Author’s Note: Paul Brown is an avid AIRHAWK user and recently recalled with us his story of riding from New Jersey to Alaska:
I left Delran, New Jersey on June 18, and made it to Anchorage in 12 days. I traveled on some nice roads and some not-so-nice roads on my journey. Anything from freshly sealed and coated roads of oil, tar and gravel to mud and clay greeted us along the way. The one constant was the beautiful scenery.
I recommend riding Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Nat’l Park; we did it on the first day it was open (July 14). I also recommend the Cassiar Highway in British Columbia and the Beartooth Highway that rolls through Wyoming and Montana. Wyoming has some beautifully scenic routes in the Sunlight Basin and the Shell and Tensleep Canyons. I will also tell you to avoid Chicago. We were going to go to Muskegeon, Michigan to take a ferry across the lake to Milwaukee but it was full. Motorcycles ride free in spring & fall.
Two of the longest riding days were from Delran, NJ to Milan, Ohio (540 miles) and Cheyenne, Wyoming to Altoona, Iowa (680 miles). I also rode from South Bend, Indiana to Delran which was 703 miles. The only incident occurred on day one when the heel shifter peg fell off my bike; we had to stop and replace the part in the parking lot of a Harley dealership in Dubois, PA. I needed a new rear tire in Anchorage due to the above mentioned “roads”. The other riders, both on Goldwings, needed both tires replaced. My bike ran fine and using octane boost helped when only regular unleaded was available in Canada.
People were friendly and helpful throughout the trip and oohed & aahed over our riding roughly 10,500 miles in 35 days.
It never got totally dark in British Columbia, Yukon Territory or Alaska. I celebrated my 58th birthday in Anchorage, but I never felt older than 17 the entire trip. I was tired some days but no back problems, the usual aches & pains from long rides and of course a sometime sore hiney (monkey butt). We dealt with a myriad of elements; it was sunny, cloudy, rainy, poured for the entire ride some days and we had high winds on the prairies and it definitely rained sideways with marble sized hail.
We saw a ton of bears, deer and antelope through Yellowstone, along with the occasional elk, moose, mountain goat and Stone sheep. Bison roamed the prairies of Canada. We dined on the freshest salmon and halibut I’ve ever had while touring British Columbia and Alaska.
I took a mess of pictures, saw the Icefields Parkway between Banff & Jasper, revisited Alaska and Wyoming band other parts of the West.
So now I’m home and back to work and will have my pictures and memories to remind me until the next “GREAT’ road trip. Ideas anyone?
10,568 miles in 35 days – it’s good to be home.