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Day 123 to 143 – Argentina – Buenos Aires & Preparing for our Return Home!
After 29000 km on the road, I decided to spend 3 weeks in Buenos Aires, where my trip will end.
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Day 116 to 122 – Argentina – Tierra del Fuego
Ushuaia, located at the south end of the American continent, was the ultimate objective of my trip. The last 2000
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Day 111 to 115 – Argentina – Routa 40 and my First Steps into Patagonia
The Carretera Austral was a real challenge, but the famous Road 40, leading the Terra del Fuego in Argentina, might
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Day 108 to 110 – Chile – The Carretera Austral
The Carretera Austal is one the most mystical route of the planet. I suffered driving it, but it proved to
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Day 101 to 107 – Chile – The Gateway to Patagonia
Patagonia unofficially starts around the region of Chaiten, located 1500 km south of Santiago. It is perfect this way as
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Day 99 and 100 – Chile – Back to South America!
I am back in Santiago. It was nice to spend time with loved ones, but I must now make an
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Day 91 to 98 – Argentina – One Last Country, Lots of Wine and a Well Deserved Pause!
After my rear suspension repair, several options were presenting themselves to me. I had the possibility of returning north to
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Day 84 to 90 – Chile – Finally, I made it to Spain! Wait a minute, I’m in Chile?!
I had to cross Peru and Northern Chile fast to get my suspension fixed. I was nevertheless hit by major
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Day 81 to 83 – Peru – Sand, Concerns and Final Thoughts
I don't leave Peru by choice. My bike's suspension issues pushed me southward where it will undergo major surgery in
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Day 74 to 80 – Peru – A Navigation Error into Isolation
A bad navigation decision got me badly isolated. The high altitude path that I got stuck on, even if spectacular,
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Day 71 to 73 – Peru – A Serious and Dusty Contrast!
Ecuador was a contrast from Colombia. Multiply this by 10 and you get the feeling I got when entering Peru!
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Day 67 to 70 – Ecuador – Hiking, Driving, and Final Thoughts
The past days were spent visiting the great cities of Cuenca, doing an incredible hike on a water filled crater,
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Day 63 to 66 – Ecuador – Contrasts and Great Surprises!
I made it to the center of the world, Ecuador! As soon as I entered the country, I was struck
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Day 54 to 62 – Colombia – A Few More Cities and Final Thoughts
Columbia was filled with green fields, rivers, mountains, nice villages and great cities! But it is now time leave my
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Day 48 to 53 – Colombia – Cartagena, Mompos and some Adrenaline on 2 Wheels!
After a few day of rest in Cartagena, it's now time to hit the road again and discover, along with
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Day 43 to 47 – The Stahlratte and the Crossing to Colombia
The passage between Panama and Colombia is virtually impossible. My choice was to cross on the Stahlratte, that allows for
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Day 36 to 43 – Panama – Thinking in the rain and preparation for the Darien Gap Crossing
Panama was also challenging because of the rain. I was lucky to have access to a house on the beach
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Day 31 to 35 – Costa Rica – Pura Vida and… Rain!
Costa Rica is green, very green! But during the month of October, it's also wet, very wet! I discovered a
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Day 26 to 30 – Salvador – Honduras – Nicaragua – Migracion, Adouana, Adouana, Migracion (bis)!
The process of going thru borders in Central America isn't easy, but I made it out of Guatemala, into El
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Day 23 to 26 – Guatemala – Antigua, and an Explosive Encounter!
Today, I leave North America for an unknown land that will be exciting, but that will also represent a logistical
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Days 17 to 22 – Mexico – A few More Cites and Final Thoughts
A few days in great places like San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casa, but most
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Day 16 – Mexico – A Photographer’s Paradise!
Guanajuato is a city that greatly impressed me and right away, I became a fan because the place gives a
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Day 13, 14 and 15 – Mexico – Hey, Tequila?!
Tequila, a place filled with tourists and, well, tequila. Guadalajara, a big city filled with great neighborhoods. Leon, a place
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Day 11 and 12 – Mexico – A Motorcyclist’s Paradise!
A great day driving up and down mountains, countless curves, canyons on Routa 40 between Durango and Mazatlán, Mexico. A
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Day 9 and 10 – Mexico – En Route to the Ocean
En route towards the Ocean, I get a nice surprise in a town called Zacatecas and a lesser one, for
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Day 6, 7 and 8 – Mexico – The First Challenges
Between Galeana and Real de Catorce, I have to go thru gravel and rock roads and I'm in for a
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Day 4 and 5 – Mexico! The Real Adventure Begins!
Mexico on a motorcycle, can you believe it! The real adventure begins as I enter another world and discover sticking
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Day 1, 2 and 3 – United States
Finally, time to hit the road! After all these months (read: years) of preparation, the project is done with and
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Travel documentation
Preparation – Documentation, GPS maps, Itinerary and Budget
Only 3 days before the big start so I’ll try to cover documentation, maps (paper and GPS), my itinerary and budget
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PEI trip on 2010
Preparation – Electronics
I do not deny it, I love electronic gadgets! My iPhone, camera, GPS and laptop will be essential tools for
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Clothing
Preparation – Clothing
Travelling, no matter with which means of transport, undeniably involves difficult choices when it comes to clothes. You must find the
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Camping in Mont-Tremblant in 2008
Preparation – Camping and Hiking Equipment
I remember my trip to Inuvik in 2008. One of the great pleasures was to setup camp in a remote
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Travelling west in 2011
Preparation – Riding Gear
One of the challenges of a long motorcycle is to face the various elements. On the same day, it can
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Motorcycle Maintenance
Preparation – Maintenance Supplies
A motorcycle is not a warehouse! But I still have to keep a limited selection of supplies that will allow
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Valve Party
Preparation – Tools
My companion on this trip will be a mechanical assembly of complex parts (my bike!) and will probably need a
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Medication
Preparation – Vaccines and preventive medication
A 6-month trip to Central and South America comes with minor health risks. The rules of hygiene, water and food
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Darién Gap
Preparation – The Darién Gap
A great day for me today (another!). I secured my passage between Panama and Colombia on the great Stahlratte sailboat.
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Route du Nord, Québec
Preparation – Motorcycle Equipment (farkle!)
Farkle (also spelled “farkel”) is a term common among adventure motorcyclists. Enthusiasts will “farkle up” their motorcycles with aftermarket accessories
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New 2008 BMW R1200GSA
Preparation – The foundation for a safe and successful trip
Preparation of a motorcycle trip that will last for more than 6 months and on a distance of over 20000 km
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A great and almost isolated road near La Rioja, Argentina
Why am I doing this trip?
When I tell my friends of this project to cross the Americas on my motorcycle, I see all kinds of reactions but
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It's a go!
And it begins…
Hello everyone and welcome to this very first page of my new blog! Today is the big day. I have
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