Two years ago, my wife and I went out to buy a lawnmower and came back with two motorcycles. She would say it was all downhill from there. In reality, it was all uphill. I soon broke my ankle riding, and while convalescing discovered the TAT. I immediately decided it was something I had to do and started making plans. Having no previous off-road experience and only a couple thousand miles experience on-road from decades earlier, I had my work cut out. Ultimately, I decided to ride a KTM 450 XC-W solo and unsupported. I left Jekyll Island, GA on the Atlantic on 8/15/16 and arrived at Port Orford, OR on the Pacific three weeks later on 9/5/16. I then rode to Eugene, OR, where I traded the KTM in on a bike more appropriate for riding tarmac back and returned home yesterday, 9/12/16. The KTM’s odometer reported 6,339 miles. The BMW I rode back reports 3,270 miles. The purpose of my posting this thread is to provide information to others who might want to attempt something similar and, like me, have little previous experience. So I will be making a series of posts over the next week or so (as time permits) focusing on my expectations and preparations versus what actually transpired – trying to point out those things I think might be most surprising and/or helpful. The westward track starts on the Atlantic and crosses the return eastward track in northern Georgia. So west of Georgia, the lower track is from riding the 450 west.