INTRODUCTION

Alaska is a spectacular, wild, and enchanting place.  It's a land of snow-capped mountain ranges, of glaciers, of drunken trees and braided rivers, where grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and wolves roam, eagles and gyrfalcons control the skies, and mosquitoes do their best to suck your blood.  

 

It's a place where fortunes were made and lost, in gold and silver and oil.  It's a place where the sun barely sets during the summer, and barely rises during the winter. 

 

And it's a place where remoteness, and lack of connectivity are a way of life; where hunting and fishing are deeply ingrained in its people; where being self-sufficient is a requirement.

 

In short, it's a rugged land filled with rugged people.

 

That said ...

 

Are you thinking about riding to Alaska, "The Last Frontier"?  Do you enjoy travelling vicariously?   If so, this website offers a bit of both:  some "How To" suggestions for planning such a long ride, and stories about the experiences I had when I rode there and back in the summer of 2016.

 

It was a 35 day ride, 8,336 miles long trip (~1,600 by ferry, and 6,736 miles on roads). An old 1995 R100RT BMW airhead was my ride, a street bike.  She did just fine, despite well over 100 miles of dirt roads to ride upon.

 

I returned home safely: no accidents, no grizzly bear encounters, no flat tires, mosquitoes that were troublesome-but-bearable, no issues crossing any borders, reservations respected, and so on.  In a real sense, every day was a good day; but for that I give credit to good luck, forethought, advance planning, and preparations.

 

In the articles to follow, I hope to share with you some of the things I did to make the ride so . . . uneventful.  In the end I hope you'll agree: if an old man on an old bike can make it to Alaska and back, then so can you!

 

And for those of you who just want to travel vicariously, well, I hope that the stories of my experiences will capture your attention.

 

Above all, ENJOY!

 

Monte Hart