Hi, I'm Josh, a 29-year-old former director of engineering/all-around internet/product/software guy from Portland, Oregon. Karen (my motorcycle) and I are currently on a trip around the US of A. We'll be riding down backroads, forest roads, gravel roads, and hopefully no snow roads, camping wherever we find a good view and no crowds.

If you're wondering, the map on this site is a custom Google Maps map that pulls in data from the Spot API that's hooked up to my Gen3 device. I plan to have it on tracking mode most waking hours, with near real-time updates to this site (every ~15mins). You'll also see photos on the map, which are coming from Instagram and placed at the coordinates for which they were taken (also updating every ~15mins).

As you can probably guess from the list of gear/upgrades/doo-dads below, I've been getting ready for this trip over the last 3+ months and anticipate it'll take me ~10k miles around the country over the next 4 months. If you fancy riding together for a bit, grabbing a beer or coffee, or willing to trade trip stories for a warm shower, send me an email at joshellington@gmail.com or shoot me a text at 503-536-3309.



2013 Kawasaki KLR650


SW-Motech Crash Bars

SW-Motech Skid Plate

SW-Motech Rear Rack

SW-Motech Rear Brake Master Cylinder Guard

Eagle Mike Fork Brace

Heidenau K60 Scout Tires, Front & Rear

Tusk Aluminum Racks

Tusk Aluminum Large Panniers

Tusk Billet Race Foot Pegs

Tusk Folding Shift Lever

Oxford Heated Grips

Kawasaki Tall Windshield

Nelson Rigg RG-1045 Tank Bag

RAM Rail Mount with U-Bolt Base and X-Grip

SAE to USB Charger

Crampbuster, Wide


Scorpion EXO-AT950 Helmet

Forma Adventure Boots

Icon Raiden DKR Jacket

Moose Racing XC1 Body Armor

Olympia Dakar Dual Sport Pants

Icon Twenty-Niner Gloves

Teton Sports Oasis 1200 Backpack


Tirox SnapJack V2

Slime Air Compressor

Dupont Teflon Lubricant

Custom Tool Kit


Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2

Kelty Tuck 22

Big Agnes Q Core SLX

Klymit Luxe Pillow

Outry Nylon Tarp

Schrade SCHF51

Kershaw Blur Tanto

Black Diamond Spot

GSI Outdoors 2010 Trowel

Moon Lence Ultralight Chair

Etekcity Camping Stove

Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set

GSI Outdoors Backpacker Mug

MSR Dromedary Bag, 6 Liter

Sawyer MINI Water Filter

RainLeaf Microfiber Towel

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent

50YD Paracord, Orange

Waterproof Matches

Vaseline Cotton Balls

Custom First Aid Kit


Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4

Teva Terra-Float Universal 2.0

Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net

Ironclad Utility Gloves

The North Face Venture Jacket

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket


iPhone 8, OtterBox COMMUTER Series Case

2015 13" Macbook Pro Retina, 256GB SSD/16GB RAM

Seagate Backup Plus Hard Drive, 2TB

Fujifilm XT-1

Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR

Anker PowerCore 20100mAH

iBeek 12000mAH

Anker SoundCore 2

Kindle Paperwhite

Spot Gen3


Garmin GPSMAP 64s

Gaia GPS

Google Maps



Ultimate Campgrounds