: Thanks - will say hi to Elmer and Sharon for you. Will give you a call when I get near you.
: Good idea on 29 & 15. I used to live in VA and took both roads many times. A lot more fun than the slab, for sure. I still smile about the look on the VA HP officer's face when he clocked me at almost twice the posted speed on 29 just north of Charlottesville on my R100RT. Didn't know the RT could go that fast. That was in my younger days and I'm a little more sensible now.
: Thanks, and back at you if you get down this way.
: I was thinking about US 2 across the UP and then maybe into Canada at International Falls, or staying on 2 to Spokane. I'll have a better idea about how well I can handle the rig by the time I leave Claude's and can make a better choice then. Thanks for reminding me about my passport.
On the other hand, I don't have Elmer's mechanical skills - so I need to stay within cell phone range of tow trucks and BMW service shops.
: Thanks for the offer of garage space. Very kind of you.
I have the Yellow Book and have read it twice. Hopefully that will help a little. I live about 1 mile, as the crow flies, from Hood River. Took Vernon's course last year, and the Evergreen course this summer. Managed to pass both times - mostly due to the instructors taking pity on me. I have my WA sidecar license endorsement so am even legal.
I was hoping to spend some time with Vernon before I left for the east coast, but our schedules didn't mesh right.
FWIW, Vernon thinks I'm dumber than dirt for riding the rig back instead of shipping it. He's probably right but this will be more fun.
Thanks to all for your help. I'll try to post updates as I go along. Maybe even some pictures if I can figure out how to get them from my phone to the forum.