“If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right” – Henry Ford
We love travelling, especially if we can find places that are away from the tourist trail; wherever we go we like to see how the local people live their everyday lives.
Why by motorbike? It gives us a connection with the local environment that we don’t feel in a car/train/bus. You get to smell the fields as you drive by them, feel the temperature change and the effects of the weather and be in the journey, not on the journey. There is without doubt an enhanced sense of freedom on a motorbike. Within the limitations of riding two up on quite a heavy bike, it also means we can reach wild camp sites and ride roads and tracks that wouldn’t be possible in most cars.
In recent times we’ve done plenty of riding and camping within Europe but this will be our first trip on a motorbike outside Europe and our first trip to South and Central America ever; we have been to North America before but we haven’t been to isolated regions like Alaska.
We have prepared and planned for the key areas such as jabs, health, insurance, the bike, in-country border requirements etc (the things that would stop the trip in its tracks if not done) but we don’t want to overplan and diminish the adventure of it all. The route has been kept deliberately flexible – in fact other than BA, the Iguazu Falls, Ushuaia and Prudhoe Bay, there is no route and few expectations!
We cannot deny that aspects of this trip are a little unnerving but we firmly believe you should live your life to the full making the most of the opportunities you get or create. As we’ve got older we’ve both felt increasingly compelled to try new experiences and get out of our comfort zone (and the treadmill of a western consumer led life).
This trip will definitely get both of us out of our comfort zones!
Update – it did and we loved it. Next we’re off to reach Nordkapp, the most northerly navigable road in the world connected to any road network.