Update: I'm placing links to all of my videos to make access easier. Day 1-4 NC, Tenn., Mo., Kansas, New Mexico Day 5 Million Dollar Highway, Silverton, Ouray Day 6 Moki Dugway, Monument Valley Day 7 Vermillion Cliffs, N Rim Grand Canyon, Zion Day 8 Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef Day 9 Canyonlands Day 10 Arches Day 11 Monarch and Independence Pass Day 12 Rocky Mountain National Park I'm reticent to make this post b/c this is certainly not an epic journey in terms of the other reports on this site. However, it is a milestone and bucket list ride for me. I was originally planning a 10 day trip from NC to the Arkansas Ozark's for this June. I contacted my usual riding buddy to see if he was interested and he countered by asking how long I thought I could get away. My wife has some medical issues, so I must make arrangements when I'm away on a ride. I contacted my daughters and we figured that three weeks was doable, so I replied "three weeks." "Where do you want to go?" "West" "How far west?" "Three weeks worth." So began the planning of this trip. My route was designed around the highlights of many other riders and my own desire to see and ride specific places. Special thanks goes to Tewster2 for his videos. He documented most of the route that I"ll be riding and I found that seeing the terrain through his lens helped ease my mind greatly. I even wrote down and marked the diners that he visited. I'm looping through northern New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. I'll touch base with most of the national parks and meander on a few of the best motorcycle roads. (at least according to Butler maps) I am taking camping gear, but don't anticipate camping very much. In fact, if not used regularly, I might ship it all home. I've never attempted this type of trip, so I'm not sure what I will prefer. I just a read a "50 tips for a cross country ride" article and it said to ditch the camping and just motel and travel very light. We'll see. Most of my trips have been 4-5 days, the longest being the TAT as far as Arkansas and the ride home. Camping is a mixed bag. Its cheaper, usually allows for meeting folks and allows you to be "in" a place. However, setting up slows down morning exits, you have to deal with finding food etc, and sometimes its just uncomfortable for an arthritic old man. I didn't mention that I and my riding buddy are in our sixties and suffering from various ailments. I'm planning a shoulder replacement for later this year and am receiving Cortisone shots to keep it moving until then. Lo and behold, he started having issues and when he finally got the verdict on his shoulder it was "Invest in Tylenol". He can't make this trip, so I'm going alone, which creates its own mental issues, but I think this might be good for building my Zen state. I leave June 1. Not sure what the ride report will look like, but I am taking a camera and go pro as well as an aux. hard drive. Wish me luck.