This will serve as a pre-trip report for the preparation, training and any other things that come up before departure as well as an on-going Ride Report during the trip. And so it begins... Chris (my boyfriend) and I (Mel) are taking on an ambitious trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba to St. John, Newfoundland. This adventure is sure to take us to places we never new existed and through all the best and worst times of my first real motorcycle adventure. This is an approximate route. Expected departure: Wednesday, May 8th 2013 We are on two Kawasaki KLR650's. His is a 2000 and mine is a 2002 (should be green but I've painted it) Preparing for ourselves is just as important as preparing the bikes and the gear. Having never ridden this long on the bike, I wanted to make sure everything was perfect. My first course of action was to get my ride in as best a condition as I could get it. I had a lot of help from the Winnipeg ADV community. The guys here really supported the idea of this trip and gave me plenty of tips and tricks, what not-to-dos and things to make it more enjoyable. I started by... well trying to get the bike started. A month from our launch and I was having carb issues. Turns out I had an ant and a mal-adjusted float. The bike came roaring to life right after fixing that issue. Got back in the saddle and tested the reins after a long, cold, miserable winter. The bike was running, yes, but there were more thing to be done. I had a list: - Carb vent T-mod - Check valves - Wheatwhacker mod - Install my tool tube - Install 12v outlet - Make a dash - Check the Doo - Get a new rear tire (might just pick one up along the way) - Double up my clutch line - Get a throttle lock (optional) - Finish my seat - Check that every nut and bolt is correctly tightened - Order a Wolfman Tank bag Some things on this list are now done. I will take pictures of the finished product. Next I had to test my new riding gear to see if it all works well together. Turns out, it does. Very well, in fact. I had a more experienced rider than myself take me out for a ride so I could feel more at ease. Every day that draws nearer to the start day is a day that I am working on the bike. I got myself some good rear racks from DirtRacks.com, had a welder make me some custom panniers and started installing the farkles that are slowly trickling in. I am excited and nervous and cautious and can't wait for it to start. We will be camping, and therefore not restricted to the slab, but will have the freedom to explore and experience real adventure touring like the way it is meant to be. To be continued.