I’m Riding My Motorcycle to Argentina

This entry is part 1 of 34 in the series Latin America Series

I’ve quit my job and I’m riding my motorcycle to Argentina. My journey will start August 15th.

I’ve been planning this for over a year, but haven’t been able to talk about it due to my employers knowing about my blog. I spent months thinking about this trip. Calculating the miles, the number of countries, minimizing the risks, doing the research and with the departure day growing really close there’s a mixture of anxiety and excitement swirling around in my head.

My calculated estimates tell me that I can afford to be on the road for 6 to 8 months, but they are just that: estimates. I don’t really know what will unfold from the journey. Realistically I think I will be gone for 3 months if I’m rushing too much or 12 if I am really enjoying myself. Hopefully it’s the latter.

Here is my general route I plan on taking:

Maybe I’ll hate this whole thing and turn around after 2 months. Maybe it won’t be as spectacular as I’ve built it up in my head. Expectations have a way to leading towards disappointment, but now I’m kinda just trying to go with the flow and just look forward a week in advance instead of months.

I’ve really enjoyed engaging with all of you who have been following this blog since I started it about two years ago. Thanks for being my virtual traveling companions while I’m out on the road.

If you would like to follow my journey, don’t forget to subscribe either by email or RSS from the links at the top.

I hope you enjoy what’s coming next.

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  • Dinkoman

    Wow that should be an amazing experience! Many people say they would like to do a trip like this but you’re one of the few who is actually going to get up and do it haha.

    Will you be videoing much of the ride? Either way i hope you enjoy yourself and look forward to reading about this once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • http://www.DanielBrincat.com/ Daniel

    Wow, that will be an epic trip! I look forward to lots of pics and reading of your adventure!

  • http://rynoweb.com Chuck Reynolds

    Nice you’re finally doin the big ride?!!?!

    Good job man – best of luck – can’t wait to see the pic/video uploads along the way!

  • http://advphilanthropy.org miah

    That’s freaking awesome! We are definitely paying attention to your adventure. We can’t wait to follow in you tracks!

  • http://my68flh.com Electra Glide In Blue

    Talk about riding an American dream, or should I say an Argentina dream ride. OK I’m just jealous I don’t have a job to quit…..anyways wishing ya luck and I’ll be awaiting the ride reports.

  • Jon F

    Are you taking that R1200GS we saw you on a few weeks ago?

  • http://SojournChronicles.com D. Brent Miller

    WOW! An adventure about to happen. Good luck with your travels. I’ll be reading your trip reports. Be safe. Be well.


  • Tony

    I wish you luck. Be careful out there. I know you planned well. But be ready for the unexpected. You are a brave man doing it alone.

  • http://www.toadmama.com ToadMama

    Wow. I am jealous. That sounds like quite and adventure. Be sure to post regular updates here.

  • http://mdavid-lpcc.com matthewdavidLPCC

    Amazing. I wish you all the best of good fortune, a wonderfully safe and soul expanding journey, and I too look forward to hearing/seeing your reports along the way.
    Someone once said that anxiety is only excitement minus oxygen. Maybe yes or maybe no, but it’s great that you can experience the whole gamut. Ride safe Atlas Rider.

  • http://www.beatricemurchphotography.com Beatrice M

    Hi there – first time reader & commenter. My sister in law tweeted about this entry and my husband and I moved from San Francisco to Buenos Aires in 2006. Drop us a line when you get close and if you need a place to lay your head.

  • sanjeevnanda

    Hey Buddy, that’s gonna be an epic trip…all the best for it. Last year i made 3058km trip on my bike. The experience was wonderful. Argentina is a beauiful conuntry…Good luck for the trip.

  • Sven

    Excellent news indeed. I wish you’d have invested in a “tag” camera that you could have had always running through :(


    I hope you have a blast, ride safe I’m very jealous.

  • http://www.AFewMoreMiles.com Ben

    Awesome! I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I did New Hampshire to Ushuaia last over this past year. You’re going to have one AMAZING journey. Best of luck!

  • Torq

    That’s going to be amazing. Look forward to reading all the updates. Good luck on the trip Bill and stay safe. All the best.

  • Wulfpaw

    I bet you can’t wait to slip into first gear and take off. Its an amazing adventure but remember we all want you to come back, so make safety paramount! Good luck friend!

  • Jim Howard (‘JimNtexas’)


    If you need a place to stay overnight as you pass through Texas, you’re welcome to stay with us here in Austin.

    Are you taking a SPOT tracker?

  • distantThunder


    BTW, you got rescue insurance?
    Need a hostage negotiator – for the Mexico leg?

    Just kiddin’.



    I’ll be glad to give you some trip advisory when you come to Costa Rica!

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  • Gabe

    That sounds like a trip to remember. I think every true motorcycle enthusiast would be glad to join you.

  • Lee Potter

    Safe trip man!

  • 50ccmoped

    I am so jealous absolutely green with envy. Good on you mate. Please keep us all up to date with lots of pickies. Thanks for sharing.

  • bitesthedust

    Good luck and have a safe trip – this is definitely something I’d like to try in the future as well.

    If you haven’t done so – visit/sign up on http://www.advrider.com and http://www.horizonsunlimited.com as the inmates on those sites will be of great asset if you need help during your trip.

  • http://www.stephensper.com Stephen

    I’ll be on the road with you man. I just quit my job, leaving August 1st, headed west from Chicago then South as far as I can go! Stay in touch if you want to meet up.

  • JOwens

    Bill – Best of luck. I’m sure that this will be much more rewarding than blindly working an 8-5. You have plenty of time to work in life so enjoy and make the most of the it.

  • thehorsefly87

    How will you be coming home from Venezuela? I will you just stop there and live forever there? lol… or maybe taking a Cruise home?

  • http://www.atlasrider.com AtlasRider

    Thanks everyone for the support!

    @Dinkoman Yes I will be shooting video throughout the whole trip.

    @John F Not taking the BMWs I test road. I’m taking my 2001 KLR 650.

    @Beatrice Thanks for the offer! I may take you up on that, who knows what’ll happen :)

    @JimNTexas Yes I will have a SPOT tracker with me.

    @DistanceThumder Yes I have travel insurance and MetJet evacuation insurance.

    @Stephen Maybe our paths will cross!

    @TheHorseFly87 I will be flying home at some point from South America. Not sure where. It’s a matter of when the money runs out.

  • http://suzukiscooter.blogspot.com John McClane

    You lucky, lucky, bastard! Have a great trip!

  • http://www.motorcyclememoir.com Cynthia Q.

    wow-that was unexpected! So happy for you! We might see you on the road then…we’re going around the world to raise funds and awareness for world hunger and will heading south for Argentina after doing some more fundraising in the U.S. hopefully sooner rather than later! will be checking in to see how your adventures are going :) Cheers! Cynthia

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  • Mark Perren

    Hi Bill, I have been reading your blogg for more than a year, green with envy man… I´m from BA Argentina. I´ll be glad to give a hand in BA if neaded. Don´t worry and enjoy you will be fine, people in Latin America are very worm and helpfull.
    Check the following webs for insight, People I have met on the road.
    Buena suerte!

  • http://www.iowaharleygirl.com iowaharleygirl

    Best of luck on your trip. Looks like you are going right thru Des Moines! When?

  • rafael

    Sounds like a great idea.
    I am interested in the routing chose and the support mechanism you have set should you need parts and supplies not easily locally. I plan on following your adventure.

  • Edu

    Man, I just sent you my info so you can contact me in case you need a place to stay. Actually, I’m moving from Brazil to Dallas, but not only I know a lot of people throughout Latin America (especially in Chile, Colombia and Brazil) but I also have an italian friend who’s been travelling by motorcycle the world for 5 or 6 years… get in touch!

  • http://www.rent-motorcycle-chile.com Juan Carlos

    Hey guys, I was just part of a trip through Chile, Argentina and Boliva. It was great. Motorbiking through the desert at high altitudes its awesome. The Andes rock! I used these people: http://www.rent-motorcycle-chile.com . They treat me well and did everything for me. Better than just renting on your own. Check it out. JC.

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  • Yasmin

    Hello I am a Mexican that in truth averguenza of which in Mexico police exist and other people that the foreigners treat bad and I dare to say that to name of many thousand or million of Mexican we requested an excuse reason why these to you ” bad policias” they did, all are not thus and if to something it distinguishes the Mexicans is our hospitality and amiability, pity that aya people like whom it ruins the work of many other people who if they work. I hope that outside which happened to you, you to it has liked our country. God Blesses to you

    Hola soy una méxicana que en verdad se averguenza de que en Mexico existan policias y demas personas que traten mal a los extranjeros y me atrevo a decir que a nombre de muchos miles o millones de mexicanos te pedimos una disculpa por lo que estos “malos policias” hicieron, no todos son asi y si algo nos distingue a los mexicanos es nuestra hospitalidad y amabilidad, lastima que aya gente como esta que arruine la labor de muchas otras personas que si trabajan.

    espero que fuera de lo que te sucedio, te haya a gustado nuestro pais. Dios te Bendiga

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