A couple years ago, right after graduating from high school, I hopped on my ‘79 CX500 and rode across the country. Boy oh boy, what an experience. It was a total perspective shift for me. So, almost exactly two years later, it’s time for another ride across the country on the same bike! (If you want to read about my last ride, here it is: Clunking my CX Cross Country) This time, a few things are different. Well, now that I think about it, damn near everything other than the bike is different… Last time, I had a limited amount of time for my trip. This time, I have one deadline―be in Minneapolis by August 9th, because I’m flying from there up to Alaska to spend a few weeks exploring with my family. Once I get back from that, I have no deadlines...and I’m STOKED. Last time, I didn’t get off the bike and look around much. This time, I’m planning to do a bunch of hiking, because I love the outdoors, and I want to see more of what the US has to offer than can be seen from the seat of a motorcycle. And the biggest difference: last time, I’d never travelled without my parents, I’d never been on my own for more than a week, and I didn’t know how incredibly nice most people are. With the experiences I’ve had since then, all those things have been flipped on their heads, and I bet this trip will be the best yet. A very brief introduction to me: I’m 20, and I just wrapped up my first year at Northeastern University in Boston―I’m a Computer Science student. I love bikes, love the outdoors, love type 2 fun. I really enjoy programming, I really hate speed traps, and I’m really worried about climate change (if you don’t feel the same way on that last one, you really should). Not all of that is relevant to this trip, but I just want to give a general sense of who I am. I’m a little shaggier now than I was in these pictures, but here’s me and my clunky steed (the namesake of this ride report) from a few months back. One of my goals for this trip is to find some really remote, beautiful places. I’m looking for hikes with anything up to Class IV scrambling (and the more scrambling the better!), so if anyone has any recommendations, hit me up! And if there are any climbers reading this, I’d love to find a partner to do some climbs with along the way (but I’m not gonna have a rope). Here’s a couple pictures from recent hikes in New England. My route last time was a big “U” across the country, ending in northern Washington. Now, I’m starting in western Massachusetts, going up to Ontario via Vermont and New York, and crossing back into the US in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Then, I’m noodling across Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, and heading down the west coast until I get to LA. I have yet to pay for a night of lodging while on a motorcycle trip: I usually stealth camp. I’m going to try to keep that streak rolling, so get ready for lots of sketchy campsites. I gotta say, the aspect of this trip that combines motorcycles with the outdoors was majorly inspired by The Pan American Trail. What I’m doing is nowhere near as gnarly as what those guys did, but it’s a start, and I hope to someday do something half that awesome. I’ve met so many great people on ADVrider, and I’m sure the same thing will be true this time. I’m stoked to meet some of you along the way! I’m hoping to leave by July 26th at the latest, if everything goes to plan...it rarely does, so we’ll see what happens. This is my last week of work (full-time work, anyways―I’m doing some remote work on the road), and then I’m going camping with some friends till the 22nd, so I’ll only have a few days to get ready. I don’t have time to do a full teardown on my bike...with a 40 year old bike, I might have some issues on the road. But as my mom said to me before my first day of preschool, “Son, just fuckin send it.” (Or something like that, my memory’s a little hazy.) And that’s what I’m gonna do.