Well, here goes my first attempt at a decent distance ride report. So bear with me! I'm planning to try to keep this updated as we go, but in all reality, it's entirely likely to not be my primary priority. The players: me, I'm Dave, 36 years old, been riding bikes off and on since I was about 7. Currently trail ride a lot, do a little GNCC racing, and have been really enjoying this 950 I bought this spring. Me and my wife... Henry, the most rowdy old guy i know! After taking a few years off bikes, he bought a 650gs, then promptly traded it in for an 800. I'm still not entirely sure how I convinced him this was a good idea, but he's in! Here he is receiving his illegally imported bad Puerto Rican beer (long story as to why anybody would want it, but...) The plan.... Leave our houses in asheville Friday the 18 and head kinda southwest. No real plans as far as routes, but planning to try to cover about 350 miles a day. We've got 2 smart phones and a garmin, and a bunch of pages torn out of a walmart 2007 atlas,how hard can it be? 1st major stopping point is intended to be Carlsbad NM. spend a day exploring and hanging out. Next is a day or 2 in Phoenix with a good friend From there, we are planning on heading up to the Hoover dam and over to Vegas to spend a night. Through some of Death Valley, over to San Francisco. down the coast for a little while and ending back up in Johnson valley to do a little desert racing. The prep... ) Henry has a brand new Beemer, so he's just been buying gear and camping supplies, I on the other hand am riding a KTM with 32k on it, so... It's amazing, once you dig into one of these things, they are really pretty simple, and come this far apart with a minimal number of tools! Valves done, generally gone through, luggage loaded, and as ready as she's gonna get! so, we were hoping this trip would begin with one of our typical scenic sunny riding days unfortunatly, we have had a couple of pretty nasty days! this bucket was empty on tuesday! and now its turning to snow!