The genesis of this romp that should start Monday, arose from a couple of friends' Covid curtailed Canadian campaign to ride to Banff and Jasper last year on a pair of rental BMW GS's out of Seattle. New Yorkers Dan and Mitch rescheduled for a trip this year out of Denver starting on July 2, to tour north of there for two weeks. My offer to provide some routing suggestions was readily accepted and I spent a several cold March evenings pleasantly perusing past personal plots and Butler maps of Colorado and the states north(ish) of it. I just identified the really tasty roads in those states and suggested how to stitch several especially sinuously swervy segments together, they will layout their own daily routes. All of that map study got my sap rising and I was particularly enchanted by the jewels in Idaho and northwest Montana, so that crystalized my focus for a western rodeo as well. Possibly I'll be able to rendezvous with Dan and Mitch for a day or two. This will be a road ride and I will try to meet several inmates via the tent-space list along the way. The absolutely essential equipment: All else is superfluous.