This will be our 10th anniversary of riding together down in the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountains. 2009 was Briar Rose's first taste of the twisty roads on her own motorcycle, a black and silver GS500F. That first year, there was riding bliss, but in reality, maybe more stress than bliss overall. I have learned a bit since then, and her tolerance for me has surely grown as well. The GS500F was replaced with a new, leftover 2008 GSX650F as Briar Rose's need for speed increased, and then her stable grew to include a 2007 DL650 VStrom as well. Over time the VStrom captured her heart, and it had acquired most of the miles since. At a little over 40k miles it went to a co-worker when we found a 2011 DL650 with 700 miles on the clock and ABS. ABS was the deal maker for us, and she has started piling the miles on that bike. We are setting off in about a week, without much of a plan. This has been a major contributor to Marital Bliss on two wheels. Having too much of a plan, pre-existing hotel reservations or destinations creates stress, expectations and the need to ride through really nasty weather. This is probably the most important thing I have learned over the years. Plan no more than the first night, and often we will not even make a hotel reservation until the afternoon of that travel day. Sounds too open ended and scary for those of you who are planners? I had the same feeling at first, but found it was a better plan to not have one. Give it a try and see! Stay tuned for an overview of our gear, bikes, preparation, route, riding philosophy and more.