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Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our motorcycle trip to South America.

On Berthoud Pass in Colorado celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our motorcycle trip through North and South America.

On June 17, 2003, Chris and I locked up our homes in Atlanta and set off on an 8 month motorcycle adventure of a lifetime. This week, to commemorate the accomplishment (and to put a little fuel on our wanderlust), we put some grease under Breezy’s skirt and pulled out the bikes for an epic ride through our beloved Colorado Rockies. It was a beautiful day that brought back so many of the amazing memories Chris and I made together ten years ago.


Some of what we have done has already been forgotten but I clearly remember Tuesday June 17, 2003 because it was the morning we left. Walking out the door was very difficult but within minutes the distractions of being on the road took over and the trip had begun. Yes there are still tears and I miss my family dearly but looking back I can’t understand why it was so difficult to get it together. What sounded crazy a year ago now makes perfect sense.

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-Chris and Spice
Meet Breezy, a KLR 650 with the attitude of an eleven year old b*tch. Excuse the crazy hair, on this particular morning we had been on a ferry in pretty rough seas for over 5 hours. I was gearing up for a pretty aggressive departure from the boat (crashing waves on a small cement ramp while the boat kept washing away from the ramp... Breezy decided not to start when it was our turn to unload. Chris' bike is behind Breezy with the yellow bag.

Meet Breezy, a KLR 650 with the attitude of an eleven year old b*tch. Excuse the crazy hair, we spent the night on this ferry and it was pretty rough seas…we also had to sleep in our clothes. At this particular moment I was freaking out because we were having to unload via a narrow cement ramp that kept disappearing as the boat listed to and from in the crashing waves. Needless to say (to those who followed our trip), Breezy decided not to start when it was our turn to unload, sending my nerves to DEF CON 1. She looks huge in this photo but if you look closely you’ll see that Chris’ bike is behind Breezy.

Today (6/21/2013) I want to introduce you to Breezy. From here I was thinking I’ll repost all of our “website updates” – because blogs didn’t exist at the time – from the actual trip.  You’ll have to forgive the simplicity of it all, website technology was pretty new and cyber opportunities were pretty limited after we left the states.

Until next time here are a few photos from the trip – enjoy!

Spice Jones, KLR 650, Honduras

Aug, 2003. This is at the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. These little guys go to school in the afternoon so that they can sell their mothers’ baked goods in the morning. After the initial shock of seeing a woman on a motorcycle they finally gathered enough courage to start asking questions about the war with Iraq. They thought the fighting was taking place in North America and they were curious to know if we had seen any “war” while on the road.

Spice Jones riding in Patagonia on her KLR 650

December, 2003. This is in the northern part of Patagonia on the Chilean side of South America. Breathtaking!

This is in southern Argentina. The trees in this area were burned down in the late 40's to make room for thousands of Germans leaving Germany after the war. It was a wonderful little crossroads so we decided to stop for lunch.

Dec 2003, southern Argentina. The trees in this area were burned down in the late 40’s to make room for thousands of Germans leaving Germany after the war. It was a precious little crossroads of laundry hanging on the lines and horses grazing in the yards. We decided it was the perfect stop for our daily picnic.

More to come!

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