After one year of planing, collecting informations of where and how to go, we've started our road trip thru the U.S. Now that were on the road for about 7 days I would like to share my report with you. I was suprised it took only 1 hour to release the bike. Never been in the U.S. bevore, the first miles on my own bike riding on U.S. roads was very exciting. There I realized what we are really doing. Because even we arrived in LAX it still felt like a normal vacation. We decided to leave on the same day (one earlier) in the afternoon to save one day for the trip. So we rode from Oxnard to Barstow, north of L.A. Here we had our first encounter with unpaved roads on a heavy loaded GS Adventure. Our next destination was Las Vegas. Of course we rode thru the Mohave National Preserve instead on the Interstate. Primary we wanted to use a "backdoor" to ride into. The plan was to leave the interstate at Ludlow and take the dirt road to the Kelso Dunes. But we failed because of deep sand and gravel. So we took the old 66 instead because we don't wanted to enter the interstate again. There again we failed because of road works. However, we reached the Mohave Desert and was amazed about the great landscape! The rocks in the background looked fantastic and a little bit unreal, like a picture from another place which was placed here. At the Kelso Train Depot we saw another beemer with stickers from Afrika on it and I was interested to meet the rider for a short talk. I was pretty surprised that the rider was a retired woman which is also a member of MOA. And yes, we had a great and interesting talk. Lady if you read this, please leave me a note. Hope you had a save ride home. It would be a pleasure to meet you again on our way back to the west coast. Sometimes I have the feeling to do something .. let me say, others won't do. The result looks like that: We reached Las Vegas at sundown and spent there 2 nights as typical tourists. Including the flight over the Grand Canyon it was the most expensive part of our trip. Except all the great hotels, shows and live on the strip there was something else very interesting: I met there a Vietnam veteran from Chicago and had a great talk about life. On the bike again we headed to Bryce Canyon. First we rode thru Lake Mead NP, where we met Victor from L.A. who was on his way to St.George for the Ironman. We talked at the gas station about his idea about riding to Panama. A very nice guy. Hope he make it there next year! Good luck again if you read this! If you're interested: http://www.facebook.com/2on1RoadTripUsa Sorry my battery is low. tbc CU on the road!