Trip Overview I have wanted to do the trip to Alaska, via British Columbia, for several years as I had fished in the Inside Passage for salmon and halibut many times, but had never ridden a motorcycle through Alaska. There have been so many great Ride Reports from this forum that I decided I would plan the trip and go in in 2009. I have a lot of motorcycles - mainly sportbikes and one distance touring bike, but none that would be suitable for a mix of on and off road that I wanted to do during my trip to Alaska. I started trip planning in early 2008 and read the Mile Post to get a good idea of distances and how to structure the ride, as I would be making the ride solo. After reading many informative & entertaining Ride Reports and doing a few test rides on bikes, I decided that I would purchase a 2008 BMW GS/Adventure for the tour. I have been riding offroad since I was 12 years old - I am now 53 years old, with some breaks in between. I previously owned MotoAdventures Costa Rica, with my business partner Larry, and have ridden offroad in the US, Costa Rica, Central America and Peru, South America, so I felt that I had the experience to do significant portions offroad without difficulty. My only concern offroad was a fairly heavy motorcycle (compared to pure dirtbikes) and the fact that I had knee surgery in 2008 and it was not back to normal yet. I bought the BMW GS/Adventure and started to outfit it with accessories that would meet my needs. I bought the BMW hard panniers as part of the bike deal. I added the following items: 1) Touratech skid pan 2) Headlight shield 3) Friction throttle / cruise control 4) Tool Tube 5) Gadget Guy GPS Mount for my Garmin Zumo 6) Locking GPS Mount 7) Sargent seat - 1 inch lower than stock (I have a 30 inch inseam and wanted to be able to dab as required) 8) Touratech Oil Cooler Shield 9) two - 1 litre fuel cans in case I saw the fuel situation as a problem, but the GS/Adventure has a range of almost 430 miles full, so this extra fuel capacity was only a contingency 10) Mounts for thermos bottle and water bottle 11) Tank Bag - for baseball cap, camera, sunglasses, Hero video helmetcam, maps, etc 12) Fork leg Bump Stops 13) Touratech toolbags on top of the panniers - for frequently used items such as tire pressure gauge, rags, faceshield cleaner, etc. 14) Small Ortlieb bags to hold tubes - just in case I cut a tire somewhere and could not repair the hole, at least I could get a tube in the tire and limp to somewhere. I carried a small tool pack, tire repair / plugging kit, a Cycle Pump portable air compressor, a few spare parts and a set of brake pads. Planned Route The route I would take would be north through Michigan, west on Route 2 through the Upper Penninsula, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and crossing into Canada. I would then ride through Medicine Hat, Alberta to Calgary. I had pre-odered TKC80 knobbies to pickup in Calgary from a dealership and carry with me to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory. I would then ride to Banff, the Icefields Parkway, Prince George and north to Hyder, Alaska via the Cassiar Highway. I planned to ride from Hyder, Alaska to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory where I would swap tires and run the knobbies from there. I then planned to ride the Campbell Highway - almost 100% dirt and gravel to Ross River, overnight in Ross River and then finish the Campbell Highway near Carmacks and head north to Dawson City. After dawson City, the route would then take me to the Top of the World Highway, to the US Border Crossing, through Chicken Alaska, and onto Tok, Alaska, then Fairbanks and ultimately to Deadhorse / Prudhoe bay. I then planned to switch back to street tires and ride south - maybe to Valdez and other points unknown (maybe Denali) and finally to Haines, Alaska where I would take the Alaska Marine Highway ferry to Prince Rupert, British Columbia and head for Washington State to visit my niece and brother & sister in-law; then head east back to Ohio. Total time was estimated at about 40 days and approximately 10,500 miles. I had originally planned to depart May 21, 2009 but was significantly delayed due to business. I had a business meeting in Novi, Michigan planned for the 26th of June, so I decided to pack my dress clothes, ride to Michigan, FedEx my dress clothes back home and continue north from there. Over one month late starting out...... So I finally had a start date ! Here is the bike packed and ready to go on June 25th.