So earlier this year I came up with a harebrained scheme to ship my bike out to Alexandria, VA and ride it back to Seattle, WA. This is the tale of what took place. My plan was to average about 350 miles a day avoiding interstates as much as possible getting home about 10 days later. I would have loved to ride coast-coast-coast but getting that much time off work wasn't feasible. I started this journey by buying a 2002 VFR with full hard bags, a Givi touring screen, Sargent seat, and Heli Bars. I thought it was going to be the perfect touring machine. Comfy, fast enough to be stupid on, good wind protection, and a numb throttle hand after 20 miles. Shit...I tried different gloves, different jackets, different grips, cramp busters, everything...what I concluded was that 4 weeks before my epic journey of a lifetime the riding position of my perfect touring machine was wrong and I would need to find another steed. Luckily, when I was at a local dealer (buying grips, gloves, and a cramp buster) I caught this red beauty out of the corner of my eye... Well hello there, gorgeous... So, after an evening of convincing Mrs. Jburroughs that this is a worthy investment, the Multistrada came home. I brought it home, rode it a few times, and shipped it off to the east coast without doing any mods/long term testing on it...this can only end well. An Italian bike, untested, being ridden across the country... I flew into DCA at 2300 hrs on Wednesday, and was slated to hit the road at 0900 Thursday. Thursday morning comes around, I'm up at 0530 making coffee, ensuring I have everything, only to find out that the bike is at my dad's buddy's girlfriend's house. We stop by and she is not even close to being awake, we stop by his buddy's house, wake him up, and finally get the bike back to the house so I can pack it around 0800. I get the bike packed with all my gear and just need to quickly wire up a USB port and hook up a universal throttle lock. Too easy, right? So we hook up the USB port in about 10 minutes and start attacking the throttle lock. It didn't fit anywhere on the bars because all of the controls on the Multi have little pins in them that slot into the handlebars. So, we had to bust out the drill and make out own hole for the throttle tube to slot into. 1030 and we are ready to go! We hop on the bikes, turn north on Rt. 1 to hop on the beltway to get to Tim's house and...traffic. Welcome to NOVA, Joe, enjoy your stay! We get to Tim's around 1130, make introductions, and boogie. We grab some quick food at a diner, and hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway to head towards our first stop of Wytheville, VA. All the pictures are uploading now. More to come.