I found ADV in early Summer of 2004 while doing some casual searching for information on riding to Alaska. Two friends of mine were planning a trip to Deadhorse, and they asked my opinions on gear, routes, etc., and never having really given much thought to the idea, I started snooping around. Stumbling on this site was like finding King Tut's tomb. The amount of info, pics, opinions (lots of opinions! ) and know-how was staggering to me. What an incredible resource! Initially, I only used it as just that, a resource for dry information. It didn't take long, however, to figure out the ADV is much more than that. It's a community of like-minded men and women, all very passionate for the same kinds of things that my wife and I love. We've made some true lifelong friends here, and gone on some fantastic trips that we otherwise would not have gone on. We've gotten so much more from ADV than we can ever pay back, but I figured that it was time to at least give it a try. After all, one's existence on this board cannot be made up entirely of snarky comments about tire repairs, luggage choices, and political affiliations, can it? With this thinking in mind, I've decided to try my hand at a ride report. Fair warning: odds are that this is going to bore some of you to death, especially those with a predilection towards more adventure and less highway. I can live with that. What follows is planned to be a chronicle of our vacation trip for this year. Actually, it's the only vacation we've gotten in the last three years. We work too effin' much. Such is the curse of the blue-collar man who didn't stay in college long enough. _________________________ This one is Big Trip II. The initial Big Trip happened in July, 2010, and took in quite a bit of the route we're planning to do over the next 20 days or so. The onus for the '10 ride was West Fest in Darby, Montana. We'd been to WARPED a few times, and to a great many local events, but West Fest was a big 'un, and Montana ride was a long-time desire. We had a great time, and managed to hit Yellowstone and Glacier NP's along the way. The last leg of the trip was from Seattle back home to Auburn, California, and we hurried it, which left a bit to be desired. This time we plan to do thing a little differently. The only planned destinations are Boise, to spend a little time with family, and Glacier and Yellowstone. Those had be planned in advance if we wanted camping space. After that, the route's open for interpretation. We'd like to go through Rocky Mountain NP, as well as some of other areas of Colorado that we've never seen. Hopefully I won't drone on about things too much, and I should be able to grab a few nice images along the way. We'll update the thread and pics as we get internet service. Thanks for reading along this far!