Yep. Heading solo to Tierra del Fuego! If you happened to catch my last ride report, “The Adventures of LoneStar & The Iron Butterfly”, then you’ll know that I just spent 9 months and 30,000 miles traveling and photographing the American West, Canada, Alaska and Mexico with my partner-in-crime Kim, aka "The Iron Butterfly". If you didn't know, now you do The Dalton, Alaska San Juans, Colorado Somewhere In, Colorado Yukon Territory, Canada San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Uruapan, Michoacan Patzcuaro, Michoacan The seed for South America was planted in 1991, overhearing a group of six guys at a BMW dealer in Fort Worth preparing for a trip from Alaska to Ushuaia. The idea bit me hard at 31, but it seemed an eternal impossibility with children and a life-consuming business to run. Nevertheless, the idea remained a faint orange ember in the back of my consciousness, never quite dying out. After getting back into riding 10 years ago, the ember was fanned by ride reports and travelers met, glowing brighter until it flickered into a flame. Attempts to make the trip happen wandered and deflected as time slipped away. The reality that unless something radical was done, the cycle of working to pay bills would never end. Waiting any longer seemed much more foolish than making a radical life change. I know too many people who postponed dreams, only to die or develop issues that would never allow it. I began selling my sacred cows and possessions, including the sale of my home to free me of responsibility and make the trip possible. During that time I’d met “The Iron Butterfly”, aka Kim, who also wanted to make a significant trip in life, hitting the road with me for the North America portion. It was an awesome trip indeed. The U.S., Canada and Mexico route this past year: A bit more detail on the recent Mexico route And now my solo journey south begins, the direction on the map Ushuaia, but the real destination lying somewhere in the soul. Traveling to the tip is a bit common now, but for me it's the journey I've waited for. It's always about the journey, not the destination. The last 30,000 miles proved that roads simply lead to the people who will touch your life. We make our plans, but they are often confounded, so rather than saying “I’m riding to Ushuaia!”, I’m just gonna say “I’m riding south” Currently I’m in the mini-Manhattan of Dilley, Texas, hanging out with Motohank discussing photography, art, motorcycles and travel, getting new Heidenau’s slapped on and doing final maintenance on the R1200GSA. Also trying once again to fit 100 pounds of potatoes into a 10 pound sack… the eternal quest of packing for a long trek. If you want to see what I’m bringing on the bike, with lists, check out the tail end of my report “The Adventures of LoneStar & The Iron Butterfly”... not a bad read in itself. The route will take me back through Mexico, where we’d explored for 3 months previously, then Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. From there, I hope to ship by sailboat to Cartagena and explore South America, ending up in Tierra Del Fuego circa February. Gracias!