No big whoop - just a 3 day Alaskan road tour in our adv riding apprenticeship. Mostly a shake-down ride evaluating our bikes, gear, road strategies, and ourselves. Plus, for those thinking of an Alaskan trip at some point - some pics of the stuff along the route. Also special props to Dr. Rock and LDF , and many others who have selflessly taken the time to post their ride reports and freely share their knowledge of these adv rides. The Route: Anchorage - Tok - Fairbanks - Anchorage, June 28, 29, and 30, 2011, for a total of 942 miles on the clock. The Bikes: Deb is riding her beloved 2009 Kawasaki Super Sherpa modded and farkled for adv touring, including a Clarke 4.1 gallon gas tank, Denali LED lights as part of our "be seen" strategy, up one tooth on the countershaft sprocket for easier highway speeds, and a sweetcheeks seat widener for comfort. Gary - is riding a 2011 Suzuki Vstrom or Wee - with ABS. Still tweaking the ergos, with risers, lowered footpegs, and sw motech racks and pelican cases. Still waiting for the skid plate and engine guards to come off their back order status. Enough of that, let's ride! Day 1 - Anchorage to Tok, Ak Got a late start and didn't leave home until about 12:30pm. We wanted to make it to Tok, which is about a 340 mile trip, and the weather didn't look that great. So for the first hour, we worked our way through Anchorage and made it to Palmer for gas - having left home with low tanks. Once we got past Palmer, the roads thinned out. The weather was a mixed bag - mostly overcast with threats of rain, and occasional sunny breaks. So for a while, we were treated to sunny vistas. Matanuska Glacier in the distance. The wet clouds were getting more brazen - and we knew it was just a matter of time before we would be practicing wet riding and testing our gear. Found a neat rest area to ourselves for a roadside lunch. Our bubble of good weather and scenery was about to burst - or we would get to test our gear. Ahh - there is the first rain cell - it only lasted a few miles. Out the other side - no issues. Just to fake us out a bit - there was a promise of dry roads and sunshine for a while. Winter snow plow markers. You can see the cell that nailed us in the back ground. When I first saw this mother of all rain cells - I could swear that I heard Rod Serling talking about the twilight zone. This is the last pic for 40 or so miles - the torrential rain storm ahead kept us busy with visibility issues and trying to ride the high spots of the lanes to avoid hydroplaning. We and the gear made it through fine, except boot leaks. Deb has Thor boots, and I have Sidi Discovery boots. Anyone who would offer insight into dry feet - we're all ears. We made it through Glennallen and out of the rain, and then took the turn off to Tok - and discovered that this would be a 23 mile construction zone - with ball bearing gravel. Oh well, back off on the throttles and keep the weight back. At least no dust, and light traffic. We're just glad to be here. For info - Deb's Mefo Explorer tires did better than my stock Bridgestone Battle Wings. As with all good construction zones - you get to meet the flag person. This one was a sweetie and we chatted with her during our 15 minute wait for the pilot car. The flag lady even took our picture. Once past the construction zone, the next bunch of miles were twisty and dry as we neared Tok. We really liked this part of the ride. Meet inmate maiden.jade from Washington - a really neat lady and now a good friend. She knocked off the trip to Alaska with 400+ mile days - awesome rider. We got a TeePee! After a great steak sandwhich (sorry, no pics) at Fast Eddy's in Tok (highly recommended) we headed over to a neat motorcycle only camp ground - http://www.thompsonseaglesclaw.com/ - and rented a teepee complete with wooden floor and cots, for $20 (regular tent spots are $10). Although the Eagle's Claw is "off the grid" and does not have any electricity, it was almost whimsical with the various sleeping accommodations - wall tents w/floors & cots, bunkhouses with aviation theme, a retired ambulance set up for sleeping, our teepee, and of course, regular tent spots. It even had a steam room - complimentary of course. There is a place to change oil, maintenance, and even a lift. There was a common area with outhouses, fresh water, and propane burners so that you could wash up with hot water. Probably the only thing missing was wifi - but that can be had in nearby Tok, a mile away. We had a blast the next couple of hours socializing with various riders and inmates. Somehow, wine was being supplied, I'm not sure who to thank - but thanks! Met a neat group of GSA riders from Colorado, and Mike from Indiana (also on a GSA), a couple of guys from Anchorage, Ariel from Alaska Moto Quest, and of course, inmate maden.jade from Washington. After a couple hours of perfunctory wisdom exchanges of all things motorcycle, it started to rain, signaling that it was snooze time. Very cool falling asleep to the rain pelting the teepee walls and knowing we wouldn't have to strike a wet tent. We slept the sleep of the dead and got up around 8ish the next morning. Social hour - or two. Inmate maiden.jade's accommodations for the night. The Colorado GSA riders (from Ft. Collins I believe) had a bunkhouse. More wine, more social hour - you get the idea. Common area. Deb really dug the teepee. Night Sweetie... Next - Tok to Fairbanks via the Richardson Hwy.