So, on the 28th of October we'll be heading down to Paraguay for 7 weeks. We? That'll my wife and my 6 month old baby son. We had planned to spend the winter in Sicily, but then the wife wanted to go and see her family. We had literally just been over, while she was still pregnant. I wasn't all that keen, so she told me to book the flights and buy a bike in Paraguay. I get two weeks off for the the bike trip to the salt flats of Uyuni we always wanted to take. Just on my own then. After that I'll have an allowance for the odd two to three day trip, that'll probably take me to the Posadas area, some nature reserves and whatever else pops up in my mind. Flights were booked, and that little bugger was delivered to her parents house last week: It's a brand spanking new Kenton TRX 150, basically a copy of the old Honda XL 185. All Chinese, though assembled in Paraguay. They are supposedly pretty tough, but we'll find out about that. The choice to buy was very easy - there is literally no 2nd hand market for larger bikes. Japanese or Euro bikes are very expensive when new, even the Brazilian made Hondas are crazy expensive. All you can find 2nd hand in the more affordable price range looks like it had hit a landmine. Also, there is no way you'd find parts for anything but Chinese stuff in Paraguay, most of Bolivia and northern Argentina. Renting a bike is no option either, it's only BMW and there you are talking about 1.000 USD a week. The Kenton was about 900,- Euros all in. That includes full paperwork, a 6.000 km warranty, a hi viz vest & helmet, a liter of oil plus the first two oil changes. It has a sturdy rack and sort of a bash plate too. Add sleek and plain sexy looks and you have yourself a winner. Here's the rough itinerary for my first two weeks: I'll be heading out on the ruta Transchaco, NW through the Paraguayan Chaco: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaco_(Paraguay) I am not planning on doing crazy stuff, just sticking to the actual road. Even so, the tarmac will stop 150 km or so before the Bolivian boarder. There won't be much of tarmac all the way to Uyuni, after it it will be a mixed bag until entering Argentina. Or so I heard. Next up I'll tell you about my (minimal) preparations, and about that beautiful little Paraguay.