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    alaska timeframe

    I am having to postpone a trip to Alaska from KY.
    What conditions would I likely face from July 23-Aug 20?

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    Heart of the rainy season.
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    So when should a person go that it would rain less?
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    June is generally the driest warm(ish) month. Trying to out smart the weather in Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia is a fool's errand. July and August are as good a time as any.
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    I left New Mexico May 15 , not one bug bite and very little rain first of June
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    Don't try to plan around the rain. I just returned from a ride June 21-July 3. We saw only 2 days that it did not rain. Just grab your Gore-Tex and go. Even the "dreaded" Dalton Highway in the rain was not nearly as bad a its reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mundobravo View Post
    I left New Mexico May 15 , not one bug bite and very little rain first of June
    Very nice video, thank you for sharing your trip with us. I'm planning to ride up in mud ....uhm...I mean mid June from SF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadayama View Post
    So when should a person go that it would rain less?
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    I am headed that way during the same time frame. I repeat do not plan your trip around the rain. Being a former Alaskan it could be rain, snow or hot all in one day. The one thing about going during this time is that it will be during PEAK color changes and animal migrations. So you will get to see some beautiful things.
    A lot of riders miss that when they go early! The one thing you can plan on is Mosquitos, they are the Alaskan state bird.
    Have a safe trip. Perhaps I will see ya on the way up.

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    Jungle Juice:)

    REI sells this stuff, "Jungle Juice" at 98% Deet!!! No Mosquito on the planet likes this. Just use it sparingly, lasts forever. Its name would be/suggest opposite Alaska thinking, but bugs is bugs. They still sell it, just looked. Otherwise carry lots of ammo and a shotgun, just kidding. Ever awake in your tent, thinking its still dark outside(early AM), look at your clock and say its supposed to be sunrise/light by now??? Its Mosquitoes covering your tent. YES, this happens and been there done that. Bad thing was I had to work on my Airhead to move on, change headlamp bulb. NOT one bite with "Jungle Juice". Scared the heck out of me though, seeing ALL them mosquitoes and me coming out of my tent into that. This was in Ontario, Canada far North also. Randy

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    A head-net works well when the skeeters get bad. Careful with deet; it can melt plastic and many modern fabrics.
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