This trip is definitely going to be an adventure! We’ve watched a bunch of YouTube videos of trips to Alaska. One guy Rick, created a 7 part series that we watched yesterday. I got a lot of good ideas of what we will need from his travels. Better rain gear is top of mind!
We already have a great map of motorcycle roads, an Adventurer book on motorcycling in Alaska, the Milepost book, Frommers AK book, 2 National parks books, Reader’s Digest book on great drives, and a few smaller AK resources that came free in the mail when I subscribed to the Milepost online. I added the AllStays app to my iPad to help us find campgrounds. I don’t want to drive 9,000+ miles & then realize we missed something amazing, but to be honest, the planning is a bit overwhelming.
Besides planning the route & travel necessities, we also have to plan what we will wear. The biggest challenge is deciding what riding jacket I’ll take. My favorite jacket has a mesh and Cordura exterior, plus liners for warmth & water proofing. But the mesh isn’t going to be as warm as my touring jacket. The AST (all season touring) isn’t really all season, it will be super hot as we travel out of the Midwest in July. It’s also a longer, bulkier, less flexible jacket. Because our gear has padding in the impact zones, they are too large to pack so I’ll only be able to bring 1 jacket & then I’ll have to plan my layers carefully. I’ve ruled out 3 of my jackets and I have decided I will bring either the Olympia Airglide 2 or my Buell AST. My third option is a new one. I am thinking of the Olympia AST which is a bit more versatile. I don’t like being hot, I hate being cold & I certainly don’t want to be wet.
I don’t own any waterproof gloves. This has never really been a concern in the past because the rain has always been warm. Saturday we got rained on & my gloves were soaked. It wicked up into my Airglide jacket liner too. And my boots leaked. All good things to discover before we head out on this epic journey.
We are also deciding if we should invest in a satellite communicator. We probably should. It will cost about $300, but if one of us would have a medical emergency 4 hours from the nearest help & no cell signal, I would be thinking of all the things I wasted $300 on in the past. I wouldn’t want to be left alone while Shawn went for help & I certainly wouldn’t want to ride off to get help for him, knowing I wouldn’t be back for at least 8 hours. We can rent them, but it isn’t much of a savings. I am looking at the Delorme InReach. As a cool side feature, our family could track us on our route because it sends off a satellite signal every 10 minutes to let them know our location.
I’m ready to order some Mink Oil waterproofing for my boots, and some waterproofing material for our riding pants, tent etc. I still have a list of other things we will need, but staying dry is my concern right now. We’ll also need a base for our tent. The list goes on. I am enjoying the planning process, but I don’t feel like my to-do list is shrinking at this point.