inReach link...if you’re an ex girlfriend don’t click on the link https://share.garmin.com/TimothyTew Packing is done, bike is ready, friends are ready, credit card balance is zero, my brain is reset, online dating sites are updated, and now it's time to just relax and ride. Trailering Pearl (I've grown tired of fighting the winds and heat across the Plains) out to an inmates home in Mena OK. VT700guy has graciously invited me to store my truck and trailer at his place. Much appreciated My two traveling buddies Jeff and Ben will meet me there. Jeff's riding a brand new Africa Twin and Ben will be on his trusty 2014 DL650. The morning of 25 May we'll head west eventually making a turn to the north at Rachel Nevada. We'll be visiting many of the places I've come to love and I look forward to sharing them. The ride will be about 12,000 miles. Some Colorado passes, the beauty of Utah, the desolation of Nevada, the Gravelly Range road in Montana, The Ice Fields Parkway, Dust 2 Dawson, the Top of The World Hwy, the Dempster Hwy, the Dalton Hwy, the Denali Hwy, and the stunning Salmon Glacier are all on the list. I'll be posting most days. Info on road conditions, fuel/food/lodging availability, and stuff to help others who are headed to the top will all be forthcoming. I want to thank in advance the many friends and inmates who've contacted me about accommodations and support. Many of them will join us for some of the ride. I (we)'ll be traveling pretty slow. Gone are the days when I needed to get somewhere fast in order to have time to enjoy. I have no real schedule, no responsibilities, no debt, and not a single human to answer to except myself. As the ride progresses I'll post reviews of stuff I'm using on the ride. And of course how Pearl treats me...and in return how I take care of her. And speaking of Pearl....she's a brand new 2018 DR650se. The thread for her build is here. You can also find bunches of info and our tentative beginning schedule here at my planning thread for this summers ride to the top. Thanks for coming along.... It's been a long 10 months since the last big ride....more after the break.