In December, I will start my journey riding my KLR motorcycle from northern Minnesota to Argentina. My plan is to stick to the Pacific Coast as much as possible till the Darién Gap. With me will be minimal kiteboarding gear and I plan to use it as much as I can. After the Gap, I’m going to switch to the Atlantic side, drive to Recefie to visit my sister who is living and working there as an international teacher. After, I will continue down the coast to Uruguay and then cut across to Bolivia to meet up with Melissa. In Bolivia I will sell the KLR, and continue with Melissa and Flauta(our dog) in a Lada Niva. We plan to travel on the eastern coast south to Argentina. On the way north, we plan on sticking to the western coast as much as possible.
Once back stateside, we will go back to work for 12-18 months to prepare for our next adventure. We want to take 3 years to sail around the world and visit as many countries as possible. During our prep time, I will find, learn to sail, and equip our boat. We hope to document as much as we can through this blog and YouTube.
As with all good plans, there tends to be some deviation, but we are focused to do this as soon as we are reasonable ready. Many things will be the first for both of us so any suggestions or help will always be appreciated.
Jason is a 34 year old pilot currently working in Jordan.
Writing a bio about yourself seems difficult to do. Not sure what’s too much or not enough info but here it goes.
I’m not really from anywhere. Currently I’m living in Jordan for a job but most of my stuff is in northern Minnesota in storage. I also grew up in NW Indiana so I guess you can fill in the blanks as to where I’m from. I’ve moved around quite a bit after college. I’ve lived in India, South Africa, Sweden, Alaska, and all over the continental US.
I guess I would call my self as very driven. I’m the type that when I decide to do something or want something, I make it happen. I’m also known to be a little to blunt sometimes but life is too short to beat around the bush. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve always known what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to fly, travel the world, and see everything there is to see. I think I’ve done pretty well so far on that account. There have been some big ups and downs but i wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.
I’ve always have had the urge to do these upcoming trips. I always have had the drive to do something substantial, something that you can look back at and be proud of what you accomplished. I’ve had planned to do these trips eventually but after my mom died in a car accident in May 2015, I learned that you can’t wait for what’s important. There are always a thousand different excuses for you to postpone or wait on something big, but I’ve realized that if you can do it now, don’t wait.
The two major events that have shaped my life to where I am now are getting sick in India and my mother passing. In 2009 I became extremely ill after a short flight from Chennai to Bangalore India. I ended up in a hospital for 10 days and still deal with complications and pain from it today. I still don’t know exactly what happened other than it may have been caused by a poison and that I never want to step foot in an Indian hospital again. This experience did teach me my personal limits, and what truly is important to me.
In May 2015, my parents were involved in a car accident while visiting me in California. I was away in Washington for work but I’ll never forget that phone call from the police telling me my mother had died. She was a year from retirement, and part of the visit was because they were thinking of moving out there with me. She was planning on visiting some schools to see about substitute teaching. I had a hard time dealing with this and still do. This taught me though that if there’s something you dream to do, and can do it, don’t wait. I am hoping that this motorcycle trip with give me some self insight and therapy.
I really don’t have many expectations for the following month. I tend to work on the go and figure things out as they happen. I do have a couple places planned out and of course as much kiteboarding as I can get in. I’m looking forward to seeing my sister in Brazil and I’m hoping to catch a sailboat charter for crossing the gap. The only fears I have is me getting too sick to keep going but like I said, I’m pretty stubborn.
Well I guess that’s enough for now. A little side note, I never learned of true frustration till I decided to start a website. I think it’s up there right with slow internet and I’m doing this on a base with slow internet so yeah…
I do hope that people will enjoy our adventures and inspire them to follow that dream that they have but keep saying “maybe tomorrow”. Life is too short to be anything but adventurous.
Melissa is a 33 year old teacher living in Bolivia.
I’m a Texan living in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. This is my first international teaching gig and it’s my third year teaching first grade at Santa Cruz Cooperative School.
As I look back at my stay here I have to say it’s been an amazing journey practicing my Spanish and making friends along the way. I’ve been blessed to create meaningful relationships because I’ve tried new things such as waterfall repelling in Thorno, exploring the salt flats on a four day holiday weekend, camping by the largest hot springs river in Robore, and adventuring the odds to check out the coffee plantations in Buena Vista. There have been a lot of great times here in the midst of 3rd world problems and waves of being homesick. I greatly miss my little brother who’s growing up way too fast. If you asked me a decade ago where I would be today. I would never think I’d be living in South America. Life is full of surprises! I can’t wait what this year has in store for me.
“I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.“
Flauta is a 3 year old dachshund living in Bolivia with Melissa.
She’s a lover of the great outdoors. She enjoys hikes, chicken, and chasing birds. Flauta is hyper!! Full of spunk and personality and super adorable.
We named her Flauta because that’s one of our favorite Mexican dishes. Little did we know that Flauta in Bolivia means “whore”. It still suits her though because she is quite the attention “Flauta”.
We’re lucky to have her as our puppy. She has an adventurous spirit just like us. She’s a Texan just like her mom. She’s been to Minnesota, California, many road trips across Texas, and has been living in Bolivia for 2 years now.