I'm all packed and ready to go on a short four day road trip from Washington State to Sumpter, Oregon, (about 300 miles). I will be mostly traveling on secondary highways and forest service roads. The Bike: This is the maiden voyage of my 2007 BMW F650GS that I bought in late April. Since May, I have purchased various accessories so that traveling with this bike would be more convenient. During May and June I installed these accessories and took some local test rides to make sure that everything was installed or functioning properly. Bike came with ABS, Heated Grips, Engine Guards. And I installed the following accessories: Accessory List: Happy Trail Pannier Racks Happy Trail Top Box Agri-Supply Tubes (additional storage off Top Box) Wolfman Expedition Panniers Aerostich Tank Panniers BMW Tank Bag Aerostich Headlight Guard FuseBlok (additional switched and fused electrical power) Battery Bug (monitors battery status) Garmin Zumo GPS and Ram Mount The Town: Now comes the first longer ride scheduled for four days. This ride is based on a book (Ghost Towns of the Northwest, by Norman Weis). The first chapter of the booked looked at the mining industry in eastern Oregon near Baker City. So, I decided to ride south and base myself out of Sumpter Oregon for several days, where I plan to explore the following mining ghost towns; Granite, Susanville, Granite, Whitney, and Galena. Note: In 1977 Sumpter was designated a ghost town but since then has seen significant growth. I will be up and on the road by 0600 PDT tomorrow and I hope to be posting a ride report some time before 2100 PDT tomorrow, provided I have internet service, everything works, and I know what I'm doing. Until then Good Night see you tomorrow The Macadam Drifter PS The link to my Travel Log is listed below in the signature and provides greater pre-ride detail for anyone who is interested.