Hello everyone. I've been lurking on this forum for a long time reading everyone's RRs hoping that one day that I too could post an epic ride report. Well, my time has come, but first a tad bit of backstory. Junior year of college my roomie was talking about going to Europe for her big graduation trip. During that conversation, I decided that I needed to do something awesome as well. I had know about Trans America for a long time, since at least senior year of high school, and decided in my apartment that it was the trip I was going to do. I began reading ride reports and diving in to gear research. Summer before senior year I grinded at an internship and earned some good money. Over christmas break senior year, I finally started to oufit the Yamaha WR250r I had for the trip. Then COVID-19 happened, and all the campgrounds closed. It seemed like my trip was dead in the water. The economy was in shambles, my other motorcycle (an FZ-09) got stolen out of my parking garage, the job offers I had were rescinded due to hiring freezes, hell I graduated on my couch watching my laptop while my family watched Netflix. Somewhere among all this bad stuff happening, I started to notice campgrounds and state parks opening back up. That's when I decided that it was go time, and I had to do this trip, to reclaim this year. I got all the gear that I didn't have as well as Sam's maps from West Virginia to Port Orford, Oregon. I was ready to go. Why the WR250? Why not a bigger bike? I might as well just answer this question before anyone asks it. Reason #1: I already had the bike. I was farmiliar with it and how it handled in the dirt. Reason #2: It is indestrucbile. Seriously, this WR250r got rear ended by a truck while I was going 40, truck was going 50. I swear to God that the truck had more damage and the bike drove home. My dad and I scoured the frame for any sign of a problem...nothing. This bike saved my life, it didn't even fall down from the hit. It deserved the honor of taking me to Port Orford. Reason #3: Why not? The Route I'll be taking Sam Correro's Trans America Trail route from Ripley, West Virginia to Port Orford, Oregon. In Utah I might deviate a bit and ride some of the Utah BDR, but I'll probably finalize that decision once I get closer. I also might change it up a bit in Colorado for which mountain passes I might do, but again, we'll see when we get there. We have a looooong way to go. I hope you're ready to dive in with me, because at the time of writing this post, I'm one day into the trip and my goodness it is already eventful.