It all started one evening when I was visiting Alex in Ashland, OR.
I was sipping on Balvenie Scotch sitting in Omar’s bar griping about the monotony of life. Alex asked me what I would do if I had all the money and resources to do what I wished…..I have always had a desire to visit South America (no idea why, it just intrigues me). I also have a passion for adventure, motorcycles, and the great outdoors. I figured I would just combine them all and ride a dirt bike to South America with some camping gear. Alex thought this sounded like a kick in the pants and he is usually game for just about anything so he wanted to make a pact that him and I would complete this adventure.
Of course I agreed but I really wasn’t confident that this would happen. I made the typical excuses about how irresponsible it would be, putting a “career” on hold, spending far more money than I should, etc….. About a month later some other life events came into play and I realized that I can’t afford NOT to do this.
Called Alex up….talked about the feasibility of doing this only a couple months away….needless to say he was game. Seriously….Yep, you serious….yeah, definitely….cool. HOLY SHIT WE’RE ACTUALLY DOING THIS!! At first it was pure elation and excitement. Then the mind set turned into preparation and organization which is an area that I excel in however it is not as good as it may sound. My employers have enjoyed this trait while for me it simply exploits predictability = not fun.
Alex and I agreed to not plan any travel points, destinations, routes, etc…. Neither of us have even looked at maps. We made an agreement that we would simply “wing” the entire trip, otherwise we might not find what we may or may not be looking for.
Our preparation has consisted of obtaining proper paperwork, vaccinations, camping gear, riding gear, medical supplies, electronics, etc…. Now that the preparation is complete we need to set off into the unknown….
Our first issue will be getting from Oregon to the Mexico border. We are going to try and post a craiglist ad and see if we can’t catch a ride on a truck/trailer down to LA or San Diego or even San Fran. The idea is we would rather not burn up our sprockets, chain, tires, brakes, etc… on California…we’ve both been there…meh