Come on in! Put your helmet on, buckle your seatbelt (if that's your flavor), we're going on a ride!! We hope you'll join us for the next 3 months as we adventure our way home from the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia Argentina, back to Oregon. 10 days and counting till we're out of here!! WAHHOOOOO!!!! If you are unfamiliar with ADVrider.com, come on in. Don't be shy! This is a forum and community of wonderful people who share a passion for dual sport motorcycle travel. You are welcome here, even if you don't ride. In my time of riding with and getting to know these folks, I have been amazed at the caliber, goodness, and generosity of this community. And I have found some very wonderful and dear friends here, too!! Cheers, guys - You know who you are!! Introductions: There are 4 of us journeying together - myself (Erica), Scott, Chris, and Tim. The common thread between each of us is that we are firefighters. I work for a department in Oregon and the guys work for a neighboring department in Washington. It is our unique schedule combined with vacation time and the ability to trade shifts that allows us to take 3 months off. It's basically "play now, pay later" for me. I'll be working heaps this summer to pay back this time . ....but that's later. And this is NOW!!! I was originally planning a 2 month solo, Panama and back, ride. But in January Scott called to say that there was space available on the container that they were shipping their bikes in, and would I like to ship my bike south rather than riding round trip. It took about half a second to answer that question !! With a little bit of effort I procured another month off and signed up for the full meal deal!! 2 1/2 weeks later the bikes were being loaded on a ship headed for Chile!! <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/V08e0SGsR5FPIMSjV_ykXQ?authkey=p4f_-TIChqU&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_lJhJvcLr4yk/SaDcXkxgR1I/AAAAAAAABSE/q_uEqanOh1Q/s400/000_2663.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Z48xvR4nm58OUPvKa4Jm0A?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/__7rg7PKMwk4/SaCoHPHb3UI/AAAAAAAAALg/Q5sxa7MzBt8/s400/Pre-trip%20028.jpg" /></a> Chris and his ride, saying good-bye. <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qvoDKaXjCfwjUIyvtyjXMg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/__7rg7PKMwk4/SaCoOW_3kYI/AAAAAAAAAMQ/OqMmkHY7Iz4/s400/Pre-trip%20034.jpg" /></a> Tim and his ride. <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Ylm8GceHddKrlm-UXSLPYA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/__7rg7PKMwk4/SaCoCikNP4I/AAAAAAAAALA/mzIZvENNOyU/s400/Pre-trip%20024.jpg" /></a> Me and my ride, from a different ride. <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ULUwUyiHurLDeJw2p4YlZg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_lJhJvcLr4yk/SPKrxKU8IbI/AAAAAAAAAnI/MaiK_tS-irc/s400/DSCN1700.jpg" /></a> Scott and his ride. <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Hy8ClTqbdLQmr8eXVmNmFQ?authkey=p4f_-TIChqU&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_lJhJvcLr4yk/SaDW3br8oRI/AAAAAAAABSA/rIXdhHjSfQ8/s400/BVI%202006%20434.jpg" /></a> uh, opps. I guess that was from some other ride! But while I'm at it... <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/HVDS_w0fCHLXcbCr3SZ72w?authkey=p4f_-TIChqU&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lJhJvcLr4yk/SaDWxX5fsNI/AAAAAAAABR8/CFmshOU1lkI/s400/BVI%202006%20414.jpg" /></a> I'll let the guys introduce themselves from here! Off we go!!! YAHOOOO!!!