Like you, I am also planning a trip up north in the summer of '09, and I also have those damn time constraints of 2 weeks. I got permission from my SO (finally) to do the trip for my birthday. I was planning on seeing Alaska myself, but after calculating mileage, I'm sticking with northern Canada as my destination. I'm going to get more off-road experience this summer so that I can tackle the Dempster Highway. I plan on starting my trip with a picture in front of the Arctic Circle drive-in down the street from my house, culminating with a picture in front of the Arctic Circle sign in the YT. I know there will be a couple of long riding days to get everything in.