Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We're Leaving!

Hey everybody,
After just two years of planning and saving we're leaving today! The first leg of the journey is Lawrence, Kansas to Ozark National Forest, Arkansas - via Kansas City. Everything is (probably) packed, and everything is stored...I think. I slept well for the first time in a few weeks last night; I've reached the point where I'm too exhausted to worry anymore, and it feels great. I can only assume that Jill has also reached that point, as she is still sleeping.

Savvy (and gravely concerned) readers are probably thinking, "Ty, where is the link to the GPS tracking device you mentioned having when you were trying to sell us on this whole insane plan?" Well, unfortunately our particular GPS unit is subject to recall, and must be shipped back to the manufacturer for replacement. Sorry about that! We'll have it up and running as soon as we receive a replacement, hopefully sometime while we're in New Orleans.

I need to start loading the bike, so I'll sign off for now. Thanks to everyone for your support (and ample storage!) while we take off on what I can only assume will be the trip of a lifetime. I'll promise keep this page updated (at least) enough to prove that we're alive and well, if you'll promise to assume we are alive and well in the interim between these posts! I don't think we'll have internet access in the campground in Arkansas, so I'll see you in Jackson, Mississippi on day three!

The bike has undergone some changes for the trip, so here's a before and after:

Here's a picture of the bike with the new paint job, crash bars, and skid plate I built. I decided the re-made bike deserved a new name, so I came up with these graphics and had them cut by Sign d'Sign in Lawrence. As you can see, it's no longer a V Strom - it's been rechristened a Suzuki "PANAMERICA"
We're off!