Hi y'all, I'm a long time lurker and I'm here to share my big ride with y'all. Thanks to everyone over at my planning thread for sharing their thoughts, tips, and routes I should be taking as I embark on a trip that will span across 10 States over 30 or so days. The gist of the journey is to start here in the bay, head down south to LA, cross over to vegas. There I will head north to Zion, cut back down to the grand canyon, eastward to monument valley and into Moab. After a few days in Moab, cut east to colorado, and north to Cody where I'll spend a few days in Yellowstone. My original plan was to go through Glacier, but seeing as only half the park is open and the majority of posters in my planning thread telling me to ride Lolo's pass, that's what I'm gonna do. There I'll head to leavenworth washington, to follow it up by going through the northern cascades where I'll camp for a few days. Head into seattle, visit the rain forest, and ultimately make my way down the pacific coast on my way back home. 30 Days. Let's get to it. The map I posted in the planning thread is now all but obsolete, as I am abandoning my meticulous nature for a "go with the flow approach". I have landmarks I would like to hit, and I have a rough timeline of when I should hit them. Everything else is up to the journey. This trip was birthed from a cancelled trip to Vancouver that was supposed to take place in April, and then bastardized from another trip to Toronto. Realizing for once in my life being an American was a detriment to my travels, I decided to travel within my own America, to sites and sights I've yet to see. This trip was my Western Romanticism. Rewind. My name is Phuc, Phuc Bui actually. I know, wild name. I emigrated out of Vietnam at the dawn of the new Millennium, and have resided in the Bay Area ever since. Growing up, the hollywood representation of cowboys had always been the thing that stuck most with me. Something about solitude and traversing huge stretches of land with a horse always stuck with me. I don't have a horse, but I do have Clementine. Clementine is a 1996 DR650SE with approximately 15k miles on her. She's got that sweet purple frame so many DR riders wished they had but mistakenly waited too many years to buy. Decked out with ProCycle gear and worked on by RMC Motos, she's definitely a work horse, fitting for any cowboy. With all great trips, comes great preparation. I've had ample time to route, reroute, remove, and rereroute this trip hundreds of times, and with the great procrastinator (Covid-19), I've had even more time. But all this on paper planning is useless until proven in the field, so I did just that this previous weekend. Living in California the Oceans are to my West, and the great mountain ranges of the Sierras are to my East. I invited a couple of buddies on a camping/fishing trip that yielded no fish, but was more of an excuse to overpack my bike to anticipate what it would be like to travel with so much equipment. I overpacked, and I'm glad I did. While my buddies were enthusiastic in nature, I ended up carrying the majority of our cooking supplies. My tank saddlebags (made for an actual horse saddle) was the hero of the trip, being fully waterproofed and insulated, it served as a mini cooler for all of our perishables. Rockgator is the brand if anyone is interested. A little bit more about myself if anyone actually cares about what I do. I am a videogame artist, and while photography had always been the skill I thought a camera phone could suffice, I though it through and began teaching myself how to wield a real camera for the journey. I felt something so epic and life changing would require a more serious effort than just a point and click. Also tagging along with me will be a Canon with 2 prime lenses, a 50mm 1.4F and a 24mn 2.8F.