Pre RR Comment: (5-20-2011) Originally this trip was planned as a one way road trip just to test out the bike's modifications, the trailer, and to determine the bike's capabilities. Everything worked so well I decided to make this a round trip. On the way home I realized something was wrong with me healthwise and I had to rush for home. Little did I know, at the time, that I had a life threatening illness and THAT would change my whole life. Anyway below is the RR as it occurred in real time, some of the picture links need repair, almost all were repaired but in a few cases several comments made by inmates may not be easy to follow since some pictures links inside their comments remain broken. Overall this does not effect the RRs readability. I want to thank everone who have helped to keep this RR alive. Mkd I'm somewhat surprised and humbled by the interest that still remains as others continue to bring this RR back to the first page as we approach the second anniversary of this ride. As I go through my treatments I'm looking forward to a major ride in 2012 and some local rides throughout this summer. 8/31/11-Recovery is both slow and difficult-but I am starting to think about riding a little locally and I have started pulling out the maps again, nothing significant is being planned but I hope to be out riding more often soon………. Mkd Several years ago I bought a TW200-- after reading about a gentleman who took his "TW" from Utah to Alaska. That gentleman is a member of this site known as TheMule, a very meticulous individual, who understood the characteristics of small displacement dual sports. TheMule's RR inspired me to purchase a TW200-- which I have modified over the last few years to suite my needs. So 1.5 years later, I'm attempting a 2000 plus mile trip from the Kittitas Valley, WA (near Ellensburg) to Wahkon, MN. The route from east of Glacier Park to Wahkon the roads will mostly be unpaved surfaces. The Bike a 2007 TW200, is equipped with a Garmin Zumo 450, Vapor Gauge, custom seat, Jimbo's Custom Windshield (thanks Jimbo), AllBalls Steering Head Bearings, and by the way did I mention I'm pulling a single wheel trailer manufactured by Dauntless Motors, known as a Unitrak. The bike's gearing is 14F/55R (the outer ring can be removed maintaining chainline and changing the rear to a 47----four bolts need removing and a section of chain removed---about 15 to 20 minutes tops and your off). Below is a picture of the bike: I'm really proud of this little rig. Many people worked real hard helping come up with the rack modifications - which was a real Frankenstein, but Dauntless Motors needs to be given the credit for putting the trailer and hitch piece together, and yes they were even willing to work on the mess I brought to them-sometimes I think I would have been easier to start over-and sometimes its hard to let go when you have alot already invested. The idea of pulling a trailer behind a low displacement bike was my dream, and others helped me make this dream(nightmare?) come true. The Rider I have been riding bikes for many years, but I have never done anything like this. Most of my riding was done on an old 1969 BMW R69S, which for a long time was my only mode of transportation. In its final years, I installed a Ural 60 Series sidecar, which carried me through many miles of adventure. For the last year or so I have been exploring Utah and Washington on the TW200. I have done many solo rides through the Utah desert and have explored much of Mission Ridge in Washington State-my back yard.