A few years ago Alaska made it to my radar as a destination so I decided to use my 60th birthday year to head up north. Riding for over 40 years on pavement, adventure bikes are a relatively recent arrival for me which I think is satisfying a latent desire from my childhood to ride dirt bikes and never followed through on it. I'm leaving NW Arkansas on June 29th on a 2015 BMW R1200 GSA and have a few weeks to zig-zag up through the lower 48 and then through BC and Yukon to arrive in Anchorage on about July 14th. Camping every night except the first one-rain or shine. My good friend Dan will fly up and rent a bike for a week, then my wife will fly up and the three of us will do some touring in a car together, Dan heads home first and then my wife will leave on August 2. At that point I am bound for Deadhorse and weather permitting, I will try to make a run at Tuk before I turn south. All in all I figure to be gone a couple of months. My wife has been incredibly supportive and understanding-especially because she knows she won't have to deal with me being gone again like this for another 60 years.