This RR may not be nearly as ground breaking as Sibersky Extreme 2012 or as insightful as RTW with Noah (two of my favorites this year), and will not have nearly as high of a dirt/asphalt ratio. While the motorcycle ride up the Dalton Highway is somewhat ubiquitous in todays age, and not a very difficult ride by ADV standards, it still remains an important rite of passage to many motorcyclists riding resume. In my case, it is also an important trip to spend time with my father, which is why Im spending the time to write this up. A bonus kicker is that he was born in Alaska and has not been back since he was 5 years young. I received some good feedback on the last big trip we did (Father and Son Ride the Divide) and Im hoping more people will be inspired by this one, both to get out and ride and (even better) get out and ride with your father/son/mother/daughter (in no order of preference). First off, a few previews of what is to come: The Trip: As you might guess, this ride is already completed. We rode the last part of June and most of July. While some people are pretty good at live RRs (and there are definitely merits to this, especially when solo), I opted to do nothing more than just take photos and jot down notes at the end of every day (a journal if you will, but in bullet points) so that I could enjoy my time riding with my Dad, and worry about writing posts and organizing photos later. The plan is to post up a few times a week, as my free time permits, to rebuild this ride on this forum. This is something we have discussed for a few years now. I would say that last year it wasnt even a big possibility, it was pretty low on the radar screen. But we started talking about it more, including a fellow inmate and one of my good friends in Michigan, Dom. As the end of 2012 approached it was beginning to sound more like a possibility, although Dom had to drop out has he had just started a new job and could no longer afford the big chunk of time off required. So then there were 2. My Dad is retired, therefore his planning window was easy. I had the challenge in securing time off, but luckily my boss is very understanding and holds a soft spot in his heart for motorcycle trips with my Dad. With a 3 week window secured, we planned the trip around that including my time to ride up and back from Los Angeles. My Dad had a no brainer choice to use his XR650L, which is the same bike he rode on our 2010 trip down the Continental Divide. Its a reliable beast that has served him well. Most of his major trip preparation was completed for the CDT (luggage rack, wind screen, etc), but he did make a few upgrades. These include, but are not limited to: -Upgrading to a new Zumo GPS -Addition of Aerostitch Tank Panniers to better balance the luggage load -Volt meter, to better manage the charging system due to the heavy load of the Gerbings heated jacket and gloves (using both would dictate turning off the head light). I elected to take my F800GS. I had considered using my trusty and loved DR650, which I had ridden on the CDT ride with great success, but elected for the F800GS due to the high miles expected on the slab and the minimal amount of challenging dirt we would face. Mods that I installed in the months leading up to the trip include: -ADV Monster Model 60 LED lights with dimmer switch. These things are BRIGHT and well worth the money. -Touratech tool box for the BMW aluminum skid plate. Seemed good at first, not as handy as I would have liked. Will explain more later. -Shaved the factory seat down to provide a flatter and wider seating surface. A big improvement, but also still leaves something to be desired. -IKEA sheep skin, cut down to a seat pad -Kaoko throttle lock. A solid purchase, you may question dropping the cash, but once you hit the super slab and turn it on, you will love yourself (which you already should) Ill explain packing and spare parts later on in the RR.