PROLOGUE: If you just want to read the ride reports, please scroll down, before I can get to that, I've got some debts to pay. It's a debt of gratitude for all the folks that make this website possible and make it a community. I have been obsessed with motorcycles since I can remember. One of my earliest memories was seeing some kid on a Suzuki RM490 (I think) back in the late 70's early 80's ripping around off road where we used to ride our bmx bikes. It was HUGE...seemed like the seat was up to my neck, the fenders a mile higher than the knobbies, super LOUD...I was hooked. Smash cut to 2019, but for a short few years back in mid 90's when I had some sport bikes, I've been an exclusively off road rider (2 strokes). But as the years flew by, I managed to ride less and less each year, and those that I did ride with, either quit riding, or transitioned to this "ADV" thing. I saw the Ewan and Charlie docs, and was very intrigued, but not enough to run out and get a bike....but the seed was planted...a whole new genre of day dreams where created. Then about a year ago I somehow found this site...don't remember how (wish I did)....and joined. About a week later, corporate America does what corporate America will sometimes do...my position was eliminated. It was a good run, and while not a total surprise, was a bit "jarring". I took it in stride and started to pour my energy into finding my next gig. I got into a routine of going to my local public library a few days a week just to get out of the house and mix things up. I would network, send out resumes, etc., and when I felt I put in a good chunk of "work" for the day, it was back to this site. Pouring over ride reports, constantly pestering folks about bikes, gear, etc. It provided a great escape, a wealth of knowledge, and again, set in motion all the day dreaming one can use when between jobs. All of which lead to buying a bike (after I got my new job), getting new gear, and tackling a small adv ride. So for that I say THANK YOU!!!