FROM L.A. US To B.A. Argentina
My adventure trip started in November of 1993 after graduating from university in Southern California. My motorcycle was a Honda Transalp – 650cc- 1991. My partner Stephane rode an Africa Twin – Honda 750cc. My friend Stephane G. traveled trough Mexico and Central America before this trip, so we decided to skip these countries and go from Los Angeles to Miami and fly from Miami to Venezuela.
It was the beginning of winter in the U.S. and we stopped to sleep in Joshua Tree then we visited a family in Phoenix Arizona, then we crossed New Mexico and slept in a camping ground after entering the state of Texas. We started every morning before sunrise and arrived in Austin with a strong cold weather at my friend’s apartment where we stayed during Thanks Given celebration and a couple more days. We left Austin to New Orleans for two days and crossed Mississippi where the weather changed and turned warmer.
We went crossed Alabama and entered Florida where my friend Stephane lives now.
We hired a freight forwarder in Miami to ship the motocycles to Venezuela.
A day after we flew to Venezuela and stayed in Caracas and traveled within Venezuela for a month. Visited The Andes: Mérida, nestled in the mountains just 12km (7mi) from the country's highest peak, Pico Bolívar. Caribean Cost : the main beaches Morrocoy, Puerto la Cruz. Ciudad Bolívar and the Llanos. All the roads in Venezuela were very clean and paved. We spent few days camping in La Gran Sabana, with its tepuis (flat-topped mountains) and simas ('sink-holes' of jungle up to 350m/1148ft wide, surrounded by sheer cliffs). By the end of January of 1994 we crossed the border through Santa Elena de Uairen and entered Brazil.
In Brazil we spent a night in Boa Vista and prepared for the bad road ahead to Manaus where we had to go across a protected National Park where the Sun light left us in the middle of the Amazons and we continued riding in the small road until 10 pm. We wore completely exhausted that evening, we slept in the entrance of a little grocery store. The worse part of the road was the last 200 Kms before Manaus. Extremely slippery, muddy, where we had to ride very slow and cautious. In Manaus we spent two days, until the next ferry will take us through the Amazon river to Belem. Amazon river is in fact one of the must
Posted by Jorge Ramirez at August 16, 2002 04:24 PM GMT