I hesitate to even start this, after so many other riders posting similar ride reports- what more can I offer?! I've long dreamed of riding a motorcycle from my home in Seattle to Argentina. My 20’s happened and I basically shelved the idea until during my wife's wedding vows she said “I vow to someday ride a motorcycle to South America with you”.. wait what? She said some other stuff about love and all that, but the ball was once again rolling! I bought a salvage KTM 1190R, with a cracked engine case (why do they still mount the sidestand there?!) spent the last year downsizing and saving. I rode the bike for 6000miles with JB weld on the case, and decided it was time to replace the case with a donor. That was supposed to to be done by October 23rd when we were leaving our temporary home in Spokane WA to visit friends and family in Seattle. The bike was not done before we packed up and left, so I booked a flight from Seattle to Spokane Nov 6th to give them an extra couple weeks. First week of November, the bike was still not done.. so I ate that flight. But the bike is now nearly complete the engine is running the fork seals are being replaced and new shoes going on. I fly to Spokane tomorrow to get it. Rachel (wife) already flew to San Francisco to hang with a friend and hopefully skip the coldest parts of the beginning of the ride. I'll keep updating and posting pictures, we have a wedding to attend in Bali in June '19 and another in WA next summer. That will be decision time on whether we keep riding after that, or call it a wrap. Thanks for reading!