We left Denver, CO, USA on May 1st 2011. Our route so far includes the SW USA, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, northern Brazil (Transamazonica and BR-319), the Guyanas, and points further south as we get there...
INDEX for this RR:
Trip Planning - just scroll down
TOOLS & SPARES LIST + EQUIPMENT REVIEW - 187
SW USA - 11
Mexico - 46
Guatemala - 116
El Salvador - 132
Honduras - 133
Nicaragua - 134 (entered at end of Post #133)
Costa Rica - 142
Panama - 145
CENTRAL AMERICA SUMMARY - 151
Colombia Part I - 153
Venezuela Part I - 155
Brazil Part I - 162 (entered at end of Post #161)
Guyana - 163 (entered at end of Post #162)
Suriname - 165
French Guiana - 196
Brazil Part II - 199
Venezuela Part II - 229
NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA (THE GUYANAS) SUMMARY - (coming soon...)
Colombia Part II - 231
Ecuador - 246
Peru - 252
Bolivia - 280
more to follow...
Route Map -
We left Denver, Colorado, USA on May 1st, 2011 to head south, destination unspecified - we'll know it when we're there. Our ultimate goal is to get to Ushuaia, Argentina, commonly considered the southernmost city in the world. Along the way, we are both hoping to pick up random jobs that will allow us to stay in one spot for awhile and get to know people. Jill is also looking forward to taking Spanish classes somewhere as her Spanish is not quite up to par (Mike's is much better). Other highlights we are looking forward to are visiting friends in El Salvador and Panama, visiting the community Jill lived in for Peace Corps in Suriname, visiting the community that Mike worked with through Engineers Without Borders in Peru, and going back to Buenos Aires where Mike studied abroad. Oh, and we are also looking forward to the beach, jungle, mountains, bugs, stomach issues, awkward cultural exchanges, street food, motorcycle repairs, and everything else we are going to see on a daily basis.
A 1989 Honda Transalp with just over 20k miles on it will take us on this journey. We had owned a fancy BMW 1150GS before, but it was a huge beast and she seemed a little stuck up. This TA feels better. She is going to fit in well in Central and South America. And hopefully repairs will not be hard to come by. The final modifications on the bike included installing a new HyperPro progressive rear spring, as well as chain, sprockets, and sliders.
A new (retrofitted) muffler went on so it she'll have a growl (Jill's excited because she thinks loud motorcycles are cool and Mike's hoping fewer people may try to hit us if they hear us... and please don't start a debate about loud pipes vs safe riding here... we all know the right answer, and besides this pipe isn't even that loud, it's DOT/EPA approved...).
Corbin seat, GIVI trunk, taller windscreen, 12V power outlet, heated grips (all previous owner)
GIVI crash (engine) guards
Lenac Big Brake kit (larger front rotor)
Braided stainless brake line
Eastern Beaver H4 headlight kit
HyperPro progressive fork springs
HyperPro progressive rear spring
Titanium Suzuki GSXR-1000 exhaust
CigarMike prototype centerstand
Wolfman tank bag
el cheapo ATV tank bags
We are not traveling with a computer, so our updates will be irregular, but hopefully fairly frequent. Excited to be on the road, and will keep you posted!
Mike & Jill