The bike is nearly packed, just some incidentals to toss in tomorrow morning. Fresh oil and a clean chain. As I sit here and copy some tunes for the road to an SD card, I'm excited, anxious, and nervous thinking about the big journey ahead. I think about all of my friends, family, and co-workers who helped me so much last year and how I probably wouldn't be doing this trip without them. Thank you, all of you. You know who you are.
As for the trip itself - I plan to head north first, to Vancouver, BC. Then back to Seattle, and across the northern US along US-2 until Duluth, MN. From there, north along Lake Superior and into Canada again, to pick up CA-17 and take that east to Montreal. From there, down through New York, to NYC. After a couple of days there, back on the road to PA, and then south along roads that follow the Appalachian Trail until I get to Atlanta. East to Birmingham, north to Nashville, and then Chicago. From Chicago, I'll be following as much of Old Route 66 as I can get to, all the way to LA. Down to San Diego for a day, and then back up the coast to San Jose.
I am planning to post each night when I stop for the day, internet access permitting. I've got an AT&T mobile broadband card, and the coverage map looks decent. I'll be checking email as well, so if you'd like to write, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right now, I need to get some sleep!