Good day at work today. The powers to be has authorized the three week vacation I requested for next June to take a little motorcycle trip up to Alaska. While one of the directors expressed a little bewilderment that I would be riding the Harley the entire way and back, he was intrigued enough to ask me for more details about the upcoming trip. I’ll sit down with him and go over the plans with him when we both have time to chat sometime in the next couple of weeks.
As I mentioned previously, my wife has decided not to accompany me on this adventure. It’s a extreme trip, under less than ideal expected riding conditions (weather, roads, wildlife higher on the food chain than people, etc.) She is a fair weather rider, usually refraining from pulling out of the driveway on the back of the Ultra unless it is higher than seventy degrees and somewhat sunny. I completely understand where she is coming from, even though I will ride when it’s raining, temps blowing freezing, or if the roads are expected to be in less than ideal condition.
My wife has given me her “permission” to take my mistress with me on the trip. I do not need to ask for permission to do anything, but for this particular request, it worked out really good that she is fine with this and giving her approval. Like a child’s security blanket or teddy bear, it will be nice to have something comfortable and familiar to me on the trip. I know I will definitely sleep better at night!
Guess I should explain that “the mistress” is the name she affectionately calls my bike. As in, “you spend more time with your mistress than with me” when I am working out in the garage during the snow covered months that she is plugged into the battery tender. Each bike rides differently, has its own personality, and has it’s own faults. Riding one’s own bike on such a journey allows the rider to at least have an idea of what to expect under different conditions instead of being surprised by the motorcycle’s actions or inabilities.
My backup plan if work would have refused such as long vacation request was to probably fly to Fairbanks, and rent a Harley up there. That’s not much of a cheaper path; at $250 a day in rental fees, a $2,000 cash required deposit, and airfare. Would have been a faster trip, but there’s nothing like using your own bike to complete a journey in its entirety. I know this will be a trip of a lifetime, with no chance to be equaled or exceeded unless I win the lottery some day. Even with the wear and tear that will come about from riding the Ultra nearly ten thousand miles in one trip, the experience is worth it to me. To others…maybe not so much…but to me, this trip and the future memories will be so much more valuable by riding my own.
So, one big obstacle down, several more to go over the next ten months. I now have the time to do it as planned, my job is secured during my absence, and I feel a little less stress now that the decision has been made. It’s also Friday…life today is good!