3 recently retired (and thus with time available) old guys decided to check one off the bucket list while we still can. 670CC (from Illinois), Nuke 65 (from Georgia) on Goldwings and me (from Tennessee) on a Versys 300X. 2 years ago at an MC gathering I shared plans to ride to Alaska as soon as I retired, Nuke65 was there and immediately asked if I wanted company. He retired in the fall and me the first of this year and we started making plans. 670 got wind of our plans and asked if we wanted company. I had ridden and camped with both multiple times and that provided comfort we would not be unequally yoked which is critical in a long trip like this. We have compatible attitudes on riding speeds, length of day and where to stop. Most of the trip will be camping. Plans are not written in stone with a couple exceptions. 1. I am getting new tires in Kalispell Montana next Tuesday. 2. We will be in Dawson City for Dust to Dawson on June 20-21. 3. Be home by end of July. (earlier for 670) Our route is to get quickly across the plains (mostly done) and spend a couple nights to ride around Black Hills. Weather permitting (doesn't look good now) ride Chief Joseph and Bear Tooth highways on way up. Route through eastern British Columbia to Lake Louise then up the Ice Fields Parkway, on to Grande Prairie, Alberta then Dawson Creek to Alaskan Highway. Turn off highway to get to Dawson City for D2D. After D2D over the Top of World Highway into Alaska. 670 has to get home sooner so will likely head south from here Plans are still being formed on where to go in Alaska. Probably up to Fairbanks, down to Valdez, then back to Tuk and then Cassier highway down west side of British Columbia. Day 1 Sunday I met up with Nuke just west of Nashville. We headed northwest on some great roads through Land Between the Lakes into Kentucky. We headed west then turned north across the Ohio River into Illinois near Cairo. This is where we started seeing the effects of recent heavy rains. At places the road was only a foot above water level and many side roads closed. A few houses and businesses had water inside. We turned west to cross Mississippi at Cape Girardeau and stopped for the night. We had been blessed with great roads, good weather and no traffic. I road 324 miles and Nuke another 100. Me leaving home. Nuke's and my bikes at north end of Land Between the Lakes. (We had just begun to move north.) Some flooding on Illinois side of Mississippi.