Five days on the road
Our route will take us southeast across Washington's by-ways down to central Oregon, where we then gather for the IMBC (International Motorcycle Blogger Convention) 2012 and meet up with Bob, Brandy and Brad, Richard, Erik, Karen, potentially Lori with partner, and maybe a few other last minute participants.
The bikes are inspected and road safe, insurance is purchased, and accommodation prearranged thanks to Brandy and Brad.
The trip will feature countless fuel stops thanks to the Sporty's peanut tank, also meant to give our tin butts (mighty 500 km per day) a rest, and our legs a welcome stretch.
On a fully loaded test-ride
We took RichardM's comprehensive pack-list to build up our own. The major difference will lack of camping gear on our side (we prefer the luxury of privat bathrooms and indoor accommodation these days). Also, we will keep spares and tools to a minimum, not in order to save weight but because we are all thumbs when it comes to wrenching skills anyway. We will have to trust in our steeds doing their job, and otherwise rely on roadside assistance. The one spare part we are going to carry is each others motorcycle keys.
I can't wait to get on the road. It has has been way too long since the last real motorcycle trip. And this year I am not going to cancel my vacation. For no one!