After a long time preparing, asking questions, planning, re planning, packing, repacking, amazon orders, and more amazon orders, I'm off in about 3 hours for what will be the longest trip I've ever taken. 17 days from Atlanta to Utah and back, by way of Colorado. Bike is a 2017 Tiger XCX. It is probably overloaded, like most with this being my first trip I'm overpacked. I have camping gear (plan to camp 10-11 nights), 3 days food, a small cookset, water, a couple changes of clothes, quite a bit of camera gear, and tools and misc like tire irons, spare tubes, and a quart of oil. My longest previous trip was 7 days and I didn't camp on that one, so this is a big deal for me. I've never been to Colorado OR Utah, so I'm incredibly excited to see what a beautiful part of the country. I planned (roughly) my route in Furkot, with input from many, many helpful people. This will be a mostly solo trip, but I have a good friend planning to meet me in Moab for a few days of riding in Utah late next week. This is also the first time since I was in college I've taken a two week vacation! I have to say a word of gracious thanks to my supportive wife and two daughters who will be missing me while I'm gone but have been encouraging about me doing this! I used my accumulation of marriott points to get hotels for the first three and last two nights of the trip, while I blast across the country on my way to Denver. I'm planning about 450 miles per day out and back (give or take) and closer to 200 once I hit denver. My goals on this trip: slow down and enjoy Colorado and Utah, get a picture of the milky way, hike in arches national park, camp on the Moki Dugway, ride the Burr Trail, see monument valley, and get home safe. I'll update when I can but the good pictures will probably get uploaded after I get home. Things i haven't thought enough about: where I'm gonna shower on those 11 days I plan to camp. how I'll pick the bike up when it falls over.