This trip mostly started because of a cross country trip I took in 2007; one I completed solo on my 03 FZ1. Even before the trip was over I was calling/texting/sending postcards to my then girlfriend about how amazing everything was and how she would have loved to have seen and experienced everything that I was taking in. Fast forward a bit and now that same girlfriend is now my wife, we bought a home, got our careers on track and I still have not shut up about going on another cross country motorcycle trip with her. After a late night out Jacie said: "we need to take this trip for your 30th birthday" Thinking it was the late night combined with the beers I laughed and said ok. To be sure, the next day I confirmed the previous nights conversation and things were still on. In fact, we decided we HAD to do this trip before life got any more crazy and before we started our family. The perfect time for this was NOW. We debated (with your help at times in another thread) about the +/- of taking this trip in a car vs bike and the motorcycle won out. My thinking was that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I really wanted to seize it and share with Jacie the experiences I had. Plus, it will be a great memory together. I sold my 03 FZ1 and after spending a huge amount of time weighing out which bike to get I had it narrowed down to a handful. It had to be more passenger friendly and have storage room. Jacie was patient but sick of hearing about the virtues and shortcomings of each motorcycle. Finally we settled on one bike designed for eating up miles and being the gold standard to long distance motorcycle touring. I called/emailed/texted almost daily about bikes and none worked out. One Sunday morning, on a limb, I checked out the areas Craigslist and found a Goldwing 1800. Calls were made and within 10 minutes I was out the door to purchase a bike. So that leads us to here, Thursday August 22, 2019. Bike is 80% packed (yeah right, 50% tops) However, everything is laid out in our staging zone in the basement. Bike is ready to set out at a moments notice. We are leaving Saturday morning (24th) and will be out on the road until September 8th +/-. We are planning on going as far west as California and hitting some awesome spots along the way. I am hoping to have Jacie post here under my screen name along the trip as well. Hope you all come along for a fun trip!