Well, we have added another rider to the pack. He will be the odd man out though since he will be riding a Kawasaki KLR650....I guess we will wait for him on occasion :).
On another note, Gary just finalized the purchase of his bike which happens to be in SLC already! He bought a yellow 2005 BMW 1200GS and it is waiting patiently for us already at our starting point. He is quite nervous about flying down and jumping on the bike for a 5000+ mile trip without "getting to know" the bike. I say he has 5000+ miles to "get to know it"!
My father in law is probably going to be driving out of AK this spring and has agreed to trailer the other three bikes to SLC for us! That will save a LOT of money, this trip is looking better all the time. We have secured a 16' enclosed trailer for the trip from another friend which my father in law will simply drop at Gary's family's place in Utah then will pick it up on his return trip to AK after a few weeks of vacationing in the lower 48.
We are getting anxious to get more detail about our route and have met some folks who have done many trips around the area. They have agreed to sit down with us and pour over maps and show us "must do" roads.
I can't wait for the trip to get here but also I know once it begins, it be over before we know it.... I guess we could start planning the next trip while we are on this one. :)