Last Rides. When Will Yours Be? Alaska Road Trip Planning.
Just in the last week there have been 4 motorcycle wrecks in this area, caused by drivers not paying attention. No one died, yet, but one fellow lost a leg and things are not looking well for another.
Whenever I ride I do think that this might be my last one. I’m not morbid about things, if anything it helps me to practice gratitude and stay in the here and now. I pray for folks and give thanks as I ride through the beautiful countrysides.
It’s 46 days until I head off on my trip to Alaska. I’m starting to get more excited and more nervous.
You can see my rough trip plan mapped out here: http://www.travellerspoint.com/member_map.cfm?user=kierk1&tripid=861555
I’ve started gathering up the things I want and will need. Too early to start collecting bags of peanuts, sticks of beef jerky and granola bars though. I’m working on the bigger items now.
I’m waiting on my passport. It needed to be renewed and I sent it off in February only to have them send me back my photo and tell me it wasn’t correct. I had my glasses on.
Bought a new tent. Picked a Marmot Tungsten 1person Tent. Got good reviews and looked light and easy to set up, with extra space to throw my pack in. I’d been using a 3 person tent for a few years. Big enough to accommodate my stuff and any girlfriend’s. But the girlfriend’s gone, bless her heart, and I need to travel as light as I can.
Urban Survival Gear X-6 Tactical Flashlight, a great flashlight, waterproof and has self-defense aspects. You can blind someone, strobe light them or wop them over the head (Japanese kubotan) if they won’t leave you alone. Oh, and you can see things really well with it.
I also got a new knife, a Victorinox Swiss Army Swiss Champ with an SOS kit. It’s the biggest knife they make and has 33 functions on it, though I’m not sure I’ll need the fish scaler. The SOS kit has everything you need including, matches, a mirror, and an international distress signal guide. It’s even got a compass in case I get lost and the odds of that are high! (Remember on my last cross country trip I crossed the Mississippi River 5 times just on the way to California?)
I also treated myself to a Saddleback laptop bag. It can hold my tablet (Asus) and keyboard and fits nicely into my saddlebag.
I’m working on my route. Interstates are allowed on this trip. So far my rough plans include heading to Nashville, then Champaign, Illinois, Bloomington-Utica-Rockford, then Madison, Wisconsin, then Minneapolis, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota. Even I can’t miss North Dakota! That will be about 1300 miles and should take an easy 4 days. But I’m open to alternatives. Might want to see Fond du Lac, Wisconsin again, where I taught for 4 years and see the house for the homeless where I used to volunteer.
No GPS for me. I like the adventures that come with getting lost. And getting lost I most assuredly will.