A recent biker said "Wow, and I thought with being a police officer for 37 years in Miami, Florida, that I had "been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt." Au contraire mon frer. Forget your riots and hurricanes, this is the real deal." Want a combination of a group and independent ride? Come along with Mike Tuccelli on his annual Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Run which has become the World's Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit Run! A biker from 2010 and 2011 (picture above .. Salmon Glacier in background) said "I've done a lot of long distance touring, and last year was amazing, with many great memories and new friendships. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who rides!"
Here's the trip schedule. This is the original Alaska Highway up in the Yukon (the newer road is to the right). Not to worry .. at least until Hyder, the roads are paved and after Hyder, there may be about 40 miles total of unimproved roads.
"Wow, and I thought with being a police officer for 37 years in Miami, Florida, that I had "been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt." Au contraire mon frer. Forget your riots and hurricanes, this is the real deal. I tend to ramble, so I'll get to the point: All members of our riding company have used this phrase many times until it has become stale and worn, but nevertheless, I'll say it again: "This was truly the adventure of a lifetime." Oh, don't get me wrong. This trip certainly wasn't all sunshine, lollipops, and roses. And, it is definitely not for the faint-hearted or the novice rider. You will be challenged in many ways and must be able to keep up. There will be days that you think will never end and all you keeping thinking of as your grinding out the miles are a hot shower and a warm bed. Maybe not even dinner. But, there will be those days that will be truly magnificent weatherwise and even more so scenery-wise and those few bad days will fade. Salmon Glacier, Mount Robson in Jasper National Park, bison, bear and moose right up to the side of the road by Muncho Lake, great little "mom and pop" restaurants and hotels, curvy, twisty mountain roads and so on. In any case, spectacular or not quite so spectacular, each and every hour of each and every day you will be making memories to last your lifetime. I tell Mike that this group of 16 that I rode with was special. We did have a chemistry. That's not to say there wasn't the rare personality clash. But when you put together 16 strong-willed adventurous types that's bound to happen. We helped each other when necessary and laughed with and at each other when it wasn't. And poor defenseless (Not!) Jenny. How she put up with the antics of 15 guys (albeit all harmless) I'll never know. I'm sure that every group Mike puts together thinks they were special and head and shoulders above all others that have made this trip. With apologies to all previous groups, in my mind it was this group. 15 very special people and me. So, if you're thinking about this trip and you're up to it healthwise, spirit wise, and experience wise, do it. By all means, do it. I'm already thinking about 2011. And to quote Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, "loonies, and toonies, and liters, Oh My!" That's an inside joke. But make the trip and you'll figure it out soon enough. Regards to all, Russ Kubik"