18 countries & 35 000 KM 

a motorcycle journey 

 

Inspired by Ernesto Guevara's 1952 motorcycle journey across South America, as captured in the 2004 film Motorcycle Diaries, I set out on a motorcycle journey from my hometown of Montreal to the southern tip of Argentina in order to explore the continent and learn from the people I would meet along the journey. 

La motocicleta

La motocicleta

August 25th 2014. The day I bought my motorcycle from Ron in La Prairie, Quebec. It had 74 000km and the previous owner had already driven it to Alaska and back!

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Hand printing souvenir-contact cards for the journey!

Moto check up.

Moto check up.

Sabin at Laval Moto refreshed my 10 year old motorcycle before the big departure. New sprockets, fork seals and valve adjustments.

Jimmy and the motorbike

Jimmy and the motorbike

The Departure / November 2014

USA Border

USA Border

When the US border agent asked me where my destination in the US was.. I said.. the Mexican border. :)

Life on the highway.

Life on the highway.

Driving down I-87 between Montreal and Albany. Snow on the side of the road kept me company for a few hundred kilometres.

Break on Interstate 87.

Break on Interstate 87.

That moment you realize you're life has all been packed in 4 bags.

Manhattan rain.

Manhattan rain.

Rainy departure from NYC.

More highways.

More highways.

Highway towards Tennessee.

Welcome to Tennessee.

Welcome to Tennessee.

Nashville, I'm coming!

New Orleans = Art & Culture.

New Orleans = Art & Culture.

Exhibit BE in New Orleans.

French Quarter of NOLA.

French Quarter of NOLA.

French Quarter, New Orleans.

Rosa Parks Landmark, Alabama

Rosa Parks Landmark, Alabama

The Montgomery Bus Boycott started here, when Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1st 1955 for refusing to give up her seat in a front row of the bus.

Relaxing.

Relaxing.

Taking a break on the side of the road in Texas.

Texas

Texas

Shadow and sunset.

Austin.

Austin.

No helmets in Texas.

University of Texas Core Purpose

Mexican border.

Mexican border.

Crossing into Mexico is a lot more of a breeze than the other way around.

Registation.

Registation.

Vehicle temporary registration sticker.

Américas

Américas

Public Transport, Monterey Mexico.

One horse power.

One horse power.

Ranch in Mexico.

Food in Oaxaca.

Food in Oaxaca.

Tlayuda, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Morning.

Morning.

Flower in Oaxaca.

Mural

Mural

Jazz.

Scenic mountains and clouds.

Tune-Up in Guatemala

Tune-Up in Guatemala

Pilot's view

Pilot's view

Typical view of my journey.

Arhuacos

Arhuacos

Colombia

Colombia

With the Policía Nacional de Colombia who happened to use the same motorcycle model as me!

Camping near Piura in Peru.

Check Point in Peru.

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

Stuck in the water in Peru. I under estimated the angle and depth of the stream and got stuck for a little while.

Panama

Panama

Ferry

Ferry

View of Peruvian Jungle.

View of La Paz in Bolivia with the Gondolas serving a public transportation.

Crossing Bolivia on secondary roads towards the Uyuni Salt flat.

Beginning of the Salt Flat.

South American Dakar in the Uyuni Salt Flat of Bolivia.

River crossing in Bolivia.

Dessert coast of Chile.

Atacama Desert with flowers. It had rained exceptionally in the last few days and weeks.

Ruta 40 in Patagonia, Argentina. With wind warning signs.

Rode into some snow in Patagonia. It was June so Winter so close by.

Sunset and final stop in Rio Grande before heading to Ushuaia the next day!

Arriving at the hostel in Rio Grande.

Crossing the Paso Garibaldi, a range of mountains before reaching Ushuaia.

Arrival in Ushuaia!

Arrival in Ushuaia!

Fin del Mundo

Fin del Mundo

Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Avenida Corrientes

Avenida Corrientes

Made my way to Buenos Aires after.

With Mafalda

With Mafalda

Sold my bike!

Sold my bike!

I ran out of money after reaching Ushuaia, so had to sell my motorcycle in Buenos Aires.

La Boca

La Boca

Converted my motorcycle for a skateboard and rented a room in Buenos Aires for 3 months!

"Colombus" Day

"Colombus" Day

October 12th, the Day Christopher Columbus "discovered" the Americas. Considered a day of invasion and ransacking by the Indigenous Groups at this rally in Sao Paulo.

 
 

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