This came up in another thread and of all the threads that I have read anywhere on the internet it seems the majority of the post are ones like mine, "Wish I could go", "Trip of a Lifetime", "Bucket list item". I for one, am sick of typing those words only to go back time after time and read them to myself again.......... Well....... Never again!! How about you?
Lets start planning an "Alaskan Group Trip". If we start now, those that want to can start putting money away for the trip, can start getting supplies as needed (New Birthday, Christmas, Mothers day and Fathers day ideas).
I suspect, if there is interest, there will be two different groups, the 14 day group and the 30 day group. Personally, I wouldn't think of making the trip unless I could take a little time and relax the way I would like to, but I am fortunate enough to be able schedule my time that way. I'm sure others and retired folks are the same way. People who have full time jobs may not have but a couple of weeks to make the trip due to work restraints or finances.
So lets throw this around a bit and see what it takes to plan a Group trip!
Suggested date: June or August of 2016. June may not be the best month due to weather and roads but based on many threads I have read, weather can be difficult any time or great anytime, flip of a coin. June, for the most part, you need no advanced reservations whereas July August is when the No Vacancy signs come on and never shut off, even Camp grounds. What you say?
Halfling posted a few questions in a post HERE
. I say there should be no limit to how many can come. Staying in a group should be no issue if everyone rides to the letter of the Law (or within reason). If there is more spirited people in the group....... Well..... Have fun........ But I suspect there won't be many more than 10 to 15 in each group at best.
Wife's?? I wouldn't dream of doing a ride like that without my wife unless she did not want to go. I say come as you want, wife, Kids, animals........ Sheep, They are on your Wing, Not mine......... I don't care.
Route?? I think to be fair to everyone, we draw the line from the farthest southern point, The Keys in Florida, plan the quickest route (which will be highways) to Anchorage Alaska TO START with. I emphasis to start with! For many reasons. As the time nears, we can fill in the route with meeting places to pick people up as we cross the countries.
Supplies? The great thing about a group ride is the ability to help each other in the event help is needed. I would think (you tell me), if a couple people who had the parts could bring a Rear tire spare and a couple other people brought a front tire spare (Rim and all) then those supplies would cover the group in the event that someone has an issue. Versus Me having to carry two spares. tools, electrical supplies etc,.... Split it up and and share if needed. However if you use a tire, you must replace the tire with like kind, during the trip.
How much would this kind of trip cost?? Those who have done a trip might chime in on that. What are gas prices, food prices in BC or Alaska. I have read that they were about double for Gas and 2.5 times for food......... I like Roman noodles myself........
Who's thinking about this??