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September 23rd, 2011 - The bees, trees, and a dead cow

When I find a road that is not on the map, my first reaction is to always roll on the throttle and ride straight for it. This time I found a road that was not charted, was reasonably short, and from the GPS Topo maps, it seemed to be passing through some beautiful landscape. Little did I know that this 50km section would prove to be one of the most isolated, hottest, and sandiest roads in entire Argentina. Read the rest of the story…

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September 1st, 2011 - Cafayate, Argentina

We finally woke up early, took hot shower at the fire station, and headed out due south for Cafayate. We went five blocks and I was hungry already so we stopped for one last salami and bread in Salta. We only had 250km to go and it was early in the day so I wasn’t too concerned about the time. At one of our stops, there was an all familiar shrine built for someone who had died in a car accident. In most of South America, when people die on the road, their families build a little shrine for them on that spot. Read the rest of the story…

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August 27th, 2011 - Salta, The Beautiful

We left Dragones and all its glories behind and headed west again towards Salta, the Capital of Salta province. The first thing I did was to find an empty jug and fill it up with extra gas just in case. The next was finding a shoe store to fix Lourdes’s boots, but we never managed to find any; they were either closed or the locals sent us on a wild goose chase. In northern Salta, we had to turn south at a junction that split the road in three. One went to Bolivia, one to Chile and the one we took went south for the wine country, a 2000km Read the rest of the story…

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We woke up to a strong orange light shining through the tent’s rain-fly and we were baking already. The anticipated cold weather was definitely not the case, and our mound of winter gear was just dead weight. We packed up and left the ranch heading west again. I kept a steady speed of 55mph to calculate our gas mileage, and I was pleased with how little the consumption was; we were getting 43mpg out of an 1100 pound motorcycle with aerodynamic of a brick. One full tank of gas carried us an average of 250 miles, Read the rest of the story…

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August 23rd, 2011 - Entering the Argentine Chaco

Bottle TreeI’ve ridden a lot of miles and visited a long list of places, and it makes it hard to answer the age old questions of, “What’s your favorite country? – Where was the most beautiful place? – What country has the prettiest girls?” They are almost impossible to answer as every place has its own unique ways of life. Town to town and time zone to time zone, everything changes. The language, the food, the people, and of course the weather, but I can competently say that my recent trip was one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever taken. Read the rest of the story…

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August 20th, 2011 - Non-profits who kill for more profit

Must be a CEORunning a non-profit organization and going on a blind-date is not all that different – in both you never know where you are going to end up; home with a bottle of cheap whisky alone, or in bed with a big titted blond. The non-profit sector has become every bit as greedy as the for-profit sector, and in some cases, it has surpassed the latter. In today’s market, the administrative cost and executive compensations have become a direct derivative of the organization’s net income. The more the Read the rest of the story…

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July 13th, 2011 - Ride the World

Our Global Ambassadors

In every generation, small numbers of people are forerunners in thought, action and spirit who selflessly offer their time and resources to hold the torch high for the rest of us. These are the selfless riders who had volunteer their time while on the road to bring awareness to extreme poverty and hunger around the world. This is their story, this is their tribute.

Not many married couples tackle the long road for extended time, but Erin and Coburn Black, are determined to make it happen. They took the leap and started their planning in January 2010. They put the common excuses of money, jobs, and belongings behind to embark on a transcontinental motorcycle trip.“Our trip is not just a ‘vacation’ to us, but more of a chance to experience life and grow closer with each other. We would love the opportunity to be more than tourists in countries that we visit, and really submerge ourselves in their cultures. We are committed to helping along the way especially towards something so vital to every human being: food! No one deserves to be hungry especially after you see the extreme waste of food and water in the North American society.” Coburn explains.

In the early chaotic state of their packing and moving, they offered their help and expressed their interest to make a difference, and we are honored to have them with us. Their trip is not the one to miss, and we wish them the best and hope to see them on the road.

www.RideTheWorldTogether.com

Erin and Coburn Black
Country of Residence: Canada


I want to live an interesting life, see the world in an interesting way and share my experiences, whatever those experiences may be.Born in a small town in Ontario, Canada to a family of humble means, I learned early that life is not always easy; as soon as I could I decided to change that for myself. Education and hard work were the keys to change. At the age 0f 18, I moved to Toronto to peruse education and career opportunities.I have had a sense of adventure for as long as I can remember. As a small boy, I wanted to venture outside, beyond the yard; as a teenager I wanted to drive to the next township; as a young man I left my family’s country home for life in the big city. Obtaining a good education, climbing the corporate ladder and assuming family duties restricted my wanderlust for many years. But, hard work, difficult choices and some good fortune have created a set of circumstances that will allow me to set out on my new adventure.This adventure is also an opportunity for me to help others. After stumbling upon Motorcycle Memoirswhile researching this trip, I became inspired to lend support. I have seen the effects of hunger during my previous adventures and now have the opportunity to make a difference on this one.

www.GregsAdventure.com

Greg Powell
Country of Residence: Canada


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