I feel a little unworthy, I saw my first bikes of the year today at 5:00pm on Hwy 97 here in 100 Mile House. Temp was -3C. I stopped and talked to them as they gassed up. They are from Europe, had their bikes shipped to NY and have travelled across the USA and are now on their way to Prudhoe Bay Alaska. He is riding a R1 with adventure touring style hard bags and a HUGE top case, his tires are custom made for snow/rain conditions with studs. She is riding a BMW G/S style bike, had so much stuff hanging off of it I could not tell what it is except it is a parallel twin (I'm no BMW expert also). Her bike was equipped with normal dual sport tires that are studded. Both riders wore electric clothing including gloves. Now that is HARD CORE! Tomorrow I'm sledding!