This is a multi-part ride report for our upcoming trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. We are leaving at the end of September, so the posts until then will be about planning, bike prep, and any challenges/fun along the way. Enjoy! -Alex It was one of those things that started as idle conversation in a cigar lounge. We had just ridden our bikes to Staunton, VA to enjoy lunch and cigars at Beverly Cigar Store. It was a perfect day for riding, and this had become a favorite route of ours. We smoked and talked about bikes, trips, “dream” destinations, and future rides. The topic of planning a trip came up, and I threw out the idea of taking another trip to Myrtle Beach, SC by the end of the year. Originally, I had planned to go solo, or two up with my wife. The other Alex ( @Alex11B both of us are named Alex, so hereafter, I’ll just use his last name, Davis.) chimed in and mentioned that he’d love to do a similar trip. “So why don’t we?” And so it began. We started looking at hotel rates, dates, places to stay and things to do down in Myrtle. My job is pretty flexible with leave time, so it was really up to his schedule. Eventually, we tentatively selected September 25th-28th. We decided that we wanted to take the long way, avoiding the interstate whenever possible. Looking at the route, we decided to stay at my place the night before, as it was right off Rt.15 which is the road we will be on for the majority of the trip. The plan was to stage and gas the bikes the night before, and leave early in the morning. The route we selected has us riding for about 7.5 hours/350 Miles (one way).We figured that we plan to leave around 7am. We would ride until around noon or so, and stop for lunch wherever we were. From there, it would be about another 3.5 hours or so to Myrtle Beach, putting us at the hotel by 3:30pm ish. It was a rough plan, and some details would be ironed out, but it was all coming together. A couple days later, Davis confirmed that he could get the time off of work. I put my request in as well, and it was approved the same day. We now had the dates and the time off from work, but the trip was still several weeks away, and there was a mounting pile of logistics to consider. We would need to find a hotel, my bike needed work and new tires, we would have to pick a route, and finalize plans. While it was hardly Long Way Round, we still wanted to have fun, and a proper adventure. Davis and I decided to invite a couple other guys to come along. We sent invites to three guys, Matt, Corey, and Ron. All were good guys, mutual friends, and riders. Ron and Corey couldn’t make it, but Matt was in. He put in for the time off, and then we were a party of three. I was initially concerned about the logistics and costs of adding more people, but everyone was flexible about sleeping arrangements, splitting a room, and paying. It was all good. The trip had officially exited the concept stage, and was full speed ahead into the planning phase. As it turns out, a month is not that long, and the trip is fast approaching.