I used to race bikes, but that lasted for about one race. Seriously, I bought a brand new CBR600RR, road it a lot, and got my race license. I was barely making money at the time, but I wanted nothing more than to become the next Valentino Rossi. The first race weekend I high sided during the Friday's practice session. I woke up in the gravel, completely dazed. I was able to get the bike back to the paddock where I looked her over and decided that I had probably taken on more damage than the bike, so I got her ready and got her through qualifying. The first race of the day on Saturday, I had a low side, but the bike tumbled through the gravel. I was really bummed, but with the help of my brother, we got the bike zip tied back together so that I could finish racing that weekend. I still remember Lance Lee (race direction) looking me in the eye after having wrecked twice in the weekend and asking me "Are you mentally stable." Here is the bike prior to getting it ready to pass safety and finish out the day: At the time I didn't really care what he meant by that, what I did know was that I was determined to finish the day. I had already destroyed my bike, so there was nothing else I could lose at that point. I at least needed to finish, and I did. I took 3rd place in my class and never raced again. I didnt stop racing because I was scared to, I stopped because I had realized that it was just too expensive for me to keep racing at the time. I tell that story because it reminds me of the trip I am about to set out on. It has been about 11 years since I raced my CBR to 3rd place victory that day in August of 2006. I have owned 8 bikes since the CBR, and 5 of them were street bikes. A couple of years ago I discovered ADV riding while living in Utah and getting stuck down a trail on a 2008 Yamaha R1. I kept finding that I enjoyed not only riding on the road, but anything that looked interesting to me. Eventually I got rid of all of the street bikes and bought a BMW R1200GS. I had seen them as the ultimate ADV bike growing up, but didnt know a lot about them. I road it on the stock anakee 3 tires and although it wasnt great in the dirt, it was far better than anything I had ridden before. Later I found out about the Anakee Wilds and LIFE WAS GOOD. Earlier this year I rode a loop that took me up the WABDR and through the woods to the IDBDR then back to Portland, OR with @Africapikipiki. We called it the "Piki Piki Trail" ride report HERE. After the ride I decided I was finally ready to do a ride that I have been wanting to do for ages. Ride to Buenos Aires from Portland. This is at the abandoned silver mine just outside of Wallace, ID. My bike is the slightly more colorful one: I have wanted to do this ride for a while but had no idea how to fund the ride. I have been hoarding cans, selling art, selling anything in my house with any value, and just saving and saving up. No matter how much money I saved, the harsh reality was that I am 33, I have a pretty great job, and no employer was going to give me the time off that I was going to need for a trip like this. I have been thinking about the trip every day for about 18 months now and it just has become a disease to me. I cannot stop thinking about it and I need it out of my system so that I can really focus on my career and life again. A few weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that now is the time. I needed to quit my job, take a leap of faith, and just go. I decided to leave early October, and I have been given a pretty hard deadline, that I cannot miss Christmas. Many of you will think that just over two months to complete the roughly 16,000 mile journey from Portland to Buenos Aires is impossible, but it is not. I may be moving faster than a lot of people like to go on a trip like this, but like the 3rd place finish after a number of big accidents on track 11 years ago, I am determined to finish, and I will get to Buenos Aires. I will say that this is supposed to be fun though, so if I get to a point where I think it is not fun and I am going way too fast and pushing myself way too much, I will take it easy and just see where I can get. There are a lot of places I will be able to fly home from, so I am going to just see what happens. I am tentatively planning to leave on Oct 3rd and will end my first day near Davis California. I will add an updated schedule to this first post as I continue to finalize my plans. One other thing related to the pace. As I said above, I just want to enjoy the experience while keeping pace towards Argentina. I am sure there will be plenty of great people and sights along the way. If I get caught up in this that will be fine. I would much rather enjoy the experience and eat my words about getting to Argentina than to be able to say I told you so and hate the entire trip. I hope to meet some of you along the way. Please let me know any advice or questions that you may have as I work my way south. Oh and one other thing. I sold the BMW and am going to be riding a KTM 1090R. Here is a running list of sponsors for this trip: http://www.Astoriamoto.com/ http://www.envisiontint.com/ http://www.tanukiart.com/ http://www.pdxwraps.com/ http://www.hansensmc.com/ http://www.vanaschemotorsports.com/ http://www.agvhelmets.com I also made a Facebook page to follow along: https://www.facebook.com/PDXRIDER/ The current route will be through these countries: USA Mexico- No Visa Required Guatemala- No Visa Required Honduras- No Visa Required Nicaragua- No Visa Required Costa Rica- No Visa Required Panama- No Visa Required Colombia- No Visa Required Ecuador- No Visa Required Peru- No Visa Required Bolivia- Visa Required (http://www.boliviawdc.org/consulate/visas/tv ) $160 Get crisp $20 bills. Chile- No Visa Required Argentina- No Visa Required Paraguay- Visa Required Brasil- Visa Required So even though everyone says to just not plan and go with the flow, I am going to do a little more planning :) Tentatively Leaving Oct 3 or 4 Oct 3, 2017- Portland to Davis, CA- 573 Miles (10 Hours or so) Frank on the ADVRider FB has invited me down, to at least say hi. Maybe he has a couch to swing my way? If nothing else I will join him for some In-N-Out and find my way to a campsite. Oct 4- Davis, CA to San Diego- 516 Miles (8 hours) I have family in San Diego, so I will have food and shelter that night too. Oct 5-7- San Diego to La Paz Ferry (Ferry Leaves at 8pm the 7th)- 930 Miles split over 2.5 days I would like to split this up over three days and just make sure I can get on the Ferry on day 3. Not sure on the ferry schedule yet. If possible, I will sleep on the ferry to Mazatlan. NOTE- Looks like it departs La Paz at 8pm, PERFECT. www.BajaFerries.com Saturday Night? $3420 Pesos When u cross tijuana. Make sure to stop at the otay border, east of tijuana. Get you tvip and tourist visa there Day 6-8- Mazatlan to Chiapas (I am thinking of going to cancun though then dropping down into Belice) Kyle has invited me to stay at his place in Chiapas. He is a mechanic as well and has some space. He is pretty sure I can get from Mazatlan to Chiapas in 2 days, but I am going to budget 3 days just in case. It looks close to 20 hours of riding maybe slightly more. IF I am to the border of Guatemala at the end of Day 9 or 10, I will definitely be cooking with fire, and you guys will definitely be telling me I am bastardizing this trip lol. Day 9- Chiapas to Antigua A little bit of a shorter day, but I want to spend some time in Antigua. OCT 30- Stahlratte to Cartagena (be there or be square) Day Something- Notes on getting from Panama to Colombia: http://backpackista.com/darien-gap-4/ Border Crossing info: http://www.smboilerworks.com/category/border-crossing/page/2/ Trip Costs- Mexico Trip Insurance-$91.53 through bajabound.com (HDI Seguros) Baja Ferry- $192.02 (Includes bike, Me, and a cabin) Stahlratte- $1150 (3 day voyage) Yellow Fever Shot- $273 Garmin Inreach- $450 Garmin Service- $65/ month Garmin Evac Insurance- $18 New Look at my route. I also found this incredible site (http://www.dangerousroads.org/) that I may use to help me choose side adventures as I find some time here and there. Packing List (4 Day rotations to clean clothes)- Clothing- 4- Pairs of tall socks 4- Pairs of compression pants 4- T-Shirts 4- Undergarments 1- Sweatshirt 1-Rain Jacket Toiletries- 1- Toilet Paper 1- Tooth Brush 1- Deoderant 30- Q Tips 1- Bar of Soap 1- Toothbrush 1- Toothpaste 1- Travel Cologne Tools- 1- Multitool 1- Tool Roll 1- Tire Plug Kit 1- Pack of Extra Zip Ties 1- Pack of Extra Fuses 1- Flashlight 1- Headlamp 2- Tie Downs/ Tow Straps Camping- 1- Tent 1- Sleeping Pad 1- Sleeping Bag Food- 1- Water Bladder Electronics- 1- USB Charger 1- Garmin Inreach Explorer + 1- Cell Phone 1- Sena power Cable 2- Phone Cables 1- Comm Pad 1- External Hard Drive 1- Camera, 4 batteries, Memory Cards Documentation- 1- Passport 1- Copies of Passport, Title, Registration, USA Insurance, Health Insurance Card, Driver License, Mexico Insurance 1- Baja Ferry Ticket 1- Stahlratte Instructions 1- Copy of medical info Emergency and Medical- 1- 1 day of emergency food 1- Medicine 1- Throw Away Wallet 1- Emergency Tools included in "Tools"