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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Savant

Thoughts & Maps

Updated: Dec 11, 2020


In June of 2016, my trek to ride the Americas began. Six months and over 20,000 miles were spent exploring the Rocky Mountain states, Canada and Alaska, followed by the West Coast and back through Texas. From Texas, the next portion was Mexico, where three months and 10,000 miles were spent exploring much of this amazing country.

My final quest to ride Central and South America began, leaving Texas in August and riding through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama during the rainy season. The Darien Gap is a natural and political barrier between Panama and Colombia, a haven for rebel troops, drug cartels and bandits. It is considered "uncrossable" other than in extreme cases. This area was bypassed by putting the motorcycle on a Dutch sailing ship built in 1903, piloted by a German captain named Ludwig from Panama and sailing for 3 days to Cartagena.

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina were the countries ridden in South America, the trek requiring seven months and almost 18,000 miles.

My entire trip from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the farthest point north by road in North America to the end of Ruta 3 in Parque Nacional Tierra Del Fuego outside Ushuaia, Argentina was seventeen months and just under 48,000 miles on the seat of a motorcycle. It was one of my lifelong dreams and now completed, I look forward to the next!

Having ridden these regions, whoever made this map made me laugh out loud. It is so true to the thinking of a motorcycle traveler that I had to post it here. I'll credit whoever made this if you contact me.

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