The fruits of six months planning and organization comes together early Friday morning. Hopefully around 2 AM I’ll point the V-Strom’s front wheel west on I-94.By leaving in the wee hours, I will miss the heavy O’Hare traffic that I blundered into last trip. I will also be in good shape to make the western side of North Dakota. Originally, I wanted to head through the middle of the state. The flooding is requiring a bit of a course correction. My goal is to make the 2100 miles to Dawson Creek BC in three days, and then cut back to a more leisurely three or four-hundred mile-a-day pace.
The weather at Prudhoe Bay, my ultimate destination has been in the twenties and thirties, with rain and snow this week. The ten day outlook is forties and fifties; about as good as it gets on the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
Knobby tires are waiting in Fairbanks, and my Ruger Redhawk .44 is on its way to Tok Alaska for me to pick up. All I have to do is ride four thousand miles to catch up with them. While on the subject of the handgun, I don’t mind the $129 shipping charge UPS gets; they have the only game in town as far as shipping handguns. But, the gun will arrive Tuesday, so the term “Next Day Air is a bit of a stretch. Next time I think a take-down rifle will be in order; Canada allows the transport of long guns. But for this trip I’m just happy to have a way of getting a gun up there.
My posts from here forward will be as time, and an internet connection allows, with some pictures thrown in. And I am planning on taking a ton of them!
I had very few issues in bike set-up. The GPS and Nikon performed well on my History class trip to Gettysburg. The satellite radio subscription was a bit disappointing, and won’t be used. I have about 60 hours of music on my laptop that I have yet to figure out how to load on the Garmin’s MP-3 player. Oh well, I guess I’ll be talking to myself a lot again this ride.
It goes without saying, that in an endeavor such as this that things will go wrong and, stuff will be left behind that is vital to the plan. But that is why it is called an adventure.Adapting to whatever comes along is a big part. I hope I’m up to the challenge. We’ll know for certain in a few weeks. Stay tuned.