I really, really, really need this trip. Why? Well its been a rough 5-6 years since my last long solo trip with many unexpected deaths, coping with family members with mental illness and unforeseen new responsibilities with my extended family. Oh, and then there’s the Arthritis problems that makes it harder to play golf or ride a motorcycle each year! My two passions, other than my wife, etc. I will elaborate more as I go along this adventure. I need this trip so bad. To get away by myself and rebuild the fun in my life and re-center my soul. My last big trip alone was probably 7-8 years ago when I did some Baja California and Cooper Canyon Mexico. Since then I have ridden some but mostly shorter trips and/or with my wife and another “best friends” couple. We did a long National Parks trip of the west with our friends a couple of years ago that was really a lot of fun but she (the friend) unexpectedly passed away this June from a heart attack. We had been close friends for almost 40 years and it was just the final straw that broke my spirit. Time to get back on the bike and ride by myself! This trip starts in Washington State in the Puget Sound area and will end (perhaps) on the East Coast, maybe Boston or something. No specific plan, I can turn around anytime. I need to go to Minnesota to help some extended family, but can turn around and head back west or continue on the East Coast. It is the fall season so I need to pay attention to the weather and adjust accordingly. Is it an EPIC ADVENTURE? I checked to make sure this qualified as an “Epic Ride” since there are no foreign countries (maybe Canada) and no off-pavement riding (if you don’t include construction zones!). Sure enough I am good to go with this Ride Report after meeting the “Epic” requirements. Not sure if it will be of interest to the macho man (and woman) riders but might keep you company for a couple of rainy and windy weeks in the fall. I know I really enjoy following along with many inmates year round. Oh and BTW, there will be rules! GIBBS rules and my motorcycle rules.