Short bio: Long time rider and offroad guy. Been around the US a few times and did the TAT solo back in 2017. Love to spend long days on the road and camp. I tend to overpack and look like a refugee...but it's either that or deal with the anxiety of 'what if....' or 'i forgot to pack...'. So I've learned to live with it. I was originally planning to ride my 1150GS with my Dad on his 1200 to AK last summer, but due to some sudden medical complications he is no longer riding. It was bittersweet that he gifted me with a couple bikes that I was able to sell in order to buy his 1200. As much as I love this bike, I'd much rather be riding my old GS with my dad on the 1200. In a strange cosmic sort of coincidence while planning on a solo ride to AK...I found another rider to join me. I was in the parking lot at work one morning admiring a brand new 1250GS that was parked there for the first time. Well, on my way out of the building going home, I noticed a couple guys around the bike and I walked over to chat. Turns out the owner, Eric, worked in the building and for the same group, but different division. We got to talking and ended up riding together and going to the JVB Tech Day in April. He was interested in an AK trip, but wasn't sure he could work out the time frame. Well, a couple months go by and he stopped by to see if I was still going and if I'd mind him joining me. As a Lone Wolf, I'm normally happy to ride alone. But riding solo through Canada and Alaska had me thinking another rider might not be a bad thing. So, the plans were made and we got serious about the preparations and packing. Preparations A-Z (but not H) As my bike has a few mile on her (52k to be exact) I did all of the maintenance...changed the oil/filters, bled the brakes, changed oil and lubed the final drive, new tires. I already had a few comfort things from my Dad like the aftermarket seat, large Black Dog foot pegs, highway pegs, bar risers. I added a Beadrider seat cover, wind screen stabilizer and adjustable extension, swapped the Vario side cases for a set of Tusk cases. I did a two week ride last year (VA-Key West-New Orleans- Austin-AZ-CO-VA...6500 miles) as a shakedown to make sure I could cover the miles and test out my gear. Riding Gear I waffled back and forth on what riding gear to wear...the temp range and likelihood of rain, make it difficult to pick my gear. After long deliberations, I finally decided on wearing the BMW Rallye 3 jacket and pants. They offer good ventilation and protection and waterproof with the goretex liners. I'd rather not have liners to deal with, but the other options I have either have liners or are uncomfortably hot above 75F. I also wear a Hit-Air vest over my riding jacket...can't be too careful. Settled on Aerostitch Combat Lite boots as my TCX boots do not have enough room to wear warmer wool socks. I am also bringing my Smartwool base layers and socks. I wear Motoskiveez and a pair of Hanes Cool Dri shorts to keep the monkey butt away. Other Gear Enlightened Equipment down quilt, Exped Synmat 7, Exped pillow, Sea-to-Summit Thermolite Reactor bag liner, Hilleberg Unna tent, Kelty tarp Jetboil, coffee press, coffee grinder, assorted cutlery, fuel, fire starters, First aid, trauma kit, OTC meds, contacts, bug spray, bug net, sunscreen, power bars, Mountain House meals, water bottles, hydration pack, coffee beans Tools, tablet, GS911, tire plugs, air compressor, jumpstart pack, oil filter, brake pads, warn winch, empty fuel bladder Schedule Leaving June 22 at 0700 and planning to ride northwest up to Whittemore, MI the first day. Going to cross the Mackinaw Bridge into Canada and ride across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon before getting to Alaska. So, if you've made it through that wall of text...I commend you on your fortitude and perseverance...I wrote it and probably wouldn't read it again. From now on, I typically post a lot of pretty pics and talk about the sights and people I see along the way. UPDATE- Finally started getting the Ride Report posted up...begins on Page 2.