Depends on your schedule. People don't like to ride with me because I tend to go long for days in a row. Or, it could be that I'm just an asshole. I've been told both. I got to Fairbanks from Texas in six days last time and I camped all the way up after I crossed into Canada, and then all the way back home. Staying in hotels up there is super costly and you never know how far you will want to ride on any given day. The further north you get, the more daylight you get and the last thing you want to do is stop and try to sleep when British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, and Alaska are out there just waiting to awe, inspire, and challenge you. I just continually had to see what was over that next mountain pass. Finding a place to camp in the wild, establishing your spot, and waking up there the next day is a primal thing that is hard to beat and never forgotten. Yes, camping is harder - setting up and tearing down camp every day. But this is Alaska and everything about Alaska is hard at first and you get better at it each day. The key is to pack super light. The other key is to NOT pack food. Your food will make you bear food.
It's not that I want to dictate a pace and be a hard ass. I just that I'm not retired, so my time is limited. Also, a trip like this can be costly and some wives might consider it a selfish endeavor for a family man to do alone. The more days you're out there, the more money you (or at least I) have to save. My plan is to determine a pace from Fairbanks to Tahoe and then work backwards from there on a departure date from Texas. I've ridden solo from Fairbanks to Seattle before and I've ridden down 101 from WA to San Diego, but that was two-up and more stops were required than would have been if I were solo. I just need to think back on those trips, do the math, and commit to a plan. I recommend anyone attempting a ride like this start planning and saving now. I have to save for trips like this. Making a plan is key. Professing that plan publicly is a way to become accountable and actually pull it off.
Experiencing Alaska on a motorcycle was a thrill and a major feeling of accomplishment. Remembering my ride into the Arctic Circle park and pulling up to the sign still gives me goosebumps. I would love to share that experience and help others know that feeling. We need more members in the Road Glide Circle Jerks club.
I'm open to discuss and am glad to offer suggestions and advice.that would be a good shake down for a new bike-i don't have any advice except go for it View attachment 416568
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