Well I am going to try and do a ride report as I make my way across the USA to the National BMWMOA Rally in Great Falls and then on to the Oregon coast from my home in Charlotte, NC. Hoping the use of smugmug will make posting photos easier and also hoping I have connectivity along the way. To make this a true "coast to coast" ride I rode out to Wrightsville Beach last week and captured some NC beach sand and a photo. Will do the same when I get to the Oregon coast. I will be riding with one buddy out to Oregon and then solo on the way home. I am looking forward to both legs as it is nice to have a companion but also nice to have the solitude of riding solo and being alone with your thoughts and the road. In addition to this being an epic ride for me I am also going to work on the Iron Butt National Park Challenge along the way .... hitting 50 NP sites across 25 states in a year. Figure this will give me a good start on getting to 50. I will be on my trusty 2016 R1200RTW that has taken me to 30,000 great miles so far. And I will be hoteling / Moteling along the way. Route out will be more northern and the return will be a bit more southern through UT, CO, KS, MO etc. Average daily miles will be about 300 allowing time for the NP stops and visits to other POI's along the way. As you can see I already got christened with some rain at Wrightsville Beach but you will also see there was a rainbow so hoping that was good luck And I love Best Western hotels as they are truly very motorcycle friendly. Heading out tomorrow with hopes of hitting New River Gorge NP and an overnight in Beckley WV then a short 200 mile day to Marietta, OH to meet up with Dennis on Tuesday. Thanks for this wonderful site allowing to attempt to share my experiences.