Good day...

I have been a member for quite a few years, but do not post very often (bit of an understatement to say the least). But I have learned much from the bigger group. I have been riding a 2007 1200GS since new, and really enjoy the ride. Very soon, I will embark on a big trip, solo. I live in Vancouver BC, and am heading to Toronto, then PEI, and back. Family reunions and stuff. This is my first multi day trip, and will involve loooooong days on the road. Needless to say, I am a bit anxious. I am looking for a little bit of advice in a couple of areas. My chosen route east is most likely going to be south of the 49th. I have already driven the Canadian route from west to east. Perhaps I will return east to west using my home country. Initially I will most likely head south on I-5, then cut over east just before Seattle (Seattle traffic is brutal). I would like to make it to Butte or Bozeman by the first night. From there I will head east towards Duluth on my way to Toronto. Given that there are any number of members across the country, would there be any recommendations for "you must stop here" or places I should avoid? Is there any particular route east to west that is "best", or highly regarded for scenery, interesting sights and stops? I am not really planning much more than a day in advance, as I am not sure how I far I will be able to go each day. Camping is an option, as I will have a very light camping kit. Would there be any specific Hotel/Motel accommodations that I should look for? I am on the lookout for some unique accommodation, as I try to avoid the big Hotel/Motel chains. I want something different and more memorable. Anyway, I am getting excited, and have almost got my bike and all the kit sorted. Thanks for any information or advice you may offer. I have 5 days to complete the trip to Toronto where I will meet up with my wife and kids. Cheers.

Bill