So it has been nearly a year since I left on my epic US ride, and I need to get this on paper before I start forgetting the minor details and whatnot. Also, I feel that it's important I share my experience on here because many fellow inmates played a role. Whether that role involved becoming a friendly acquaintance, offering hospitality, or saving my @$$ in troubled times, I have to start this off by extending my deep appreciation for this website and the folks on it. I bought the R100RT about a year ago this April (of 2013). It was the reward of a year's worth of savings. The airhead was on the market for a decent price, and it was all that I could really afford anyway. The mileage (and perhaps a few other issues) put it right in my price range. It turned out to be a serendipitous purchase, as the motorcycle proved to be not only a faithful horse (considering I didn't service it before leaving) but a stout symbol of self-sufficiency, durability, and ultimately freedom. A complete match in spirit to my ideals of 'being on the road'.