"These are not bedtime stories. If reading the rough spots from this journey is getting you down, then try riding them. Pick up a Lonely Planet if my realities are too harsh because this is anadventure. Now hold on tight!" Read no further if youre looking for a glossy guidebook offering tips and advice on how to overland. The Tom Report is a 24-year-old Eagle Scouts nine-month ride report taking you straight to the unfiltered action from Seattle to Santiago. Prepare to laugh and cringe frequently with a cast of thrill-seeking characters throughout 20,000 miles of the Pan-American Highway. Tropical paradise, technical riding, and true camaraderie await, as do adverse weather, broken bones, and cartel gunpoint. Now, grab your helmet and come along for the ride.
Tom Reuter remains most proud to be a Washingtonian, an Eagle Scout, and a Zag.He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis shortly after returning home from this South American motorcycle adventure.Modern medicine and healthy living have kept him running, playing, and laughing every day since then. A healthy dose of perspective from nine months on the Pan-American Highway is what really got him through it. That and the love of his wife, Julia.Tom and Julia now live near Tacoma, Washington. Having grown up in both Mexico and Alaska, Julia is the love of Toms life. They spend their time with family, friends, and in the great outdoors almost exclusively. A barbeque, mountainside, or beach are where you will find them.Hiking, skiing, and kiteboarding keep Tom focused on making memories and having fun to this day. His DR650 sees less action, but its always ready for the next adventure.