It was September 2015 and it was my senior year of high school. I had the idea that it would be a cool idea to do a cross country road trip while I still had the freedom to do so before I got a real job. I ended up working all summer and didn’t go on the trip. Fast forward to March 2019 and I have made it to my senior year of college and I realized that if I didn’t go on the trip now then I would likely never do it. I had just purchased my 09’ BMW F800GS 3 months prior and I was thrilled with the idea of being able to take it across the country. After countless of hours of planning and research I felt like I was ready to set a date for the trip. I was to leave on the morning of May 13th rain or shine. On May 3rd I did a test pack to see if I’d have enough room for everything in my panniers and after realizing that it all fit reality set in that this trip was really going to happen. So, a few days before the trip I set my sag for the additional weight and washed my bike and parked it until the morning of the 13th.