario has the lowest speed limits of Canada's provinces ... for good reason ... plenty of moose!
From this point on -- our mileage per day should pick up to around 450 or so. This page will be revised and tweaked during 2017 and 2018 with more lodging added.
I am planning a full day stop in Edmonton, AB because it has one of the largest indoors mall in the world. It has 800+ stores and services. I figure out we all would enjoy a break and rest before hitting the Alaska Highway!