My favorite picture of the trip, (a lame attempt to suck you in). I actually got back on the 5th of May and will write this RR from my photos and notes from the trip. Technically this trip started years ago when I bought a farkled V-Strom from a friend who was moving out of the country. Shortly after I found ADVrider.com and my desire for exploring new roads on motorcycles was born. After 7 years of short 1,2,and 3 day trips, I was ready to get out and see some new country. I started planning in January. I knew that work would start getting slow around the end of April, and taking 2 weeks off wouldn't be difficult. I had always wanted to go up into British Columbia and Washington but was worried the weather might still be a little (winter) up there in April. I had been saving up surplus cash for awhile so the trip was already financed. Around the middle of April I got a new rear tire so I wouldn't have to worry about changing it on the road. I got a map of the northwest from Barnes and Noble to plan a general route. I kept checking the weather and it seemed a little warmer than average (thanks global warming) so the plan was still toward NorthWest. I had everything packed and was ready to leave on the morning of April 22. But a friends new fence installation needed a helping hand so I didn't end up riding out of town 'til Tuesday April 23 at 3:00 p.m.