The roads to Alaska have a little bit more information available then the roads to Mexico had, but just like Mexico we also have received mixed information about roads, lodging and fuel. What better way to find out the information then to do a Motorcycle Ride to Alaska ourselves, document and report back what we discovered. The trip to Alaska started out as usual, sitting around with our “bike-it” list being pulled out. This time the table was smaller, but the beverages of choice were displayed and the conversation began. Mike, Trina and us talked about riding out of North America, but with work, family and the fact we need more than a couple months to save for that kind of trip, Alaska came up! The Oohhhs and Aahhhs came out of all 4 of our mouths, and even more so being in Anchorage Alaska for the Summer Solstice, 24 hours of daylight! The computers were pulled out, the map slapped down on the table and the reading glasses (for some) were placed on the old timers face (Ang is the only one not wearing glasses and yes I am writing this) and so it began our Motorcycle Ride to Alaska.
In every couple there are differences, a balance let’s say; Troy is the map guy, the planner, the researcher, and I, Ang, am the supporter. Well Trina is the map gal, the planner, the researcher and Mike, is well the supporter. Mike and I have our duties for this planning session don’t get us wrong here, we keep the beer & coolers cold and the wine uncorked! I wish we could have captured the expressions on Troy’s & Trina’s faces as the maps were unfolded, the Alaska books pulled out and even funnier to see all the dog eared pages in The Milepost book they BOTH had bought; like kids on Christmas morning those 2 were in their glory!
Eaves dropping on Troy & Trina’s planning, Mike and myself learned we have a lot to see and a lot of miles to cover. Our Motorcycle Ride to Alaska will take us to places we have never rode to before, roads we have not a lot of information on and even some places we have not heard a lot about before. It intrigued us both enough to read bits and pieces of the books, search a few things on the Internet and realize we need 3 weeks for our Motorcycle Ride to Alaska, to get there and back with out being rushed. It will be just over 8400km, we will be staying in 18 different lodging places and thanks to the 2 expert planners I am happy to say NO TENTING!
A weekend of planning, a few phone calls and emails and we have our trip figured out as to where we will be stopping each night, fuel stops planned out (if they still exist, as we have heard stations can be closed from one year to the next).
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