Looking back on 2020, I thought about sharing something positive which happened this summer with my little group. Giving some background on our group. On Jan 1st of 2020 myself and Eric finished our 30 year careers in Law Enforcement. Eric is a former Command Staff member of our Department and myself, I was a property crimes Detective along with being a Motors Officer at one time. For 5 plus years I was paid to ride a DRZ-400 :). We started talking about the TAT a couple years before retirement and decided that we both needed a long motorcycle trip like this to unwind. We talked with a few friends in our riding group so Mike, who is a former Honda Motorcycle mechanic and service manager, was in for the trip. With life's obligations he would only be able to ride the first half of the TAT. All three of us have different bikes and setups. The sponsor "John" has a 2015 Honda XR650L with a few modifications. I used Mosko Moto Reckless 80L luggage. I have had this luggage for a few years and it has worked flawlessly. I did use a larger top bag from Dry Spec. Eric has a Husqvarna TE610, I cant remember if it's a 05 or 06 year. He used the new Mosko Moto Reckless 80L Revolver luggage. Mike has a Honda CB500X with a Rally Raid stage 3 kit. He had the SW Motech luggage racks along with Nelson-Rigg Deluxe Adventure bags. I carried the following items on my XR. Two changes of clothing to go with the one pair which I was wearing. All clothing was of wicking material which did not have any cotton. Bogi wash cloth and towel. Marmot 45 degree sleeping bag, Nemo Astro XL sleeping pad, sleeping bag liner along with an inflatable pillow. Kelty Salida 2 person tent with a double vestibule. I used a floor liner for the tents floor protection. I feel with us camping 3 of the 4 weeks it was a good call. Cooking kit was contained in a Kelty mid size cache box. MSR stove, Camp soap, lighter, long spoon and normal spork, towel, fire starter, collapsible cup, titanium cup and coffee! I know these items were a luxury but the fold up chair, chromebook, and solar powered portible charger were nice to have. I had a first aid kit along with an active SPOT membership. I carried a tool kit incase any repairs were needed. (Sockets, wrenches, plyers screwdrivers, loctite, gorilla super glue, electrical tape, sandpaper, oil change kit, air filter cleaning and filter oil.) I also carried a tire repair kit along with a high pressure hand pump. Reading all of the trips people have made on AdvRidider I was hoping to be prepared for most possible break downs. Navigation was using OsmAnd App on two Kyocera Duraforce Pro waterproof cellphones. Here are some of the prep trip pictures. Tomorrow I will post more on our beginning. If things go well I should be able to post daily.