First I want to say I love this forum. You guys have all been awesome and I look lurking through the threads. It's all been so helpful and I am learning a lot. I am still breaking my bike in and it is my first build but my original intention when building it is to take it from Illinois to Arkansas and back. I would like to attempt this by summer at the latest but preferably mid spring. If I don't have any problems during that trip then I would eventually like to take it out west and see some desert. Seeing the country nice and slow and being in it rather than just passing through it appeals to me a whole lot. Have any of you done anything like this? If so some tips would be great, also just some stories about your experience would be awesome.