It has been a few years since my last road trip. The last trip up to the Arctic Circle satisfied my wander lust for a while, normally I have to do a few trips a year. This time my trip up to AK is for a different purpose. I'm competing in the Scooter Cannonball Run. I'm riding a NHX110 the second smallest displacement in the event. Yesterday I embarked on my journey. The plan is to not have much of one...life is more interesting with mystery, if one knows what is going to happened then what is the point. I barely called the insurance company the day before I left to get Canada insurance ID card, that has to be sent up to Seattle and I'll get it on my way up. The KISS methodology is my style of doing things so for this trip it holds true. I didn't pack for the trip until the morning that I left. The night before I got stuff laid out on the living room floor. I like to pack light, my evolution of packing and travel stems from experience in backpacking. Last weekend I spent half a day prepping my scoot, fluid changes and a new rear tire. I barely just semi looked over the event route, have an idea of my way up to AK and haven't even thought about the way home...just know I'm not going thru TX. I'm riding up to AK, most are trailering up. From the time I leave to the time I get back home I'll have about 8k miles. I plan on riding up like the way I would ride in the SCBR with about the same average milage of about 360miles a day. It is good training for the actual event. I'll get fitness conditioning for being in the saddle all day. It'll get me in the proper mindset. I'll hone my routine, work out all the kinks and by the time the event starts I'll be a well oil machine, very efficient just like my scooter. I've been busy the past year and my mindset hasn't been well. Last year I lost someone that I love dearly and the repercussions of that hasn't been well. I've been dealing with it by keeping busy. I've always found comfort in these road trips, they keep me sane, center my life. The last couple of weeks have been hectic, tying up loose ends to be gone for a month. Once the event starts I'm not sure if I'll have time to keep this updated, but will keep it up before and after.