Hello big wide world! This is my first riding adventure, and I have to say, I’m a bit nervous! About me: I’m Chelsey (@IronBack) and I’ve been a passenger for many years now, but recently decided this was the year to get my own license. I’ve recently completed my practical experience for my CA, CPA accounting designation, and I took some time off work to plan an adventure! I’m a travel enthusiast, but I’ve never done a motorcycle trip before. Step 1: License. I've gone trail riding before on my TTR125, but have never had my license. I got my M1 in April, and was able to find a decent insurance plan that would insure me as an M1 driver. This was critical to get as much experience as possible on the road before heading out on any trips! I got my M2 in June and crossed this off the list. Step 2: Motorcycle. I’m quite small (life of a female rider) and as I’m a new driver I wasn’t comfortable getting anything too big to handle. I settled on an XT250 which I think was a great choice and I got a great deal as well! Her name is Xena. Step 3: Adventure Time! After much deliberation, a route has been materialized. The trip will be around 2 months, starting from Toronto. The plan is to head West from Toronto across the States towards Wyoming/Idaho, South towards Utah/Colorado, swing back West towards California and drive down the coast, and start working East through the Southern States (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana). The ride home is very up in the air as it will be dependent on how much time there is left over. The route is centered on State Parks and nature, and will likely spend a lot of time in Utah/Colorado/California. The accommodations will be a mixture of camping and tent space, and the roads will be a plethora of back roads as my bike is small and I’d like to avoid interstates. More to see that way anyways! The trip has been mapped using furkot.com which is a great website for customizing your trip based on miles/day, gas stops, average daily riding, avoiding highways, etc… and is the basis for the route. You can export to your GPS as well (routes and tracks) which is a great feature! I’m definitely nervous but very excited for what is in store! Hope you all come along and enjoy the ride with me. Oh, by the way, this is Jeff. He’s coming too.