The backstory: Upstate NY resident. Been wanting to do a big ride out west for the last decade. The line of work I am in makes it near impossible to get a decent amount of time off in the summer months. Seems like a pipe dream. Early 2020... Enter Covid... the world changes. I see the way things are going and ask for the time off. I get approved of 18 days off in July/August. Time to plan. WHERE to ride wasn't much of a question. Over the years Ive compiled a list that would take dozens of long term rides to see everything. Having only 18 days to get myself and bike from the Catskill Mountains to the Rocky Mountains, ride a loop, and get home was the hard part. Making the choice of what to see and what not to see was somewhat a challenge. A couple months in the "screw it, i'll see what i see" mindset took over. Like most of you I have been scoping out the Yamaha Tenere 700 for quite some time. For awhile it was rumored to be released in 2020 but no specific date had been announced. I thought great! I can buy one out west, fly out, ride the route, then slab it home! That was the plan for a month or so. Eventually reality set in and after talking with dealers around the country there was no definite time that I could get my hands on one of those machines. Whats next? The bike: A huge inspiration for this trip was a ride from user Swamp back in 2011. The crazy mofo rode an xt225 from Sacramento California to Alabama, offroad, on a crazy custom route of his own, hitting some of the most epic riding areas our country has to offer. Traveling light, with only the bare necessities over the course of a month or so. He did an incredibly detailed ride report with killer images and story telling. Plain and simple it was a straight work of art. The thread had a huge following but I like to think I went back and re-read every post more than anyone. I had contacted Swamp about the route a few times over the years but I never put myself in a position to actually have the time and resources to attempt it. Swamp, Area 51, 2011 So that whole deal was in the back of my thought process for this trip. Travel light, get off the beaten path, hit some epic areas. What kind of bike should I get? Ive got some motocross bikes and a street plated YZ250 2 stroke in the garage. Ehh those wont work. Usually, for something like this, the go to for most is an Orange steed. Not me. Ive had a handful. Ive raced a handful. I totally respect the awesome performance, reliability, aftermarket support, and everything else... but I just dont like them! haha. Then it hit me... 4 years ago I found a 1989 Honda XR250R under a tarp behind a mechanic shop in Tivoli NY. Bike was complete but it had sat for a couple decades or so. For $400 it came with zero paperwork and it needed a complete overhaul. It sat in my shed for the last few years. I thought "if i can get this thing registered I will ride this!" Long story short... with some luck and persistence I made it happen. Ive got a full build thread here --> https://advrider.com/f/threads/1989-xr250r-adventure-build.1446200/ the xr after returning home The plan: Ill make this part short. Trailer the bike from here to Colorado Springs. Put towing unit in storage. Ride the epic parts of Colorado I have always dreamed about. Work my way north using parts of the CDR and various other little "sideshows." Get to Canada. To make the most of my time I will have to truck the bike back to Colorado Springs to get my rig. Tow bike home. Drink coffee. Write this report. FIN The trip took place between 7/24 and 8/9/2020. Bonus: Whats with the thread title? The Stand by Stephen King is one of my favorite stories. One could draw a lot of similarities from the story and how things were at the beginning of this pandemic in the USA. Was the outbreak in NY? no. Was ny the hotspot for covid at one time? NYC was anyway.. ...anywho... I dont do much story telling so excuse me if there are some rambling posts. Thanks to anyone taking the time to read this. For those who are interested stay tuned to see how it all played out.