Most of those times are quite conservative. If you're in a hurry and don't spend a lot of time preparing meals, making/breaking camp, etc you can beat them by a wide margin. And remember - you'll be riding in daylight all the time by the time you're north of Watson Lake. New arrivals up here usually have trouble convincing themselves they need to stop for the night when the sun is still well above the horizon, despite it being after 9:00 PM locally. You'll find a lot of campgrounds in northern B.C. and the Yukon, so waiting until you feel like stopping will still give you plenty of opportunity to find a place to pitch a tent. Were it me, I would probably start looking for a place to camp about the time I reached Kluane Lake, 150 or so miles north of Whitehorse. From there, Fairbanks is an easy day's ride even with the rough pavement north of Burwash Landing. By the time you get there they may have it in pretty good shape and you can sail on through. You can pitch a tent at Coldfoot, and there is a BLM campground a few miles beyond at Marion Creek. But if it's raining you might give Boreal Lodging or Arctic Getaway in Wiseman a call to see if they have a vacancy. Much nicer than a room at the Slate Creek Inn in Coldfoot. If you are taking the bus tour out to Prudhoe Bay, an early departure from Coldfoot/Wiseman will get you there in time, and you can actually make it back to Coldfoot that same evening. You will find yourself making better time going south from Deadhorse than you did going north. I've made it north in just over 4 hours without even hurrying, but I rode pretty steady. And... that was with rain and mud along the way, as is pretty normal. When I've gone up with other riders and we're taking it easy, we might do Fairbanks to Wiseman one day, Wiseman to Deadhorse the next, and then all the way back to Fairbanks the third day. By myself, I've pulled out of Fairbanks in the morning, fueled up in Deadhorse around midnight, then had breakfast in Coldfoot on the way back to Fairbanks. It 's not really as bad as some riders make it out to be, and believe me, I've seen it at its worst. Twice I've made it to the top of Atigun Pass then turned around due to heavy snow/blizzard on the north side that had trucks chaining up. Farther south, down in the Lower 48, it looks like you'll be riding about as direct a route as possible. But you'll be going right past some pretty good riding that wouldn't be much of a detour. For instance: Big Horn Mts west of Sheridan, Chief Joseph Hwy out of Cody, then Beartooth into Montana. Sure, it would slow you down a bit, but you can make that up farther north. You're going to be surprised at the mileage you can put behind you in northern Canada. In years past, when the road was much worse than it is now, I've gone from Meziadin Jct (where 37A turns off to Stewart/Hyder) to Tok, AK in one day. Of course, I didn't stop and camp. Maybe you don't mind traffic, but for me the extra attention it requires wears me out more quickly and I can put more miles down by choosing secondary roads and riding longer hours without getting fatigued. Haven't been up the highway between Edmonton and Calgary for many years because the last time - seems like it might have been in the mid-90's - there were already too many cars on the road. A far cry from when I drove it in '67 and held the speedo a little over 100 mph all the way. By entering Canada a little farther west you could run north to Prince George through some really nice, scenic areas. Don't expect much around Prince George, however. Too dang civilized in that area AND quite a bit of RCMP presence. It doesn't get good again until you're near Smithers. While I can understand some of your reluctance to ride the Alaska Hwy to Dawson Creek, you are missing some pretty good riding in northern B.C. along with great scenery through the northern end of the Rocky Mts. Once you have your wife with you, that might actually be a more favorable route. Something you might look into a bit more before you write it off. Probably will have some more comments later, but will leave it for now. Regardless, I hope you have a wonderful adventure and a great, memorable experience.