OK, let's get this thing started. Day 1. I had this ride laid out for quite a while and was anxious to pull the trigger on it largely to escape the lingering Wisconsin winter. There were some nice temperatures in Arkansas in March. There was also a significant run of severe weather there that kept me from getting started. Eventually that cleared out and I could launch. Sadly, I had to launch in the cold rain at my end of the trip south (SE WI to NC MO). People ask me why I put a large aftermarket windshield on my big bikes. Riding in the rain is one of the reasons. Speaking of which, I bought a couple of "fashion accessories" that make riding in the rain much better (Aerostich but other sources are available). The first is a set of waterproof over gloves that are like a three fingered mitten that do an excellent job keeping things dry around my hands and wrists. I also bought some waterproof boot covers that prevent the constant stream of spray from the front wheel on the road from getting into my boots or up my pant leg. My waterproof boots worked great this trip (except when I overtopped them - then they are waterproof in two directions). My Klim gear worked flawlessly in the rain and a heated jacket kept me quite comfortable. On some videos people will get glimpses of the cockpit on my Tenere, so let's get that out of the way. I run a 276cx or a Montana in combination with a Zumo 350. I also run a satellite radio. The radio is in a waterproof box so I have a waterproof remote to change channels. I also run an InReach Satellite tracker. I have a couple of friends that have my intended GPS track that can check in on my progress or respond to messages I generate if I have trouble. If for some reason I disappeared (like went off the side of a mountain), the tracking would narrow a search since it would be known where I was last "seen". I would say it is a mandatory piece of equipment for a solo adventure rider. The 276cx has weather capability so I can find out if it is raining where I am riding (in case I don't otherwise realize it ). Actually it does work pretty well for figuring out how to thread through some patchy storms. Sorry about the focus. The obligatory crossing to St. Louis picture. High water in the Mississippi.