Summer 2015 – coming to a state near you?

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series 2015: Alaska or Bust

Things have been quiet over here in my little corner of the internet. I’ve been a busy little bee, and that’s still very much the case. But there’s just 22 days left. Twenty-two. Twenty. Two.

Holy crap, I have so much to do!

The semester isn’t just winding down, the end is veritably nigh. And just 4 days after I submit final grades, I’ll be throwing a leg over the bike and heading out on the trip I’ve been planning for a decade or more.

And it feels like I haven’t planned a damn thing. Here are the states I’ll probably be passing through:


And here are the Provinces:


Things may change a little bit in the next 22 days, but that’s basically it. I’m still adding in stops here and there, and I am still waiting to hear from a few folks for confirmation (Utah *cough* check your email!), and knowing me, by the end of the first week I’ll be miles and miles off route, but hey… a man’s got to have a plan, even if it’s more of a rough guideline than any kind of plan.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll go into a little bit of detail about the route and the prep I’ve been doing for the last 4 months. It’s been hectic, to say the least. I’ve made some big changes to the bike and to my packing strategy. This is by far the longest trip I’ve ever been on, in both days and miles, and it’s… kind of scary sometimes, to be honest.

But at the end of the day, I’ve reached the point where I don’t want to WORK on the trip… I want to BE on the trip. I don’t want to READ about Alaska and the Yukon, I want to be there, bouncing along the Top of the World Highway – and dodging the trucks along the Dalton on the way to the Arctic Circle and Prudhoe Bay – and relaxing in a B&B outside Homer with my gal.

In short… I want to be gone.

I’ll try to be posting along the way… at the very least some of the pictures and video I capture along the way. So hang in there… 22 days.