I have done many fly and rides but this one is being done out of pure nostalgia and the desire to relive some memories and create some new ones. Let me explain..... In 1991 I was 20 and bought my first brand new motorcycle. It was the coolest bike one could own at that time and the CBR1000F from Honda took every cent I had to make it my own. Here is what I couldn't live without. And the young kid who thought he was the coolest thing on earth... Ah yes... after years of dirt bikes and beaters I finally had myself a new bike and life was good. I did quite a few rides though out Australia and had adventures that I will never forget. I got caught in a flash flood in South Australia and drop the bike over and over again in the mud as I travelled miles of dirt roads and also took my girl friend to Tasmania and rode around there for a week which included over night Ferry trips to get there and back. I have albums of pictures and notes as the interenet wasn't alive back then but my trips were still documented and I look at them every five years or so... I logged many many miles on this bike with my best friend on the back racing up and down the Great Ocean Road and rocking up to parties thinking I was cooler than Tom Cruse in Top Gun. Memories that feel like yesterday. Now the story takes a twist that actually ends up bring me to the USA. It's the week of Christmas in 1993 and I am in the city of Geelong which is 50 miles from my house in the country as I need to pick up a present for my mum. I am approaching a major intersection when a drunk driver runs through the red light and I am able to brake enough to not have him run over me but I plow into the car slamming into the middle of it and get sent flying over the car and down the road with the bike flipping over the car. The drunk driver proceeds to flee and later the cops catch him while I am taken to the hospital for treatment on some major injuries. Being Australian they wack a band aid on me and I am good to go... (I wish) This results in a check for the bike coming from my insurance company a month later and combined with some money from my work brings me to the decision of either buying a new Triumph Tiger Steamer or heading off on walkabout for 4 years... You guessed it... walkabout time. Now the time from that point on has many many stories and life experiences but lets just say for now that my beautiful wife changes all my plans when I met her while on my walkabout and here I am today. Now in a twist of fate right here on ADVrider back in November of 2013 one of the inmates here posts up a rare low milage mint condition (for a 23 year old bike) CBR1000F and I can't help but think I need to go do a fly and ride across the USA and add this beauty to my stable for nothing more than the memories it will bring back and to see some of the USA I haven't yet seen. So on April 10th I will be boarding a plane to Columbus Ohio to meet Lonnie (current owner) and start my next adventure as I spend 5 days riding across the great USA. My flight is booked and the bike sits in wait for me as I start planning a route from Columbus to Phoenix and now I hope to get some advice or tips on what to see and what route to take as I plan my next great adventure and hope to bring some of you fine folks along with me.