Thanks, a little luck won't hurt. Good luck on your test too, for the same reasons....Cool sounds like I might have some riding partners out there! I also use my bike primarily for daily transpo, but would like to do more exploration. Currently I only have a learners permit, which restricts my travel somewhat, but I fully intend on taking the skills test soon. I have been riding pretty much every day for the last 2 months and I feel I have now became comfortable enough with the bike so that I can pass.
Tomshell: Good luck on your Alaska adventure!