Note on the subtitle: Martin, the guy who created the Tour of Idaho route, argues that when people cut out some sections of his ride, it changes some of the "essential character" of the trip. I'm sure he's right, hence the "sans character." He also wrote a manifesto explaining how people who ride it like we do lack ethics. In just over 48 hours we leave, for the second year in a row, to ride the Tour of Idaho, a route mapped out by Martin (motorcyclejazz) that goes from Utah to Canada via 1,300 miles of dirt roads and mountain trails (about 10% is on paved roads). There is also the east-west version, which Martin recommends for dual sport bikes and girl scout troops. (When discussing this with my wife, my 13-yr-old argued that girl scouts are tough, and I had to agree to stop using "girl scouts" as a derisive term.) Dual sports aren't up to the longer route, so they say. One has yet to completed that route. I'm starting to write this trip report now to procrastinate doing other things, like switching out my tires to new Dunlop 606s, fixing my dash, programming my radio, getting my truck ready. Now that it's come right down to it, most of us truly don't have the time or money to go. Good thing we've already committed time and resources, and committed to each other, because it's that obligation that's pushing us to go through with it.