Name: Todd Cook
Occupation: Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, City of Homer
Riding: Harley Sportster 1200L
Todd arrived early this morning in Miami, Florida where it was a steamy 96 degrees. He spent most of the day at Peterson’s Harley Davidson, where, while they were racing to get Todd’s bike together, they also went overboard in outfitting Todd with T-shirts, motorcycle cleaner and other paraphernalia free of charge.
The last couple of days Todd’s been fine-tuning his bike, working out the bugs and coming up with faster/easier ways to fuel up. It seems that about the only motorcycle Harley made with the gas cap in the middle of the tank was — you guessed it — the model Todd bought. It also makes for difficult fueling with a tankbag strapped to it. Todd is planning to add a Powerpoint to the bike so he can charge his cell phone and — if he can get it working — a personal locator so we can track him on his trek.
This morning, around 3:30 a.m. Alaska time, Todd was sitting in line to get his bike inspected. Rumor had it that it was a grueling three-hour wait, but Todd got through in only two hours. After that, he sat down to get a bite to eat and gave me a ring. Looks like it’s a go!
Tomorrow, they line up at 4 a.m. and the green flag drops at 6 a.m.
It was (and still is) a long day for Todd. I briefly talked to him tonight, and he still had a couple more hours to go until they were going to stop. He said he stopped and slept for an hour and a half since the start of the race Sunday morning.
Check Point No. 3 is Flaming Gorge Harley Davidson in Rock Springs, Wyo., a whopping 2,753 miles away.
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