I was raised on a small ranch in Idaho... My friend Gaylon was raised on a ranch in Utah, but he's lived in Idaho for decades now. We both gave up our buckaroo ways a few years back because well... hell, we're just gettin' old! We don't ranch anymore. We've become city folks and have city jobs. I guess that's just the way of it. A picture of me and my oldest grandson on the ranch... He's 17 now!... time flies! I had motorbikes as a ranch kid to help me get my chores done and to work for neighboring farmers and ranchers. So when I gave up my horse, it was a natural thing to switch over to a bike. As a result; in the past few years, Gaylon and I have done trips to the West Coast, California and all over the Western States on our bikes. On several of these trips, we've discussed that some day we both wanted to ride those bikes to Alaska, to Purdhoe Bay, Chicken, Dawson, Deadhorse and Valdez. We hadn't set a date yet, but we were getting mentally ready to do this trip about 5 years ago. I even bought a bike to do it on. A 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere. I thought it was a pretty nice bike: here is a picture of it at the top of Steens Mountain Oregon overlooking the Alvord Playa. I rode that bike to some fun places and was having a blast on it. I knew I had the right bike and was ready to start planning for Alaska... then whack!... 3 1/2 years ago, a 3/4 ton Ford PU cut across two lanes of traffic and nearly killed me, he killed the bike and as I lay recovering from surgery, I was pretty sure the Alaska dream was dead. The bike was totaled. and I very nearly was... So; Alaska Trip on hold!... while I took a couple of years to recover... About a year ago, I was starting to get around a lot better and I called Gaylon. We hadn't spoken for a while, because I was busted up and wasn't riding bikes... we had lost track of each other. I asked him if he was still interested in making that trip to Alaska... he said "Absolutely!" I asked him if August of 2018 for a month would work for him... He said he would make it work!... and we were on. Now I had a trip scheduled and no bike to do it on... so I started looking... I knew that the Super Tenere's had acquired cruise control starting in 2014, so I knew I wanted a 2014 or later model. I was open for any suitable adv bike, I even looked at a couple of 2006 and 2007 era GS 1200's... I finally found what I was looking for down in Utah, it was a 2015 Tenere. It was already set up the way I wanted, only had about 5000 miles on the odometer and the price was reasonable. Now I had a trip planned and a bike to do it with! I informed work that I was going to Alaska for the Month of August, (they were not pleased) and that I would either retire or take a leave of absence, it was up to them. They chose LOA, so we were set! I could go and still have a job waiting for me when I got back! Gaylon got the ok from his work and then it was time to have the chat with the wives... actually that was the easy part! Both our wives knew we had been planning this for a long while, we are both old farts and frankly; I believe the wives were happy to have us out from under their feet for a month... so we were set!! Alaska here we come!