Hello, my name is Ken and I'm deaf. I'm 41, not married and kidless. Tomorrow, I'm embarking on a solo journey riding a 2001 F650GS up north to Alaska then down south to Ushusia. My deafness and fluent in America Sign Language may make communicating a challenge trying to communicate with anyone not fluent in sign language, but I will overcome that in many forms. No, I don't read lips or speak like some deaf people can so that add to the challenge. I'm on disability not because of my deafness but because of Bilateral Spondylolysis (fractured lumbar 5). I've been living with back pain all day/night daily for past few years. It hurts to sit, stand, lay down, and etc. It is all about how I try to keep the pain level bearable by trying to avoid heavy activities and heavy lifting (here is to hope I don't drop my moto often!). Adding to the injury, I recently started having problem in my coccyx area(ass). When I sit after some period of time(no more than 10-15 minutes), the pain build up intensely. However, my primary doctor prescribed for me prednisone for 10 days thinking it will help heal the muscle that is controlled by coccyx nerve. Oh man, that medicine was a great feeling for few days not feeling any pain for first time in few years!! So my ass has improved 60% that he gave me 2nd refill ready to go for the trip so hopefully that will take care of the coccyx problem permanently. Night before last night, my MacBook died unexpectedly so I was forced to improvise. Thankfully, my buddy was kind enough to give me his old and cracked iPad to use. I'm not used to the keyboard on glass but I'll get a hang of it eventually. Not sure how I'll transfer files from camera & GoPro/virb yet, but hopefully soon than later. Head-up, I'm not much of a writer and I know my grammar sucks so don't expect a great RR here. I'll just do a photo journal on here and share short story I think is interesting and worth sharing with. I do hope to meet and make many new friends along the way so if you see green alien riding gear on a yellow F650GS, don't be afraid to say hello! I don't bite! I will be visiting few friends between here and western South Dakota in next few days so I'll post some update in few days. More later.