The Plan And Purpose…How It All Started
I knew I was ready…at least as ready as you can be for a 6 month trip. Not sure if I would make it all the way to Colombia or even through Central America but I knew I had do get started and the “right time” would never come.
So, with a vague plan of action and a whole lot of enthusiasm, my trip began…
The Day Finally Arrives!!!
Here we go! Today July 5, 2013 approx. 9 yrs. since the conception of this idea and the day has finally arrived! All geared up and ready to roll. Heading south from San Antonio, TX to Mexico riding with the Golf of Mexico within site on my left flank as much as the road permits.
Me, my thoughts and a modified KLR650 as my only allies, along with all that goes with it in order to complete the journey. The plan is to rush through the north and central parts of Mexico and slow down some in order to enjoy the southern states of Mexico which are foreign to me and told that it’s the best for sight seeing as well as rich in history.
I have not decided once I’m ready to leave Mexico, whether to leave entering Belize or Guatemala but I have plenty of time to decide.
From San Antonio I head south to the border of Mexico and ride down the southeast coast to Central America until I get to Panama. I figure out how the heck I find a watercraft that can take me across to Colombia and take it from there.I guess I can talk about it all I want but until I actually get there, all I can do is talk.
So, I invite you to follow along and see where in this planet I will end up. This is my very first blog so this is all a learning experience for me. I plan on posting lots of pictures and videos as well as plotting my ride along the way so you can follow me and maybe ask questions or give me suggestions of places to visit and things to see wherever I go.
In the meantime, never ever stop dreaming but more importantly take some action on those dreams whatever they may be…we are not getting any younger!
My Purpose For This Trip
I recently was asked the question “Greg, where are you from?”. My answer, “from planet earth”. I sometimes get annoyed by people asking me where I am from, thinking that they will immediately “label” me. In reality, we have done that at some point. We seem to judge everyone by either their nationality, skin color, language spoken and most of the time we misjudge.
I will be honest, I dislike people who are rude, unfair or dishonest, no matter where they are from! But really, we as Americans, due to our ignorance for lack of exposure to other cultures, have created difficulties for those who want to travel.
Many, although ill traveled, instill fear and the media is no help either. Nobody would watch the news if it was filled with all the GOOD things people do to each other by the way of charities, churches, volunteer groups not to mention the good deeds from friends and family. What sells are news like rape, mugging or carjacking, although much less frequent, a lot more impressive making it the best control tool a government can have. (More on this subject later on in my travels).
On this trip I would like to share my experiences with other people who for some reason choose not to leave the comfort on the USA borders. My theory is that most people are basically the same, with the same needs, same wants and 99% are basically just plain good people. Different culture, language and religion but essentially we all have many more similarities then differences.
Hopefully I will have contribute to other people opening their minds and decide to take that long awaited trip to “somewhere” and experience some of the things this great planet has to offer. So, stay tuned and let’s see where this journey will lead us.
How this Idea Got Started
Long story short in 2004 I ended up with a cruiser, a Honda VTX 1300 parked in the driveway of my house in California without knowing how to ride it. Eventually took a course and got the “bug”. I have always liked traveling so I thought it would be a good idea to traveling by motorcycle.
Let’s Do This…
My name is Greg Ramos and I invite you to travel along this great adventure of riding to South America and beyond?! Your thoughts and ideas are welcome as well as recommendations of family and friends for places I may visit. I will be happy to pass along information for accommodations, attractions, restaurants, etc. for anyone who plans of visiting any of the places I happen to stop at.