Thanks! All good things to consider and keep in mind. We have actually seriousy considered waiting for fall. Clear roads, fall colors, milder temps and all things considered, a better time for the cdt....., however, the cdt is only the northern part of our trip. We are making many side trips to visit family,firends and areas of interest. We will likely be making the return trip from Canada in mid August and making the long west side BDR trip back south into September, maybe even later. So were thinking an earler start, with its additional challenges, is appropriate. And, like so many others, we are just plain ready to get back on the bikes. We used to call it "motorcycle camping" back in the 60's & 70's. Our latest trip up to the Arctic and back down into Mexico was just a few miles short of 10K. We love two wheel life on the back roads. Hopefully we will meet other inmates out there. Thanks for your consideration, your advise, relative is CDT, is appropriate and appricated.