05/24/2019 Here we go again. It’s me, Bill, and my wife affectionately known by our grandchildren as Ted, riding from our home in south Louisiana. I’ll be on my Tiger 800 and Ted on her trusty Honda CB500X. Both fitted with a few creature comforts and Motoz GPS 50/50 tires for when gravel and forest service roads beckon. We will camp when we can and hotel it otherwise. Solidly belonging to the group where time and gravity have not sharpened any athletic prowess we will be taking a leisurely pace and stopping whenever something strikes our fancy and seeing more of our country while we are still able to ride and our fancy is still strikeable. For the next two months or so I’ll attempt to document our travels to provide a way to assist our ever flagging memories in recalling sundry details later on when we may want to reminisce AND to provide some reassurance to family and friends that we are indeed still breathing and all of our body parts are still attached and in working order as we pursue our passion for motorcycle travel. Or at least that’s the goal ..... especially the breathing and all parts attached and in working order bit. As the prevailing opinion among our kith and kin still seems to be that we are deficit in sound judgement in choosing to occupy the same roadways at the same time as large ( mostly ) metal contrivances many times larger than a motorcycle. Perhaps this ride report will help assuage their concerns as we travel. Our first trip after retirement, Our Great Adventure of 2017 , addicted us to traveling on our motorcycles with it’s unique vantage point in seeing the countryside and meeting the people who live there. We had a hiatus from our motorbikes in 2018 and summer traveling due to a work assignment, but now it’s back to retirement and riding our bikes. Ok. Our interest is piqued. After reading all the ride reports, blogs, and e-zine articles Ted and I have decided to ride to Alaska and see what all the hullabaloo is about for ourselves. For a state that refers to Texas as that little place down south there is no way to ‘see Alaska’ in one trip but we hope to enjoy visiting a few of the more accessible regions and meeting the folk that call it home. While there are some who prefer to ride solo with only a clear road for navigation our path will be a bit more convoluted as Ted and I are at heart social creatures, so ......... Originally we were to be accompanied by another couple, Ronnie and Karen, who would 2up on their Goldwing as far as Jasper, AB then the Ted and I would continue on to Alaska. Then as sometimes happens an unfortunate gust of gravity and corresponding loss of control during a bicycle ride converted one of Karen’s collar bone from a solid structural support into a two piece unit. Then other concerns stymied Ronnie’s ability to spend any time on their Goldwing and their riding plans had to be canceled. Not to be completely denied my stalwart yet now infirm friends though prohibited from traveling on two wheels decided to follow along on four in their pickup. We plan to all meet up in Kentucky with YET another couple then continue on to join MORE folk, locals in Michigan who will show us some of their favorite riding areas the Upper Peninsula. What a merry group we will be, 5 motorcycles with a pickup truck following along in the back. Leaving the U.P. the Ted and I with the truck following along in the back will make a brief stopover at the Mississippi River headwaters in Wisconsin then meander across the US then on up to Jasper AB. Here we will part company with our truck following along in the back and continue on the Alcan to Alaska without escort. Once we get to Fairbanks, weather permitting, we’ll ride to the Arctic Circle sign on the Dalton Hwy. Then loop through the interior through Denali to Anchorage and down to the coastal towns. Then back home with the exact route TBD. Whew, that sounds like a lot of planning and people organizing. But we’re flexible so we will see ...... The house sitter is arranged and will be under the watchful eye of our ever vigilant estate manager who is always on the job and cannot be bothered with such frivolous pursuits. A few more loose ends to tie up and tomorrow we leave.