I'm back. While in Alaska last year I met a gentleman at a gas station. We got to talking about travel destinations. He had a twin brother who had chose to go to Newfoundland. I thought "Hmmm, just finished as far North as I could go on the bike, why not try East?". Here is the Alaska ride report link if your really hard up to read ride reports. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196720 I originally was to travel with Greg (my Alaska ride partner). At the last minute work obligations pulled him out of the ride. Now I had to convince my wife that it was no big deal going 9,500 miles alone in 15 days. On the Alaska venture I had to ride with a medical boot due to broken leg that tried to derail my ride plans. I told her at least this time I have two good legs, please??? She knows how much these rides mean to me and never did really agree to it, but also never hid the bike keys either. I wasn't planning on doing any type of off road so I choose to ride an 06 Yamaha FJR. Perfect choice for going far fast and for me in great comfort. I was planning on camping as much as possible so I used the passenger spot for the Moto-Fizz bag loaded with everything I needed. I didn't have unlimited time so travel days were well spent. I actually waited to leave so I could stop in and check out Sturgis on the way through South Dakota. I went there in 1996 and swore I would never be back. Never say never. Not really my type of crowd, but I figured it would be an amusing diversion while checking out Rushmore and Crazy Horse. I hoofed it from SLC to Hot Springs, SD. I figured staying just outside of Sturgis would allow me a chance for a campground. Here is day one in the saddle.