This will be my first longer term trip report so please bear with me. I am considering it a personal challenge to keep this ride report reasonable up to date for the duration of the trip. I saved up a bunch of PTO from work and will be taking about two and a half months to ride the western US this summer, starting here in a few weeks. I will be taking the trip solo. I consider myself a man of few words and an introvert, so this will especially be a challenge for me doing a trip this long. The plan Mostly camping along the way, getting a hotel/motel every few days to refresh, or if there is bad weather forecasted. I will be using ioverlander and The Dyrt apps, as well as taking a look at the tent space map occasionally. There is also a FB group called “Bunk a Biker” that I will be checking out as well. This will also be a challenge for me, as I typically have camping/lodging planned out in advance for shorter runs near me. The (very rough baseline) route The Bike 2017 Yamaha FJ-09. Although not a true “Adventure Bike”, I have added a few items to make it more bearable off pavement use. Crash bars in case of a drop (already tested a few times), a skid plate to protect the underside if i get too overzealous, and Continental Trail Attack tires to give me a slight advantage over standard street tires. Though I won't be running down any single tracks or anything too rough, this will get me down most forest service roads to get to the better campsites in national forests, and hopefully prevent any major damage when i drop the bike. The Gear Givi 37L Trekker Dolomiti panniers, as well as a top case. The top case will be very lightly loaded, mostly used for lockable storage space while stopped. Camping Gear: Sea to Summit 2p Tent Kootek hammock with bug net, to be used on clear warmer nights NEMO Forte 20 Cheap amazon inflatable sleeping pad REI folding chair Katadyn hiker water filter pump Glock folding shovel/saw Jetboil for use sparingly Bear Mace Other items: Tool roll Slime Tire pump and plugs Sneakers, flip flops, 3 changes of clothing Tablet for reading (2) 1 liter Nalgene bottles in the panniers, as well as (2) 1.5 liter nalgene bottles mounted to the crash bars up front (2) MSR 30 oz fuel bottles mounted to the panniers Delorme inreach explorer This is an overview of my big ticket items I will be bringing along. I am definitely open to questions/comments/suggestions. As I said earlier, this will be a whole new experience for me. My longest previous trip was Nashville to Duck, NC. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.