Ok, so I had some people asking for a ride reports and I kept a small journal on the trip so I might as well use it. I will post up in sections and answer questions, I will also link some of the other guys as they are on ADV. Hope this doesn't suck. I will try to add pics after this is up. OK, so I go to Laconia most years with the same crew of good friends and rent a house. For a few years, Captain Mustache- the Yellow Iron- has been talking about it. After riding a sport bike for years, I had a mild interest in learning a wider range of skills. The discussion became more serious and a loose idea of how long it would take was formed. In the interim, I had to get a bike that was able to make the trip. Camping gear I had, but the proper bike gear plus the cost of a bike was very daunting indeed. I am a craigslist addict and my nightly plunge down the rabbit hole found a salvage bike in Pittsburg (about 5+ hours away) and it had not been fully inspected yet: buuuuuut, it was the bucketlist bike I never thought I would get. The 990 Adventure by KTM. I talked my wife into the idea, mostly she talked me into it since I would have bitched for years to come if I didn't get it! And soon after I found a ridiculous deal on a KTM supermoto. Another bike I always wanted. So in this conundrum, I sold my sportbikes for two bikes that could teach me a lot. I honestly hate not having a sport bike since that is where my brain goes when I want to go on a ride, and I ride a fair amount every year. But now I have little other choice then to jump through legal loop holes, get the ADV bike legal and learn to ride a bigun. The prep had begun. Problem was the long part of the trip would leave the KTM very short in fuel . Who makes an adventure bike two generations with 160mile tank range?!? As nice as safari tanks are, $1300 for them is ridiculous. Rotopax, as annoying as it is to refuel will have to do for much less money. Now that the trip was taking on some serious planning, the official head count would wax and wane. three of the original 7 or so who said they were in changed plans and rode Nova Scotia earlier in the year and met us in Laconia. That left 4 of us: Me, Captain Mustashe, Beardy Face and Meaty. One didn't even have a bike (Meaty). A few weeks prior he had bought a KLR on the sly and was modding it for the trip. Laconia was a blast as always- just not as quickly ridden for me, and dates were finalized. We were so excited we knew Saturday would be loo late, we planned to go to a campground in VT for Friday night so that we could get a jump on the adventure. Final prep is never as planned as I would like. As a night shift ICU RN I would obsessively make lists and possible purchase for the trip and add and delete them as I saw fit. A text thread of the four adventurers was established and additions and prep were shared with the enthusiasms of 5 year olds before Christmas. For my part, I was had good gear, but not great gear. A lot of Icon Raiden gear popped up on the Flea Market here and my wife talked me into that as well. Great! Now I have water proof gear and don't have to bring extra over layers!!! Aux lights fitted, camp food bought, final packing would be two days prior as I had off of work for a few days to try to sleep in a day schedule so I don't pass out in the saddle. Buuuuut, my per diem job called me and I can't pass up a chance for more Cashish, so I worked two nights prior, spent a day rushing to pack and on a few hours sleep hang out with my wife before I left, and then I was off! On a hastily packed bike that was way heavier than I have ever handled. I honestly could not go more than 10 miles before I had to pull over and repack some things to buy me some extra room. the need to put the weight down low pushed me forward and I realized a few pounds up would save me from fighting the bars the whole way. As I left North NJ and got on the NY thruway, helmet coms (a divine invention) allowed me to comfortably pick a meeting place with Beardy Face and then we were two. The ride was uneventful, but bouncing off the limiter with excitement. as night fell and we were still underway, I realized my aux lights from Baja Designs flicked out. Fuck. the other two found us just before we reached camp and the first night went well with easy camp ground camping and a shared whisky. I was able to open up the KTM and find a loose scotch lock wire tap and secure my lighting. That night I found out Captain Mustache snores- light and rhythmic, But Beardy Face choke snores until he ends up on his side and hurts his shoulder. Adventure!