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Here’s a rundown on my preparations & what I’ve brought with. All very subject to alteration!

First the very brief preparations:

  • Renewed passport (opted for the deluxe 54 page version, more room for border stamps & visas)
  • Renewed my Illinois Driver’s License
  • Obtained two International Driver’s License from AAA. They should be readily accepted by most of the police and border agents along the way. Also, readily disposable should I need to get out of a sticky situation
  • Received my vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Tetanus, Hep A, Hep B, and healthy supply of Malaria medication
  • Found suitable health insurance for travelling abroad
  • Contacted banking institutions notifying them of my potential whereabouts and card usage

Here’s a brief rundown on what I’m bringing:


  • 2010 BMW R1200GS
  • Panniers (metal boxes on sides of bike)
  • Waterproof gear bag (black lump on back)
  • Tank Bag
  • 1 Gallon Rotopax gasoline reserve tank (red)
  • 1 Gallon Rotopax potable water reserve tank (white)

Steed & Saddle


  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Full motorcycle cover (In the name of security, I figure it will mitigate potential for someone to screw with/steal something they can’t see)
  • 1 spare waterproof bag
  • 2 – 1 liter water bladders
  • 40ft glow in the dark cord (for emergency repair, rigging, and other badassery during the night)
  • Headlamp
  • Rugged point and shoot camera
  • GoPro video camera
  • Garmin Montana GPS Unit (I’ve obtained maps for every country I’ll be visiting except a few in Central America, Bolivia, and Ecuador)
  • Netbook (for internet access along the way, updating this site, backing up pictures and videos, managing tracks/waypoints with the GPS, and very possibly ashamedly sneaking in a bit of Netflix via a VPN set-up)
  • Moderate tool kit covering most roadside repairs & services
  • Chain & lock for security




  • Waterproof, insulated, and protective riding jacket and pants (highly functional gear that will allow the garments to adapt to many riding scenarios. I will be spending most of my waking life in them along this trip)
  • Full face helmet
  • Leather riding gloves
  • Waterproof riding boots
  • Simple, light, and compact everyday shoes
  • Hiking boots (unsure of decision/loads of space)
  • 4 Pair riding boot socks (nigh knee high)
  • 4 Pair standard socks
  • 1 Pair wool hiking socks (unsure of addition)
  • 7 Pair underwear
  • 3 Handkerchiefs
  • 5 T-shirts
  • 4 Long sleeved/public/insulating shirts
  • 3 Dago T’s
  • 2 Pair shorts (one for beach, the other not)
  • 1 Pair Jeans (I doubt these will last, denim takes ages to air dry)
  • Waterproof shell
  • Thermal long johns

Questions & Suggestions always welcome!

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