It's December, 2019. I have recently started planning a transcontinental motorcycle round trip from San Francisco California, through Canada, to Portland Maine; returning through the States. I will be riding solo. The impetus for this trip comes from two sources. In 1994 I wanted to ride my motorcycle across the continent. I was 20 years old, seemed like the thing to do. I rode my 1983 Laverda 1000 from Portland, Maine to San Francisco. That was an odyssey rather than an epic, as it started and ended in different places. Impetus #1. In the spring of 2019 I bought an ADV bike. I wasn't in the market for a big bike, but as things shook out I found myself the captain of a CRF1000LD, a Honda Africa Twin DCT. I went about railing it around northern California just the way I used to do my old Laverda in the '90s. I was in my happy place. Twenty-five years later and still I just want to ride motorcycles in strange places. Day came I was talking to my work buddy and said I was going back to New England for my holiday. He says, “You're riding your new motorcycle back, of course.” Impetus #2. “No” I says, “I already booked the tickets. But next year...” It's December, 2019. Next year is closer than it's ever been, as it do. So here's the merest sketch of a plan for the trip. Broken down into little chunks… I had no idea I'd already done so much!