I know there are quite a few Alaska Ride Reports out there, but to a couple southerners, two weeks riding Alaska is a pretty big deal, so kindly bear with us. Neither of us could get enough time off to ride our own bikes, so the plan was to fly in to Anchorage on June 1 and rent a couple 650 V-Stroms from Alaska Rider Tours. This took a tad more prep work than we first thought, as we would have to build and buy electrical pigtails for our Gerbing jackets and to have accessory power through a standard 12-volt light socket. Done. Then we would have to pare our gear down to a pile that would fit on two bikes, sight unseen. Done. Bleh. Nicole from Alaska Rider picked us up at the airport and took us to the shop to pick up our bikes. We requested a stop along the way... Rarin' to go. At the suggestion of AKphotog, Tractor Rider, and others, we had supper at The Moose's Tooth. One huge pizza and four five-glass beer samplers later, we were ready to explode... We still had to collect food and other items for the next few days on the road, and some stuff you can't fly with - like lighters, sterno, white gas... That gave us the opportunity to walk to Wal-Mart and walk some of that beer and pizza off. We got back to AK Rider after a while and set up camp behind their place. They allow free camping for motorcyclists and even provide access to a bathroom and shower. While we were still setting up camp, a few ADVriders dropped by to visit. This is Corbin, JaquelineL (our own 'Hoon on the Loose in Alaska') and AKDuc.