Late last year myself and Leadman (Pete) decided we needed an adventure. I'd been talking about doing the TAT the last couple of years. Business was going well this year and I decided I could afford to take the necessary time off to do the entire journey. Pete needed a little adventure in his life so we booked a flight and arranged shipping of the bikes. We were now committed. I have a buddy, Russ, (capitalistbiker) who lives just outside Pittsburgh and he told us we could ship the bikes to his home. He also wanted to do the first part of the ride with us too. Bikes just before the pick up. The bikes were picked up at my home in Cotati, CA the second week of May and our flight was out of Oakland on 6/14. Shipping of the bikes went just ok. I received a call from the shipper during transit that my bike had developed an oil leak and they had no idea why. I told them not to worry I'd check it out when I arrived at Russ's. So we get there and some oil on Russ's garage floor. I check it out and none of the obvious places are leaking. After a closer look I see oil coming the throttle body plenum. The only way that could happen is if the bike was laying on it's side for an extended period and the oil came up through the breather hose. It was an easy fix, just take the plenum off, drain it, clean the air filter and add some oil. Although I did have to add 1.5 ltr and it only holds 2.3. Anyway, the bikes were ready to go and we headed out from Russ's on Monday 6/17. Day one. By the way, Russ moved out there from California a couple of years ago and here's what you can get in Pennsylvania for under 300k, with 5 acres: Our initial group was comprised of me, Pete, Russ, and his friend Jim who's the senior enduro champ for the area. I was on Dakar, Pete on his DR650, Russ on a 990 Adventure and Jim on a DR650. Our goal for the day was to get down to Bethany Beach, DL our Atlantic Ocean starting point and do a little sight seeing along the way. All pavement, no dirt the first day. Our first stop about 80 miles in was for breakfast at Ruthie's Diner. Decent food and cheap. Second stop wasn't much to look at but was a lot to think about, even a little emotional. It was the Flight 93 Memorial. As we left the Memorial pulling back on the highway I felt something fall into my lap. I look down and see my new Garmin Montana. I guess I didn't attach properly and I always wondered why people attach leashes to them. Now I know and it has one. Our next stop was Gettysburg. Pete and I really wanted to do the tour but Russ and Jim wanted to keep moving so all we have are a couple of pictures. We kept going until we reached I-95 outside of Baltimore and headed northeast towards Delaware. By the way I-95 is a turnpike which we Californians aren't used to. so we had one person pay for all four and just filed through. Then the weather turned a little ugly and we got hit with a gullywasher. It was raining so hard cars just pulled over, put on their flashers and read the newspaper. We kept riding, albeit at 20mph, until we reached our exit which was 15" underwater. By the way it was so warm it wasn't worth putting on rain gear, it was over 80 degrees and as soon as the rain stopped you dried out. We were now heading south towards Bethany Beach but it was getting late so we stopped in Dover for the night. I'll work on Day two shortly. And don't worry the trip gets more interesting.