Well (FMD) Its been a bloody long while in the planning but its finally happening after a couple of small false starts. Plan.. What fucking plan.. There is none. Heres me & Mickey Mouse. Maybe a rough plan that includes ride north from LA & then see what the gold old US of A has to offer. Plus I will want to catch up with a couple of ex military mates while im at it. So pulled the pin at work. Been doing stuff all since Nov. So its now or never. After a long stint in Local Government IT and Defence i reckon I earn t a break. The adventure started when I drove to Sydney to get my US Visa for 6 months. Now that's a 13 hour drive from Brisbane my home town. An excellent mate on here ADV rider aspad (Peter) was most generous to put me up for the night whilst I stopped over in SYD. I would like to thank him personally and have extended the same offer when he is in QLD next. Great bloke (G'day Peter). Much talk was had about motorbikes maps & equipment over the course of the night. I look forward to him retiring and getting amongst it. To Digga1111 thanks Rick for putting up with my Plant Operator Skills & driving your good old Mack R model. Really appreciated the extra cash & the challenge of earthmoving. Chop Chop. Mate heal well im sure you will be up and at em in no time & blasting away on that 950 that some dumb shit that's addicted to Hillbilly Heroin sold ya. Thanks for all the coffee and support over the few years I have known ya. To Eddywoodgo . Sorry I couldnt make your fair well for you and Susan & I hope we catch up along the trails again soon. Plus thanks for the shipping tip too. All the boys that organised & made it out to the 3rd Maidenwell ride. Friggin awesome to see so many great blokes. Younggun640 Ryan.. Thanks for helping out & looking after my house cat & dog while im away. Top bloke. Transport Logistics. What a root around. Took my bike & got a Dangerous Good Certificate for it. & was releived of a couple of hundred poo tickets for it. I used to do DG packing when I was in the army and it is not that hard. Loading aircraft prior to jumping out of the suckers. Still can't work out why they gouge you for so much. Good old flying Kangaroo.. well they sort of helped but unless you know how to calculate a volumetric weight they will bend you over & pork you with it. So after a couple of days stuffing around I got put on to cargotransport.com.au by ed. Cargotransport.com.au Steve me old mate sorted things out in a flash. Dropped the bike off today & its in LAX on 1 June. No stuffing around. I couldnt recommend them enough. Nothing was too hard. Even had a couple of lads with their phones taking photos of the SE while it sat grumpily in its pallet. If anyone wants specifics flick me a PM. Got quotes from other jokers but it seems all they want to do is gouge you and or not be bothered to get back to you. Got me stuffed how most of these monkeys stay in business. Now a sight to see was me by myself trying to load the 950 onto the back of the trailer after I had sat a steel motorcycle pallet on to the trailer that I got from me old mate Sam at Brisbane MC @ Caboolture. Blocked off half the street & got a run up getting it on to the trailer. Then tied it down. Man that things is heavy. It weights 200kgs with a about a litre of fuel in it. Much more than I thought. So none of this shit about spending $1100 for some clown to make you a special crate for your beast. All you need is a steel bike pallet to tie it down on. Mine was a CRF250 Jobbie. No sides wood or crap. Had to do a fair bit of prep work on the bike to get things sorted. I replaced the floating discs with solid changed the oil & cleaned her down spotless. Heres some pics of the handy work. Looks micky mouse. Plus me little mate wondering what the hell is going on. Shes sitting under my feet as I type this. So I head off tomorrow for LAX. SO ....... Whos in for this trip with me. ?