Five weeks from now, I will be making the last minute checks to the bike. Saying goodbye to my wife and rolling away on my SV650. I can hardly believe the departure time is coming so quickly. So much to do!
The bike has been at the mechanic the last few weeks as he gives it a thorough check and upgrades the aging suspension. He’s also replacing all the wear items I didn’t replace last fall (chain, sprocket, brake lines, brake fluid, etc).
I’ve been reading my two guide books: Guide to the Alaska Highway and The Milepost 2011: Alaska Travel Planner. The two are a good compliment to each other. The first talks about how to get to (and from) the Alaska highway which is more than a thousand mile journey in addition to what to expect when you get to it. The second is supposed to be the “bible” of the Alaska highway. It has some good stuff, but a tad too many ads for me. I like the pull out map it came with. I have it hanging on my wall, so I can stare at it every day. I also like that it has a digital edition which I can put on my netbook.
To break up reading about my trip, I’ve also been reading a couple photography books which will hopefully improve my ability to share some of the great scenery I expect to see. The books are: Within the Frame, Photography Field Guide, and Photographer’s Eye. I really like the first one, and have only scratched the surface of the other two.