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    I've been informed that a job change to Anchorage, AK is in my future, just dont know when. Anyone know of RR up there or in nearby Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whtnxt?
    I've been informed that a job change to Anchorage, AK is in my future, just dont know when. Anyone know of RR up there or in nearby Canada?

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    Sorry man, grew up in Fairbanks. From June -> August we'd go out to Tanacross (just west of Tok), set up cones on a very old WWII airfield and have a great time. Actually the parties we'd have are a notch or two above Saturday nights in Spokane That's about it. There was talk about adding a road course to a drag strip in Palmer I think, however I don't think that's gone anywhere. Dirt riding and drag racing have a few more options.

    Google for tanacross motorcycle...

    Have fun!

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    The Palmer track fell victim to the tree huggers! Environmental impact study showed a "possible" danger to some type of insect and grass! The tanacross in Tok is pretty cool. When I was there, 1995-1998, it was Time Trial only. No organized racing. Could have changed, that was nearly 10 years ago. Surprisingly, the Sportbike scene there is Huge! Lots of bikes, cruising used to go on with huge groups of bikes. Alaska has more motorcycles per capita than any other state. Anchorage is nice. Long dark winter but summer is awesome, 1am rides and it is still light out!!

    When you get there just pop into any of the dealerships and they will know all about Tok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarheel
    The Palmer track fell victim to the tree huggers! Environmental impact study showed a "possible" danger to some type of insect and grass! The tanacross in Tok is pretty cool. When I was there, 1995-1998, it was Time Trial only. No organized racing. Could have changed, that was nearly 10 years ago. Surprisingly, the Sportbike scene there is Huge! Lots of bikes, cruising used to go on with huge groups of bikes. Alaska has more motorcycles per capita than any other state. Anchorage is nice. Long dark winter but summer is awesome, 1am rides and it is still light out!!

    When you get there just pop into any of the dealerships and they will know all about Tok.
    Were you doing Tanacross in '98? I started there that summer. I've known quite a few of the people from Fairbanks who organize and attend for most of my life (went to high school with Craig).

    I know they are still a loosly organized group of friends/enthusiasts. See <http://www.midnightsunrider.com/arti...tanacross.html for some details. Derek Bloom, one of the guys pictured in that article and another one of those guys who goes way back, but who has unfortunately passed away, used to travel down to Willow Springs in the winter to get his fix. Unfortunately I stopped racing and moved to Spokane the winter he started to do so, so I did not get to enjoy a real race track with him.

    ++ on the riding and scene there

    The guys from Anchorage Suzuki historically have been big supporters, as is Northern PowerSports in Fairbanks. But every moto dealer in Alaska knows something or someone.

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    Yea... the Tanacross scene is alright if you like riding over grass patches! I grew up in homer and lived in Anchorage, and girdwood for quite a few years... If you are in to competing, I would suggest a dirtbike. otherwise, there are PLENTY of twisties to get your kicks on... during the 2 months of summer

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjones23
    Were you doing Tanacross in '98? I started there that summer. I've known quite a few of the people from Fairbanks who organize and attend for most of my life (went to high school with Craig).

    I know they are still a loosly organized group of friends/enthusiasts. See <http://www.midnightsunrider.com/arti...tanacross.html for some details. Derek Bloom, one of the guys pictured in that article and another one of those guys who goes way back, but who has unfortunately passed away, used to travel down to Willow Springs in the winter to get his fix. Unfortunately I stopped racing and moved to Spokane the winter he started to do so, so I did not get to enjoy a real race track with him.

    ++ on the riding and scene there

    The guys from Anchorage Suzuki historically have been big supporters, as is Northern PowerSports in Fairbanks. But every moto dealer in Alaska knows something or someone.

    tim

    I left AK in early Spring of 98 so no. I used to hang out with the old guy Ed from Anchorage. Can't remember his last name, but he was a really good mechanic who used to work for Anchorage Honda. He had a trick YZF750R. I know Tanacross sucked but it was all we had. Is Craig the guy from Suzuki? It's been so long since I was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarheel
    I left AK in early Spring of 98 so no. I used to hang out with the old guy Ed from Anchorage. Can't remember his last name, but he was a really good mechanic who used to work for Anchorage Honda. He had a trick YZF750R. I know Tanacross sucked but it was all we had. Is Craig the guy from Suzuki? It's been so long since I was there.
    I did not know many of the people from Anchorage, except for Aaron Rueger and a couple of mechanics whos names I cannot now remember from Anchorage Suzuki. Craig Hill's family owns Northern PowerSports in Fairbanks. Aaron is probably the one you were thinking of -- a great guy and a total character (as I understand from friends so was his father, Ren). Aaron passed away 4 or 5 years ago from complications with anesthesia. Seems many of the guys from that group passed too early...

    I'll try and remember to stop by and chat more the next time we're at the track

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    Did the google thing, researched the midnightsunrider.com stuff, pretty cool and sounds interesting. It's been a few years since I last threw a leg over a dirtbike, but always need another toy
    Thanks for the info and good luck for the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piper907
    Yea... the Tanacross scene is alright if you like riding over grass patches! I grew up in homer and lived in Anchorage, and girdwood for quite a few years... If you are in to competing, I would suggest a dirtbike. otherwise, there are PLENTY of twisties to get your kicks on... during the 2 months of summer
    More of us, eh?

    I did not know any better at the time so it was great by me It was a unique experience -- just a bunch of like minded people make the most of what they have.

    Quote Originally Posted by whtnxt?
    Did the google thing, researched the midnightsunrider.com stuff, pretty cool and sounds interesting. It's been a few years since I last threw a leg over a dirtbike, but always need another toy
    Thanks for the info and good luck for the season.
    If you are the outdoors type and don't mind a little chill, Alaska will be a great experience. In general the people are great, so just ask around and you'll be set up in no time. The snowmobiling there is probably second to none. Might I suggest to try that or ice climbing, skiing, hockey or what have you for the winter adrenaline fix then use the 3 months at tanacross to get "The Fix" till you can get back to a slightly more proper place.

    The Anchorage area is actually quite tolerable. Should you have to go anywhere more remote than say, Fairbanks (Eielson, actually, I presume), then quit if you can

    Thanks, have fun and best of luck to you too!

    tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjones23
    I did not know many of the people from Anchorage, except for Aaron Rueger and a couple of mechanics whos names I cannot now remember from Anchorage Suzuki. Craig Hill's family owns Northern PowerSports in Fairbanks. Aaron is probably the one you were thinking of -- a great guy and a total character (as I understand from friends so was his father, Ren). Aaron passed away 4 or 5 years ago from complications with anesthesia. Seems many of the guys from that group passed too early...

    I'll try and remember to stop by and chat more the next time we're at the track

    tim

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    Yes, Aaron is who I am thinking of. Passed away! Damn that is aweful. He was a really cool guy who would give a advice and talk to anyone. That really sucks.
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