It had been two summers since I had done my last two week solo through the west. In 2013, I rode my 1150RT in a counterclockwise loop from Sacramento through Yellowstone, up to Glacier NP, made a hard left through Cascades NP, San Juan Islands, and back down the coast to Sacramento. 2014 I rode my KLR through Montana. In 2015 and 2016, I rode my 1150GS along pretty much the same loop up into Montana. If you have not ridden western Montana, you’re missing out. It is some of the most incredible country imaginable. In the spring of 2017, my wife was diagnosed with cancer and the summer of 2017 was spent dealing with that. I’m happy to report she is now cancer free. Summer of 2018 was a one week dual sport tour of Nevada and Idaho with three good friends. All good stuff, but for 2019 I was ready for another solo tour. I like to have a theme for my trips. For 2019 my plan was to do as many of the red dashed lines on the Butler Maps as possible. The red dashed lines are recommended dual sport dirt roads. I’ve done a bunch of them and they have proven to be awesome roads. My plan was to slab from Sacramento to Winnemucca and then hit dirt roads and back roads as much as possible. I didn’t care if I rode all day, but I wanted to drop my daily average miles from previous years. My bike this year would be my new baby. It’s a 2011 1200GSA. I absolutely love this bike. I hope you enjoy the following ride report. Here’s a few teaser pictures.