Hello. I just formally announced to family and friends, via FB, of my intentions to ride from the great state of Virginia to the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and back, the summer of 2015.
Precisely which route is not yet determined, and may be influenced by the desires of other riders that join the ride - if any. The most direct route, through Minneapolis/Edmonton/Whitehorse, is 4,432 miles one way.
Scott (Shrug) Wilson made the ride from Texas in 2011 (www.alaskapade.com
). I met Scott at Shark Week III in St George, UT. I'm hopeful Scott will help me prepare by sharing his knowledge of the route; dangers, cool things to see/do, and options for food, fuel, and sleep.
As this type of ride requires much planning and preparation, I thought I would post a notification early, hoping that some other sharks might be game for such an adventure.
I'm planning on long days in the saddle. The ride could take as few as 14 days, but I'm planning for 17. Hoping to average 650 miles/day (~12 hours in the saddle); some will be longer, others shorter, depending on road conditions, terrain, stops, etc.. Mr. Murphy likes to make his appearance now and again, and sometimes you just need to take a detour, so best to add a few days into the plan to cover for such pursuits.
I'm figuring the following basic ride costs (round trip):
Gas - $700
Oil Change & misc maint in Fairbanks - $500
Lodging (hotel/camping fees) - $1K
Food - $500
Misc - $300
Total = $3K
There are various other items I'll need to acquire before the trip, such as a satellite transponder, better action video camera, sleeping bag, tent, etc... But I'll have a year and a half from now to acquire those things.
Let me know if you're interested in joining the ride, or if have suggestions from your experience/knowledge that would make the ride safer or more enjoyable.
As with all things in life, this plan is subject to change or cancellation. However, by making this public declaration of my intention, I'm thinking the chances are good, if I'm healthy and gainfully employed, the trip will be made.