Over the past year I have garnered an immense amount of knowledge on this site from South American ride reports. Without all the time & trouble the previous riders have taken to post their reports while traveling, I don't think this trip would be possible for me. So I wish to start out by saying a big thank you to all the guys (and gals) who have passed on so much information and amusement through all your awesome ride reports. Thanks! I have no idea how my attempt at ride reports are going to sound to anyone but myself. I, like most, have never done this before (post ride reports) and I am certainly not a writer! As boring as it might sound, my reports might end up being full of facts & current info on my route etc. We'll see. All I know, is that all year long as I have been reading RR's, I have craved real information to help me plan my run to TDF. Maybe what I write can help next years crop of riders. My ride is an '07 KLR with 8,000 miles on the clock. Fairly well farkled only to make the ride more rideable and durable. Nothing fancy except the Zumo. Which by the way, HUGE THANKS to Moto-Treks for all his major league help with the SA GPS maps. Oh yeah, I can't forget, I'm riding with the stock seat. Glutton for punishment? Perhaps. My goal is to reach Ushuaia and get back up to Buenos Airies in time to fly home for Christmas with my wife and 2 children. That is not negotiable. It is set in stone, house rules. My 14 year old daughter is scheduled to fly into Lima on 10-22 to spend 15 days on the back of my bike. We'll take the back door into Machu Pichu, She'll fly home out of LaPaz, Bolivia. That will most certainly be the highlight of my trip, along with reaching Ushuaia. I left home in Batavia, Illinois on 9-15 and am now in Naranjo, Mexico. I had forgotten how life is here. Just a day and a half into Mexico and I have already seen dead dogs and a dead horse lying right next to the road. I also came upon a flipped upside down car with a dead PERSON in it out in the middle of nowhere. It had happened the night before but nobody had seen the car because it was down in a ravine. 25 miles down the road I finally saw emergency vehicles on the way. There was no cell coverage at the scene. It was horrible. Drivers seem to throw caution to the wind. Beware, what you have grown accustomed to thinking is your lane space, is not your lane space here in Mexico. Here is my SPOT tracking link to see where I am: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0oHYJPhtsKeKkKOjFMOX6MdOWatcLGbpV I'm rambling. I hope a few of you enjoy following my dream ride. Comments and questions are always welcome. I'll give it my best shot. PS. I can not figure how to get my pics from smugmug into this report. Anyone help me out please? Thanks.