Over the river and through the woods, to grandmothers house we go <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> I really could think of no better title for my first ADV ride report. After all, thats where we were headed. <o></o> About the riders: <o></o> About me (jckid): I always say that I was practically born on a motorcycle. This is me at about one year old: My mom and dad had been riding for several years by that point, and they certainly werent going to let the arrival of kids stop them from having some real adventures. My sister is five years older than me, and before I came along, they rode triple on various Hondas, all under 200cc. Once I came along, it was clear to my dad that something had to be done. After all, we couldnt all four ride on one little bike. He had the perfect solution. He upgraded to a 250cc bike and built a side car. The four of us traveled all over Oregon in that rig. <o></o> <o></o> At the age of six, my dad got me a Honda Minitrail 50, and Ive been riding off and on ever since. <o></o> About my husband: Now my husbands only experience with motorcycles before I met him was riding a friends dirt bike a time or two. One of his best friends was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident years ago, which left him with zero interest in motorcycles. When I came into his life, I didnt have a motorcycle, but he knew that I rode. I can distinctly remember him saying, dont even think about another motorcycle. Fast forward a few years, and I was able to talk him into small (kid size) dirt bikes, which then led to Honda 230s, and ultimately to my Husqvarna SM610 and his BMW G650X-Country. Last summer we started doing short overnight camping trips on the motorcycles. <o></o> The Trip: We had promised my 92 year old grandmother that wed be up to see her this summer. She lives in Sutherlin, Oregon where I grew up. In my mind it was the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stonego see grandma and go on a great ride. Due to time limitations, and the fact that we wanted to save some vacation time for later in the summer, we decided wed ride one-way from Southern California to Oregon, but take the long, scenic route. My parents were traveling from San Diego to Oregon via Interstate 5 just before our trip, and they offered to take our truck up with them, so it would be waiting for us in Oregon. So our final plan was to take five days to get to Oregon, spend a few days with family, and then drive home.