This trip just kinda got tossed in my lap. Errrr, not the trip, but the invitation to ride along on it. Here's the skinny. So far it'll be 2 of us...a Venezuelan and a Nashvillian . Me shipping my bike to Venezuela and flying over and riding back home. Then my riding pard shipping his bike home once he gets here. Why? Do you really have to ask that? When: Late July and August of this year. Yeah, it'll be sunbathing weather. So basically, I was hoping to hear from some who have done something similar perhaps recently and happened to have some pointers. Yeah, I know, it's dangerous, but so is getting out of bed. However, I'm well aware that there are particularly bad places and we're hoping to stay out of them. And the only way to attempt that efficiently is to ask up and hope that someone can at least steer us away from where we absolutely don't need to be. Some steering as to where to be would be helpful too. I think we'll be avoiding a couple countries mostly: Panama and Colombia Yeah, I know, it sounds like I'm jumping in with 2 feet tossing caution to the wind...I'm not...this is really only getting set into motion today. Anyway, I hope to solicit some words of wisdom and expect to take some 'you dumb-ass' lashing. I'll get over it. We'll be taking our time on the trip...visiting ruins and everywhere else we wanna go. I'm expecting around $1500 to get me and the bike there and another $1500 for the trip. Am I way off? We'll be camping alot, so the hotels will be kept to a minimum. Our major expenses, barring breakdowns, will be gas and food. Oh, and cervezas...might wanna make that $3500 Whadaya think?