Hey everyone, checking in for the first although I been lurking for several months. Im a 47 year old new biker (since June of last year) and Im still in the process of figuring out what kind of biker I am. I took the MSF course last spring and was immediately hooked. I thought I wanted a duel sport (I was thinking KLR650) but it seemed so tall, I just wasnt comfortable enough on it for my first bike. I never really cared for cruisers or crotch rockets so didnt know which direction to go. I sat on a lot of bikes, did some online research, and finally decided on a Ninja 650. Not really a crotch rocket and a more upright seating position. I love the bike and put 3,500 miles on it before I put it away for the last two months (no cold weather gear). During this time, I have spent a lot of my normal riding time reading and enjoying this forum. Although the Ninja isnt really an adventure/touring bike, I think thats kind of the direction I am leaning. I wont be able to do any off-roading with it but I figure there are enough interesting paved roads to keep me plenty busy. I really liked a leftover Versys that I sat on last year which was a good deal but it also seemed a tad too tall. Looking back, that may have been the better choice but the Ninja is great and I will be on it for several years. Last year, I did several long day rides but never overnight and this year I am planning a mid-May trip to see my sister in South Carolina. I will be generally taking Skyline Drive/BRP and spending a few days running around in western North Carolina/Tennessee before I get to South Carolina. I not making definite plans regarding mileage per day since I want to relax and enjoy the experience. Although I would love to camp, I dont think I want to undertake the extra work/expense that goes along with it, at least not on my first multi-day trip. I also figured a real bed/shower will be a big help with recuperating from the days ride. Anyways, just wanted to introduce myself and say Im really looking forward to this trip.