Ok, So I am about a month away from my departure anniversary from last summer when I took off on my brand new ktm 950 on a solo transamtrail/explore the USA trip. I I have been loading the 400+ photos up on smug mug and slowly making progress. Figure its time to start plugging down a trip report. The firs day of the trip with the bike all packed and patiently awaiting me to head out. I had a lot of stuff I would later send home and my packing abilities were in need of practise...of which I got a lot of on this trip: This is a shot of my initial navigation setup with trip computer, roll chart holder, gps, and map pocket. I found that the cheap gps holder vibrated the batteries loose all the time....later fixed with some rubber shims....and eventualy will be hard wired in place. I left Rutland VT around 10 am after doing all the last minute things and had to be in Louisville Kentucky by 6pm the following day for a friends wedding. This required 2 500 mile days of riding and I had never done more then about 250 in a day. The day was nice weather wise and it was a very exhilerating feeling to head out of town with a loaded bike, a years worth of savings and loans in the bank, 6 weeks of free time, and a bit of the unkown ahead. I spent all of my time on the interstate during these first 2 days and quickly discovered how truly uncomfortable the stock 950 seat was and how bad the buffeting was for me.....fixed the buffeting later. Around an hour east of Buffalo NY I pulled into a rest area to fill up and take a break. While I was there there was a brief down pour...when it stopped I jumped back on the highway only to be hit by a torrential down pour and suddenly slowing and stopping traffic. I assumed there was a car crash and traffic was backed up. Well the rain passed and the sun came out, the humidity spiked, and so did the temperature. Traffic was crawling along at about 10 feet per minute....with frequent stops. I soon came across another couple who had pulled over in the break down lane to weight for traffic to let up....I joined them for a bit: Note the traffic going off into the distance. After about 20 minutes I decided to brave the traffic and get on my way. Great plan....only after an hour or so and maybe 1 mile there were no signs of traffic letting up. I had the pirelli's on the bike at this point so off road traction was decent....and I started looking for a trail or path off the interstate to get on a secondary road. Well there were a few options, but I was afraid I was going to get in trouble...or maybe just not brave enought to risk it this early in the trip. Well after a while the bike started stalling in the heat.....I think the oil was thinning a bit......at this point people were walking down the interstate....pulled over and having little parties etc....I chose the break down lane and a possible ticket to get my sweltering bike some air, and my overheating riding gear some air as well. 7 MILES LATER....I got ahead of the traffic and pulled off. Apparently the had some pieces fall off of a new overpass into the interstate which closed it down until they fixed it....subtract a couple hours of progress for the day. After clearing that mess i pushed on and made it to the sliver of PA before hitting Ohio..where around 9pm I found a campground just off the interstate and spent the night....for $20 on a patch of grass behind the office....at least the showers were hot. Day 2: too be continued.