Ladies, Babies, Mama's and Papa's! I turned in my notice last month and am leaving my job in the edge-of-your-seat world of insurance to ride the TAT. My target start date is May 15. I know, you wish you were me. Its cool, I get it. Wish you could come with me, too. But since you can't be me, and you can't come with me (which you actually can if you let me know you want to), I thought I'd give you an on-going trip report as I go. I also started a blog for those non-adv people out there that gives a little back story and a little more depth about the whole process too. I encourage you to check it out (don't worry, I'm not making money in any way off traffic), could be entertaining. Seriously, someone dies in it.. then gets resurrected! www.thetransamerican.com Anyway, to fill you in - I'm 25 years old and have been working in the fascinating world of WORKERS COMP INSURANCE for the last two years since college. If you're not asleep yet, you can perk up, cuz the Good News is that i'm quitting it all and moving from Atlanta to the West Coast for something new. What exactly? Dunno. But I decided I had to get there in outrageous style. TAT, obviously. So I bought a stock 2009 KLR. So I had to go about the business of installing all the standards - SW Motech crash bars and racks, bark busters, battery tender, etc. It was a lot more of an involved process than I thought it would be. I pretty much had to skeletonize the bike to get everything on. I'm no mechanic by any means, but I can use a wrench.. only took me 8 hours. I also decided to take off the green decals, which I always thought were hideous. The results look pretty awesome. And mean. I decided to go with Dunlop D606's for tires and Seahorse 720 cases for luggage. Both are in my garage, waiting for me to get a break from work to put them on. I'll put up some pics when I get em up. Ordered the maps from Sam, too. They're pretty intimidating in their detail. I'm glad to have them, but I've got quite a headache ahead of me with getting all the tracks in my GPS. Speaking of which... Decided to go with a pretty basic (read: affordable) Garmin eTrex 20. Color screen, holds waypoints, combined with a smartphone - all I need. In other luggage stuff, I bought a cheap Overboard dry bag to hold my camping gear (camping as much as I can... on the funemployment budget) that will ride on top over the back and got a $40 tank bag from Wallyworld that actually got some decent reviews. I'm easy to please. Like I said, my start date is May 15. As this whole adventure gets off the ground, i'll keep posting pics and do my best to get updates to you here when I'm on the road as much as possible. Lemme know what you think, honey's n sonny's! All feedback is welcome!