To start out. This trip kind of came out of nowhere. In January I was surfing around the web when I came across a YouTube video about March Moto Madness. I thought that looks like fun while I was staring out the front window of my northern Michigan home at 18”s snow on the ground. Later that evening I brought the subject up to my wife and expressed my enthusiasm about the video. Being the greatest wife in the world, she said that it looked like it would be fun. Why don’t you go? To that I replied REALLY? I actually wanted her to come as well but she had to work during that time. So now I had some planning and preparing to do!! First I needed to get the KLR cleaned up and perform the maintenance that I had slacked on last fall. Oil change,chain maintenance,washing and a general check over of the whole unit. I also wanted to add a few things for the trip. The longest trip I had taken up to this point was a few years ago. My neighbor and I did 1300 miles over 5 days through northern Michigan, him on a xr650L and me on a KTM520EXC. This trip to Tellico Plains was going to be about 1500 miles total. Straight down from my house its about 700ish miles. I learned on my first trip that I packed too much stuff and I didn’t want to make that mistake again. I knew that leaving in march (still winter) it was going to be cold. So I got on eBay and found a used gerbing heated jacket liner and gloves. I also got a set of OBR adv gear mitts. They are like hippo hands but not quite as big. Then I went to walmart and got a bunch of hot hands hand warmer packs and some of their insole warmers. After that I needed to get things that would make long days on the bike easier. I did a little research on throttle locks and went with the ATLAS after reading about it on this site and watching a few YouTube videos. I also tried to build some highway pegs and attach them to my crash bars but I didn’t like the leg position and took them back off. I already had a seat concepts commuter seat so I had all the comfort I was going to get. All this was over the course of a couple months and now it was time to start packing!! I packed up a few times changing how, what and where to put things. After some trial and error I got it done.