finally, a ride report! after a year of turning wrenches on the old beemer i´m actually riding it. The plan is to head to panama, from Georgia. i´ve got the lonely planet guide for Central America. i´ll show up in a country, open the book and see what it recommends. i had planned on leaving on a monday right after a wedding. it didn´t work out like that. my gearbox started slipping and i ended up having to tear the bike apart and take the gearbox to boxerworks. here´s the bike on wednesday nathan got the gearbox fixed for me in less than a day. i rode out on thursday. edit: it didn't fix the gearbox. I was taking steep hills lugging second gear to keep from ruining the transmission. the obligatory odo shot. i put 3k on the bike before i got this speedo. that´s 14,000 miles in the 7 months or so i´ve actually had this bike running. i did about 350 miles the first day and made it into mississippi. there was a heckuva thunder storm going on and i stopped early. is this stealth camping or what? that´s my tent back in the bushes. i found a little trail heading out into the edge of a swamp. water squished up aound my feet when i walked but there wasn´t any dirt. the plants went on forever. it was pouring buckets. there was a liter of water in my tent within the 3 minutes it took me to get it up. 20 minutes later, the rain stopped and it got hot. wonderful! there were a million billion mosquitos. new invention! the moto dryer 70mph winds drys coolmax in no time.