Warning - lots of pics below!!! This would be my first ride report. My first bike trip longer than a few days and my first solo bike trip ever. My first time camping and also my first time riding in the US. My Plan: is to ride from Toronto, Ontario to Birmingham, Alabama (and back) from October 6th to around October 16th. On the weekend of Oct. 8-10, there is a vintage bike festival going on at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. I plan on camping as much as possible in the national/state parks along the way. My Route: involves heading down along US 219 south to Deals Gap, then scoot over to the museum taking back roads for most of the trip while in the US. I only have a few days to get to the festival since my last day of work is October 5th and the festival starts on the 8th. I plan to leave first thing the morning of October 6th... Coming back, I plan to ride west to Tupelo, Mississippi, then head north up the Natchez Trace to Nashville area, then pass back through Deals Gap area. Then, I want to ride the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway / Skyline Drive, before passing through Allegheny National Park, Susquehannock State Park and coming home. My Bike: is a 2006 DL650 V-Strom. I'll be putting fresh Metzler Tourances (non-EXP) on before I go and also changing the oil, brake pads and more. The bike used to have ammo cans on Givi racks, but for this trip, I just picked up a used pair of Givi E41 cases for cheap and now have WAY more space. I have a topbox that is something of an aviation transport container... I also will use my Motopak GT 35 tank bag with the top part of the bag staying at home. The steering head bearings need to be replaced, but hopefully they will be okay for the trip. My Gear: includes a few pairs of heated gloves, an Olympia AST jacket, my Alpinestars Dry-Star pants, Web Gortex waterproof boots. It's all great gear to about -10degC (14degF) and completely waterproof. I wear a Shoei-RF1100 helmet. My Camping Stuff: I just picked up a 55L dry sack which holds my Eureka El Capitan Tent, my Eureka Puffin 400 sleeping bag and my Thermarest Prolite Plus air mattress. I plan on doing a lot more camping next season with my girlfriend, so many of the things I bought were with her in mind. I plan on using a MSR Dragonfly stove for most of my cooking needs.