Alright, so here I am, the day before taking off on a new adventure. I had planned on leaving this morning, but I had a few setbacks during my test run this weekend: 1) took a small spill and broke off my kill switch , 2) my GPS stopped working ; I spent the rest of the weekend using a screwdriver to jump the points on the solenoid to start the bike. So instead of leaving I used today to get a working starter button once again, and after reloading the software and chipset on my GPS, it is also now back to working. Back to the story .back in the spring of this year, I decided that I would go back to Grad. School this fall, and got into the program of my choice, but due to circumstances that I wont go into at this time, come the middle of the summer, I decided to put off going back to school until the fall of 2010. I then moved on to plan B, which was to basically take some time off to travel on the new to me bike; a 2005 KLR650 that I picked up this past christmas. The route, as of right now, is to get to the west coast, via the Trans-America trail. Once on the west coast, I will regroup at my brothers place in California, and from there I will then start travelling south, through Mexico and central America, all the way to the Panama canal; atleast that is the current plan. * *Plans are subject to change at any time, without due warning! The ride: When I picked up the bike it was bone stock! Not to mention a wonderful shade of pink! Have look for yourself. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> I have since spent a fair amount of time and money outfiitting the bike to my liking, and in order to make it as off-road worthy as possible. The last 3 weeks have been especially busy in not only getting the bike ready, but taking care of all my personal affairs that need to be addressed prior to taking off for a couple of months! Any way, here is the baby as she now looks! <o></o> <o>Much better....don't you think so?</o> <o></o> So like I said, I take off tomorrow morning. My starting point is Orange, Virginia; I plan on taking two days to go down to Jellico, TN, where I will pick up the start of the TAT (for those of you who are not avid readers of the advrider.com website, TAT is a comon abreviation for the Trans-America Trail). I then plan on taking about a month, give or take, to traverse the county; I want to give myself plenty of time to enjoy the ride, and take pictures of anything and everything that looks even remotely interesting. I will be taking my new, little netbook pc (an Asus Eee pc) with me, and try to keep this report as up to date as possible. I welcome any feedback or suggestions that anyone has, especially when it comes to additional things that would be worthwile to see along the way. In case I did not make it clear before, time is not that much of an issue. How lucky am I!? As a final word to end this first post, I need to say a special thank you up front to my family , on whom I know I can always rely, and to my good friend Wallace, who has gone above and beyond in providing me with the assistance necessary to make this personal sabbatical possible!