Anchorage, AK – Day 15

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Saturday, 11 August 2012 Anchorage, AK (0 miles) Total Trip Miles – 4723.  0 hour riding time.

Weather – Warm temperatures in the upper 60’s with mostly sunny skies

Up early to be at the DHL/Polar Air Cargo facility by 8am to unlock the gas tank and open the seat for the hazmat inspection if needed…I had several last minute converstations with Rindy Veatch at DHL late yesterday and she felt it would be a good idea that I was there in case there were any issues.  The bike checked out and will be on a flight tonight bound for Inchon.

After the inspection had some breakfast and returned to the Alaska Scientific warehouse and started some packing…also, went online and checked on for my flight in the morning and had to complete all the passport info and the like – ended up having to pay and addtional $110 for the 4 bags I plan to check (2 panniers, 1 top case & a duffle bag of gear)…seemed reasonable given they are checked all the way to Inchon.

Del stopped by and invited me to lunch at The Peanut Farm, a local sports bar, and we sat out on the deck – a beautiful day.  From there, I went to get a haircut & some more hair gel…that’s right hair gel – a man getting ready for a 20+ day marathon ride can never be too prepared…I gotta believe there will be a slow and downward spiral from here on out!…metro we call it in Nashville!

Also, went by Alaska Leather, the spot where I ordered my sheepskin butt pad several months ago, and picked up a neck gator & some sun glass…things I lost on the road in Canada a couple of weeks ago.  I just couldn’t resist putting the Alaska decals on the bike panniers that they gave me – 8 stars of gold on a field of blue.

Did some final packing since I have a 6:20 am flight down to Seattle and then on for an 11 hour flight to Inchon…plan to get up around 3:00 am to return the pick up I have and get checked in for the international flight…Scheduled to arrive in Inchon at 6:00 pm local time on Monday afternoon or 14 hours ahead of the central time zone which means it will only be 4:00 am on Monday morning…I know Chuck – Mr. Obvious!

Day has ended with a terrific feast at Del & Kim Salyer’s home along with their friends Ryan & Jessica – Alaskan King Crab legs, grilled shrimp & vegetables, salmon sushi, and topped off with a fruit bowl of Korean fruit, peaches & blackberries. Thank you Del & Kim for the wonderful hospitality during my stay here in Anchorage along with all the folks at Alaska Scientific – Beth, Kim, Sharlane & Jeron!

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Anchorage, AK – Day 13

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Thursday, 9 August 2012 Anchorage, AK (0 miles) Total Trip Miles – 4723.  0 hour riding time

Weather – Warm temperatures in the mid 70’s with mostly sunny skies.  Not sure if Anchorage has ever had any 90 degree+ temperatures and rarely does it reach the 80’s

Happy birthday to my brother Tye down in San Antonio, TX…he has been doing a terrific job following me and provding updated weather and other route information!  While I know you bleed Texan after living down there for over 30 years, do know that the folks in Alberta, Canada have the same air about their province – everything is BIG in Alberta!

Spent the first part of my day reviewing the trip with a special focus on the ride across Siberia; I was considering the possibility of booking some hotel nights in some of the larger cities, but since I have no sense as to the kind of mileage progress I can expect daily, I’ve decided to leave it open for now – just roll the dice and ride west. The ride from Vladivostok to the Latvian/Russian border will be a marathon covering 7500 miles in 11 to 12 days.

Additionally, I was on the phone and swaping emails with Rindy Veatch at DHL to finalize the airway bill and information requested by Wendy Choi in Korea to clear customs.  She also arranged for Legacy Logistics to pick up the bike at Alaska Scientific and they arrived with a box truck – just wasn’t sure the shipping crate would fit through the rear overhead door on the truck, but it cleared with about 6 inches to spare.  The bike is shipping to Inchon, South Korea on Saturday via Polar Air Cargo and with my flight, customs clearance and transportation from Inchon to Dong Hae, I won’t see it again until next Thursday, 16 August at the bonded warehouse at the DBS Ferry yard.  Wendy has requested permission for me to gain access to the bike in the warehouse allowing me to opportunity to uncrate and reassemble prior to catching the ferry to Vladivostok on Sunday the 19th.

Update:  Just have had several emails from Wendy Choi and she did get permission for me to uncrate & assemble the bike at the DBS bonded warehouse on Friday, 17 August – apparently they have a large vessel to unload on Thursday, but that’s great news.  This allows me to get the bike back together prior to the ferry trip to Vladivostok so I can begin my trip across Siberia with little delay.   Additionally, it appears all the DHL paperwork is in order and I can clear customs in 24 hours.  Wendy is also arranging for the bike be shipped from Inchon to Dong Hae by bonded truck – about 130 miles and I’ll be taking a shuttle or bus to Dong Hae on Tuesday.  Wednesday is a national holiday in Korea similar to our 4th of July Independence Day celebration…be cool to be a part of the festivities.  Wendy Choi may be reached at AERO INTERNATIONAL, LTD at +82(0) 17-213-3961 or wendychoi2@gmail.com

Once again I joined Del & Kim for dinner and this time it was a local Mexican spot named Los Arcos – I had the chile relleno and Kim allowed me to share some of her Halibut cerviche – it was excellent.  Oh…and I had my first & second Don Julio Reposado Tequila since starting my trip – believe I did, however, induldge in a Patron Silver once or twice.

Tomorrow I’ll share my warehouse,  handwashing – laundry techniques developed while on the road traveling to some of the most inhospitalble corners of the planet.  I know that’s a stretch and since I’ve done little in the category of any kind for several years now…tune in!  Laundry Boy I be….

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!

Rally Around the World in Just 3 Days

Down to just 3 days before I head out on this 14,000 mile ride around the world supporting Rally Foundation and all the great things they do to fight childhood cancer.  The rally begins Friday evening, July 27 with a kick-off party at Cool Springs Powersports in Franklin from 7pm to 9:30pm with food, drinks, music and a good time.  On Saturday morning, July 28 the Rally Around the World First-leg Ride starts with registration from 9am – 10:30am at Cool Springs Powersports and the ride leaving for Mid-South Motoplex in Clarksville – about a 60 mile ride.  From there I’ll head out for my first stop in St. Louis staying with Paul & Lilly Telker with T-Plex Industries – an NDC vendor partner that has been so gracious in allowing me to stay the night in their home!

Natalie Martin continues to be a huge supporter of my event by most recently creating the sponsorship decals for the bike along with all my sponsorship embroidered patches for my riding jacket.  Melissa Smith jumped in this week and has been booking hotels along my route and providing me with up to the minute details  – she’s terrific at scheduling and managing any event and especially keeping me on task.

Received my shipping packet today from Motorcycle Express – these folks arranged the shipment of my bike from London to Montreal along with my bike insurance GREEN CARD for travels in Europe.  Also, the last 2 weeks I’ve been working closely with Wendy Choi in Seoul, Korea to arrange customs clearance for the bike arriving in Inchon along with scheduling the bike to be trucked from Inchon to Dong Hae where I’ll be catching a ferry up to Vladivostok, Russia.  Rindy Veatch with DHL in Anchorage did an amazing job working with Polar Air Cargo and scheduling the bike shipment from Anchorage to Inchon – just a lot of great people making this event possible!

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!