Been way too long since I have had a long ride. Figured it is time my grandfather and I team up again and instead of Alaska we will hit up Washington state this year. We plan to hit up Olympic, Ranier, Lassen, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite. We will then branch off and Ill head out to the bay area then down to LA to see friends. From there, it is up to Moab for some of the finest offroad riding you could ask for with a friend from Salt Lake, then over to Denver to meet a buddy for a pint or two. The plan from there is all about Texas (San Antonio to Austin to Dallas). Hoping to check out the racetrack in Austin and of course enjoy some of the nightlife Austin is known for. Next up is KC to see an old pal from high school then over to Chicago to see DAZN on the boards (he is another one of those crazy sport bike guys that takes his CBR 1000 all over the country .and we used to live together). Final stop is Des Moines, IA to see a track day buddy before heading back up to MN to reprep the bike for the big trip. Hoping to leave for Central & South America in Oct of this year if all goes well!! Unlike the Alaska trip, I will not be taking the Gixxer 1K this time. Instead, my bike of choice is the always fashionable old gen KLR well, fashionable might not be exactly the right word. This trip is not only a great opportunity to spend time with family but also a way for me to test the water on the KLR before the next big adventure to Central & South America later this year. My grandfather is still rocking the HD Ultra Classic on this trip. The HD is so heavy, I am always in awe of how well he handles the bike and makes it look almost effortless. 7/11 Day 1 we are up early and on the bike by quarter after 7. The quiet calming rumble of the KLR takes me 30 miles down the road to St. Peter, MN where our adventure begins. I am fortunate enough to have my father and great uncle on part of the trip as well, so we have three generations riding together until we reach Hardin, MT. Ill have to say, with traveling so much on the sport bikes, this KLR is really taking some getting used to. The wind was crazy today with gusts that could really catch you off guard. The Gixxer feels so much more planted than the KLR, so Im slowly getting myself acclimated to it. I like the KLR, but it is just a very different bike. I cant wait to play in the dirt as I know higher speed on road riding is definitely not the KLRs forte. Outside of the wind, the weather wasnt bad. It was a little warm in my Teiz 1 piece suit at 90 degrees but I just opened the vents and dealt with it. What else can I say about SD, well there was lots of corn, a few ethanol plants, some corn, then we saw more corn. Our first nights stop ended up being in Mobridge, SD at the Mo Rest Motel. After a few pints and some good food at the local supper club we decided to call it an early night. We will be up early manana to Teddy Roosevelt Park in Medora, ND.