And we're off! First things first, don't be fooled by my use of the royal "we". Force of (bad?) habit on my part. It's just me and my bike on this trip. She doesn't even have a proper name. Not sure why. Wanted to use "Shadowfax" (tall white steed that can run perfectly for endless miles...). It doesn't roll off the tongue. Perhaps all my bikes are just incarnations of the same restless travel spirit? Hmmmm... In that case, my companion is named Rebecca. Oh yes, the first photo of the trip comes from a roadside stop I made just after lunch. Nothing remarkable to look at -- except that we're on a trip! And that little piece of info makes me rather happy.