16th Annual Florida to Alaska and back adventure
scheduled for July 1, 2017 -- update is for July 5 schedule. North to Alaska with enthusiasm! Even though the trip is only seven weeks from now, feel free to throw your hat in the ring and join the existing group ... most of whom are experienced long distance riders. Above picture is Lourdes and Gus Gar from South Florida in 2016. The 17th trip is scheduled for July 4, 2020. (Yes, I know it's a two year break but at least you can save up serious vacation time for at least three weeks!) This will be the "Big Enchilada" taking in the Alaska Highway in all of its majestic glory and points in interior Alaska, including Arctic Circle, Homer, Anchorage, and other points. This would be a great "reunion" for all former bikers from 2002 on -- do you hear this, Dave Stufflebeam, Darryl Petrack, Corey Landgridge, John Dickie, Gus Gar, etc? Having 50 plus of us all at the same time will be a BLAST! 907,000+ visitors at this website!
July 1, 2017 is my 16th trip and while I am not registering anyone, you are welcome to "tag along" on your own. So, shoot me an email to DrASL@aol.com if you would like to come along "unofficially".
We have 9 potential bikers as of May 12, 2017 .. Joseph Lee from Illinois; Harvey (Ray) Price from Vermont; Brian Revels (South Central Michigan), Cal Brown (St. Petersburg, FL), Jim Pehler (Deltona, FL), Steve and Mary Dahlin (Arlington Heights, Illinois). Paul Rose (Covington, GA) and Mike Tuccelli (St. Augustine area, FL).
When you contact me at DrASL@aol.com, please let me know where you plan to hook up with us (see the schedule), what your plans are after Hyder, and attach a photo of yourself and your bike plus a bio on yourself. I will then add you to a group email so you can start forming interest groups.
NO REGISTRATION FEES! The same as the 15th trip is that there will no registration as I no longer want to be liable for other bikers' accidents and legally, I am just posting a suggested schedule.
There will be no registration (last year it was $200) but donations (minimum $300 -- tax deductible) to SKIHI (see SKIHI.ORG) will be welcome. All I am asking is that you email me with your name, address, and where you may join the unofficial group. I will list suggested lodging for each night from Florida to Alaska. Your return trip home most likely will be influenced by your emailing group members with your plans.
Again, there will be no registration, no ride polo shirts (but you can order one with the 2017 logo), etc. WHY? Liability reasons.In the meanwhile, click this to see what the proposed 2017 run may look like!
Wouldn't you like to be here enjoying temperatures in the 70s instead of the 80s and 90s the States will be sweltering during July 2017? This is a challenging but doable 18-mile drive from Hyder up a mining road. This is Bob Summers from the Florida Keys on his magnificent BMW.
After 16 years, I can confidentially say that you won't be disappointed with the scenery starting west of Calgary and especially as we approach Mount Robson and as we go on 37A to Stewart and Hyder. I still like Alaska Highway and will do that on years divisible by 5 (2020, 2025, etc.) but it is a grinding day by day marathon on roads that may be horrible for hours on end and then another year butter smooth. Actually, Alaska Highway scenery isn't so great except for around Lake Muncho.
So, if you think you may want to ride completely on "your own", shoot me an email to DrASL@aol.com with your name, address, a photo, and where you may hook up with the group and I will add you to the email group list.