Who the hell chooses to start a ride report with a picture of a tractor? You're supposed to hook the readers with an epic scene of mountains, vast deserts, tree lined paths.... In February people want you to throw in a few beaches, palm trees and maybe a good looking girl in a bikini. A pile of snow is not what anyone wants to see. Nor do I. Hang on for a while and I'll do my best to bring them all to you. Well, maybe not the bikini picture. That could bring on the wrath of Glasswife. Our story starts on a soon to be distant snow covered hill top in NY. Tucked in the basement of a tiny home you'll find a few motorcycles that haven't seen the light of day in months. Like most winters I have had enough. In years past I used to preserve a bit of sanity by flying out west in late January, attend an optics convention for a half day, then ride a rented motorcycle around California and Nevada for a week. Putting that hole in the winter calendar made the rest of the winter bearable. With a great lack of foresight as to the consequences, I stopped doing that years ago and have subsequently lost my mind. Last winter shortly after the snowpocalypse I hopped on a GL1500 and rode out of the snow and didn't stop until the bike hit the Gulf of Mexico. It helped, and a vow was made then to never endure another NY winter without a motorcycle escape. This brings us to that lovely picture above, taken a couple of hours ago as the thermometer was inching to 8 degrees from -2 this morning. This winter has been one of the coldest in 50 years. I have two choices for storing bikes up here. One is a garage but it has no heat or insulation. The one project out there has been untouchable for almost the entire winter. Sure, I could dress in layers and layers but tools that are -10 to 10 degrees F are not fun to work with. Instead, the bikes get stored in our heated walkout basement so their annual maintenance can be done in comfort but they are now trapped. Besides the 16 inches of snow that is currently on the ground there is a 5-6 foot tall snowbank to get through first. Then comes a 100 yard uphill slog. With some luck the sun will help melt the remaining snow in the path that is now cleared. The plan- Not much of one actually. In about two weeks I will haul a bike out and head southwest. I will be away for roughly a month and want to explore some new places, possibly some old. Paved, unpaved, doesn't matter. WARM is what is being sought. On my previous CC ride I also kept a RR and received some great suggestions from inmates while we were on the road. I couldn't take every one of them, but there is little doubt that the best sights I saw were from routes sent by other riders. Suggestions are welcome. Others have started their reports asking just when does it start? Some have waited to write until they have returned. My previous one started the day we flew out and picked up the bike. This one will start with the push to escape from N.Y.