Thanks for the Kudos!
I'd be wary of a Baltic trip - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are lovely places, but not great countries on a motorbike. Finland is OK, and Sweden pretty dull - so Norway is defo where you need to get to for the trip.
Then again for a SoCal resident, anything in Europe would be pretty fantastic I think!
Then again, you have all that desert riding on your doorstep!
2011 KTM Adventure 990 R, with loads of extras and farkles
-- silk metallic with comfort package (sport wheels, heated grips, on board computer with oil warning, sport fairing, LED white indicators), alarm, gear shift assistant --
-- Hepco rear rack, R&G protectors all over, Akrapovic full system, Evoluzione dual air-filters, 1/4 turn quick action throttle, disabled full load stop actuator, a permanent grin --