This is my first and probably only TR. Shortly after my 60th birthday I decided I wanted to ride a motorbike around the world. Problem was I didn't own nor had ever ridden a motorbike. Thus began my quest. First I took a MSF course which was required for a license in Washington DC, my hometown. Next I bought my first ever bike, a new 2016 Honda CRF 250l. I asked a friend of mine to drive it home from the dealer and spent the first two weeks riding around an indoor parking deck as I was pretty nervous about getting out on the streets. I began slowly going outside, not far at first riding around a three mile loop in a local park untold times. After a few weeks I began to venture out further around the DC area, riding north into the Maryland farmlands or east into Virginia towards the Shenandoah. I found a route that required a few miles of gravel as well as pavement and slowly became more comfortable. All the while researching and upgrading the LRP for long distance traveling. Normally I would ride four to six hours at a time and was really enjoying myself. A little about me. 62, married and a long time adventurer I suppose. I grew up not far from Yosemite National Park and became hooked on rock climbing at an early age. Still in my teens I climbed El Capitan for the first time. Over the years I would climb El Cap and most all the the Yosemite walls many times. For a time before University I earned my living as a climbing guide in Yosemite and throughout the west. I branched out into other adventure sports in my 40's, long distance bike touring, hard adventure speed hiking and the like. Fast forward to today. I am a media executive here in DC maybe a year away from retirement. El Cap as a young man. Back to the ride. After 6 months of practice I left on what might be the first leg of my RTW, DC to Northwest Montana where much of my family live. I say might as I wasn't sure if I would enjoy riding long distance, had never ridden in the rain and frankly wasn't all the hot at cornering. So this was a test really and I hadn't even figured out what a route might be after the Montana ride. The bike, fairly stock except a slip-on, larger tank, bike protection and upgraded full Race Tech suspension. Off I went. I rode from hotel to hotel, went very light with an 10kg Giant Loop Coyote. I had a blast. Stopped in Sturgis and was given all kinds of grief. But honestly the Harley guys couldn't believe I had ridden a 250 so far. Fun times. Made it to Northwest Montana. So I have a bunch more pics of the first leg but I am running into the 4 pic limit so it looks like I have to post as a thread and will break up the rest of the ride into smaller sections of the trip. Anyway the test ride was a success. I had fun, didn't get killed and was energized for the rest of the world and began planning the route forward. Little did I know.