(photo from a previous ride last year to introduce myself) Hello Everyone, I've left on my longest ride so far (for me) a few days ago. The planning of the ride can be found on this thread where I discussed my bike, set up, equipment I am taking, and routes. I spent the last few months reading all the great ride reports here on ADV about Alaska. I learned some great things from you guys and girls. I never anticipated my initial thread in the Trip Planning section would grow to over 28 pages, almost 24,000 views, and 555 comments...much appreciated! You can read about my thoughts on traveling on my WR and a little about me in that thread. Here is the preface I posted in the "Trip Planning" thread. "I'll be leaving my home near Asheville NC the middle of May and heading to Alaska. I'll be riding my trusty WR250R Yamadama that has served me well for many miles (Coffee And New Friends, One 250cc Explosion At A Time). The little bike is now well sorted for comfort as is my travel kit. I've got as many months as I want to wander around. My travel style these days is low and slow. Camping mostly with the occasional friend I've met through the forums. I plan on going west out to Utah then north to Deadhorse before turning south back home". I am currently at my office sitting in booth 14 at a McDonald's in Goodland Kansas. I've ridden across the plains many times and this trip I decided to take the WR in my truck out to a buddies house in Boulder Colorado, leave the truck there, and then really start the trip on the WR. It was a good choice as the winds across Kansas were howling as usual. The first night, to save money, I slept in my truck...it didn't go so well... If you want to experience scoliosis and a crick in your neck all you have to do is spent the night in the back seat of a pickup truck parked in a truck stop. If I find the guy who suggested to me that it would be a great way to save a few bucks I'm gonna cut his nuts off. I finally dozed off to sleep at 1208 am.... Then at 1209 am, being the elderly gentleman I am, I woke up and had to pee. I sat up, hit my face on the seat, and knocked my glasses, that I had so carefully put on the center console, down between the seat and the console. Took me about 10 hours to dig around to find them. Then when I leaned across seat to unlock the truck it felt like I broke 5 ribs..... Anyway, I stumbled back into McDonald's here at the truck stop and drank 8 cups of coffee. I figured if I was going through all the trouble of getting back up to process it again I was gonna make sure it was worth it ....now it's 0630 central time and I'm up and at em. Today will be a nice slow drive across Kansas. I don't need to be at my buddy Vic's house until tomorrow so lots of stops and sightseeing, cheers. And then a great camping site at the KOA in Goodland Kansas... I'll be on the road about three months as I wander around the American West for a month before crossing into Canada for the run to Dawson City and the Dust 2 Dawson event. From there it's riding most of the great roads and highways that have been recommended by you all in Alaska. The GPS database of all the motels, campgrounds, routes, and other stuff you all have recommended I created for the ride is at post #515 in the Trip Planning thread. Thanks for coming along.