Trying this again, lets see if I can get pictures up this time. The setup: At age 28, after many years of working in the wilderness and being a road warrior, I've been working in a metropolitan area, at a steady job, for more than a year now. First time ever working that long in one stretch. I was in desparate need of some time on the bike, and time in the wilderness. Destination: The Trinity Alps, supposedly the least used wilderness area in California. Also near a lot of great motorcycling roads, such as hwy 36 and the pacific coast highway. Another point in favor of the Trinity Alps- it wasn't forecast to snow. I changed destinations from Kings Canyon the day before the trip, because KC had mucho snow in the forecast. Loaded up, ready for a break in the rain, at 8 AM saturday morning. Light rain chased me up I-5. I slabbed it for a couple hundred miles, to Red Bluff, where I got on the legendary highway 36: I haven't gotten the hang of photos while riding, so you'll have to use your imagination- it's an amazing road. As is the Platina road. It turned out that it dindn't really take me in the right direction, but it was well worth it. Great views, great turns, great pavement. I'm here to tell you that the Jesse panniers will scrape first on a 1100GS. Just a few miles of gravel/dirt road before the trailhead. It's been a few years since I've ridden dirt, it was nice to start to get used to the big bike on loose surfaces. More to come.