The cat’s out of the bag, and my days of languishing in Fog City are numbered. When last I left off, the plan was to return from Boston to a bike that’s packed and ready to go…but to go where? I’m gunning for the motorcyclists dream: I’m riding Alaska. The plan thus far…
Projected departure from San Francisco: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.In Seattle.
Stage 1: San Francisco, CA → Seattle, WA (~1k miles)
April 26: Launch! Camping with Pete at Russian Gulch State Park, CA. April 27: Motel with Pete at Willows, CA due to road closures from mud slides. April 28: Fieldbrook, CA courtesy of Lisa and Rob of the Humboldt County Slugrockets. April 29: Motel with Pete in Gold Beach, OR. May 1 ~ 4: Portland, OR with the illustrious Sara Ryan. May 5 ~ 8: Seattle, WA with Gwynne. Last stop for service.
Seattle will be my last big service stop. Big People Scooters will hopefully put a tire on for me (I hate wrestling with spoons). I’m seeking a well-appointed garage to do the rest of it myself, will trade stories for tools and space!
On May 9th, 2017 it’s Yukon Ho!
Here’s where the dates get extra flexible. Basically, I have about 40 days to ride where I feel like it!
Stage 2: Seattle, WA → Haines, AK (~5k miles)
May 9: Port Angeles, WA with Laura. Must resist oversupplying at Swain’s. May 10 ~ 11: Vancouver, BC with Rob, Vespa Club of Canada‘s website designer. May 12: Whistler, BC with Neil the Cannonballer. May 13: Lac la Hache at the Rangeland Motel, owned by Ruckus former prez, George. May 14: Vanderhoof, BC. Motel. May 15: Hazelton, BC with Pamela’s friend, Phil and Peggy. May 16: Stewart, BC. Camping. May 17: Boya Lake, BC. Camping. May 18 ~ 21: Whitehorse, YT. Beez Kneez Bakpakers. May 22 ~ 23: Dawson City, YT. Hostel. May 24: Tok, AK, via Top of the World Highway! May 25 ~ 26: Fairbanks, AK. Billie’s Backpacker’s Hostel. May 27: Coldfoot Camp, AK. May 28 ~ 29: Return to Fairbanks, AK by plane. Huge thanks to Billie’s Backpacker’s Hostel.
On May 28th, my bike went down as I was returning from Atigun Pass. I flew to Seattle, WA with a broken collarbone. Serenity is currently stored in AK. Huge thank you to everyone who helped me towards recovery!
Stage 3: Mending in Seattle, WA
May 30 ~ June 28: Convalesce in Seattle, WA with Gwynne and Tom.
Bonus Stage: Boston, MA
June 29 ~ July 12: Fly to Peru for a family trip. Yep, you read that right, gonna hike Machu Picchu in moto boots! July 13 ~ 16: Lammy Jammy in Lehigh, PA. July 17 ~ onward: Rest in Cambridge, MA. Cuddle the Fred.