G'day, welcome to my Ride Report! I'm not sure I'm much of a writer, but here goes... ...Haydon is my name, I'm a 30 year old engineer from the Land Downunder, I quit my job, sold all my possessions and bought a motorbike in Chile. And I'm going to ride it to the US, eventually. I love travelling (I mean who doesn't...) and I love motorbikes - combining the two just made sense. A Pan American motorbike journey has been one of my far fetched dreams for a while now, the type my mates often rolled their eyes at As I write this I'm sitting inside a Chilean cafe, numb from the cold fingers trying to type on my laptop, watching the rain fall on my new motorbike. I'm struggling to pinpoint the "It all began when" moment to start this blog. There is a string of influences that led up to this. My mountain bike, which gave 14yo me my first taste at freedom, a bike which I would later equip for large interstate camping adventures. The motorbike mum loaned to me when I finished university, kick starting my motorbiking enthusiasm. My uncle who I would frequently visit to for riding adventures - the same Uncle who spends 3 months a year riding his Tracer across Europe. ...I guess my "It all began with" moment was sometime in December last year when, within a few weeks of each other, a handful of friends got engaged The subsequent wedding invitations revealed 5 international weddings to attend. Without sufficient annual leave I concluded that quitting and travelling for a year could be a good solution (I mean I am a millennial after all). Shortly after this I discovered the advrider.com website and the Epic Ride Report section. Stories of inmates doing this inspired me and made me consider it, and eventually obsess over it... This pretty much explains me... I can clearly remember the precise moment when this trip became a reality. I was at work on my lunch break, scanning the HU classifieds for South American motorbikes. Still in dreaming mode. One of the threads I'd followed had been bumped - Normlas who was selling his beloved 2008 KLR650 had price dropped the bike with remark "Ready made adventure of a lifetime... Come and live the dream." Something in me clicked at these words - I wasn't living my dream sitting here at my desk. I messaged Normlas and received a prompt reply. The bike "Lucy" was still available. She's on Californian plates and her TIP expires at the end of July... Those words egged me on and I committed to buying her right there and then Fast forward 3 months and I'd handed in my resignation, sold everything I owned, left Australia, brief layover in Sri Lanka (wedding #1), and have landed in Santiago. It's be a rush since that moment but finally I am here. I've spent the last few days getting some chores done - new tires, sprockets and chain, wired in the GPS mount. I've bought a new top box and some basic spares. Here she is, getting some new shoes and then loaded and ready for the trip to begin My plan is simple, live day by day whilst riding Lucy back home to the States. There's no set time frame, no itinerary. Just an end goal (And some friends' weddings I'll work out as I go, thankfully the next two are in Mexico) Please feel free to shout out any recommendations; cool roads; foods to try; places to see (or avoid)!