Hi there from Oz. I'm a new member but a not so new rider & have 40yr old gravel-rash scars to prove it. The 'lost' bit is because I'm having trouble using this forum: a) because I am IT challenged b) because I just want to ask (as an Aussie who is not familiar with you climate), for some in depth info on a planned ride across the US from East to West next year. Any guidance on how I do that please? Ah yes, my current bikes are a Ducati 796 and a Triumph Thruxton converted to a simple & very capable tourer. Hope to chat soon. Thanks.