Resurrecting this thread.... as we are doing it again in 2020. Posts will be on this thread and on our BlogSpot https://johnaudra2ak.blogspot.com/ ========================================== Ride is over.....Mechanical Failure..... http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/911-shift-problems-on-sunday.1154470/ =========================================== I finally have the BLOG built and started....feel free to follow along..... http://johnaudra2ak.blogspot.com =========================================== I suppose it is time to put a stake in the ground and make a public commitment to a ride that I have been dreaming about for 8 years. It's time to go to Alaska. The dates are still a little up in the air, but the window is between the middle of June to the middle of July. Likely I will only have 18-19 days, so that will have to be a quick paced ride. One of these days I will retire and then I won't be pressed for time, but for now.....the amount of time is what it is. The rough plan..... Leave Colorado Springs and ride straight to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay. I have decided to avoid the eastern route, doing the Cassiar up and back. There won't be time for side excursions, but I am counting on the main route to offer a spectacular experience. Once leaving the far northern reaches, I will scoot back to Anchorage and pick up the wife from the airport, where she will join me for the ride home, 2-up. Top of the World and Dawson will be a loop off the beaten path, but it will be the Cassiar back down, toward Banff, then Glacier, then Yellow Stone and home. I'll try to be decent about my planning updates here, detailing it out as the months pass. Then when the trip is kicked off, I will add as many stories and photos as I can. Here is my steed! I decided to edit this first post and introduce myself a little better. Some of you know me. I founded Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders, have been the Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Off-High Vehicle Coalition, current Director for the Trails Preservation Alliance.....Finally founder and president of GADV. From 2007 to 2014, I strove to earn the badge of riding the biggest, baddest and most challenging big bike rides in the Rocky Mountains. Events like West Fest, RMAR RDV, the CAM, the BIG Dog and the Quien Sabe have been staples for me. Since '14, I am slowing down a little with age and a body that is starting to show the crashes and falls. The wife is the dream of my life. No offense to others, but I just could not have found a more beautiful, athletic and adventurous gal. She gave birth to four outstanding kiddos and we spent the first 25 years raising them and enjoying family life. Now we are empty-nesters and enjoying life!!! She is a 2-up beast...willing to do up to 500-600 miles a day. She loves us riding together and really enjoys tent camping, nearly as much as she enjoys a 5-Star hotel and $50 bottle of wine. She's also a darn good rider herself! This was my Iron Butt and Mileage Cruncher for a while......now have the GS. But wow we had some great rides on that 1150RT....as well as a WeeStrom before it. We could regularly be found down south hunting for the best NewMexican food and adventures around Big Bend.