In four short days on August 1st, I begin riding south from Los Angeles, my home for the past 8 years. The plan is to spend the next year or so riding from LA to Ushuaia, and surfing, eating, hiking, and living all along the way. My name is Tony and I'm 25 years old. The past four years of my life have been spent working in the corporate world. Growing up the dream was sold to me that going to college, getting a comfortable job, and building wealth was the path to success, happiness and self-fulfillment. Over the past several years I've come to realize that this isn't necessarily the case. Life is what you make it and this journey is my embodiment of that phrase. I don't regret any of the decisions I've made in the past, and am grateful I was able to work a job that allowed me to save enough money to take a trip like this. I understand this is not an opportunity that everyone is allowed and that I'm fortunate to have this freedom. Me (and my dog Bolt): The bike I'm taking is my trusty 2011 KLR 650. The bike is outfitted with a surf rack and I plan to bring along my 6' 0 bonzer board. The bike has been upgraded with Cogent front and rear suspension, an oversized rotor, and various other farkles that I can't be bothered to list right now. Some pics of the bike and board below: A lot of you are probably asking right now why in the hell I'm taking a surfboard on a motorcycle trip. Let me start by saying that by any objective measure I am a kook at surfing. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, a kook is essentially an amateur or put more candidly, a shit surfer. Despite being in LA for 8 years, I've only been surfing regularly for about a year. Since that time however I've been hooked on the sport. Something about moving along the surface of the ocean is so addicting and I'm frothing at the idea of uncrowded lineups south of the border. Joining me for the first month through Baja is my girlfriend Nataliia. She's originally from Ukraine but has spent the past 5 years living in the States, first in DC and more recently LA. The plan is for her to fly home after Baja and join me again sometime in South America. We'll be riding 2-up on the good ol' KLR. Here's a pic of me and her a couple weeks ago on top of Mt. Whitney: This trip has been in my mind for quite some time now and now that it's really happening I'm filled with that giddy nervousness you always get before a big trip. I wont be making daily posts here but I'll try to stay as updated as I can. Thanks for tuning in and I'm hoping to meet some of you along the way.