I have been lurking advrider, scouring threads for information and advice. After taking so much it seemed only fair to give back in the form of yet another Ride Report. I'll try and keep it interesting, but no promises! I am keeping up a blog (https://chasingtheblackandwhitedog.wordpress.com/) but I will post here with similar content, although I will definitely be more detailed about moto specific stuff that my friends and family back home don't care about! A quick summary. I'm 24 years old, grew up in Melbourne, Australia and a year out from uni, working as a mechanical engineer. As luck would have it, the timing worked out nicely so that I could convince my employer to let me take six months off which is good because I've been planning my trip for years now! Outside of riding I ride a pushbike a lot, run a bit and swim even less, racing triathlons and loving it. It's all the freedom of a motorcycle with lots of extra effort. I used to take photos a bit, so this trip will be a good motivation to get some of those skills back, I'm a very mediocre rider but hopefully my photos will make up for it! I started riding moto's only two years ago, and after doing lots of research (this will become a common theme...) I ended up on the stalwart, the pig of a 2009 KLR650. Cheap to buy in Australia, L-Plate legal and the sort of bike I could take overseas later on if the trip eventuated. It's since been on quite a few trips, dropped once or twice and had most of its adv-specific bits upgraded or added. Here's a pic of me for reference (my sister joked that this will be the pic they show at the funeral if I die during my trip.....) And its finally here. I'm sitting back in my childhood room after moving back to my parent's, two days from flying to LA to begin my adventure. I will start with my motivations for the trip, might help get a sense for why I'm doing it. This whole thing started six years ago. Fresh out of a stressful but nevertheless successful final year of high school, I ventured overseas for my first overseas holiday - almost a rite of passage for middle class Australians it seems, for better or worse. We picked Vietnam, having spent too much time watching Top Gear, filling our heads ideas of adventure and camaraderie. Sa Pa, Vietnam Whilst the reality was far less off the beaten track, it was still exciting to briefly experience others people's lives, I got much more out of people watching than I did hitting up two tourist traps a day. Over there I found I got the most enjoyment not from visiting Halong Bay or the Củ Chi tunnels, but rather the day Matt and I spent riding north along the coast out of Nha Trang. This sparked the idea that maybe one day I would go further. In 2014 I was lucky enough to go overseas again, this time to the UK, Switzerland Germany, and the USA on exchange. This time I was more ambitious - two three day solo cycling trips, one from London to Coventry, the other from Zurich to Munich. It was these trips that drove my desire to turn a pipe dream into reality. A few hours from Banbury, UK (Not pictured - blood, sweat, tears..) During this trip I also cemented my understanding that I'm happiest away from the city, in New York this hit me particularly hard. Brooklyn, NY I returned home from this trip and within months had bought a bike - a 2009 Kawasaki KLR650 with the intention of riding through Latin America after completing University.