So all the behind-the-scenes work has been steadily going on to make the magic happen... 5X10 storage unit waiting in Flagstaff: check. Tires waiting at Valcom in Trinidad: check. Parts for maintenance & repair bought & packed: check. DRZ registrations renewed: check. (almost missed that one) Spot activated and set up: check. Weather patterns monitored: check. Clothing & gear selected: check. Packing: that's what we're up to... A couple of things to point out in the above photo. First, since we've left a bunch of gear out west (boots, tent, etc), we thought we could get away with packing everything into a single EMS pack-pack, especially since one of them was destroyed by the airlines last time. The good news is everything fit in there. The bad news is it weighed 70lb. . With the new airline baggage restrictions, we're each allowed only one checked bag, less than 50lbs. So into Chinatown we went, and procured the finest in woven plastic valise. We separated the heavy hard stuff (tools, parts, etc.) -- 30lb, and put it, double bagged, in the immigrant-luggage, and left all the soft stuff in the big duffel -- 40lb. So we're set, it would seem, except for the size restriction of 62inches (L+W+D)... that big mother is 67" no matter how I measure it. So we'll see if Delta is going to be hard-asses about it. Another thing you'll note hiding amidst that pile of gear is a new passenger for this ride... We introduce to you... Ms. Adventure Bunny! Yes, like Mr. Happy Puppet, Ms. Adventure Bunny is a moral booster, but more importantly, she has a rendezvous at the end of our trip with our niece Lilliana in Flagstaff (whom we've NEVER met(!). Here she is with her big brother, Leo, having an adventure of their own last summer: The plan is to bring Ms. Adventure Bunny along with us, photograph her having all sorts of adventures along the way, and then present her to Lilly when we get there. LDF says this will help teach her that girls can have awesome adventures too, but I think Lilly is well on her way to understanding that already. For now, though, Ms. Adventure Bunny (Ms. A.B. from here on), will have to boost morale, starting with consoling me for having sat on my glasses and broken them: No way am I getting them replaced before next saturday. Luckily, I have a spare pair... a little old and outdated. LDF thinks they make me look like a massive geek. Ms. A.B. agrees: So that's where we stand, about to embark on Mobius II... or "how to travel from Albuquerque to Flagstaff in 2 weeks and 2300 miles"