I am a bit embarrassed to post this. I have always ridden my
motorcycle to every place I plan to ride a motorcycle. Even more so since I like to ride long distances.
I guess I will start with a question: Have any of you used Ayres Adventure Tours or MotoQuest tours?
I have ridden to Alaska but not Prudhoe Bay. I have planned to do Prudhoe Bay for at least 5 years. I just do not have the time to ride from Dallas to Anchorage then the about 1800 miles round trip to Prudhoe Bay. Plus I do not want to take either of my motorcycles on that road for that many miles. I have ridden the X and the RSV on some hellish roads but not that many miles.
I know some of you have ridden the X up there and many other riders have ridden GWs, Ultras, trikes, Spyders, motorcycles with side cars, and some even pulling trailers. I just do not want to have to clean all that calcium chloride off of mine, fix the broken parts, or worry about a place to sleep. Plus they have a chase vehicle for repairs and they have to clean the motorcycles. All hotels are furnished with some meals. Ayres was going to furnish all hotels plus two meals per day for a little more money.
The reason for asking the above question, which I guess is too late now, is that I first signed up for the Ayres Adventure tour. I sort of knew Ron Ayres (he has passed on) and I liked what I read about the tours. So initially I signed up for their tour but it was cancelled in March for lack riders. I had met the Owner of MotoQuest last year. Low and behold I got an email from him in March almost the same day as the cancellation by Ayres.
Have any of you had any experience with MotoQuest? Even Ayres as a future reference.
It is a little late to ask since I signed up for the MotoQuest Prudhoe Bay tour.
The short of it is I will land in Anchorage (The Wife gave me her frequent flyer miles from work) June 24. Then I'll rent one of MQs BMW F700GS June 25 to ride to Chitina, Valdez, back to Anchorage then to Homer and Seward. The afternoon of the 28th I'll meet up with the tour in Anchorage after my personal solo 3 and 1/2 day, 1200 mile tour of Alaska. The next morning we are off to see "Santa". Well close enough.
I hope to be able to say I got my personal parts wet in the near freezing Arctic Ocean.
I was willing to put it off another year. However, The Wife reminded me I was not getting any younger, 70 this past January, so I had better grab the gusto while I can. This will sure put a dent in our bank account. Oh well, The Wife still works.
The American dream... wife works, husband plays.
This trip will be days after our long saved for trip to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the D-day landing. We will be on the beaches June 6. The Wife and I both have wanted to go there for many years. I am sure I will be much more emotional at Normandy than Alaska. I am also sure Normandy will be my most memorable trip ever.