well, the alaskan prologue is coming to an end, and it's time to ponder "what's next?" slackbiker's reply in the other topic brought to mind the Pablo Cruise lyrics "it's time to find your place in the sun"...and when i debark the ferry in bellingham wa in early october, that's exactly what i'm gonna do... obviously, i'll be heading south in a hurry. at this point, i have to say i don't wanna do the coastal highway south, but i also don't wanna cross the mountains east too far north. i think i'm in for some tough riding no matter the choice. i think i'm in for some tough camping (when available this late in the season) along the way, too. this will be a marathon sprint to warmer weather, so i guess i'll have to tough it out. once i'm back in the lower-48 and scheduling is my own again, my budget should be back on track quickly. i'm shedding some pounds off the payload, but not much really...as i sure do like having tools parts clothing and other conveniences handy. i don't have the "luxuries" of road-support or a home-base, this is me & the bike & a modest monthy check. i'm good for 100+ miles a day if need be, weather isn't an issue while riding only during layovers when i need to rest and recover. so, because as i've said "i like to ride but i'm no wilderness-man," i'm unashamedly putting out a call for (realistic) suggested routes and possible crash-points along the way.