The Kid Me demonstrating proper safety procedures I am a short guy on a tall bike. I enjoy...well, mostly fixing my bike, since it doesn’t usually work. Aside from that, I like finding hard ways to do easy things, I enjoy basically any form of exercise, and I will happily engage anyone in a debate about anything at any time. And, as cliched as it sounds, I love to see new things, preferably from the seat of a motorcycle. I’m just starting a gap year between high school and college, and plan to explore as much as possible in that time. The Bike I ride a 1979 Honda CX500, which I love dearly, and which does not brake very well, but breaks with panache. When talking about it, I prefer to exchange the words “mechanically unsound” for “personality”...make of that what you will. I bought it in April of 2016, and it’s the first bike I’ve ever owned or ridden. Here it is in its natural habitat: And as it looks now (with empty luggage): It’s neither the fastest nor the most comfortable bike to ride cross country, but it’s what I have...and I love it! It also needs a name, so I’ll update y’all on that when I come up with one. The Plan I’ve been planning this trip since last winter and I’m unbelievably excited. I’m starting in western Massachusetts (Northampton area) Downtown Northampton and ending in Bellingham, WA. Bellingham (I didn’t take those pictures) I was originally planning to leave on July 15th and end the trip in Whistler, BC, arriving just in time for Crankworx (a huge mountain biking event) at the end of August, but my bike didn’t want to cooperate, so I had to delay the trip while I fixed it. At long last, it’s working, and I plan to leave in one week (Friday the 18th)! Here’s the overview of the route: If you want to lay eyes on the full interactive route, it’s right here: https://trips.furkot.com/ts/Ht23fE. The route/trip planning thread is here. I very recently discovered a great tool called Kurviger.de, which has inspired me to change some boring parts of the route in the last couple days. It’s basically Google Maps, but for curvy roads...sounds good to me! One thing I’m trying to work on is not feeling like I need to stick to the route/itinerary that I planned, so I may stray massively from this schedule and route...who knows! I can’t wait to meets lots of cool people (inmates and...outmates? Is that a word?) and see lots of new places. I’ll definitely be making heavy use of the Tent Space thread. I’ve already experienced a lot of generosity through this site, both in gear (thanks @oldtouring B, @rickj, and @boatpuller) and advice, and also through http://cx500forum.com, where I’ve received a massive amount of technical help. I had never worked on any vehicle before I bought my bike, so the learning curve was intense. I’ve also had the pleasure of riding with (and receiving advice from) @flei. My best friend/cousin Jonah (couldn’t find a new picture, so here’s an old gem): He’ll be coming for the first 5 days or so, and rides a 1980 CM400T. Originally, we were going to do this whole trip together, but life got in the way. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about a) doing a lot of riding far from home by myself and b) the fact that I’m not coming back—I’m living on the west coast for the next year or so. Despite the nerves, I’m really, really excited! I’m going to try to do this RR live, but I probably won’t be posting updates every day since I’m unlikely to have reliable internet. So, maybe a brief phone post every day and a longer post every few days? I’m not sure, but regardless of what happens, I’m going to finish this RR eventually. And future posts will have more pictures. Hope you all enjoy! P.S. While I make a big deal of how much my bike breaks, I just spent the last two and a half months fixing it up, so I’m hopeful that it’ll be a bit more durable now. Also, I’m totally open to feedback on the RR as it goes along, since it’s the first thing like this I’ve ever done and I want to make it fun to read like many of the reports I’ve read.