TWO 1985 R80GS
TO US, A MOTORCYCLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A TRUE SYMBOL OF FREEDOM. It meant WE COULD GO WHEREVER WE WANTED, whenever we wanted.
We started with small trips just a couple of HOURs OUT OF THE CITY but soon they would become too short leaving us wanting for more and day dreaming about riding one way for a very long time without looking back.
WHY THE AMERICAS?
My parents Stella and Mario are Argentinean. They forcefully emigrated to Spain after the increased dangers of the Coup d'etat in 1976. After that I had only visited a small part of Argentina and the area of Santa Caterina in Brazil. For us Central and South America are completely unknown but also full of my heritage and part of my parents idiosyncrasy and by extension, my own. Joel had spent time in Brazil but had never been anywhere else but the US. There's no better adventure than to explore the unknown.
Having the advantage of speaking the native language and the fact that the whole land mass is connected from Brooklyn to Ushuaia made it an obvious choice.
Right before starting to plan this trip I was in Buenos Aires for a few days. I was walking around for hours, feeling the homogenization of the capitals. I felt that every city wants what the other has, shops, brands, restaurants, music, cars. In this world of connectivity we see what we lack but it's harder to see what we do, which it's what makes us unique.
I thought about it for a while and came to the conclusion: If we wanted to truly understand the individual character of every country and it's people, we were going to have to navigate far from the capitals. The country side, the cultural roots, the unmolested landscapes, have to live outside the fast-paced, homogenized metropolis. The true characther of a country lies in it's people, it's culture, as Wim Wenders puts it: "[...] after all, people are the salt of the earth."
So it became clear that to reach the deeper parts of every country we would have to adventure ourselves into the country side through mostly secondary roads, the roads that every working man and woman use every day to move though the land.