April 6, 2018
Reaching Ushuaia, Argentina was the culmination of a 16 month motorcycle adventure. I'd spent 6 months exploring the western U.S., following the Rocky Mountains into Canada, to the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and back down the Pacific Coast, followed by 3 months exploring Mexico. My North American adventure lasted 9 months and covered 29,000 miles.
After a brief return to Texas to see family and refit the motorcycle, my final quest to ride Central and South America began, leaving Dallas in August and riding through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama during the rainy season to time my arrival in Ushuaia in what would be the South American summer. I bypassed the impossible Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, traveling with the motorcycle on a Dutch sailing ship of 1903 vintage, voyaging 4 days through the San Blas islands and across the Carribbean to Cartagena, Colombia.
From Colombia, followed Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina to the southern tip, Tierra Del Fuego, before returning 2000 miles north along the Atlantic to Buenos Aires. My trek in South America lasted 7 months and covered almost 18,000 miles.
Combined, my trip from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to the end of Ruta 3 in Parque Nacional Tierra Del Fuego outside the town of Ushuaia, Argentina lasted 17 months and just under 48,000 miles on the seat of a motorcycle. It was a lifelong dream completed!
Upon returning, I ran across this "motorcyclist's map" of the Americas. Having completed most of it, I laughed out loud at the accuracy of the mental imagery.