OK, this post will be sort of a "home time" update. I am on the road again, having left this morning. The master planners, working their magic: I don't think I can fully list all of the Annie updates. She's basically a new bike (other than that bent wheel rim...) Few things are prettier than a new chain: Some luggage system modifications: A few more additions to my accessory circuit. I’m running out of space! For you perverts who have been asking for a topless picture of Annie, here you go: I got to have sort of a celebrity experience when I went to AAA to get an international drivers license. As I talked to a lady named Paula, telling her my story, a gentleman named Bob came out of his office. “I know this guy…” he said. It turns out he has read my RR here. It was fun to talk to him about my trip and some other ADV threads. I haven’t gotten any press exposure in Lincoln, so this was both fun and surprising. Plans: I'm heading straight to Mexico, skipping these song stops: Wichita, KS; Oklahoma; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Hennessey, Oklahoma. These places will become part of Chapter 4, the final loop of the trip. This whole loop will likely exceed 25,000 miles. I have no idea how long it will take. I'm going to try to take my time. I'll maybe post some proposed maps later. I can't embed my google maps here. Darien Gap At my Grandma’s house, there are decades of National Geographic magazines which I usually peruse while I am up there. This time I found one from 1981 which reported extensively about Central America. Even then, the proposed road is marked as “Under Construction.” I both laughed and cried at this. The plan is to do a container share to get around the gap. This seems like the most economical method. It causes me a bit of consternation not knowing when or with whom I will cross. If there will be a wait. There are still a lot of variables. I know many ADVers opt for the Stahlratte. That looks fun, but I'm hoping to get into Colombia a little cheaper. Spanish I guess I should talk a little about this as it’s about to become a major element of the story. I’m not really sure how to rate my Spanish at this moment. I’ve never taken any formal classes, but I’ve done a decent amount of study on my own. Though I must confess, I am not at the level that I wish to be. Language comes fairly natural for me, so I hope that I’m not leaning too much on that fact. I am fully prepared to be completely lost for the first week or two. No amount of study can mitigate the shock of initial immersion. Stopping to take classes may be an option, but I want to see how it goes first. I believe that by the end of Chapter 3, I will be speaking Spanish at a reasonably functional level. As always, feel free to chip in with any suggestions, thoughts or ideas. Don't be fooled by my fancy words, I have no idea what I'm doing. I have benefited so much in so many ways from this community. Thank you all for coming along. I hope you packed your sunscreen.