THE BIG IDEA: PART ONE

YEAH... RIDING A MOTORCYCLE TO ALASKA. WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?

This is how it went down…

I wrote an article about how “wishing and hoping” and thinking about something you wanted to do was not the same thing as getting off your ass and doing it.

Then I read my article and heard myself… I really HEARD what I have been telling others in my mentorship classes.

I have been dreaming and thinking about getting back on a bike for years. And when I read that article back to myself I had to ask… is thinking about a motorcycle adventure the same as doing one?

No. It is not.

I had just watched “The Long Way Round” and “The Long Way Down” with Ewin McGregor and Charlie Boorman… two guys on motorcycles who went around the world from London to New York, then went from the top of Scotland to the tip of Africa.

I knew instantly that in order to satisfy my craving for an adventure I had to do something big.

Phoenix to New York… naww, I don’t want to go to New York on a motorcycle.

Phoenix to Florida… naww.

Phoenix to Alaska… damn. That had everything I wanted in an adventure. I have always wanted to see Alaska and Denali and so many places that hold interest for me.

So that was it. Phoenix to Fairbanks Alaska and back.

For my 67th birthday.

There are a few snags and challenges to work out. I currently do not own a motorcycle or even a motorcycle license. But that can be overcome with the right training and a few grand down.

I have had some folks ask if they could ride along and the answer is an emphatic yes. Of course.

But even if no one wants to go, I will go on my own.

Two lanes of blacktop all the way. No freeways, no expressways. I want to savor the experience and make as many photographs as possible.

No timetable other than the impending winter – I want to be back in the states by late August – but that is it.

Two lanes. One motorcycle and me.


I will be keeping this journal as a way of making sure I don’t quit. I am both excited and terrified at the same time. That is good. That is normal.

But no matter what, I will be in Alaska next August. And I will get there on a motorcycle.

(I just haven’t picked out the right one yet… but even that is fun.)