Staff Story: Jimmy Ord
Searching for The Next Adventure
Jimmy Ord works in Research and Rural Development department.
When he’s not dealing with energy efficiency issues he spends a lot of time outdoors skiing (Nordic and downhill), biking, hiking, hunting and fishing. His adventurous spirit seems to run in the family.
Like Father, Like Son
“My dad, Jim, lives in the small rural town of Palmerton, PA. He’s 68 and retired. With a dual-purpose sport bike in the garage, a road trip was inevitable.
After a few detours and 7,000 miles, my dad arrived at my doorstep in Anchorage ready to get right back on the bike after a short pit stop.
For 10 days in early June, we set off on a motorcycle adventure throughout Alaska. The plan was ambitious. We intended to seek out every dirt road in South Central and the Interior – minus the haul road.
I highly recommend the trip to McCarthy/Kennicott. It is one of the most beautiful places in Alaska. Another highlight was Top of the World Highway on the way to Dawson City. Great views and plenty of wild life.
By the way, my dad left Anchorage a few days after we finished our 1800 mile trip (600 on dirt) to ride back to Pennsylvania. He returned safely.”