I had started to add locations to rides that included the highest, lowest and southernmost and northernmost points. In 2012 I completed my first ride that crossed the Arctic Circle with a ride that included Key West, Florida and Deadhorse, Alaska. The southern and northernmost points in the USA. https://advrider.com/f/threads/top-of-the-world.827740/ In 2015 I did the Canada version of the ride, the northernmost point in Inuvik to the southernmost point, Point Pelee National Park. https://advrider.com/f/threads/back-to-the-arctic-circle-inuvik.1086309/ When I did the ride to Inuvik in 2015 I knew they where extending the road to Tuktoyaktuk so I had to decide to do the ride to Inuvik then or wait until the road was completed but that wait could be three years. I decided to do the ride then because you never know what will happen later. I completed the ride to Inuvik in June of 2015 and later that year I bought a different bike and this would be the bike I would use for the ride to Tuk. For two years I made changes to the bike to get it ready for the ride to the Arctic Ocean, the new northernmost point in Tuk. The road would be open in late 2017 so I would do the ride to Tuk in June of 2018. By the end of 2017 our life started to change at home and in January of 2018 I retired to become a fulltime caregiver for my wife. I would not be riding to Tuk, I couldn't leave the house for more than an hour at a time. I was still adjusting to our new life and I thought seeing the bike sitting in the garage was adding to my stress so I sold the CTX. Now I had nothing, selling the bike had been a mistake. I decided to buy a different bike, I didn't want to spend a lot because the bike might never be anymore than a grocery getter but the bike had to be capable of making it to Tuk if I ever had a chance to go. When a local dealer had a sale on a 2018 DL650 I knew I had found my bike. By the end of 2018 I decided to start planning and preparing for a ride I may never be able to take, a ride to Tuk in June of 2019. How would I do this? Who would take care of my wife? At the time it didn't matter, this was a distraction I needed. There was a lot to learn, support group meetings, worked with three different nursing homes, paperwork, doctor appointments, attorney's, trial stays, more paperwork and many setback's. While dealing with everything else her condition continued to get worse. Many times at night when I was tired I would think "just let it go" it would be so easy to just not do the ride and the next day I would start planning again. I hadn't left the house for more than an hour or two at most for almost a year and a half...I need this. This was the last ride on my to-do list and if it's my last I will be okay with that. May of 2019 and I'm packing for two trips, my wife's stay at the nursing home and the trip to Tuk. The DL is ready to go. In the seat bag there are tools, tire repair equipment, one gallon of spare gasoline (REDA can) and a first aid kit. The top bag has the over-pants and the heated gear. I am all in. I had bought a new jacket, over-pants, (gained weight) ZUMO GPS, Spot Tracker GEN 3, boots and setup a bike and all for one ride and one that I'm still not sure I will get to do. I would know soon, early June 24th I'm moving her to respite care for 19 days, setting up her room and then going home to change and start the ride from S.E. Wisconsin to the Arctic Ocean. This will be an expensive trip, her care will cost more than the trip. How much would you pay to do a last ride? June 24th and ready to start the ride north. I will have one chance to do this. Hoping to complete an Iron Butt SS1000 on day one, this will bank some time for later in the trip. It feels good to be on a long ride again! The rain started just 20 miles from home and would continued for the first 400 miles of day one. The rain stops and then later in the day I have another one of those "I should have put the rain gear on at the last exit" moments. Sunrise after an all night ride. I stop the clock for the IBA ride with another receipt in Regina, SK, Canada. Per the receipt it's 6:51 am (central time), with all of the rain it took a long time to ride about 1100 miles. When this ride is approved it will be my 30th Iron Butt ride. I take a break but it's to early to stop riding and I keep going and stop for the day in North Battleford at 1:00 pm when it starts to rain again. (STOP RAINNING!!! ). I've traveled a little over 1300 miles, its a good start. I slept well that night. The next day was nice and then... What an interesting cloud. This is okay because the road goes to the left... ...and damn! Rain again. I reach Dawson Creek, BC. Where's the Alaska Highway? Thank you! When they put gravy on your fries you know you're in Canada. I stopped for the night in Pink Mountain and I'm unloading in the rain again. Good thing I like a challenge. I unload the bike and then run for fuel, I want to start early and if I don't get fuel now I will have to wait until they open. That would be hours later than I want to start. A lot of places don't have pay at the pump and if they do they turn off the pumps at night. I make it there with only minutes to spare before they close. This would be the normal end of the day. Get fuel, repack the gear and prepare for the next day, clean the helmet face and sun shield. Sleep ...go. Pink Mountain has everything I need, a room, food and fuel and to keep a promise I will also need to stop here again on the way home. .