These are the tales of the adventures of Chris and Alan as we travel to various parts of the world.
We will try to regularly update the website as we make our way from Seattle, Washington, USA down to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and hopefully back again
We are now in Buenos Aires, our end point for this trip. There was no welcoming party to cheer us in, just a quiet sense of pride in our 33,000km+ journey. Alas, Tierra del fuego is still a dream we will have to come back for another time. Whilst we are excited about going home to family (and Chris to her new project), we have fallen in love with Latin America. There will be tears flowing when we get on that plane to go home, and no doubt we will spend the next 3 years looking for a way to get back (and Al promises all those shop keepers, the mexican police and gas station attendants that he will try to learn more spanish).
There are so many people to thank for helping us along the way:
- Our family and friends for your support and encouragement, our friend Alex and family in Coatepec for giving us a real feel for mexican life, and special mention to chris's ma for not freaking out (too much) about the fact we were riding bikes
- Our Cuyes (Adienne, Marcus and Alex) and other bikers who provided support, help and friendship and appreciated our dirty and greasy clothes, grubby bikes,and the state of mind that goes with bike touring
- All of the bike mechanics who helped us along the way: The guys from Waldron Arctic Cat (Issaquah, Washington) for selling us bikes (Chris still loves her first bike); Fred Hink (Arrowhead Motorsports, Moab, USA) for teaching us how to change tyres; Medellin Calle 10a motorbike shops for bike services, new seats, and new riding clothes (including chris's new waterproof pants that were actually waterproof!); Diego Salvador (Quito, Ecuador) for route info and bike fixes; Motoservi (Sucre, Bolivia) for rebuilding a new shock for al that was better than the original; Roberto from Moto Tours Bolivia for road advice and making chris's bike run properly at altitude, and lastly Dakar motors, for a freindly welcome at the end of our trip.
- The extra effort put in by some of the places we stayed: Our rentals in Mulege and Coatepec (Mexico), Josh at the Secret Garden (Tulum, Mexico) for being so nice to us when Al's dad was sick, Victor and Katia from Terassa de sol (Granada, Nicurragua) for getting the right antibiotics to Chris when she was sick and convincing us to cross into Costa Rica via La Mosquita, Aussie Cafe in Cartagena (Colombia) for the sweet taste of vegemite on toast, Paul at Casa Kiwi (Medellin, Colombia) for route advice and bike shop advice, the staff at Royal Ruiz (Ibarra, Ecuador), Casa Hebling (Quito, Ecuador)and the Voz Andes hospital for warmth and patience when we had the broken arm and busted up bike.
- Our embassy in Chile, for getting us off the Peru-Bolivia border - forever grateful for that one and proud to be Kiwis
- All the police who drank beer with us, gave us directions, and didn't try and get money from us (yes, still no bribes!)