It began something like "hey, you ever wanted to ride to Alaska?"... My riding partner Ray and I have done the Sturgis thing... a couple times... we've ridden to Reno / Tahoe.... done the PCH from Northern Oregon all the way to San Fran... done Laughlin... and just about every place West of the Rockies. When the Alaska topic came up, we both decided... Yeah... Let's do it. That was 4 years ago. Life, work, obligations, and you name it... it got in the way... Not this year! The planning started really last summer. Here is our trip plan... We both decided we want to see as much of Canada and Alaska as we can in the short three weeks we have to get this done... Ray is nearing retirement... me?... not so much... I have a few years to go so we blocked 3 weeks to do this... We both decided too, that we might want to take side trips around the general route so that could mean some gravel and dirt... also the real possibility that we will see road construction with more gravel. The Harley's could take a beating on this trip. The original plan was to ride up to Fairbanks, have the wives fly in and meet us... accompany us to Anchorage and take the Ferry back to Bellingham Washington and ride home to Oregon. When we looked at Ferry schedules, Rates and the 5 days on the boat with our wives... in a cabin that we'd have to rent... with food and drinks for 5 days... this got real very quick. The Ferry option was going to be over $4,000... for each of us and take five days. For a month or so we looked at almost every option... we finally decided, since Ray was going to have to spend about $2,500 on updating and doing maintenance on his bike before we would even leave, that it was going to be very expensive to take that ferry and loose 5 days in the process. I had heard of a company called Motoquest and seen some of their Youtube stuff so we contacted them and found we could rent a BMW GS1200 fully outfitted and ready to roll for the trip and only run about $1500 in the process... Then drop the bike off in Anchorage at their headquarters. I'm riding my new Alaska Twin so when we get to Anchorage, I'm dropping my bike off at Classic Motors where it'll get prepped and crated and sent to Alaska Car Transport where they'll ship the bike back to Tahoma Washington where I'll pick it up after we return. At that point, we will rent a car and tour the Keni Penninsula for 5 days... fish, sightseeing, train rides... tourist stuff. Then fly back to Portland Oregon.... This is going to be the coolest thing we've done.