Time to start up another ride report! My last ride was from Texas all the way south to Tierra del Fuego. This one is a bit more ambitious if things go according to plan: Edit - The actual trip starts on page 8 (!). The in between pages are about the preparation. The Route: Texas to Seattle to ship to Brisbane, Australia. Tour around Australia and ship from either Perth of Darwin to Singapore. From Singapore, tour SE Asia. Ship from somewhere.. don't know where to Mongolia. From Mongolia start riding west to Turkey via the 'stans. Once in Turkey, head north to Estonia. If I make it to Estonia, start checking out the rest of Eastern Europe. Drive towards Portugal and hook back up to Basque Country... Catch a ferry to England and depart from Scotland back to the USA! Leave West.. return East.. Oh man.. writing it all out makes it sound even farther. Why? I wanted to travel more after making it to Ushuaia in December of 2008. This was the start of the "financial crisis" and I started to get freaked out that I was out playing around on my motorcycle while I still had a job back in Houston. I returned to Houston for a year and realized the world wasn't going to end so the itch came back...... Actually, it never left. The best part is going to be living on my motorcycle. It is so nice to know every possession that you have. When I'm traveling on the motorcycle, it is the only time I feel that I am in control of my stuff, otherwise it is in control of me. No junk. Everything I carry has a purpose. Most have many! Which bike? 2006 Suzuki DRZ 400 S. Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I'm supposed to be on a fancy BMW adventure touring beast but I learned my lesson last time. I spent a week or two traveling through Bolivia where not only did I not see a single street sign, but I didn't ride on any asphalt. When you're on a F650GS (supposed to be the small BMW!) and you have a choice between serious corrugation or deep sand... I really started thinking about my choice of bikes. I didn't drive over 55 mph for more than a few seconds in all of Central America. The only time I ever really opened it up was when I was on Ruta 3 in Southern Argentina. I'm generally too busy avoiding cars or looking at the scenery that I have no interest in buzzing high speeds. These two factors led me to my decision to take a significantly smaller bike. I did a test ride from Houston to Colorado last summer and it seemed to do OK.. so lets extend things out a little bit more this time Timeline: Hopefully I'm going to have my house on the market soon. Either way, I'm going to take off in July-ish and travel over the USA a bit... I want to check out the rockies and find a place to move to once I finish traveling. Any ideas?? I'm going to be in Australia until December/Jan.. Then maybe NZ for a month if things can work out right and I have a friend to meet up with and he has an extra bike to ride while my moto ships to S.E. Asia. SE Asia until March or whenever it gets warm enough to travel in Mongolia... Then I'll start heading west. Overall, I have about a year or so budgeted. But you know how it goes... maybe longer maybe shorter.. Here's the DRZ when I'm on another ride in Big Bend State Park in west Texas. She's changed a bit... but I'll post more on my bike mods later: My plan is to keep updating the RR every once and a while but I'm going to try really hard to keep the blog up to date. You can check out the blog at: http://www.davegtravels.com. So much to do.. Only 4 more days left of work... May 21st is my last day, then I'm full time mototraveler!