To my ridin' buddies, Yes ~ I know this post is "WAY late and a few dollars short" but my first post nonetheless ~ So, enjoy and comment away! To all ADVRiders, A brief intro from me and then onto my post ~ Yes, I'm new here on ADVrider but I'm a lifetime rider (dirt, street, track, etc.) and I'm still "kickin it" at the right ole age of 41. As for my user name, I picked "DirtBound4Max" more as a creedo or solidification of the promise I made my son Max ~ that promise being this............slow the hell down and make sure you're around to teach him how to ride". Having been a serious pavement trasher (crotch rockets, choppers etc.) for the past 25 years, getting back to my roots in dirtbiking has been an eye opening experience. Needless to say, the new "Bar-Mounted GPS" makes the adventure portion a lot more palatable. Having been lost in more than a few countries (Mexico being the worst), I can tell you that a GPS will get you back on track WAY FASTER than some broken Spanish and few hundred pesos (bad news story right there!!!!). ANYWAY, thanks to everyone down at the BMW shop for getting me hooked up with my new F800GS! I absolutely love it and here are a few pictures to document it's first real trip........................ Insert # 1 - Our Proposed Route ("proposed" as in "before reality kicked in"). I was using google maps to do this so it would only mark the route to the nearest "improved" road so bare with me here ~ the actual route was designed to keep us in the dirt throughout most of the trip. In most cases, the dirt roads or trails came very close to paralleling the routes shown on the map (deviation of plus or minus 20 Miles). Long story short, the trip was designed to take us from Colorado Springs to Woodland Park via Quray and Crested Butte (over Marshall Pass, Engineer Pass, Schofield Pass, Haggerman Pass, etc., etc..). All total, it would have ended up being somewhere in the tune of about 755 Miles with about 675 miles of that being in the dirt. Not too shabby for the 800's first trip out! Well, after having tried the upload the rest of my photos using the "upload" button, I guess the photos don't fall within the magical 146KB size limit ~ any suggestions on the best way to scale them down???????????? In the mean time ~ Dan (djaubs) oh buddy oh pal, can you help me out with a few photos???? Thanks Bud!