As it turns out, with a bunch of hard work and a little bit of luck (or rather, lack of bad luck), it is possible for us to create enough time in our schedule to go on a moto trip all the way to Alaska.
Neither of us have ever been to Alaska, and being that it’s us, naturally we want to take our Alaskan vacation on motorcycles. Riding to Alaska is on the bucket list of many an adventure motorcyclist (I use that term loosely), and now its our turn. Carpe Diem. Life is short. If not now, when? After months of uncertainty about our work schedule, I think we’re going to be able to leave in just a few days. It still hasn’t sunk in. I mean, this is what we’ve been trying to do, but the reality hasn’t hit that we might actually get to do it.
Trip prep has been a project the last few months. Lots of research about what to see, and estimating time and distances. We’re getting pretty experienced at this moto touring thing, but we’re also always looking for improvements. I chickened out long ago on taking the Monster to Alaska, but the TR650 needed some mods to be touring ready. Setting up my bike is a project that could use its own post, which maybe I’ll get around to. Suffice it to say, there have been plenty of moto related shenanigans.
I stole that image from somewhere on the internet, because yeah, that.
So I know its been a bit quiet around ye old blog lately, but we’ve been busy working, and trying to make this trip happen. Hopefully, activity will pick up pretty soon. This means I will be blogging this trip as I go along, but don’t expect it to be current. While I like having a trip diary to enjoy later, documenting a trip can also take a lot of time, and interfere with actually enjoying the trip in the moment. Remember, every blog post is the result of curating and maybe editing photos, uploading the photos, and creating text. It takes time. Balance is everything. The more trips I take, the better I am at finding this balance. In practice, what this means is that the blog will get updated as I feel like it and have access to the internet. Also, I’m not sure about format this time. In the past, I’ve done a blog post for every day. Its easy organization that way, but that’s not the only style. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.
This schedule for this trip reflects what we’ve learned from previous trips, which is that we don’t like having a schedule. I’ve made no reservations, and we don’t have to be any place at any time, just the way we like it. There are a zillion things on the list we’d like to see, and we’ll decide among them as we feel like it. Generally, we’ll bias against spending time getting to and from Alaska, and bias more towards exploring in Alaska. That said, its 4000 mi from NC to Fairbanks, so it will likely take some time just to get there.
Hopefully, at the end of this trip, we’ll have ridden to some amazing places, and found just the right amount of adventure along the way, returning 15000 mi later with cool stories and nothing worse than worn out bikes.
T-minus 2(3?) days and counting until we follow the annual summer wave of overloaded adventure bikes heading to the great white north. 2014 Moto Alaska Adventure starts soon:)