Thread Index: Heading Out (August 20 – August 26, 2011) Leaving Ontario (August 26 – August 30, 2011) The Canadian Rockies (August 30 – September 5, 2011) Vancouver (September 5 – September 10, 2011) Into The U.S.A. (September 10 – September 16, 2011) The Alvord Desert (September 21 – September 27, 2011) Yellowstone (September 21 – September 27, 2011) Utah (September 27 – October 3, 2011) Colorado (October 3 – October 5, 2011) Valley of The Gods (October 5 – October 9, 2011) Flagstaff (October 9 – October 17, 2011) Into Texas (October 17 – October 25, 2011) Northern Mexico (October 26 – November 3, 2001) Central Mexico (November 4 – November 11, 2001) Southern Mexico (November 12 – November 22, 2011) San Cristóbal de las Casas (November 23 – December 10, 2011) The Yucatán (November 10 – December 21, 2011) Guatemala (December 22, 2011 – December 30, 2011) San Pedro La Laguna (December 30, 2011 – January 3, 2012) El Salvador (December 30, 2011 - January 7, 2012) The Accident (January 7 - January 14, 2012) Back In Canada (January 14, 2012 - Fall of 2012) Trip Expenses & Statistics (August 20, 2011 - January 7, 2012) Coming Back To Life (Completion in November of 2012) Preparing To Leave (Fall of 2012 - June 9, 2013) On The Road Again (June 9, 2013 - June 16, 2013) Québec (June 17, 2013 - June 23, 2013) The Maritimes (June 23, 2013 - July 5, 2013) Newfoundland (July 6, 2013 - July 16, 2013) Leaving Canada (July 16, 2013 - July 24, 2013) Vermont (July 25, 2013 - July 29, 2013) New York City (July 30, 2013 - August 5, 2013) Arriving In Iceland (August 5, 2013 - August 19, 2013) Iceland (August 20, 2013 - September 3, 2013) BLOG LINK The Route: The route for this trip began to take shape in 2008. Over the past two and a half years of researching, a solid route has formed. A general route was first arrived at by plotting points of interesting locations in Google Earth and then connecting the dots. The route, over the course of planning, has gone through many modifications, and will likely see more changes while on the road. Since the decision was made to stop for 6-8 months in Portugal to work and rest, this route has been broken down into two parts. The first part of our trip will take us from Canada to Portugal. Part I While in Portugal, we will solidify the plans for the second part of our journey. This part of the route, as it is now, is somewhat uncertain. The plan is to ride through Europe and into The Middle East through parts of the world that are somewhat unstable, partially due to the so-called “War On Terror”. After riding through Pakistan and India, the intention was to ride through mainland China, but, after finding out that to do so would mean a costly guided government escort, this part of the route was written off. If we can meet up with a group of riders who are willing to share the cost of an escort through China, this part of the trip can be reconsidered. Otherwise, heading south into Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia is a viable option. I’ve always wanted to visit Bali, Indonesia again anyway. Part II The Travellers: Rocky Age: 35 Born: Hamilton, Canada Lives: Hamilton, Canada Profession: Electrical Engineering Looking forward to the most: freedom Will miss the most: Mama and Belle Will miss the least: Mondays Paula Age: 33 Born: Ponte de Vagos, Portugal Lives: Hamilton, Canada Profession: Customer Service Looking forward to the most: really pretty landscapes, delicious food, and interesting people Will miss the most: My little furry meow-meows Will miss the least: Winter The Bike 2007 KTM 990 Adventure My humble beginnings on Advrider After doing quite a bit of research, I decided that the KTM 990 Adventure would be the ideal bike for a trip around the world. *Its main competitor, the BMW R1200 GS Adventure, is an excellent long-distance touring bike, but is very heavy and reputed to be a handful in the off-road. The KTM 990 Adventure, according to many, is the best dual-sport motorcycle in the world, especially off the tarmac. Being an inexperienced rider, a bike’s ability off road was an important factor. The 990′s fuel efficiency and tank range can be seen as shortcomings, but can be remedied by carrying additional fuel canisters. In June of 2009, I took a motorcycle training course and obtained my motorcycle licence. Shortly after, I began the search for my dream bike – the 2007 KTM 990 Adventure. I searched locally and online, and eventually found a new one available at Mid-America Powersports, in Wichita, Kansas. Being a new rider, more experienced 990 riders tried to dissuade me by telling me I was going to kill myself. Being a reasonable person and not one who responds to alarmism, I gathered my confidence and took the plunge, flew down to Kansas and purchased my bike. I didn”t want the 2,200km ride back to Canada to end, but I knew there would soon be more miles of road to come.