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Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Visiting Mano del Desierto – Atacama desert, Chile

The hand in the Atacama desert, Chile Read more →

Presenting at Horizons Unlimited – Cambria, CA – Oct. 26 & 27, 2013

 

Last year I departed from HU and embarked on a motorcycle trip for 6 months throughout 13 countries in North, Central and South America. This year instead of leaving on a big trip, I will be presenting my experiences of that journey. If you are in the area, come on by, watch 30+ presenters and meet like-minded motorcycle overlanders who travel both near and far distances, for weekends or months at a time. Read more →

ODE to Oscar… my KLR685…

I couldn’t let it go without paying honor to a motorcycle I have shared so many years with, even if it is just a KLR. That’s saying something since I have never done this for any ex-boyfriend. I wanted to show and explain a little bit of the process and development over the last 3 years – 8 months and 46,579 miles as both Oscar and I progressed.

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a Time to say goodbye: The sale of my beloved KLR

Close to the Finale:

I had spent 46,579 miles with Oscar, my trusty KLR685  since 2009.   I adorned him with all the best modifications, including gold chains and improved doohickeys, even though you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The time to pass the bike to another rider had arrived. Oscar had taken me all over North, Central and South Americas, but this was his final journey with me. Read more →

Going to Overland Expo this weekend? I’ll see you there!

 

Come listen to some stories accompanied by photographs throughout Latin America this weekend at Overland Expo! (Yes, I am back in the states, even though my blog is not.) The event is held near Flagstaff, Arizona, May 17-19, 2013 – check out http://www.overlandexpo.com/ for more info. I will be giving an (abbreviated) presentation of my experiences on Sunday, May 19 @ 10am.Since I have only been back less than a month, its aptly named “Fresh off the Road: an Adventure Discovered in Central and South America.” Read more →

Ushuaia! As south as the road south goes

The calm waves of the Strait of Megellan provided an easy ferry crossing, and we figured that with such good weather, there was no reason not to ride. So, each of our two wheels continued to chase the sun to the end of the earth, el fin de mundo. Riding 300-mile (500km) days were the norm… we mounted our bikes shortly after the sun rose, and continued until just after it set, using the last of its dusk to set up our wild camps. Excitement fueled our spirits across the gravel roads of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, knowing the end time was near, as was our goal of reaching as south as the road south goes.

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Chile: the Patagonian Wonders

And the road continues south, and even when two riders enter the landscape, it is a solitude like no other…

pictures speak for themselves…

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Argentina: A waiting game at Perito Moreno Glacier

Deb and I arrived at the guard station as the sun was setting and were not allowed into the park. We had hoped to camp inside the boundaries of Perito Mereno, but the guard kindly said no, and pointed the way to a campsite nearby. We did not realize the magnificence of the view until the sun rose the next morning.

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Argentina: the winds, the chase, and the nearing end.

The motorcyclists who had ridden this road before me all warned about the severe 100 mph cross winds that can pick up tumble weeds, unsuspecting armadillos, and even small motorbikes, then fling them across the barely two lane, treacherous dirt width of the infamous Ruta 40. I had been so cautioned about this experience, that it was not for the faint of heart or riding capabilities, that I wasn’t sure I was going to make it past these intense winds to Ushuaia.

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