I live in the High Desert of So Cal and my friend lives in Idaho. We will be going on a six to eight week trip to Alaska. I leave on May 15th and he will leave on May 17th with the goal of meeting up in Kamloops, BC on May 20th. I am the one on the KTM. A quick background: I am 73 and have pretty much owned bikes most of my life. I bought my first when I was going to college. I had an accident my senior year, shortly after we were married, and stopped riding until my wife got me a motorcycle for Christmas in 1977, as I remember. I guess I had been talking about riding again and she figured if she got me one, I would be tired of it. I guess she was wrong. I was a dirt bike rider and sometime desert racer until getting my first big street bike in 2011. I had been riding a street legal dual sport KTM 450 since about 2007. In 2016 I rode my 2015 KTM 1290 SA to Alaska and back in 30 days, 9500 miles. I left home on April 23 and got home on May 19. I was pretty much the only rider once I got across the border and at a number of places was told I was the first rider up from the south. On the trip I had every kind of weather you would expect at that time of the year; rain, snow, hail, frozen roads, etc. I really enjoyed the trip, but felt I should leave home about a month later. The wife and I had also taken our motorhome, towing our Jeep to Alaska in 2012. So, this will be my third trip to Alaska. My wife has no interest in being a pillion and that is fine with me. She participates in all the other stupid stuff I like. Here is some background on my co-rider: Like Rich said, I live in eastern Idaho with a daily view of the Tetons. I’m not quite as old as Rich but a lot of days I probably feel older than him. I rode dirt bikes as a kid growing up in Salt Lake City; however, a young family and school caused me to focus in other directions. Following college, I spent 30 years on active duty in the Army. We moved 15 times in those 30 years which made dedicating to riding (and frequently moving a motorcycle around the world) almost impossible. I did ride for 5 years in the ‘80’s; however with four young children, my wife finally asked me to put it on hold “until I grew up.” I asked her if she was worried that I would kill myself and she replied killing myself was not her worry, it was having to change my diaper along with those of our children. In 1998, with all my children at least in in middle school, I decided (without input from my wife) that I was “grown up” so I got a Honda Valkyrie. Shortly afterward, I picked up a K 1200 LT. Since then, I have had two bikes in my stable and currently have a 2016 R 1200 GSA and a 2015 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited. I love them both. I ride between 5,000 and 10,000 miles a year, almost exclusively in the pavement. I had a military assignment in Alaska from 1992-1995 and have driven the ALCAN a couple of times. My son and daughter-in-law live in Anchorage so it will be good to see them this summer. My wife likes to ride pillion; however her limit is about 3 hours at a time. We also have horses, dogs, and cats, along with pasture to irrigate so someone has to stay home. Glad it is not me! Here are our bikes Now we need to load them up with too much gear and head north.