2019-04-01; South Lake Tahoe, CA I'm not sure what it is about me, my constitution, that I get my biggest kicks from stretching my comfort zone. I always baby step my way to where I'm going, but this one feels like a pretty big one. I just took my basic rider safety course and got my encorsement, for the first time ever, back in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a little over 5 months ago. I 'd been riding my girl Vivie, a Yamaha Virago 250 pretty much every day through October and November and into December. I'd taken my 1st big overnight trip, a whopping 320 miles, into the mountains of Georgia, mid-December. And, then I had just one day, in Ohio, that I rode a 2014 Triumph Tiger 800 for about 5 hours through the Ohio and Indiana countryside. I haven't been riding since. So, basically 2.5 - 3.0 months of riding experience. Then, found a 2013 Triumph Tiger 800 XC for sale... in Arizona, Carefree, Arizona.... roughly 2000 miles from where I need to put tags on it. I jumped at the chance for a roadtrip with 'er. It suddenly became the next thing up on my bucket list!! Scared tweetless, but for this one day, all I had to do was... breathe!! I was in the two-day countdown to an epic, cross-country motorcycle trip!