Well, here we are again. For anyone getting up to speed, humbly and unofficially dubbed "AdvRider's lightest packer", I have ridden thousand's of miles, long distances on small bikes. I suppose the biggest being from New York to Florida to Utah on a CRF230L ( https://advrider.com/f/threads/cross-country-crf230l.1371217/ ) The CRF230L has been my only mode of motorized transportation since leaving New York in 2019. It currently has 25,000 miles on it and is still healthy and happy. It will be going in for some preventative cam-chain maintenance and a new cylinder and piston. That being said, I have recently picked up a 2020 CBR300R. I learned to ride on street bikes, and this one has been a blast. I have never owned a new vehicle before, so this was a big and special purchase. Now it is the end of May and I will be heading back to New York for the summer, taking the CBR300R with me. It has less than 400 miles on it, and just took it in for its first service. Life always blesses us with lessons to be learned. And thus was another lesson on attachments. The bike went in brand new and came out beat up. It had been dropped at the dealership. While they have been -mostly- professional about the situation and plan to replace everything damaged (handlebars, exhaust, fairings, mirror, swinger-arm) the situation currently remains unresolved while the parts are en-route. Surprisingly, since the drop, I feel more connected to the little bike than I did before. I feel ready for the adventure ahead. Timing is going to be close as the plan is to leave Utah before the month is over, so any un-addressed repairs will have to wait until the return to Utah in August. A lesson in acceptance, forgiveness, understanding and appreciation. Maybe more on that another time. This is not a true "Epic Adventure" as I will be starting the ride from Knoxville Tennessee before heading up all backroads back to New York, but it will be a few days of riding and camping and so here it is. The most ironic and fun challenge is that while I have packed incredibly minimally in the past, I have zero storage space on the 300R, so the baggage will be even lighter. Granted the trek on the 230L was relocating most of my material possessions, I have had the opportunity to further reduce for this one. This will be the most updated way to following along, but there is always instagram: @TheJamesTrotter and most recently, YouTube: James Henry Trotter The bike before the fall: Next post will be about luggage. As always, thanks for following along.