I'm ready for winter to be over. Don't get me wrong, I like snow as much as the next guy, and without it my snowmobile would be pretty much pointless. But I made the mistake of watching "The Long Way Round" again and it really made me want to go riding. But I've still probably got at least a month to go before enough snow melts. Even then people will still stare at me and give me that look that silently says 'your crazy'. And I'm not saying I am, I'm just getting antsy to go riding.
So with that said, I had planned to take a whole week this year to go riding and exploring around Alaska, but due to the company I work for and the weird way they schedule vacation time, it pretty much all fell through and the best I can do is 4 days in the middle of May.
Which on the upside there will be almost no bugs or tourist yet, (nothing person against them, they just crowd the place up) on the downside the bears will have just woke up and will be hungry, almost none of the parks will be open yet, and it will still be pretty cold at night. But regardless of all that I'm really excited about getting out and travelling on the DR.
So, this is more or less what I have put together for a route. (here is a link to google maps for reference.) https://email@example.com,-146.8021071,7z
I will start in Soldotna on Wednesday morning and ride up thru Anchorage, to Wasilla and most likely spend the night in Talkeetna, Thursday morning head out and go to Cantwell, (aka a wide spot in the road) thru Fairbanks and North Pole, ending my day at Delta Junction. This is pretty much the halfway point so if I do need to head back for some reason I will have to flip a coin. but providing everything goes well Friday will have me riding to Tok, and down to Glennallen for my last night on the road. I hope to get back to Soldotna Saterday night, but if I need to take an extra day I have left Sunday available just in case. That is pretty much my plan for this years 'big ride'.
So I know some riders consider going to Alaska the "ultimate" adventure, And don't get me wrong it is absolutely amazing, but If you lived there your whole life, where is your "ultimate" adventure? Your thoughts?