In 2007, I took a break from working in the oilfield to ride my 2003 Kawasaki Z1000 around the US. I was on the road for about 3 months, and covered almost 18,000 miles, going through 16 states and 5 provinces (some photos from that trip are here & here). Before I was done with that trip, I felt the need to do another one, but bigger. And I knew I wanted to leave North America on that trip. I like the idea of traveling for an extended period, and I like riding, which I also believe is a fantastic way to travel. While spending a year flying from one place to the next would be a great experience, I like the fact that I will not be magically transporting (unless necessary for logistical or safety reasons) myself on a plane in between cities. Seeing the small villages, landscapes, and meeting people between what would otherwise be the major stops might just be the best part.