Seattle to Buenos Aries 2013 (Scroll down for links to the blog posts in chronological order)
50 years ago Keith Thye and his friend Dave Yaden dropped out of college and rode BMW motorcycles to Pucon Chile, the sister city of their home town, Lake Oswego Oregon. Their epic journey was chronicled in the book MotoRaid published in 2000. Click HERE to order a copy from Amazon.
In 2013 Deby and I joined Keith and Dave as they reenacted their journey through Central and South America, this time on modern motorcycles, on better roads, without camping in a canvas tent or getting thrown in jail.
In honor of their 1963 visit the residents of Pucon Chile gave Keith and Dave a hand carved wooden plaque. I took a picture of the plaque that hung on Keith’s office wall for nearly half a century
In commemoration of the trip I created stickers based on the original design
Joining us were veteran motorcycle travelers Michael Hansen and Jim Balz for a total of 6 riders. We met January 10, 2013 at the BMW dealer in San Diego California for our launch.
The route was through Baja to LaPaz where we took the ferry to Mazatlan and rode through Mexico along the Pacific Coast. From Mexico we explored Central America working our way to Panama where we will shipped our bikes to Columbia by air to get around the Darien Gap.
Side note: Evidently there have been a few people who have ridden motorcycles through the Darien Gap between Panama and Columbia. My favorite story is told in the book Obsessions Die Hard by Ed Culberson. I’m told Helge Pedersen also navigated the Darian Gap as told in his book 10 years on 2 Wheels. I haven’t read his book (yet).
From Columbia we rode south through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and into Chile where we visited Pucon, the sister city of Lake Oswego. From Pucon we rode east through Argentina to Buenos Aries where we arranged for the bikes, and us, to be shipped home.
Click HERE for an overview map of our route
The following links are my Motoraid II Blog posts in chronological order.
The first section of posts documents just Deby and I riding from Seattle to San Diego in January (burrrrr!) to meet the Motoraid crew.
First Post of Motoraid II
T – 37 Days
T minus 35 Days
December is here
Planning for Disaster
T-minus 16 days
Leaving in a few days
On our way!
Cold, Rain, Wind, Hail, Fog
Happy New Year!
The Lost Coast and Avenue of the Giants
California Highway 1
The following links are for riding through Mexico
Central America Posts
South America – Columbia
The Flats of Peru
Peru – Chan Chan
High Adventure in Peru
All about Michael – Three Days in Hell
Machu Picchu Part 2
Machu Picchu – The Final Ascent
Deby’s Birthday Ride
Peru to Chile to Argentina