We managed to scrape together a few weeks of vacation this fall, and thought we'd take a little trip across the US to see some sights. Our point of origin is the north Atlanta suburbs, and our primary destination is the Santa Monica pier in California... we intend to dip our toes into the Pacific. One other strong point of interest is the Grand Canyon, although there are other destinations we're hitting on the way, and other events planned for this trip. Day 1 -- Atlanta, GA to Ocean Springs, MS We didn't quite make it to our original goal of New Orleans, but we got pretty close -- we are in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, just short of Biloxi, a respectable 400 or so miles from home. Todays' ride went smoothly, although we did get a late start. We thought we were this close to being finished with packing and prep last night, but of course that last 10% of preparation seems to take 90% of the time, so it was about 11AM when we finally headed out on our trip. Day 1 was a perfect day in the southeast, clear and warm, so once we got going we made good time. We have a total of four duffel bags on our bikes; two are waterproof and contain clothes, another contains bedding and towels for times we 'camp out' in a KOA cabin, and the fourth has food and tools. Plus we each have our own tankbag to hold an extra sweater, cellphone, camera, cash, and the like. We thought we were packing light, and for a three-week ride perhaps we are, but it looks like a lot all tied up on the bikes. Today was largely uneventful; rural Georgia and Alabama are just not terribly exciting. But tomorrow, we're expecting some interesting sights in New Orleans. Tomorrow morning, we'll cross Lake Ponchartrain!