First ride post here. I'm new to advrider and have been reading other ride posts and realize getting on my bike and traveling more is what I want at this point in my life. I've been riding for 12 years, but mostly on vintage and modern Vespa's. I owned a Suzuki GS500 for a number of years, but sold it four years ago. I've ridden the Vespas to rally's all over the northeast, and last year rode from Brooklyn to Montreal solo on my GTS 250. That and following two friends online as they traveled the US on their motorcycles got me wanting to travel more and further. I bought a BMW F700GS in July. I had already planned a trip to Acadia Maine on the scooter, so I did that on the GTS in August. I had some time off at work that I had to take or lose before the end of the year, so now that I had panniers on the BMW I wanted to take a short trip to end the season and give me a taste of what it will be like on the Blue Ridge Parkway trip I'm planning for next spring. I looked at a map and figured Maryland would be a good place to go and when searching for camping I came across Assateague Island. I had loved the book Misty when I was a little girl and always wanted to go, so pony watching it was. Bike on the Cape May Ferry As soon as I pulled in to the park the first group of horses was there to greet me I was surprised at the number of surfers here Full moon rising Another group of ponies. They have full run of the island and are still very wild, so there are signs everywhere saying to stay back as they kick and bite. Still they are used to people and think nothing of stopping for lunch in the middle of someones campsite Moon still in sight in the morning, my little tent at the bottom Back home with my first trip sticker in place I'll still be riding in the winter unless there is snow on the ground, but the camping gear will be put away until spring and the thought of many many more trips will get me through until then.