Well after monthe of wrenching, modifying, fixing things that weren't broken, and some that were, I'm finally off to Alaska! My souped up DR650, Wolfman ensemble, Garmin Montana, MX Rob carb, Sasquatch suspension! Mefo tires, etc, we (me and machine) are really doing it. Originally the plan was to leave yesterday but work got too busy so today was it. When I went to bed last night, I thought I was ready to depart at 8, and put on about 600 miles, but no! At the last minute I remembered to load my waypoints and route into the Montana only to find out it needed an update, add 1 hour. Then I had trouble loading my route, and when the route was transfered, it goes as the crow flies, not by roads, add another hour. Have not yet figured that out so if someone has the secret, do share. Get to the garage for the last look at my loaded bike, looks like too much, add another hour. Next thing I know I'm leaving at 1:00, good thing I have a whole month and no tight schedule. In the first 60 miles, I probably pulled over 3 or 4 times to make sure I had this or that, check the straps, and check them again, figure out how to reset the trip computer on the Montana, add another hour. It was fairly windy and hot for the first part so kept it between 70 and 75. Later after the rain and temp drop of 30 degrees, I ran 75-80. I found the bike to be pretty thirsty, getting about 30 as far as I can guesstimate. I have a Safari tank the Sharpie marks on the side for a guage. Since it holds 9 gallons, I was not filling it up for best accuracy so It's a guesstimate. At dusk and feeling like running into the night, it started raining again so I decided to call it in Bismarck ND, racking up 421 miles and feeling good! Now i plug my camera memory card into the iPad to start sharing pics but the iPad claims the device draws too much power and won't let it work? So for now I'll just journal my experiences and hope to add pictures later. If anyone can help me get pics from my card to iPad so I can share, let me know. Looking forward to spending a couple or three days at D2D! Also would like to get offroad up there so if anyone going for the rally knows some tracks, let me know! All for now, ride safe!