After 35 years of working my ass off, raising 2 wonderful kids, and somehow keeping my beautiful wife's support through all of it, I've decided to do something for my soul. I'm not sure where it came from, or how, but it was screaming LETS GO! My story is very similar to most, been geeking out on YouTube videos, stumbling across informative, motivational forums like this one, torturing myself with what bike should I ride, am I skilled enough to cross Witt Rd creek without taking a swim, can I do Black Bear pass without passing out, should I use Kevin's or Sam's... it's been a long 8 months but it's go time. I'm not real tech savvy so I hope I can post updates with my cell phone along the way. I don't have a Facebook account so this will be the only way to update the journey. I'm going to try and "upload" a pic now just for a trail run, then I'm out of here to start my adventure. I've been riding small bikes for 25 years, 450's and 350's, this is my first adventure trip on an adventure sized bike. I've decided to leave my Husky FE350 at home and gonna roll with my new KTM 890 Adventure R. I was a little intimidated by the size at first, but after a few local loops I'm pretty sure it'll handle anything I can throw at it. I will leave Bend Oregon today with my bike loaded in a rental truck in route to Asheville NC hopefully arriving Saturday. I will load up and hit the TAT from there. Hopefully there will be others posting trip info here so I can follow along of those ahead of me, and I look forward to meeting others along the way.