Great Alaska Adventure: Details, details, details

Today was the second and final day of our Orange Park hiatus. Tomorrow we get back on the road and this time I’m really not kidding. I’m going to Alaska.

I picked up the bikes from Adamec Harley Davidson where they had been serviced and Marilyn got a new rear. Tire. Also new rear wheel bearings. AMSOIL oil, transmission lubricant and filters for both bikes. Everything checked out and the bikes are as ready for the road as I can make them.

The trip to Key West didn’t include all the clothes, gear, and supplies we’ll need for the much longer northern leg of the journey, so we packed light going south. But today, everything we need for the next two months had to fit on two motorcycles with room left over for Hanna and her clothes. Marilyn has become expert at packing her bike. Except for her leather jacket and cold weather gear, everything she needs is strapped on the Deluxe.


The Ultra Classic has two sets of rain gear, two sets of chaps, two leather jackets, two sets of heated jacket liners and heated gloves and various other cold weather gear, my clothes, first aid kit, tools, extra helmet for Hanna, my trusty and dog-eared Milepost Alaska Highway Guide, and assorted miscellaneous supplies. And there’s still room for Hanna’s clothes and Hanna. Long distance motorcycle riders and other rolling stones know “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try real hard you just might get what you need.” We have everything we need. I think.

Another set of goodbyes tonight to great friends. Going to miss them.

The bikes now sit silently in a dark garage like two war horses on the eve of battle. Fueled and loaded. Prepared for what’s to come. If they had hooves instead of tires, they’d be stomping them.

I continue to go through my endless-loop mental check list, but in a few hours it won’t matter. If it hasn’t been done, it doesn’t need to be done. If hasn’t been packed, it didn’t need to go along. A long road with wondrous twists and turns and surprises lies ahead of us. I’m ready.

“I can’t wait to get on the road again.”

Location:Orange Park, FL

4 responses to “Great Alaska Adventure: Details, details, details”

  1. Bill Hartley says :

    Excited for you and Marilyn. I will be following you daily and I have to say, your writing skills are amazing!

  2. Jack says :

    Ride safe!!

  3. Ski says :

    Enjoyed the morning meal with you, thanks. I wish that I could go with you!!!! Doc all the planning and re-planning this dream of yours has really come into it’s final honest to gosh reality. You both deserve this wonderful undertaking God speed. I will be following you every day.

  4. Dorenda says :

    Bobby and I are looking forward to your exciting adventures. Wishing you safe travels.

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