Thanks for the kind words @NSFW, it means a lot! There have been many times in the past that I didn't manage to get things done, and that always bothered me. So this is also a personal mission to prove to myself that I can indeed get things done. So far it is going pretty well, but there's another whole continent to cross. About crossing this continent.. Although I don't want to plan to much, I still like to have some sort of rough schedule for the trip. I've been doing some headscratching, and a third option has come up. Take a month for Colombia, a week or so for Ecuador, another couple of weeks for Peru and then instead of Bolivia and Northern Chile ride down all the past Santiago and on to Patagonia and Ushuaia via the carretera Austral. That will get me there just before winter really sets in (although I have no doubt that it will be nasty by then). Then I can slowly make my way back to Northern Chile and Bolivia via the Ruta 40. The weather will still be decent there in May, although cold on the Altiplano. Internet says the best time to visit Bolivia is June so that would work out perfect. Then head east to Paraguay, Foz de Iguazu and Buenos Aires. .. (and buy bike in Europe, ride to North Cape)..