........The date of leaving has been one of the biggest headaches because of all the "advice" I am getting. I originally wanted to leave like the first ten days of May depending on the weather conditions. A lot of people say leave in April or March. I have a short window because I dont want snow in Alaska or Argentina. I need luck, good weather and good cond roads. Utopia aint going to happen and in the history of Ushaia there has been snow 7 out of 31 days where it snowed but the Tourism and certain hotels down there say June is when the terrible storms come in. I have all the heated gear and Klim Gortex gear. I am going to install heated grips on my bike. I can handle the cold.....not a problem. I can handle some snow as long as it aint 1000 miles of snow, but if I have to, screw it.....I will plow through....no pun intended! LOL! I am now of the mind set if I complete it in whatever time this year and I am not satisfied then I will break my time next years since I have the experience. In other words............I cant show up in Alaska too early. June aint bad.... There was a guy who made it from Key West this year to Deadhorse in June from the IBA and it was cold but no snow.