Researching the Road

... is fun, of course. This page is very helpful. Alaska has this handy site - app too. The Yukon has this useful Twitter feed. This is a good page of ALCAN related info. If you know of any more resources, please let me know. Looks like lots of campgrounds, plenty of...

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The Four Parts of the Journey…

... As I see them. Part One: Phoenix to Watson Lake. Taking the Colorado Route, and then up through the Tetons and into the Colorado Rockies. Riding the mountains whenever possible should be much cooler, although it may involve more rain. Part Two: Watson Lake to...

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8 Days Out: Whaaaat?

I am thinking I may leave Sunday afternoon so I can get a bit of a jump on the heat of the ride to Durango. Possibly stay in Greer, or Alpine and then have a nice 5 hour ride into Durango on Monday. Or I may stay and just leave really early on Monday, and tough it...

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Southern Colorado: The Final Shakedown Ride

Well, I am down to a month before I pull out of the driveway and head north... for 15 days. The trip is feeling mighty real now. I needed to do one more shakedown cruise to make sure I had this camping thing down. I didn't. Megan to the rescue. Megan is a...

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Magdalena, New Mexico

My good friend Dennis Mong decided to move back to Ohio to pursue his dream of photography in a new, more vibrant area. I decided to see him and his son off with a ride along with them as they left Arizona and began the journey back to where his wife and daughter were...

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Southern Utah “Shakedown” Ride

I have done a few small, one day rides around the southern part of AZ to get more familiar with the bike. I think that is part of the planning stages. It is a big motorcycle, and it is still a little new to me, so finding out how it performs on a longer trip - as well...

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99 Days to Launch

99 DAYS TO THE DAY I LEAVE FOR ALASKA I am putting all my gear together and will do a few practice runs to try out all the camping/technology to make sure it operates as expected. So far: TECHNOLOGY 2 Anker chargers for phone/tablet. 1 Solar Charger for phone/tablet....

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April: Only Four Months To Go

August 1 is only four months out. That's not that long. When I had the idea of going to Alaska on a motorcycle, I can admit to not really thinking it all the way through. Yeah, I've been known to do that. I will need to camp in order to make it cost efficient. Hotels...

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Kitt Peak Ride

I wanted to go somewhere cool, and also to practice what having butt in saddle for 340 miles in one day felt like. Not bad, but I still want to get a custom, more distance friendly seat for the Fairbanks trip. The route was easy. Head south from Maricopa to Stansfield...

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As I Prepare for the Journey: An Update

It's starting to feel a little real these days. When I decided to go to Fairbanks by motorcycle I didn't actually have a motorcycle, nor had I ridden one in about 40 years. I have always missed being on two wheels, but obligations and responsibilities kept me from...

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Communications May Be Easier

This device seems pretty cool. It simply fits into your pocket and you use your phone as you normally would, but with 'walkie-talkie' type of connection. So it stays the main device for communication. Looking into it....

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Meet Mallory, on a Moto Adventure of a Lifetime

A bud sent me the info about Mallories trip to Alaska, and her ongoing trip all around the US. It is a wonderful little travelog with fun, personal writing and a glimpse into an adventure most of us will unfortunately never experience. "I’ve been called “an energetic,...

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Daily Maps: Proposed February 2016

These can of course change, but I think this should be a fairly close itinerary. This should give us time to see what we are traveling through, make photos, take short excursions. Day 16 is reserved for hanging out in Fairbanks. Days 18-19 reserved for the Anchorage...

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Haines, Alaska to Skagway and up to Carcross, Yukon

I have been looking at this amazing bit of road for the return trip. This means I must take in Whitehorse as much as possible on the way up since we will be bypassing it on the way back. Haines looks absolutely beautiful, and the ferry trip over to Skagway should be...

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Photographer Visits the Yukon in Winter

ADVENTURE TO YUKON QUEST THE GREAT WHITE NORTH This is a wonderful photo story. The photographer spent time in the cold and got some outstanding images. It will be warmer when we are there - and we will be to most everywhere he has gone in this article. Article is...

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Decided on Top of the World Highway…

And it is a go. As you can see from the map, committing to the road happens all the way back in Whitehorse and it is about 2 full days to Dawson City. Changing my mind at that point would mean backtracking 2 full days. (OK, in that incredible landscape, that wouldn't...

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First Ride Out

I took the bike out this afternoon for a three hour ride. Headed down to Coolidge and then over to Casa Grande, up to Maricopa and home. Two lane highways are my favorites, and I was able to keep to them the entire trip. It was interesting to me that the bike really...

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A Most Difficult Part of the Journey

This part of the road is a possible problem. It is far beyond my tanks capacity for mileage, and I am not sure I can carry four gallons of petrol on the bike. This is a huge disappointment if I cannot take this road. My bike can get about 200 miles to a tank, so I am...

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The Bike is Chosen

THE BIKE: I got a great deal on a 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 totally outfitted for long motorcycle trips. With only 20,000 miles and an owner that was as fastidious about this bike as anyone could be, it seems to be the perfect riding machine for me. With the nerve...

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Motorcycle Lessons Tomorrow

MOTORCYCLE LESSONS... As I have said, it has been 41 years since I have been on a motorcycle. And that is a long time. In addition, the last bike I rode was a small sporty chopper. A Honda CB 750 chopper with extended forks and lowered seat. I will be riding a bike...

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