So here it is 1am on Thanksgiving Day - It has finally arrived. I actually get to start my FIRST ADV ride report . I'm not quite sure I knew I'd actually stick with it when, several months ago, I sat dreaming of jetting off to the South Pacific. The sudden surge in airfares crippling my thoughts of a warm summer. Although I'd had the dream of riding from Point Barrow to Tierra del Fuego there was no way I could spare that kind of time and it is nearly December! I'm not sure why it hadn't occurred to me previously - but who says you've got to put all the pieces together in the same order as everyone else? So the idea became following the InterAmerican Highway south with intent of picking up the Northern & Southern most legs at a later date. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this scheme ahead of the Latin American Riders rally in Estes Park and managed to make it up for an afternoon jaunt over the Top of the Rockies in the snow. It was great meeting those that have done it before - even if only for a brief bit. The trek began right here really, on ADVrider as I sifted through Ride Reports looking at pictures and feeding the possibility. Then, suddenly - it clicked. As of August I'd been through every state in the US except AK, HI, and ME. Then I saw the bike, in Maine, and the adventure began. Flying first into NH a trusting inmate allowed me to shuttle his new acquisition to his place in ME where I'd pick up mine. Then over the Labor Day weekend I'd ride from ME to CO where I'd have to tie up some loose ends (work) for a few months before I could continue south. But now there was a goal - and a date. Thanksgiving. The last several months have seen me plan more than I've every planned before - that doesn't necessarily mean much. What to take, where to go, what to do, who? to do it with. I've truly enjoyed the planning - have cringed at some of the $$$ spent, and will admit to my own doubts. But the bike is packed, the arrangements made, the goodbyes said and in a few hours I'm off. The intent is to hopefully make Yaviza and back. It's just a point on a map - with so much to see between here and there. Who knows what could happen between then and now, but that's the point ... right? I've never ridden outside of the US & Canada and my mind is a constant flutter of thoughts and ideas about what I may see. Through the entire planning process the shared sickness of wanting to explore on two wheels has kept me going against the neigh sayers and doubters. In fact, at this moment, I have friends riding in S. Africa, N. Zealand, and S. America. Now it is my turn. Here I go through the Second world - for the first time. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockiestwin/2979990863/" title="Start of the Trip in Maine - Mine! by rockiestwin, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3226/2979990863_879c03db93.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Start of the Trip in Maine - Mine!" /></a> Here's how I started off back in Late August in Maine.