First Ride Report I've ever attempted so bear with me. The Trip Headed out this Friday for a 5 day run from the Twin Cities to the Ozark Mountains and back over Memorial Day. Planning to camp for at least 3 of the 4 nights. The tentative plan: Day 1: Minneapolis to Kansas City KOA Day 2: Kansas City KOA to Joplin Campground near Mount Ida, AR Day 3: Pig Trail, Magazine Mountain and general Ozark exploring Day 4: Ozarks to somewhere in IA or MO. I've left this day open ended in case I want to spend the morning riding the Ozarks more or put the miles on to get home sooner on Day 5. Day 5: Wherever I end up to home. The Rider I turn 28 years old in two weeks and have been riding since I was 16. Currently work at a large corporation doing AV support and video production type work. I'm a weekend rider so I'm burning a couple of vacation days and leveraging the long weekend to make this trip happen. The Bike 2003 Honda VTX 1800C When I was 8 or 9 my parents took me to the local big box store and told me I could pick out a new bicycle. I picked out a 10 speed Mountain bike and was extremely happy. For about 2 weeks. Shortly after that I watched the first X games and immediately wanted a BMX bike. That's kinda how I feel about the VTX. I bought it after taking a couple of years off from riding (my V65 Magna needed more work than my college budget and schedule would allow). All I've ever owned was cruisers and I thought this was the coolest looking one. I'd lusted after one since I was in high school and found this one in my price range, so I picked it up in the spring of 2015. Shortly after that I found ADVrider and now I'm lusting after an ADV bike, but the VTX has been a good to me and, well, money... so I'll be keeping it for the foreseeable future. My plan is to use this as a kind of diary of the trip and to keep my friends and family updated on what is happening throughout my time away. Glad to have you along for the ride!