Please note that when ADV changed to the new forum there was a lot of text I had written in MS Word got scrambled and lost. But anyway we hope you enjoy our trips! Its been a long time coming but we are finally there. Therese retired several months ago and Ive got one week left in my career as a Professional Geologist. Several years ago we got to talking and dreaming about what we would do when we retired and somehow traveling by sidecar came up and it sounded pretty damn fun. I had never driven a sidecar (aka: sidehack, or commonly: hack) before but I pretty much knew what I would want in a hack. The problem is a beast like that has to be custom built and it aint cheap to do. Not wanting to jump in with all of that money and no experience I decided that just to see if indeed life with a hack is what we wanted, I bought a nice used 2007 Ural Tourist with tons of farkles. Of course I then had to add upgrades up the wazoo to make it into something that could be somewhat reliably used. Bottom line was that SWMBO and I were a good fit for traveling with a sidecar. The bad news was that traveling via Ural is simply too much of an adventure, too slow and well just too much of a Ural. So it was finally decided that once the Ural was sold, I would call Jay up at Dauntless in Enumclaw Washington and have a sidecar built to attach to a BMW R1200GSA. The Ural was sold faster than expected and the order was placed with DMC, now all I needed to do was find an affordable GSA. Well, that took a bit longer than expected but a nice low mileage 2007 GSA was found within the same county at a reasonable price. Dauntless finished building the sidecar in February 2012. The plan was that I would ride the bike up to Washington & Jay & the guys would install the sidecar. Holy crap! It gets friggn cold in Northern California/Southern Oregon in the winter!! I had hoped to get as far as Weed, CA for the night but with the wet roads, amount of snow on the shoulder of the road, and my bike telling me it was 28 degrees, I stopped in Dunsmuir fearing black ice. So I get a cheap motel for the night and hope that the sun hits the road early so I can head north. The rest of the way up was uneventful except for icing conditions outside of Grants Pass. A heavy fog was freezing to my windshield! I finally got to Jays shop and dropped the scooter off after getting the grand tour. The following day the installation is complete and Im off to pick up Therese at the airport so we can begin the adventure! But first a couple of pics with Jay & the gang! Thanks guys you are awesome!!!!