Preparation Underway for Alaska

Here are the preparations my husband and his buds have been making to travel 14,000 miles by adventure bike 3 months from now:

  • bought two pairs of new tires–one is being shipped to a distant cousin in Alaska to be changed into once they reach Fairbanks and before they reach Milepost 1520
  • researched Canadian regulations and bought a bear gun
  • bought a tent, Kermit chairs,  a Whisperlite stove, and a French press.
  • bought a Thermorest cot
  • dug out the old sleeping bag
  • upgraded the GPS
  • bought a SPOT tracking device
  • discussed which of them would bring which tools–including a battery charger
  • John bought new Touratech panniers; Dave is looking at the Daylong motorcycle seat

They’ve also gone over the bikes to make sure they are fit mechanically–fixed lights that didn’t work, changed oil, checked brakes, Schoo made his own kickstand pad, but you could buy one here

I’ve been warned that he will be commandeering the dining room table as early as this weekend to lay out his gear and decide what to take.  He still needs new boots and I’m helping him evaluate cookware for the trip.

Have you traveled the Alaskan Highway by motorcycle or traveled through the Yukon Territory?  Do you have any suggestions for cookware or other equipment they need?  And lastly, Schoo needs size 14 boots, preferably with Goretex and comfortable to walk in so he doesn’t have to take any other shoes.  Suggestions?

Alaska 2016!

So, it’s a go!  The 3 guys will go to Prudhoe Bay via adventure bike this summer, and we wives will meet them in Anchorage for some R&R on their way home.  John’s wife, K, wasn’t feelin’ it until recently when she showed up with this cake and some Moosetracks ice cream!  That’s what I call buy-in.

At our next meeting we will make some reservations for a few excursions!  Any suggestions?


Hey, Ladies! Packing for an 8-Day Motorcycle Trip

Rain gear chic!
           Rain gear chic!

Hi!  This is a guest post by Jo, Schoo’s wife.  I thought it would be helpful to female travelers to get my perspective at times. For example, when we went to Sturgis in 2011, I thought I over packed.  So I have tried to be more careful in choosing the clothes I’m taking.  Tomorrow I will wear jeans, a tank top with a t-shirt over it, socks, and boots.  I’ll be wearing my Scorpion jacket with body armor as well as leather gloves and a Nolan helmet.  Schoo and I have a Scala blue tooth communication system.

I am packing an additional two pairs of jeans.  I can wear jeans for two days if needed but I noticed that they got covered in bugs last trip.  I will take advantage of any opportunity to wash clothes, but I don’t think jeans dry well overnight so I won’t be washing them in the sink.  With three pairs of jeans I could make the entire 8 day trip if I had to with no clothes washing.

I’m also taking shorts for walking, running or working out.  These can do double duty because they will be easy to wash in the sink and dry.  I have a workout top that is the same.  I also have brought a bathing suit, a pair of flip flops, and a pair of running shoes.  Also a pair of flat shoes that slip on.

For dinner times, I have two pairs of shorts–a longish denim pair and also a pair of bright blue cotton cargo shorts.  To round off the inventory, for both riding all day and going out to dinner at night,  I have a cotton sweater, a turtleneck, a long sleeved t-shirt, two tank tops, a long sleeve medium weight button down, and a short sleeved tee shirt.  Make your bets now about whether I will say I over packed or not!

Note:  This is a post I wrote last year for my husband’s blog, Schoo by Land, Air and Sea, and I WAS overpacked.  I could have left one of the extra pairs of jeans, all the workout gear and shoes at home and made do with one pair of shorts.  We were able to do laundry in Bar Harbor, so I could have taken about half the clothes I did!  🙂
On the day it rained buckets during our entire ride, the Hein Gericke waterproof suit earned its place in my pack.  It was large enough to fit over my riding jacket and jeans.  I did not get wet at all, except for my boots.  I was wearing a pair of Skechers leather boots which were not intended to be waterproof.  Next time I might try to find boots that are waterproof too, or maybe opt for some of the boot covers.  Back to the suit–it’s an older model, lightweight and feels rubbery.  I’ll update once I get the exact model number, but it’s highly recommended.
Happy trails to you, and let me know if you have any good travel packing tips to pass on to our readers.

Planning a Trip to Alaska for 2016

original_world-traveller-push-pin-map Schoo and a friend are planning to ride to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska next summer… yeah, it’s a bucket list thing!  Last year a couple of them started thinking about it and John said, “I’m putting in for a month’s vacation right now!”

As soon as July 4th is over, they’ll get together to plan the trip from our home in West Virginia to Prudhoe Bay and back.  In a cool twist (haha! Alaska humor!) we women will be flying up to spend a week or ten days with them in Fairbanks!  I guess John and his wife have a goal to visit every state together and they aren’t about to let this opportunity get by them.  The guys are talking tires and other gear.  Schoo will have our 2007 BMW R1200 GSA, John will be riding a Suzuki DL1000 V-strom.  If you have any tips about gear or places to go, leave a comment!