Ricardo arrives May 24 and we will depart the Bay on May 29 heading for the Arctic.  Ricardo has not yet decided which bike he will ride, so I have both the BMW R100GSPD and the Kawasaki ready to run.  Fresh oil, new tires and thorough tuneups.  All Ricardo has to do is pack, fill his pockets with money or credit cards and he will be ready to ride.

I am riding my R1200GS.  New Heidenau K60 Scout tires, fresh oil and full service, new brakes--I should be ready to run 11,000 miles or so with just one oil change.  Our route will take us through Amarillo, Denver, Billings, Calgary, AB and then off into the Canadian Rockies to both Banff and Jasper.  And after 2800 miles we will finally reach Dawson Creek, AB and Milepost 1 of the Alcan highway.  Finally on our way.  But first we still have much to do in the way of packing and planning.