Back in 2007 I had the idea of riding my motorcyle to Alaska. Not knowing anything about Canada or Alaska only hearing of the Alaska Hwy. That summer my brother was getting married. That meant all my family would be hear to tell them of my idea and ask if they are interested in riding along with me. Right away my brother Mark was in so was Dad and Alvin. Now all we needed was bikes and a plan. This will be my first real post and my first ride report so hang on. I work with metal all day so not very good at writing or typing. I will try to give info on the bikes and the gear as I go along. Ok lets get this ride going. Now we have a plan. We plan for 11,400 miles in 30 days averaging 380 miles per day. AZ crew 1,000 miles less. We plan to camp most every night and do our own tire changes. My brother Mark and I will ride from Kannapolis NC to Rugby ND, the center point of North America. Dad and Alvin our Step Dad will be riding from Show Low AZ to Rugby ND. We will Be leaving on June 06 2009. Plan to be back to work July 7th. This gives us two years to prepare. P.S. The 3D's are the DEMPSTER, DALTON AND THE DENALI HWYS. P.S. There are only three bikes that ride back to the states. We bought some bikes My brother and I bought new Stroms mine is an 07 Marks is an 08. Alvin went the used route alot more affordable with all boxes and ready to go his is also an 07. My dad was the first to buy a bike he went with an almost ready to go 2006 BMW Dakar 650. Here is my bike the Silver 07 and my brothers Flat black 08 in the Smokey Mountains. Mark and I took Our first practice ride in June of 08. Four hundred miles in one day Kannapolis NC to the Smokey Mountians and found some dirt roads to ride. Our butts were so sore this being my first ride over 100 miles at one time. This is Marks first street bike and first long ride of any kind. Now I go home in Oct 08 to visit family. Dad and I go on a practice ride while I was out there. We ride from Show Low AZ down through the Salt river. Some of the best roads in AZ. Head from Globe to Morenci AZ there is a huge open pit mine there. We are on hwy 191 heading North to Alpine. What a scenery change you start in the desert where it was about 80 degrees and head up to the Mountains and the Aspen trees. Just a great day for a ride. Dad road his 81 sportster all day and I got to ride his Dakar. I really like the Dakar. Dad and I standing next to the open pit mine in Morenci AZ. The dragon of the Southwest Hwy 191 use to be hwy 666. Dads Dakar Now that was a fun 400 mile day in AZ with dad. Alvin finally buys his bike in early 2009 with all the boxes and bike gear. Here are the riders: Alvin (Step Dad) Me Dad Mark (Bro) Now lets get to the ride report. Time to head out! We leave for our adventure at 7:00 am June 06 2009. All the NC family is here to watch us leave and wish us luck and a safe ride. My friend Nathan rides over on his CB900f to ride the first 50 miles with us. Day 1 June 6th Bikes loaded and ready. One of the hardest bye bye's ever. To my son and my wife Melissa. Lets Roll. Tomorrow I will post Day 1 and beyond.