Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It's been six years since my last road trip. I was blessed to live in Germany for three years while my wife served in the Air Force. I took four long road trips on my bike, put 25K miles on, and visited 17 countries including a trip over to Morocco. Since we moved back to the US six years ago I've been busy renovating on old fire house into our home. One of those "one year projects" that takes five or six years... In that time I put less than 10K miles on my trusty 650 Wee-Strom. Just one trip down to The Dragon and puttering around Ohio. Now that the house is (nearly) finished, and we have friends living in Oregon that we'd like to visit, it's the perfect opportunity to blow the dust off the touring gear. My wife flies out to Portland on the 18th, and I'm supposed to be there to meet her and our rental car. That gives me a nine day head start! We'll stash the bike for ten days and drive around Oregon, then she will fly home and I'll hop back on the bike and figure a route back east. I have camping gear I bought six years ago but have never used. I've never been west of Ohio on a motorcycle. I've never contacted anyone on the Tentspace Map. I've never considered packing bear spray until now. It's time to change those things. Route will be boring flat roads from Ohio to the Black Hills, then towards Beartooth. Up to Helena MT, then south through western Idaho to Lewiston, and eventually over to Portland. Feel free to make suggestions along that basic line. Route home may include a dip down to Lake Tahoe, across US 50 in Nevada, and the Rockies in Colorado if they aren't covered in snow the first week of October. Leaving tomorrow!!