I brought my Suzuki SV650 with soft bags to a job up in Portland, Oregon. When I was done, I planned to ride east to the Rockies, then Glacier Park in Montana, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Wyoming. These three very special National Parks would be my main destinations. Jim and Mary Egging from Washington had become good friends since I met them on a ride to Alaska. They were on a Honda Gold Wing, and Jim and I had a lot to talk about. He couldn't say enough about his Suzuki V-Strom 650 and practically made me borrow it for my trip. Seeing as how it was outfitted with Givi hard bags, heated handgrips and a tall windscreen, I gladly accepted the offer. And I had to laugh at myself: My budget ride just started on a borrowed bike! My mantra became, "That didn't cost me nuthin'!" So, with my camping gear securely bungeed in place and the saddlebags stuffed with groceries, I headed east on I-84 out of Portland. It was a beautiful day and the scenery following the Colombian River through the gorge was spectacular. It sure is nice to start an adventure ride with good weather, though the long-term forecast maps showed some wet green blobs ahead. Well, what are you going to do?