Thinking to myself Crap, not another Alaska ride report, who the hell is going to read this? Would I read this? Well, I like riding (quite a lot actually), traveling, talking about riding and I do enjoy reading about other peoples travels, so perhaps, yes, I would. This is the ride Departed Calgary on the 6th of June 2014 and returned finally to Calgary on the 17th of July. Total distance ridden was 12,127 km. Number of Alaska ferries used 3. Why bother? Im a 66 (67 as I write this) year old from Calgary whos discovered rather late in life that I REALLY like traveling and also that I am very fond of traveling by motorcycle. I also know that you can buy things but you cannot buy time, so, its time to get my ass in gear while I can still find it. Also - It would be nice to know that at least some of my inner hooligan remains. -I dont want to be the only person with a motorcycle who hasnt been to Alaska. - I would like to prove (to myself) that I belong to this community and not off racing mobility scooters somewhere. That might be fun, just not yet. Or, perhaps I just want to run away for a bit. Or, maybe I just want to share some pictures. Or, perhaps its all of the above. With a little luck Ill be able to motivate some other old fools to take a perfectly serviceable motorcycle, abuse it some, get dirty, possibly get banged up a bit, meet new people, see some incredible sights, learn a bit, and maybe even laugh like an idiot again. There will be pictures (actually quite a few pictures), some video, a few people, some pain, definitely some regret and laughter. In other words, just another ride report. The participants. I conducted the bulk of the ride with our friend Jay; my wife Shelley joined me for the Vancouver to Calgary leg. Jays wife Leanne, unfortunately, had to work and could not participate. This was the longest that Shelley and I have been apart in 32 years! And a 2013 R1200GSlc named Frigg. Named (by Shelley) after the wife of Odin. Frigg is said to, amongst other things, control clouds and to sprout wings when necessary, all of which seems rather useful. Its a great name, and particularly appropriate when Frigg and I disagree on the application of gravity. Looking back at this picture and at the packing, I feel like yelling pack another tire you idiot, and while you are at it leave some of that crap at home. Oh, and while you are off doing that, sync the time on the cameras, its going to be a pain in the ass later if you dont. Oh well, no fool like an old fool. Day 1 Calgary to Whistlers campground, Jasper 413 km. Nice day for a ride with temperature of 10 to 12c all day. Ice on the lakes along the Icefields Parkway in June! This will be quite a different picture by the time we are on our way back in July. I've been on the Icefields Parkway a number of times but the affect is never diminished. This is truly one of the world's beautiful places. Nice campsite, clean with good facilities. I'm glad I didn't arrive later than I did as some types of sites were already full. surprising for early June.