La SURAMÉRICA que recorrí (The South America I rode )

Edition year: 2012
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Entre octubre 28 de 2008 y abril 9 de 2009, hice un recorrido en motocicleta por el continente suramericano, con Colombia como punto de partida y de llegada. Dicho viaje había sido pensado por treinta y cuatro años y planeado durante dos y medio. No era mi intención recorrer todo el continente ni conocer todos sus detalles y bellezas. La idea general era pasar por las siguientes grandes zonas geográficas:

• La cordillera de los Andes en toda su extensión.

• La Patagonia.

• La Pampa.

No pretendí cubrir en mi visita zonas completas, ni todas las zonas de un país, ni todos los países del continente, sería imposible en tan corto tiempo.

Mi excelente compañera de viaje fue Suzi, una Suzuki DR-650, modelo 2008. Su desempeño en todo tipo de carreteras fue perfecto, tanto en las de alta montaña a 5.100 m, como a nivel del mar a alta velocidad, La idea de escribir un libro vino cinco meses después de terminar el viaje mientras escribía un pequeño reporte que me había encargado la revista DeMotos, en Colombia. Mientras escribía el reporte vinieron a mi memoria pasajes ya olvidados, entonces me pareció interesante tratar de escribir todo lo que iba recordando con el fin de tener para mí y para mi familia un registro completo de las experiencias. Así los nietos, o los nietos de ellos, podrían leer algún día el relato del abuelito loquito que andaba en moto. Entonces empecé a escribir las memorias en el mismo orden del viaje.

Las fotografías, la bitácora de carretera y los textos del blog en HU complementaron los recuerdos que llevo en mi cabeza. Cuando ya llevaba adelantado el relato, me apreció que podía compartirlo además con quienes también están esperando esa oportunidad que yo esperé por tantos años, es decir, con usted amigo lector. El resultado final fueron 400 páginas que se presentan para ser leídas no sólo por motociclistas a quienes les gusten los viajes, sino por cualquiera quien tenga afinidad mínima con la aventura; pero aventura real, no de ficción. Escogí como capítulos de la narración seis grandes regiones geográficas, sin que ello signifique que los límites entre ellas sean absolutos y marcados.

Por el contrario, entre dos regiones generalmente hay una inmensa transición, así como tampoco las regiones están limitadas por los países. Al principio de cada capítulo presento un esquema a manera de mapa con la ruta recorrida para hacer más entendible la lectura.

English (google translation):

Between October 28, 2008 and April 9, 2009, I made a motorcycle tour through the South American continent, with Colombia as a point of departure and arrival. This trip had been intended for thirty-four years and planned for two and a half. It was not my intention to go all the continent and all its details and beauty. The general idea was to go through the following major geographic areas:

• The Andes in its entirety.

• Patagonia.

• La Pampa.

I did not intend to cover in my visit complete areas, not all areas of a country, or all countries of the continent, would be impossible in such a short time.

My traveling companion was excellent Suzi, a Suzuki DR-650, 2008 model. His performance on all types of roads was perfect, both in the high mountain at 5,100 m, as at sea level at high speed, the idea of ​​writing a book came five months after completing the journey while writing a short report I DeMotos magazine had commissioned in Colombia. While writing the report came to mind forgotten passages and then I found it interesting to try to write down everything he remembered to have for me and my family a complete record of the experiences. So the grandchildren, or their grandchildren may someday read the story of the crazy grandfather who was on a motorcycle. Then I started writing the reports in the order of the trip.

The photographs, the road log and blog texts complemented HU memories I carry in my head. When he had advanced the story, I also appreciated that I could share it with those who are also waiting for that opportunity I waited for so many years, that is, to you dear reader. The end result was 400 pages that are intended to be read not only by motorcyclists who like traveling, but for anyone who has a high affinity for the adventure, but real adventure, not fiction.

I chose as the narrative chapters six major geographical regions, without this meaning that the boundaries between them are absolute and marked. By contrast, two regions there is usually a huge transition, nor the regions are limited by countries. At the beginning of each chapter, I present a scheme to map how the route traveled to reading more understandable.

NOTE: The book is written in Spanish.


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