This thread is for The Pack Track's trip around the world. We started on 28 Feb 2014 and now more than 18 months later we are still going and have extended our trip making it open ended rather than limiting it to the 2 years we initially set out with. We are going to upload each and every blog from our website (www.ThePackTrack.com) to this thread but thought we’d run through a very quick summary of our journey so far for those who didn’t want to be hit all at once with pages and pages of story. ================================================= We started in Dallas, Texas, where we purchased 2 BMW 650GS single's (2006 and 2012). We kitted them up with panniers, long range fuel tanks, heavy duty suspension and other accessories that we thought necessary for an extended journey. We also had with us our 7 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross (Skyla) in a pet carrier of our own design made up by a metal worker in Sydney, Australia (our home town). We hit the road once all the paperwork was sorted and made our way into Mexico, then through Central America to Panama. We visited each country in Central America including Belize, even if for only 1 night, but certainly spent much longer where we were enjoying ourselves, i.e. Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica. From Panama we took a sail boat to Colombia, a method that we would recommend to do once but we would avoid in the future. Best advice here would be to do some research, some sail boats have a much better reputation than others or more importantly some sail boats have a terrible reputation. It's also important to know the captain or owner. Our experience we pretty bad, we ran out of fuel and water and ended up sailing in to Cartagena under wind with 20 odd thirsty backpackers. We also had ropes breaking in the night with heavy seas and a single 20 man life raft for about 23 passengers and crew!!! Once in Cartagena we stopped for a few days to rest and check out a beautiful colonial city but before long we got back on the road and headed for Venezuela. We had been told by many to avoid Venezuela due to the crime and political uncertainty. However, our experience was fantastic, beautiful landscape, lovely people, great roads (for the most part) and very very affordable. Venezuela has an illegal black market exchange rate, but everything in the country is set at this rate (unless a McDonald's Big Mac usually cost $40-$400). During our first visit we were changing money at 60:1 but the last time we entered about a year later the exchange rate had increased to 700:1 while the cost of things in the country had only slightly increased, except for the foreign run businesses such as McDonald's, The official exchange rate during this whole time, and what the ATM’s will give you, was 6.3:1, clearly no comparison. We were on a tight time schedule during our first visit as we were heading to Brazil for the Football World Cup but we decided afterwards we would return to Venezuela and spend some serious time there. The World Cup and Brazil was amazing, in Manaus we were hosted by the Almas Livres Moto Clube, a motorcycle club with a clubhouse in the heart of Manaus. We stayed with them free of charge for 11 nights and were heavily involved in the festivities and watching in great excitement as Brazil started their World Cup journey with wins!!! From Manaus we flew to Porto Velho and hired a car to travel around the country for the remainder of the cup, this decision was made due to the time it would take to travel down the Amazon (the only way to travel to and from Manaus from anywhere else in Brazil) and the large distances we had to cover to watch each game. Of course Skyla flew with us and enjoyed the change of transport for the 4 weeks of the tournament but was happy to get back to her bike before long. Once the finals were over, we returned to Manaus and picked up our bikes. Our next destination was Guyana. We planned to stay for about a week and also visit Suriname and French Guiana but issues with visas prevented us from entering Suriname and therefore French Guiana. The road to Georgetown in Guyana was one of the highlights of our trip, 4 days in the jungle riding through mud and sand, our daily average was around 100kms a day but this would take us most of the day. From Georgetown we took a 36 hour ferry to Mabaruma near the border with Venezuela hoping to find a way through, but after a week of asking around we gave up and took the ferry back. Eventually we found a boat willing to take all of us (people, dog and bikes) to San Felix in Venezuela. This journey hasn't been well blogged about on our site, but essentially we were stopped by some very dodgy water police and threatened to have our bikes impounded if we didn't pay a USD$5,000 bribe!!! We certainly didn't have that kind of money or could afford to pay and we kept telling them this, but they insisted. After about 3 hours of getting nowhere, they eventually just gave up (I guess it was getting late and it was becoming obvious that we weren't going to give them any money). So a little pissed off but happy to be away from corrupt police we continued. Once in San Felix we were met by a good friend who took great care of us and made sure of our safety. To Be Cont.