The crash made me much more cautious with my own riding, but I had a great time. Getting that low to the ground as a passenger is pretty weird though since you have no control and the freedom to look around and see the pavement right there. But it was pretty fun - I know you two are good riders and had been on that road, at the same pace, with and without passengers a million times so I wasn't worried. It was so fun, in fact, I almost got on board with Jessie and opted to get a sportbike this fall...damn Ithaca weather. Yar. Glad you've been watching our thread. I do feel bad about ditching my bike... It was just much less expensive at that point to fly home and we wanted to be with our families more before moving in August. But we're definitely going through withdrawals a bit. Every time we hear something two-wheeled coming we get distracted and watch toward the source very intently: Glad you've liked it. And yes, Mark is a very, very cool guy. So's his brother. So far the only adv people I've got to know a bit in person have been Brice here in the Bay Area, Steve in Montana, and Mark in AK. Each of them - plus their family and friends - has been nothing but generous and helpful. I'm really looking forward to going to some rallies.