Operation AK13 was the code name for the Alaska Adventure me and my girlfriend set to embark on. We had done a few trips this year already such as Turkey and Guatemala and we had a blast. Nothing like a trip to put a relationship into a pressure cooker and see what happens. I think you learn a lot about a person when on adventures and she is a keeper, not sure what she thinks about me though. Lets see how we do 2 up on a motorcycle in a 2 person tent for 2 weeks 2 Alaska, thats a lot of 2s. So meet me and the lady, howdy yall. Well thats our bear masks to integrate with the grizzlies and become one with them, those mask make a few appearances throughout the trip since we didn't brig bear spray. I had to laugh reading all the stuff about bears on ADV when a guy chimed in with something to the effect of your chances of getting hurt or dying on a moto crash are exponentially higher than being attacked by a bear. Humm good point. Here is a better idea of the cast The trip prep became known as Operation AK-13 since the spending and prep got out of control. The plan was for me and my lady to leave June 1st on the Wee Strom DL-650 loaded down and camping pretty much the whole time. I intended to keep it to 300 mile days and be in Anchorage by the 14th so she could fly out on the 15th and I could be at D2D in Dawson City Yukon on June 20th , everything else we would play it by ear with no real plans just a rough idea. Here is what the end result for the Going to part looked like in the end I know ...I know ..another Alaska trip, I have read so many of these in preparation for the trip and they all helped a lot especially keeping my expectations very low. What I gathered from the theme for many of them was that it was awesome but would be difficult, gas was scarce, roads were desolate, expensive as f*$k, you might get some scenery on good days, I would be stuck behind miles of motor homes, cold, wet, be eaten alive by bears and mosquitoes. The mosquito part and expensive part was true without a doubt but the rest wasn't even close. I thought to myself several times Why am I doing this, why am I signing up for a month of cold miserable riding? If you check the milage Portland Oregon to Anchorage is about the same as Portland to Mexico City. Hummm bears or crazy Narco death squads but at least Mexico is warm. Ultimately Alaska it was and we are so glad we did what never could be captured in ride reports is how the trip will exceeded your expectations. Thousands of miles of amazing country ; mile after mile which pictures cant capture. When I returned and started going through my pictures they also seemed so boring and I remember being blown away by these places from the shear magnitude of the mountains and the deepest blue skies I had ever seen. While getting gas one day off the Cassier hwy the attendant said Your from Oregon, its pretty much like this right? Not even close, maybe Oregon on Barry Bonds strength steroids. So here it goes there will be no haul road, no breakdowns, no drama, just a month of perfect warm weather, unbelievable views, amazing people, and great roads. Whatever fears you have about making this trip, toss em. Granted most locals I talked to explained the weather was very very unusual in that is was nice. So like any prospectus your results may vary but I am here to tell you do it sooner rather than later. I will also try to breakdown the costs in a Jdowns style as I think its pretty helpful for planning your own trip. Everything I read said June was the time to go and I would be gone for a month while she would fly home from Anchorage after 2 weeks since that was all the time off from work she could get. The longest she had ever been on the back of the bike was a 6 hour trip to Leavenworth Washington so hoping she would survive. The bike was a 2009 DL-650 Wee or V strom however you prefer with about 12,000 miles on it and after a few bottoming out episodes on previous trips I sprung for a new Elka shock which was about 1/4 the price I paid for the bike. I bought the bike last September for $4,000 in a divorce fire sale but that shock was worth every penny. Ill get into all the gear and bike mods at the end of this rr. Stay tuned for great pictures and adventure but no one would ever pick us up for a reality TV show as no drama here, just smooth sailing.