Excellent writing in Alaska Primer. Great tips/good humor..... Planning 5/2013 departure from the desert. You covered "tires", and I understand technique is 98% of gravel/dirt riding, but in looking at one of your pictures, your beautiful Goldwing Dual-Sport front tire seems to have a nice, chunky tread design. I've been trying to find tires like that, but come up empty. Would you pass along any info? Thanks, and keep the words and pictures coming!