We left last Monday, but better late than never, right? I'll be posting in bits as we go and hopefully this will be caught up soon... Meet Dan and myself (Jessie): We're both 23 and both graduated with physics degrees last May. We've wanted to take our bikes on a big trip for a long time and since I'm starting graduate school at Cornell next fall, this summer is our best chance. We've each been riding for about a year. Our preparation consisted of begging ADVers for help and advice. Neither of us are mechanics so we brought our bikes in for full services before leaving. We also put new tires on. I'm riding an '05 Ninja 250 and Dan is riding a '95 Suzuki GS500. Here they are nice and clean before leaving. We were in such a rush to take off and meet my family for a visit in Berkeley that we didn't get any pics of our bikes loaded up or us leaving. I don't have time for more right now, but here's a little preview from the last few days, and hopefully I'll get the story caught up to the present and then we can keep an ongoing report here.