Thanks Mike. A LOT of research goes into this ahead of time. A good way to pass the Wisconsin winters is to read books about places, scrub the web for info, and do a lot of map work. Sometimes it is a little difficult to tie a story to a specific location on the ground. I used to ride places, see cool stuff, and then try to learn more about it once I got home. I found out I was riding right by some interesting places and missing a lot. Also, getting the story after the visit wasn't as rich as knowing the story while I was standing on the ground where it happened. Sometimes the research, like doing the ride report, can turn into more of a chore than fun. The payoff is that sharing the research, waypoints, and stories makes it easy for a lot of other people to make the most of a trip of their own. Sometimes I even get comments from natives that tell me I am sharing information they never knew after living there their whole life. I usually have two or three rides researched and ready to pull the trigger on at the start of each riding season. There seem to be a lot of people that enjoy the history and stories whether they ever intend to visit an area or not. I love the riding but if I am going to travel somewhere, I prefer to add to the richness of the ride by finding out more about an area. I have draft routes that thread together POIs when I start a trip. After I sort things out on the trip, I revise the GPS file and publish it for others to draw from or ride. I also look up and waypoint dealers (by brand) and medical facilities for those unexpected repairs or parts that might be needed along the way. Hope that answers your question.