I thought I had better do this before I forget everything. Fortunately my riding companion, Greg, had sent some trip emails home and I can refresh my memory with them. I had originally planned to take the KLR alone on this trip. The family was not amused and Greg stepped up to save the day and the trip. Now the problem was I felt that my KLR would not keep up on the pavement with his new, bought for this trip, 06 GS1200. I already owned a DL1000 V Strom so I started to do a few more farkles on it to be ready for our July 5th departure date. On a family trip to Moab the end of April I did one of those stupid, dumb, idiot, no reason for it to happen crashes on my DR400. Broke my Tib/Fib and cut my arm to the bone. My first thought was "Aw shit, I won't be going to Alaska" Okay, maybe it was my second thought. I'd broken my other leg on a trials bike and really thought "Not again!" I had promised myself I was going this year and did not want such a "minor" set back damper my plans. A neighbor lent me one of those "Rascal" electric chairs you see on TV and it allowed me to wheel around the Strom to complete my preparations. As a shameless plug they really do turn on a dime and made it possible for me to survive in the garage. This is the, I thought over loaded until I visited the packed bike thread, Strom just before leaving.