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At the Salar de Uyuni

About the Rider

Travel is in my blood.  Both my father and grandfather had careers that regularly took them around the world.  My profession (programming!) doesn’t really provide many opportunities to leave the office, so I have to create my own.  The first real taste of travel came from a maniac weekend of spending way too much time on the v-strom trying to cover way too many miles in too short of a time.


One of the first long trips on the wee-strom. Check out that packing job

We drove west and explored Texas Hill Country on our shiny new V-stroms.  We didn’t have a route nor did we know what we were doing, but it was fun (and we made a video).  From then on, I was hooked.  It reinvigorated my love of travel and I knew that motorcycling was the way I wanted to do it.

After that first trip around Texas, my wanderlust started to grow.  First just across the border in Mexico to Real de Catorce, then to Guanajuato, and finally to my big trip to from Texas to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

I’m not a writer as obvious by this and my other blog postings.  So you ask, why write this blog?  In addition to the standard of letting my family and friends know that I’m alive, I really like to show that this kind of travel isn’t difficult or scary.  My first trips across the border were inspired by other blogs, hopefully I can do the same for others.

I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but don’t consider it home.  Home is wherever I or my family is living.  I’ve lived in Indiana, Ohio, California, Texas, Washington, and Texas.  Overall, I’ve spent most of my time in Texas, so I’m atleast a wanna be Texan.

My first bike loaded and on my first motorcycle trip ever:Â Big Bend National Park

Motorcycles have been an interest of mine since my Dad gave me a Honda Shadow 750cc.  From there I somehow ended up buying smaller and smaller motorcycles– First a Suzuki 650 V-Strom, BMW F650GS, Suzuki DRZ 400, and then a Yamaha WR 250 X.  As discussed on the about the bike page, I’ve settled on taking the 400cc machine on the trip.Other than motorcycling, I’m interested in cooking, playing with frisbee with my doggle INDY, aviation, photography, and technology.

Thanks for taking the time to read the blog.

The return to Big Bend