After reading about Steve07's nightmare of a time getting his bikes back to Canada, it made me think of an option when using a GPS. Like many have said, it is always a good idea to have a paper map along, but you can also pre-plan your trip using a couple different methods. If you are a member of HOG, you can use their Ride Planner via their web site. You can enter your beginning and ending address, view the route it picks for you, and then make any adjusments to the route if you prefer. When you are happy with the "path" you have chosen, you can download it directly to your GPS. Another option is to use Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010. Pretty much the same steps apply but you would export your route as a .gpx file to your GPS. I know that alot of you, when just out riding, like to get off the beatin' path and just see where you end up, which is alot of fun to do, but I have found that if I take 10 minutes and plan a route it can take alot of the stress away from wondering if there is gas, food, lodging, etc. available and where it may be. And I don't have to rely soley on reading that street sign in the middle of nowhere with the bullet holes in it To each their own, but I hope this helps some of you. Ride safe!