New guy (first post?) to this great & addictive site. I've been reading it for a couple of years, just sucking up the good stuff and keeping my trap shut, but I really need to thank everyone that participates for the raft of great ideas and recommendations. I am another of the "many" that is going to roll up from the lower 48 to AK (with Deadhorse being my goal). Your ideas on routes, tires, camp locations, extra gas, weather, gear, scenic "must dos / don't dos" and the rest are eagerly digested with every post. No sense "reinventing the wheel". Planning on trailering from FL in May with multiple day loops along the way to MT. The Canyonlands and Staircase areas of UT are on this years list. The real ride starts in Billings, MT late June, planning for 31 days, riding both ways MT - MT) with no deadlines except the "Last Frontier Rally" @ Houston, AK. Hooking up with another GS rider on passing thru Great Falls. Thanks again. See ya on the road!