After much planning and anticipation March 2009 has finally arrived! The countdown is now 20 days until my two friends and I leave the land of 10,000 frozen lakes for our all-too-short visit to Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle. We have spent many hours pouring over the fantastic reports on this site trying to learn as much as we can from all the wonderful contributors to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude. I cannot wait to begin! Our basic plan is to arrive CM on 22 March, find suitable rentals and get settled. On 23 March we will ride a one day trip (Mae Wang Loop perhaps?) as a shakedown (thaw-out?) before checking out of our hotel and heading north on 24 March for five or so days of adventure. We have David's GT Map, the forum's recommendations, and the desire to squeeze as much into our all-too-short window of opportunity. I plan on stopping at The Kafe to say hello to any GT-Rider contributors and soak up any last words of advice and also perhaps convince one or more to ride along with us on our 23 March day trip. Thank you David and all GT-Rider forum contributors for the help and inspiration you have given us. We will record our adventure in pictures and words to post here when we return home. While I doubt we will offer many insights to GT touring hopefully we will provide you with a few smiles.