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#21 Foy

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Posted 22 November 2022 - 03:44 PM

I'm a map junkie, I like having a big paper map spread out to "plan" with

 

Love me some maps!  I don't own a GPS other than the one Steve Jobs put into my iPhone.  While I do consult the iPhone gps from time to time, all of my trip planning and execution is done on paper maps.  They're a little clunky sometimes but the signals they pull in are consistently excellent and the battery life is unlimited.

Just yesterday evening I decompressed from a difficult day at the office by starting the process of planning a July-August 2023 trip:  Raleigh NC--Michigan's UP--High Line route across WI-MN-ND-MT to Wallace ID, then back into Southwestern MT before doing a few days in WY and SD. Started off in the Curiosity Stage and next thing I knew it was 3 hours later, I had a calendar sketched in for overnights, and I'd transitioned all the way to the Advanced Daydreaming Stage!

Ain't much better than an afternoon cup of coffee, a piece of pie, a yellow note pad, and a big 'ol stack of maps!

Looking forward to following along as you plan!

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#22 Bigfoot Dave

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Posted 22 November 2022 - 04:51 PM

We are in the Duluth, MN area and would be glad to help with local knowledge if needed.

Enjoy the planning, Bigfoot Dave


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#23 smlobx

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Posted 23 November 2022 - 02:12 AM

Sounds like a great plan! When we went to AK in ‘20 we weren’t able to go to Tuk so this is still on our bucket list. Please consider posting a TR of your adventure.


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Posted 24 November 2022 - 07:35 PM

I didn't notice any mention of Milepost. Fabulous guide to the far NW roads (includes the Dempster to Tuk and most other roads in NWT and Yukon). There's a lot of crushed rock road so make sure your tires are good.

 

We have driven most of the northern Canadian roads. The Trans Can over the lakes is most enjoyable but from Winnipeg west, its just a major highway, and if you are on to Alaska, that's where to start moving north.

 

https://www.amazon.c...aps,2376&sr=8-4

 


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Posted 24 November 2022 - 11:20 PM

I did get a copy of the Milepost

I will say the electronic version is next to useless as it is not downloadable. It’s online only.
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Posted 24 November 2022 - 11:33 PM

I agree but it is the bible for that trip.... very good up to date info. 


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Posted 25 November 2022 - 03:42 PM

As for the Milepost: yes, it is suggested to have it, but for us it always was much too heavy. But I found a good website with almost the same information:

https://www.bellsalaska.com/#

You can print only the pages you'll need


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#28 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 25 November 2022 - 04:21 PM

IMO the Milepost was a great help.Heavy yes but so much info and a great planing tool.

We used ours for several trips. Most of the info is good forever or as the US government told the

Native Americans "as long as the sky is blue and the grass is green",but we know how that turned out.

 

Happy reading.

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Posted 25 November 2022 - 10:48 PM

Too heavy? It can’t be a couple pounds.

I will have it with me. It would be nice if you could download the electronic version though.
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Posted 25 November 2022 - 10:56 PM

I was able to download in 2017, maybe different now. Honestly the download isn't as functional... can't high light stuff and think of all those pages that are good fire starters where you aren't going!


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