It's been over 10 years since my last ride out west and I have been itching to go back. Reading ride reports and seeing all the spectacular pictures posted by all of you lucky to ride and /or live out there has just made it worse for me. In less than two weeks I'll be starting a 2 week loop through the Southwest on my Versys 650 Yes, I am excited! I'm going to start my thread now to cover pre ride planning and then will update every night if possible during my trip. My trusty steed for this trip will be my 2012 Versys which I bought new last summer: In the pic above I had my camping gear on it but I will be moteling it on this trip. I am still working on what I will be bringing on this trip as I am likely to be riding through temperatures from the 30s up to the 90s. Here is my tentative schedule: Sunday May 31 ----Albuquerque, Nm to Chinle AZ Monday Jun 1 ----- Chinle to Marble Canyon Az Tuesday Jun 2 -----Marble canyon to North Rim GC to Hurricane Ut Wed - Thurs --------Ride area in and around Zion NP - Stay in Hurricane Fri Jun 5 ----------- Hurricane to Torrey UT on Hwy12 Sat Jun 6 ---------- Torrey to Blanding or Monticello UT Sun Jun7 -----------Ride to Moab Mon Jun 8 ----------Moab area Tues Jun 9 --------- Moab to Montrose, Co Wed Jun10 --------- Montrose Co ---Black Canyon of the Gunnison Thurs Jun 11 ------- Montrose to Taos NM Fri Jun 12 ---------- Taos to Albuquerque Of course this schedule is subject to change due to weather or any other reason that seems like a good idea to me. I am putting out this schedule well in advance because a few people have expressed interest in meeting me somewhere along the way. Of course I am always glad to have the opportunity to meet other inmates and riding enthusiasts. My old riding partner who appeared in many of my early dual sport ride reports now lives in UT and plans on riding along for a few days in Utah. Some thoughts about the schedule above. Most of the distances from one town to the next aren't that long. I am not planning on always taking the shortest route and want to have time to stop and see interesting stuff along the way. I WILL be taking a lot of pictures. On my previous trip out west I only had cheap 35mm camera's and didn't take that many pics. This will primarily be a street ride but expect to ride a few dirt roads to include the Moki Dugway and part of the White Rim Trail.