thanks for your input! I had initially thought I'd ride on the motorcycle, but had been disabused of the safety of that notion, so am psyching myself up for being in the sidecar with my dog. Not enough room for camping gear without a trailer, huh? We are backpackers... Regarding off-roading, I suppose the most "crazy" it would be would be something like Death Valley- and we did need a four-wheel drive our last visit.