Introduction This was a spur of the moment trip sparked by the solar eclipse on Aug 21st. My son Matt asked if I thought his Italian Husky would make it to Rexburg, Idaho. He was going to meet his buddies there, camp at Yellowstone and experience the eclipse. I mentioned that the close ratio Husky transmission taps out at 55 mph. Later I asked him how he was going to return from Idaho and if he wanted to do the Great Western Trail back home. The seed was planted. I recommended he look for a more highway friendly dual sport. He settled on an used DRZ400. The plan was set for me to meet him in Idaho Falls after the eclipse and start the GWT the next day on the 22nd. We had about 2 weeks to get ready. Neither Matt or I have ever been on more than a two day trip, usually Dual Sport rides put on by Jerry Counts http://www.dualsportwest.com/ or D37 club rides http://www.district37ama.org/dualsport/ridingevents.php The other unknown was the GWT it self. I had heard about it on various forums and recently Jerry Counts posted tracks for the GWT on http://www.gpsxchange.com/ under "Private Libraries" "Countdown" section. Jerry and fellow riders helped compile a continuous track from Idaho Falls to the Mexican border. The track has many options colored in green for < 550cc dual sports, red for hard ways and dark magenta for ADV bikes. I usually do the GPS planning for our rides this time I let Matt pick the tracks he wanted. Once he was done I filtered the tracks to 500 points for my Garmin 60CSX. Matt has newer Garmin 76. We both bought Giant Loop Mojavi bags and packed them with an extra set of base layer undergarments and toiletries on one side. On the other side we packed walking shorts, tee shirt and sandals. With a small backpack with water and snacks we planned to travel fairly light. I wasn't too interested in riding my Beta 500RS 1,000 miles from Santa Barbara to Idaho falls on the freeway in 100 plus degree heat. So I found that I could rent a Dodge mini van for $44 a day one way. With the help of a couple of friends we shoehorned it in and I set off to meet Matt. P8190245 by 500RS, on Flickr I arrived in Idaho Falls a couple of hours before the solar eclipse and found a public park to hang out in and waited. I was surprised by how dark it was during the eclipse. All of the photos I took were crappy. After 1,300 miles on the freeway Matt needed new tires. He found an awesome shop Ben's Quality Cycle http://www.bensqualitycycle.com/ Ben installed new knobbies on his rims and let Matt change is oil. I think we are ready to go tomorrow.