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I loved my Alaska trip. Of course it had its moments of tension and strife, but those were significantly overshadowed by the feeling of triumph and profound personal revelations I carry with me today. I did my best to articulate the sense of accomplishment and emotion on my blog and in the video. I’ve received hundreds of heartwarming personal messages from riders, spouses of riders, and non-riders alike. The story and video seem to resonate with many people on many levels and that makes me happy.

I am not happy about one aspect of the trip. If you are reading this, you are likely aware that I made it as far as Coldfoot Camp inside the Arctic Circle on my way to Deadhorse, but turned back due to reported inclement weather in Prudhoe Bay. I could have stayed a while in Coldfoot and let the weather pass, but I didn’t. I turned south and rode home and there is not a day that has passed since the trip that I don’t regret it.

So I’m going back the summer of 2013, but this time I’m going all the way up. This trip will be different. I know better what to expect and the roads will be in better condition as there was significant construction in progress when I rode up last year. Another difference in the 2013 trip is that I want to ride it with friends. The Alaskapade was a personal endeavor that I needed to experience alone for many reasons. The only way a road trip like this could be better - is to experience it with friends. Sharing the thrills, the triumphs, the butt burn, the numb hands, and the overall sense of accomplishment with riding buddies has a really strong appeal.

So who wants to go? We have 18 months to get it together. The logistics are relatively simple because we have experiences from me and other riders to call on. The costs can be managed and spread out over the next year and a half. The most difficult part of a trip like this is making the commitment to go - and meaning it. Things like scheduling time off from work, finances, bike preparation, and the dreaded asking the spouse for permission are all minutia once a sincere decision has been made.

A mid June departure will likely yield the best weather for the journey. Riders from different parts of the country can make arrangements to meet up on the road and come together at predetermined locations. To some, seeing other parts of Alaska are more important than the Arctic Circle. Where to go once in Alaska is up to us as groups or as individuals. It’s a big state and we are all big boys. These are logistics that can be sorted out as the plans fall together.

I’m putting another web and blog site together so any rider who wants a platform to express their own reasons for going, their planning, their concerns, or pretty much anything else - will have their own space to do it. I learned that there’s something about making a public commitment that helps a man keep his promises, especially if those promises are to himself. I already have several riders who have privately committed to make the trip. I have no doubt that I will ride the ALCAN with some of them. I’m not sure about others. Things obviously happen. I know as well as anyone that life gets in the way. The best way to put life in its place is to make a commitment to a goal and imagine what it will feel like to realize it.

Imagine the feeling when you cross the border into Canada and become an international rider for the first time. Imagine the goose bumps you’ll feel when you see that Welcome to Alaska sign and realize you actually made it happen. Imagine the sensation you’ll feel when the Alaskan Oil Pipeline first comes into view. Imagine the sense of accomplishment you’ll have when you first see that Arctic Circle monument and reach out and touch it knowing you just realized a triumph that thousands only dare to dream about. Imagine taking a photo of you and your bike with Mount McKinley in the background. Imagine doing all these things with a group of guys - some of whom you may know, others you met only days before, but all of whom you developed a sense of brotherhood with as you shared the anticipation and planning for months prior - and then actually rode the thousands of miles to realize a shared dream. Imagine the photographs and videos you’ll have forever to use in your own vain attempt at making others around you who never have (and likely never will) understand the profound sense of achievement that you possess. Allow yourself to imagine these things. Make a promise to yourself and then make it happen.
 

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I can take four weeks off at once , no problem there , but once I put my dates in at the end of this year , it's pretty much in stone and set , cud meet you at yer place , not too far out of route in the long run ..

Serially thinkin' about it

My budd who was up when you were may want to go back as well

JtB
 

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I loved my Alaska trip...

..)understand the profound sense of achievement that you possess. Allow yourself to imagine these things. Make a promise to yourself and then make it happen.
As I read this thread my thoughts are spinning..Geez Shrug, you make it hard to think straigth. I've got some serious interest in going. I'll pipe in more in your Blog.:)
 

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I expect a meet & great when you guys get up here! Heck, if you're going all the way to Prudhoe, how about starting out in Key West and go corner to corner!:)

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How much gravel road & what condition is it? You riding a touring bike or enduro/adventure bike?
Billy, Take the time to read Shrugs' write up on the trip. It's a good read and might just make you want to go.

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The wheels in my head are turning. Pondering the Alaskapalooza pitched by Shrug.

Step one: Ask permission.
I ask my wife, "Do you mind if I ride to Alaska in 2013 with all my Roadglide.org buddies led by Shrug?"
Her reply; "Why Alaska?"

I read that as permission granted. Wouldn't you?

Step two: Book vacation time.
I ask my boss for three weeks off to go to Alaska. His reply; "Why Alaska?"
No further response. Permission granted? Maybe.

Step three: Check with my mechanic about the reliability of my faithful Roadglide making it there and back. His reply; "Why Alaska"

I see what Shrug meant when he pitched his plan to do Alaskapade and encountered the doubters. I never get questioned on any road trips I typically plan but there must be something special about Alaska that garners such reactions to those that don't understand. Looks like lots of planning and preparation in my future and that's not my style. I like to fly by the seat of my pants.

Why Alaska?
Why not?

Its just another ride; isn't it?
 

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Hmmm,
I thoroughly enjoyed following you and Hester on your ride and was very jealous...
I will keep this in mind. I am only about 3-1/2 hours north of key west so it would be pretty much corner to corner...
 

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Just another thought, would it be possible to time the trip to hit sharkweek on the return?
Keep it simple. Adding SharkWeek III just complicates the proposal.
 

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I read your blog and followed your progress last summer. I haven't been back to view the video, but I'll do that.

If you answered this queston already, I'm sorry I missed it. What, beside the flat tire, broke or was seriously damaged on your bike. Is there anything you'd do to a FLTRX to better-withstand the roads and environment?
 

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It's enroute for me

Keep it simple. Adding SharkWeek III just complicates the proposal.
I did a google maps from my house to Deadhorse and it was 4255 miles. Sounds Awesome to me. My question would be will we be determining a mutual meeting place? The reason I ask is my route is up through ND. into Canada and over to Alaska. If I did that I would probably not meet up with you until Alaska? Going across crountry first is ok but will quickly add up the miles. Things to ponder. I really want to go but think I need my whole 4 weeks vacation. I had asked last year about taking all 4 weeks at once for a Ca. trip and was told no way. I am going to start working on my boss. I may even go higher! I wonder if I could swing some FMLA! The road is calling!!!!

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Dreamrider and myself would be cutting up through almost the same way as you would. He's from Quebec and I'm from Ontario. Plus I'm sure there will be others along the way that will meet up. We have 15 months to coordinate this and a meeting spot can realistically be within a one or two day window.

Keep planning....the wheels are turning.
 

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I've got the last weekend of may through June 21st of this year off. Last night I was sitting around and realized that I could make a trip top Alaska if I really wanted to. My vacation this year was to take a month off, ride out west, visit the different national parks (I'm quite the enhusiast with photography) and reflect on my time in Afghanistan. After reading this, I'm thinking of maybe just heading north...
 

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Dreamrider and myself would be cutting up through almost the same way as you would. He's from Quebec and I'm from Ontario. Plus I'm sure there will be others along the way that will meet up. We have 15 months to coordinate this and a meeting spot can realistically be within a one or two day window.

Keep planning....the wheels are turning.
They sure are!



4303 miles for me!

 
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