10 states, 12 days, 2 brothers, 1 license, 1 street bike, 4200 miles, zero Sense I spend way too many hours reading wonderful RRs here, so I figure I better contribute. It's not wonderful, it's probably not even very good, but maybe the next one will be better. Ever dream of going to Cando, North Dakota? Of course you have! Come along with us on our journey to the great golden plains of the far north. Cando Ride Report - 9/9/12 thru 9/21/12 This last minute trip came about through many beers and little planning, both my brother and i have been going through serious stress and life altering changes. We felt the need to check out for a couple weeks and reboot ourselves, hopefully returning stronger through the experience. Our goal was Cando North Dakota, a small farm town 40 miles south of the Canadian border, right in the heart of the Dakota prairie. It's the town where our grandparents had lived and where we visited our whole childhood, pure, safe and friendly, a place much different from SoCal. Along the way we would ride through Zion, Yellowstone & the Tetons, and the Black Hills seeing as many roadside attractions and monuments as we could. I read many ride reports and researched the route to avoid super slab as much as possible, and we rode some amazing 2 lane highway, roads that I will return to in the future, just for the ride. A month before departure, I received my brand new 2012 Triumph Street Triple R in all it's phantom black/gold sexiness. What an amazing machine! It turns, it pulls, it stops and it does it all better than the competition, plus it's just goddam sexy. Sure, it's no liter-bike, but it's got plenty of pink-slip pulling potential. My brother with zero street riding experience received his riding permit the day before we left on the trip, but fortunately we dirt riders tend to take to street pretty easily and I was confident he would do fine. His steed for the journey was my trusty '06 DR650 with 26k miles, she had been my daily ride for 24k miles and I felt confident that the mighty DR would do the ride just fine. Unfortunately the only side bags I had were for the DR, so the least powerful bike was going to have to carry the most crap; tools, spares, cable lock, rain gear, etc etc. Our packing was pretty light, duffel bag full of clothes, backpack for small items, waterproofed by plastic trash bags. Riding gear was the same, TourTech jacket with liner, JoeRocket jacket with liner, dry and wet gloves, boots and jeans. No fancy suits or touring apparati, just us and a couple unsuitable long-distance bikes.