For the trip I'm planning, the half way point will be anchorage, after looking at the prices at the (leather fur) place (can't remember name right now) I am more convinced that I will be schlepping a pair of tires with me. The price delta looks to be close to a couple or three hotel rooms! This is a very interesting piece of advice. I will admit I'm still on the fence on the camping front. It would look like I can get a good sleeping bag, decent tent and pad for under $150, or one-two hotel rooms up there. So really camping twice will pay for the equipment, but my riding day seems to be a bit different than some. Right now my most "relaxed" day on a bike was when I rode the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, well, there was a 20 mile section close, with added in a 50-80 mile detour, which was actually pretty cool. Did that in a day, somewhere just south of 600 miles. When I've traveled in the S.W. my enjoyable day is closer to about 800 miles. Granted that was on either a Sprint ST or FJR1300. The will be my first big trip on my '09 KLR650. My prep so far is SW-Motech oops bars and side carriers with a E45NJ on the left and E36NJ on the right. Got a Sargent on the way, and will be adding a Wolfman Rainier. And will possible get some of the Twisted Throttle LED lights. More to replace the 55W heater up front than to supplement. And have heated grips to be installed. On the existing front, got a Gerbings full liner. Now I will admit, a hotel room is generally one (maybe two showers) and a place to sleep. Ive got 18, maybe 19 days MAX, to cover close to 12k miles. The first two and last two, to get to and from the Canadian border will likely be 900 mile days, leaving ~8400 miles for 14 days, or ~600 miles per day. I should be able to average that. My biggest challenge will be an oil change or two. Whitehorse is on the way up, and I could detour over from Dawson way on the way back. Got a good friend of a good friend who lives there that might be able to provide facilities. Or I might see about getting one done in Anchorage. I'd gladly travel with someone else, great to watch each others back while camping. Watching gear while showering and such. But it would have to be someone with an equally aggressive schedule. As well, I can't leave until after July 22th.