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Great journey!

Your trips have been very inspiring and interesting to say the least. Best of luck in your further travels. Somewhere in your journal you said that you would do this traveling/journey "alone". I guess in the long winding roads in between your stops you may be alone. But, I believe that you are really never alone as long as there are people along your trip. I'm glad that you have made it through safely and with the kind assistance from those that you interacted with along the trails. I look forward to more of your adventures abroad. --Antonio D

New El Viento

I was just showing your blog to my boyfriend and I realize you are in South East Asia: very nice !! And with a new, lighter machine :) I really enjoy reading your blog, it is different from the regular stuff we can see around. Enjoy this part of the world and MAKE US DREEEEAAAAAAMMMMMM. --Anne G

Bent Rim in Panama

I just found your website. It looks great and I´ll have to catch up on all of it when I get a chance. I'm currently traveling around the Americas on a motorcycle and bent my rim in Nicaragua. I'm in Panama right now and will be in or near the city from Christmas to Jan 2nd when I sail to Cartagena. Do you remember where you got your rim fixed in Panama? I'm trying to find a shop right now. --Duncan S

Meaning of Life

I'm glad, as always, to hear that you are truly happy with the life we have NOW. And, brother, I sure don't see your website as a travel blog - more of a mission to live life to its fullest and I commend you for having the energy, courage and decency to share that in a way that might help others see that this life is meant to be lived to its fullest. (not to mention the fascination factor of seeing other cultures and places through your spectacular photos and heart felt words) Thanks for sharing that with me. --Jimmy T

Your continuing journey...

Just looking through some old emails today and took a moment to look at your website - just in time to see you are leaving for Asia today. Good to see you are still on the road. Take care, ride safe, and keep in touch. --Michael C

New website, from Colorado

I really enjoyed looking over your website. It is really thoughtfully put together and so well articulated. I can't wait to see updates from SE Asia. --Brett K

New website, from New Mexico

Hello Jeremiah! This is Daniel, we met on your way back home from South America at a gas station...i was in a rock band.  I believe we ran into each other in New Mexico. Hope all is going great and the new site looks amazing! --Daniel G

New website, from Pennsylvania

Ive been checking up on your website and the improvements you made are amazing, its looking really good. --Colin B

New website, from California

I just started reading through your website. You have done a remarkable job. I've only looked at a few of the journal entries and I have to commend you. They are well thought-out and written. In the days and nights ahead I'm going to read through them all. --Dan G

Fantastic!

The photography is stunning and the text captivating. You sure know how to capture the essence of your travel experiences. Have you thought of being a photographer for National Geographic? Keep the adventures coming. --Joel A

New website, from Guatemala

I did the thorough cruz of your site.  Man.....you did an amazing job with it.  It is top notch. --Tucker W

New website, from Alaska

Man - your web site is sweet. Are you planning on self publishing your book? Looking forward to it. --Jimmy T

New website, from Panama

Sorry to take so long to give you feedback on your amazing Journey site. Lisa and I have been spending time enjoying it. You are a true Philosophical Adventurer. We very much admire the site and the obvious time and talent that went into it. We look forward to new chapters in the future. Are there any plans to do a book? --Smitty H

New website, from Maryland

Congratulations on the new web page. I've read some of the narratives and enjoyed your comments about your adventures. --Charlie S

Revised website

Your revised website looks fantastic. I sampled a few of the new stories, and really enjoyed them. You really do have quite a talent as a storyteller. --Randy R

New website, from Germany

I have to admit that you put a lot!!! of effort into this site. I especially like the design of the travelog page and what you had to say. I'm really curious about the way that project is going, especially the presentations. --Uwe K

Possible trip presentations for Durango Libraries

Hi Jeremiah! I recall your fantastic motorcycle trip and wonder if you've a public presentation that might work for a children's audience. Our summer program theme is "One World: Many Stories" for which world travel, diverse cultures and people would be a great fit. What do you think? and where are you living now? It'd be great to hear from you. I work at Sunnyside Branch. Hope to hear from you soon! --Rusty L

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Jeremiah, I hate to keep bugging you but I have to mention that the photo you took in the Peruvian Sechura Desert of the situation on the highway is one of the most compelling I have ever seen. For me, it ranks right up there with the famous Viet Nam era assassination picture. --Steve M

Bikes and mud

Jeremiah, While reviewing your Journeysofar website, pictures, and narrative; I observed that you rode in quite a few muddy and/or sandy conditions. In fact, your friend broke his leg on a muddy street.

What is your strategy/technique for riding in these conditions? Do you go fast like the dirt/desert guys in order to float over the top or go slower in order to survive the inevitable fall? I would think that riding solo puts a whole new emphasis on riding safely. I would also think that your riding strategy would play a big part in the bike you choose. The guys coming from the off-road environment tend to want to ride fast, whereas the asphalt guys appear a little timid.

George and I have had the discussion about riding the big GS bikes in sub optimal conditions many times. Both of us have hip implants so the wrong fall would hurt like hell, yet one does like to ride with a little dignity. Thanks. --Steve M

Presentation to Kiwanis Club of the Narrow Gauge

Jeremiah--I followed your journey through the Herald and enjoyed the trip very much. My Kiwanis Club has been quite boring for a while and this morning we decided to invite guest speakers who have done something interesting in their lives. We would enjoy a visit from you and learn about your trip. --Gary K

Eat, Pray, Love

I see your story turning into a movie. Your's could be the male version of "EAT PRAY LOVE". I was jealous of one year! I am Really jealous of your two year adventure! Let me know when your new site is up. --Sherry T

Durango Presentation

Hey Jeremiah, WOW! What a "real" adventure! I'm a Geography Teacher at Bayfield H.S. just outside of Durango and just now came across an article that the Durango Herald newspaper ran about your great escape from Brazil. I was intrigued so I got on this website and am very excited to have my students experience this!I was wondering what the plan is for on your presentation in Durango? I hope we didn't already miss it! Let me know. Thanks. --Jeff L

South America?

Did you write a book on your motorcycle journey to South America? I would like to read it. Thanks. --Jeff B

Traveling tips

Hello, I was keeping up on your travels and of course i was jealous the entire time. I'm also a long distance rider, and have been to most places in the US, Canada and Alaska and every place in between. But i'm starting to plan a run from Prudhue Bay to Panama in about 2-3 years. I would love to go earlier, but i already have trips planned for the next year or two, and i still need to get freshened up of my Spanish. So what i wanted to know, if you had any tips for traveling through Mexico and the Southern countries on the way to Panama? Like what to expect crossing the borders, or any problems that may arise that you encountered, or just anything else you wish you knew before you went? Thanks for any info and safe journey's. --Steven B

Your trip

Hai, It is so fabulous to hear about your trip and you. I was there when you gave your speech in the Rotary club In Durango. It was really impressive. The way you started it and the way you went through this whole process it is just awesome.I am an exchange student with rotary from India. I know that how going to a different country by your own and speaking with different people really opens your mind and gives a new way of thinking about your life. Good luck!! --Shailendra P

Your program at Rotary tonight

Jeremiah, Thanks for coming. I'm the man who asked after the meeting why you chose the BMW bike. You have an outstanding website I will be linking to fellow travel friends. Good job! Usually are speakers predictable but you we're not, thanks for the escape. --Jim

Travel journal translation

I come from beijing of China,and love to write traveljournals,at the same time like yo read good journals from abroad,today I surfed into your travel blog, and your story fascinated immediately. I have one request, if I could donwnload and translate your excellent articles into Chinese and introduce it to chinese people.Certainly I will cite your name at the beginning. I will be honoured if you allow me to do like that. Yours Faithfully --Zhanghong

Awesome trip!

Hi Jeremiah, I enjoyed talking to you a while back when I returned your tractor to you. I have also been fascinated with you journey through the Americas, what an amassing experience it must have been. I hope your trip to Alaska went well, and the filming was successful. Regards --John F

Journey So Far

I just finished reading about your trip. I really enjoyed it. --Brock A

Nice work!

I read your wall decoration at Jorge's in Azul on a little ride of my own. Congrats on the long voyage. I'll be reading through your logs of Brazil for my return trip in March. Cheers! --Cristi F

I miss your travel journal

Jeremiah, I've followed your travels for a long time, but now I've lost your website. The "MyTripJournal/JeremiahsJourney" URL no longer works. Is there another one that you are now updating. If not, thanks for your efforts to keep us posted during your past travels and the many hour of good reading you've provided. You have a definite literary talent - I hope that it pays big dividends for you in the future. --Carl T

Your trip and return

Hello there Jeremiah. I have been reading your blog for nearly two years, ever since you posted on the HUBB. I have really enjoyed your stories, and especially the way your travels, writing, and personal outlook changed over that time. I have just read your article in the Durango Herald Online, and wonder how many people will really understand what you mean. It's not possible to have the depth of understanding of other people (and, in some ways, of all people now) from watching some TV programs, taking a two week package to Machu Picchu, or worse case of all, not even knowing or thinking about what is out there. As we say here in New Zealand; "Onya mate!" I get the feeling it wont be the last traveling that you do. There's a bed and a bike here in NZ for you any time. Kind regards. --Nigel M in New Zealand

Are you in Durango?

Dear Jeremiah, I know you are back in the U.S. We'd love to see it if you are going to give a talk, or show slides or a movie. We do E-mail at the Senior Center, & don't get here that often. So you could call us if you can be bothered. I don't get the paper every day, & would hate to miss any talk, etc., that you might give. Welcome back- your articles are the most interesting I have ever read! P.S. We are not ancient. We are the Spring Chickens of the Senior Center! --Marie and Robert M.

Welcome home

I'm glad to hear you made it home safe and sound, what a relief it must be to sleep in your own bed for a change. Congratulations on completing the trip! Kinda sad that there will be no more journal entries to read (at work, no less). That was one HELL of journey and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to say the least. Happy Independence Day! --Rob S

Durango?!

My husband JR and I are missing your stories now that your home:)! Maybe you could do a series on daily life in Durango??!!...I'm sure that you would make us all cry, laugh and would help us open our eyes a little more to what's around us. Thank you for sharing your adventures. --Miki S

The whole trip

Jeremiah, I so enjoyed reading your journal entries that were printed in the Herald. Your writing and story-telling skills are outstanding. Most of all I appreciated the ways you reflected so meaningfully on your experiences. Do you have plans to compile everything into a book? --Bonnie S

Your journey

My dad and I came upon your site, and we are HOOKED. Great story. Amazing pictures. And you're one hell of a wordsmith. Thanks for sharing this story so we can live vicariously through you! It's nice to see another Coloradoan live an amazing life. Be safe in your travels. Godspeed, Amigo. --Frank and Charles A

Welcome home!

Despite the fact that I haven't emailed you in quite some time, I have been following your adventure and have read all of your articles in addition to viewing the photos. I must say that I'm quite impressed, not only with your journey but also with your tenacity in writing and photography (both of which were done very well). I know it's not easy to find the energy to do those things when you're in the third world and not always feeling in top form. It must seem a bit strange and somewhat overwhelming to return to the wealth and insularity of the good ol' USA after spending so much time surrounding by poverty. But, as you already know, most of the friendliest and kind hearted people that you will ever meet are also the poorest. --Mark D

You're home!

Hi Jeremiah, I'm one of your faithful readers. I was always delighted to find your field notes in the Durango Herald. I'm so happy that you were able to complete your journey. And, of course, I'm utterly impressed.

I can identify with some of the things you said in Peel's interview, especially the three things that trouble you the most about America. I did some traveling in Latin and South America in the early 70's and came home with the very same assessment. I stayed with a family in the campesino in Costa Rica. To honor my arrival we had bean sandwiches. I loved the simplicity of their lives and still strive to live a stripped down life-style. I also stand in my front yard in the evening, often hand watering my plants so I can greet the folks walking or riding by.

Mostly, I want to say that you are one gnarly dude and clearly an excellent human. It takes a conscious heart to identify one's dream and courage to live it. Well done. --Debra V

Welcome home from friends in Baltimore

Bravo! Welcome back!

Many of your cousin Marks' friends (including myself) have been following your journey with rapt interest, and not just for the last couple years.

The first time Mark told me about you all three of us were teenagers. Since that time Mark and his Dad and I have been camping together many many times, and I've pretty much made a lifetime hobby of it, having hiked all over the U.S., Canada, Germany and Austria. In fact I was out your way a few years ago and hiked up to Chicago Basin in SJNF. Over the years Mark or Mr. Bill or Miss Elanor would provide a little update about what was going on with you. Seemed to me that you were living the dream I always had, and the stories they told always piqued my interest. This latest journey of yours really takes the cake and i just wanted to let you know that I've enjoyed it thoroughly. In your "Full Circle" entry, you quoted Che, indicating that the person who returned is not the same one who left. I think that maybe your journey started much, much earlier than two years ago. Recently I heard a news report that reminded me of the first story I ever heard told about you. I have included a link. Like your story long ago, this one has a happy ending, although it probably wasn't readily apparent at the time. I hope the people in the story I've linked for you here, start a similar exciting and rewarding journey through life as you have done. --Dan G, Baltimore, MD

Where I read your journal

I live in Garland Texas but have a time share in Pagosa Springs so I come to Durango yearly. It has been a long time ago but I think I first read one of the journals published in the Durango paper online. I was fascinated with your trip and article which gave the internet address to find the complete journal. Since then I have read and reread your journal online and look at the pictures often even at work (and share it). It is too good for just a few people to have access to. Thank you for sharing. --Reita R

Your trip journal

I am a 69 year old grandmother and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your journal and your wonderful pictures. I feel like I took a trip. My son and his wife have motorcyles so I can relate a little to what you did since I pulled a trailer and followed them to Montana last summer. I wonder how many people have found this journal. It makes you think about how you live and how you interact with people. I wish it could get to alot of school children. --Reita R

Congrats!

Amazing trip. I would like to do something similar... I deserve respect! --Thomas C

Meeting you on 60 West!

Hello Jeremiah! I'm Daniel, the musician you met on your way to Santa Fe! I hope you made it fine and got some warmth. It was a pleasure to talk with you at the gas pump and and true inspirational story to hear! Best of luck for you when you head out to Asia! Much respect, regards, and peace. --Daniel G

Homecoming!

Hi Jeremiah....almost home! You certainly have had the epic journey. Now we all await your safe return to Durango. Wave at Miami for me, it is my hometown. When do you expect arrival in Colorado? Only smooth roads now Amigo...... --Dick S

Thanks

Thanks for letting us in on the trip. Its been a real treat to keep up with you. I am hoping to do some riding in South America and would very much appreciate hearing about any presentation you might do when you get back. I'm up in Crested Butte, CO. Thanks. --Al V

Trip

I love your adventure, Great photos. See you back in Durango. --Jim S

Journey

Welcome back to the usa-in about a week-be safe-it could be the most hazardous part of the journey so far. --Jack L

Great pictures!

I especially love the one of the red and green chili. When you get home make sure you have a get together. See you soon. --Jim O

Ultima Thule

Jeremiah, Just watched some of your photos again. They are stunning. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us that are behind you. I personally liked the croc with the dragonfly. What a concept to think about. Paul is fascinated at the travels you are doing. Again, we thank you for posting as often as you do. --Donna C

Calor Humano

With so much negativity goin' around, it was incredibly refreshing to read about your man in Brazil! I cut the article out and mailed it to my brother in Oakland who is fairly depressed right now due to "life in Oakland." Plus, Kelly’s mom is just finishing another round of chemo for leukemia. THANKS for writing about people who express affection and display acts of kindness. Hopefully, your readership will be blessed like we were this a.m. You don't have to write back ... we know where you are! --Ruth O

Trip

Hello Jeremiah !!! What a trip...we look forward to hearing about your adventure when you arrive back in Durango ! And of course your messages along the way on your trip back. What about the "dumping" in the sand?...must have not done damage. Te Deseao lo mejor - -Rickardo L

Life & Calor Humano

So true. your last message - that's what Bob and I have tried to do these last couple of years. slow down- enjoy the farm that God has let us "tend" for the time we're here. How sad that folks scream through life instead of sing through. more POW to you while you finish this journey. --Judy C

Greetings from Durango

Jeremiah, Thanks for your trip log. We have been following your trip closely, especially since we started hosting an exchange student from Brazil. Nelson is from Campo Grande, a city in Matto Grosso do Sul. A great kid. We are planning on a trip to Brazil this June when it is time to send "our son" home. You comments make it all the more exciting, waiting is getting harder. Best wishes, good travels. --Kip S

Calor Humano

Dude, great writing. You absolutely nailed what many of us 40 or 50 somethings are finally realizing about life. Great writing. Please post more photos when you can, we're jones-ing for more pics.. --Bob

Calor Humano

Jeremiah, I don't get enough of your journey just in the Durango Hearld, so the 4/25 article was appreciated. It was one of your best...not just the journey, but what you learn from people along the way (like my feelings about the Appalachian Trail). Calor humano....I understand it. --Ken L

Denver

just a shout from denver. i think what your doing is fantastic. thank you for sharing. --Noah U

Thanks!

Hi Jeremiah, Just wanted to send a thanks for all the updates. I call Durango home and just purchased my first bike, a dakar, after seeing my stepdad bring home an 1100 GS when I was 12 years old and being completely amazed ever since. Mucha buena suerte for the rest of your journey, thanks again, and keep up the good work! Your story would make a great book someday (and the photography quite a bit better than Ewan and Charlie's). --Dustin B

Hi from Denver

Hi Miah, I'm glad you are having a spectacular trip. I've been watching all your posts, specially the pictures. They are great. Keep taking those fantastic pictures. I added you link to my blog --Timy G

Ola Miah

Ola Miah, ainda estamos acompanhando sua viagem, torcendo pra dar tudo certo, um forte abraco dos seus amigo de Irati. --Fabio Barby, Irati - Parana - Brasil

The Adventure

We were getting a bit concerned about you. We're glad to get the update. It always amazes us to read your descriptions of what you've seen and experienced and leaves us begging for more. Your journaling makes for great reading and leaves us wondering what the next bend in the road will bring. We needed the reassurance that you're doing just fine and enjoying the trip of a lifetime. --Peg & Harry H

Awesome trip, I'm living vicariously!

Hey, you've done an incredible job of documenting your trip, and I want to let you know that I'm also enjoying the trip. Keep posting pics and stories, we really enjoying it. I found you linked off the horizons unlimited site, I believe. I'm also a moto traveller, but married w/children so time is limited. did a nice little trip around British Columbia 2 years ago, and did the forest roads around Silverton Colorado last year. This year it's Copper Canyon MX, and Colordo or Utah again.

I had a 2003 Dakar which is a GREAT bike. Just sold it and bought a 1200GS Adventure, since I seem to be spending a fair amount of time on roads, but still like the forest roads.

Question about your photos: Are you using any type of special lens on your camera, or is it a std digital camera. Some of your pics almost look like they're using special lens (i.e. fisheye, or something like that). It could be that the landscapes are just that spectacular however. I know pictures never do it justice, but yours are incredible. Outstanding photography...great stories...keep it up, we're out here enjoying the ride... PS Did you ever get your stolen tankbag or any of the articles back? --Bob D

Website & route

Jeremiah, I like the website. Like what you have to say more. Happy trails. --Bob B

GPS

Lost and Found, well said!! Still following your adventure with envy. I look forward to meeting you when you return to Durango. I am an old friend of Doug Walker's. We meant years ago when you custom built some clothing for one of Doug's adventures. Good Travels. --JIm S

Right thinking and left living

Long live the Neo-Luddites! --Tim C

The Road Not Taken

Hi Jeremiah....again enjoyed your philosophical take on technology, and life. You are right, we insulate ourselves from most reality of living. I guess the challenge is just different for each of us, but the challenge is still there. I do think however that what I see around me, humanity wise, as I think you would agree, is dissapointing. How did our species ever manage to survive the perils of evolution, exploration, and long range travel across continents, mountains, rivers and oceans...how did we make it to where we are now? I guess some were real pioneers and explorers and the others just waited until it was "safe"...or until GPSs were invented. My friend you have taken "the road less tavelled by", as long as I have known you. Keep on. Keep on! In case you would like to refresh your memory with Mr. Frost's well known words, read on.... Be safe, and bold my friend, --Dick S

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost (1915)
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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

Road

Hey Miah! Good to hear from you, I have been reading parts of your journey, quite a fright that to be hit by a car!! One hell of a trip!

I certainly felt the same as you once I got to the end of the World. A combination of happiness and sadness, weakness and strength, cold and warm. As you know there is not much you can do except turn around and start the journey home. My next trip wont be for a couple of years, quite a bit of work to do until then, havent thought much about route either or how far to go. I'll be sure to keep in touch, enjoy it all. --Rob M

The Road

Hey Jeremaih! Hows it going? Im a Kiwi currently living in Buenos Aires, I found your site today after a search on Pan American highway. Awesome stuff! I was immediately attacted to your mission and inspirational ad. I thought those words had a familiar ring to them as you probably know..... Shackleton used them in his advertisment for men for his Endurance epic.....

Advertisement for crew members for the expedition:

MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON

2 years ago I completed a dream road trip by driving from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in a 1971 Ford Torino brought here by then US Ambassador. It was a short trek compared to yours thats for sure. Click on "Patagonia 55" from my homepage www.challengeeverything.com.ar for a few words and photos.

Anyway about a week ago the idea of doing the Pan American came to me, and instead of working Ive been searching the web, and there I found you. I see that you are somewhere in Argentina right now. If you are in BA Id love to catch up. My cellphone number is 15 5132-2779. There are some great places to visit on the last stretch of your journey. Im here this week and on Saturday Im off to Colombia for 10 days. Keep on that road, follow that dream. Challenge Everything! --Rob M

Bearings and friendship

Hi my friend....been a long time since I e-mailed you but you have been close on a daily basis nevertheless...keeping up with you is almost a daily ritual. And worry too! Your many, many perils....damn Jeremiah....bandits, thief, border amoebas, that one very tough border crossing that you and your friends ran....gee...might make a great book?? I'll buy! Your latest journal entries are refreshing indeed. I was beginning to wonder if the BMW was a bad choice for the trip, and just why you were having so many bearing problems. Not normal. Yes, you have been in tough country and rough roads, but those bikes were beat to death during development and testing. Something was not right, but, as you said, mystery solved. A shim washer...important military battles have been lost because of that sort of thing. I guess the only way to come close to preventing that from happening would be to completely tear down you "new" bike before even driving it to document how all the parts fit together. To a new bike?? We are all relieved that you made the discovery....what luck to have another bike to compare!!! Years ago I covered off road racing, and a at a Grand Junction race I met Rick Mears's father. Rick, who came up from off road racing in VW buggies, had just had a "DNF" at the Indy Speedway...with a Roger Penske crew no less. It doesn't get better than that in racing. Rick blew his engine overrevving going from 3rd gear to fourth. Guess what Jeremiah? The mechanics had loaded his transmission with two 3rd gear sets when they rebuilt his tranny. BOOM!! I sure hope that BMW holds together now. Your serendipity with the lady in the little village as you searched for an internet shop was wonderful....an affirmation of so much that you observed in the long appraisal of your travels while home last summer. Sometimes it seems that, during your long journey, you have met with fear and corruption, but then in that nondescript little village you shared friendship. Maybe, just maybe we can survive if we are friends. Take care. --Dick S

Hello from a son of an old friend

Hey Jeremiah, I have been meaning to read through your journal since I was told about it last summer, but until this evening have not had the oportunity to browse your site. I am already engrossed in your journey, and I have only read through your July 25th, 2005 posting! I wish you the best of success and enjoyment on the rest of this leg of your journey, and can't wait to find out everything that I have missed! I have already told my wife (yes, I am married now) how I envy your ability and freedom in being able to undertake a journey such as this, and truly hope that I can in the future undertake a journey of this magnitude of my own. I am sure you are busy with other email responces, and that you will need your rest, so I will end this email for your sake. Please feel free to write me back at any time, and if you get the opportunity at the end of your trip to stop into Maryland, I would love to have you over! God speed, and best of luck! --Jake C

What an inspiration

I have been dreaming of making a trip like this ever since my uncle told me he was going to ride from Mongolia through to Europe. I am going to work my ass here in Florida until I have enough cash to swing it and then Im hitting the road. Good luck! --Jim B

Progress

Glad to see an update in the Hearald....I won't take for granted the ability to go to an auto parts store and get an exact replacement part any more....good ingenuity Jeremiah. Looking forward to more tales of your adventure...Bueno fortuna y feliz ano nuevo mi amigo. --Ken L

Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas Jeremiah, I hope all is well with you. Man are you having a trip or what - I mean - the Salar de Uyuni, the mummy, the flamingos - I mean everything just seems so darn cool & interesting- mind blowing really. Your photos are spectacular and thanks Miah, once again, thanks so much for taking the time to share. I've always loved your style of writing since our Fort Lewis days and by God age has even made you better. Hopefully you are having a nice Christmas. We send you good thoughts of peace, friendship, health and love. And by all means Have a Happy New Year! Safe Travels Mi Amigo. --Jimmy T

Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas Miah!!! May 2007 be full of peace, joy, new adventures and safe travels... Wish I was there. --Tim D

Updates

Not to worry about updates....whatever you write, it is worth waiting for. It feels like I am making this adventure vicariously...bueno fortuna mi amigo. --Ken L

Greetings from Alaska

Yo Brudda Miah, Just checked out the progress of your continued adventure - sounds like true adventure to me! Tough mechanical problems solved, sneaky border crossings perfected, language barriers dealt with, miles and miles of uncharted territory traversed and you still find time to share it all - pretty cool Jeremiah! Well - just wanted to stay in touch - may the rest of your Pan- American journey go well - I'll keep tuned. Friends for life - Jimmy
T

Howdy

Hi to the crazy gingo! why didn't you dye your hair black? you are very obvious, blondie! can't wait to tell Bob you're OK and on your way. he's been asking if i've checked in with you. we continue to pray for safe travel for the C.G. and look forward to the future book that will surely follow, much love, Judy C

Saludo

Hola Jeremiah...Soy Roberto y vivo en Paraguay en la ciudad de Santa Rita a mas o menos 70 km de Ciudad del Este frontera con Foz de Yguazu Brasil...Pertenezco al NOMADAS Moto Club de Ciudad del Este con quien tuviste contaco para pasar a Paraguay (Julio y Raul) ...Pena que no tuve la oportunidad de contactar contigo cundo pasaste por aqui...te comento que tengo el mismo sueño que estas realizando ahora ...a principio quiero hacer mi primer viaje a USHUAIA que no queda muy lejos de aqui y luego subir al extremo norte del continente ...talvez pase a visitarte cundo pase por EEUU ...no tengo idea cunto tiempo me lleve para realizar esta aventura pero quiero hacerlo ...bueno deceo que te vaya todo bien en tus viajes ....BUENA SUERTE. --Roberto C

View from the back seat

WoW, the view from the back seat gets kind of hairy sometimes....with freedom so close and yet so far. We're so glad you brought the gang along to help get us safely to Paraguay. You've still got a long way to go so try not to wear out your guardian angel before you get to the US border. We're with you all the way! --Peg H

Fantastic journey

Jeremiah, your journey becomes more fantastic with every mile, border, and of course, bridge, crossed! What fun for us in the far off reaches of simple Colorado, to read of your adventures. The hassles you have experienced with the rebuild of the bike, especially the shock unit, and the everpresent mold is enough to make spoil anyones day. Then the added peril of the border crossing. Do you remember months ago in an e-mail i senyt you, that I had read about the "Turtle Expedition" via pickup/camper years ago across S America and that its participants had labeled the border guards as "Amoebas". They always made you sick at your stomach and they never really looked different from border to border...kind of amorphous. Your words on returning to Durango this summer were very insightful...we are very lucky to have so much here...and so very wasteful (and that last remark comes from someoene who lives on solar power). All the best mi amigo. --Dick S

Down time

Ola Jeremiah, Hang in there my friend, (I have been following your trip, its almost if I knew you). Everything happens for a reason. If haver come to New Jersey, or help in portuguese let me know. --Eusebio P

Love the site

Just a note of encouragement and admiration. I love the site. Your trip is inspiration for what I hope will be a trip of my own in the next 2-3 years. Good luck with the shock. Shayne D

Beginning the second leg

Harry and I were delighted to see that you will soon be returning to your trusty steed for further adventures. We look forward to reading along with your travel updates. As before, we wish you well and hope the journey continues to provide new experiences and a better understanding of your place (actually all our places) on this Earth. We hope your bike holds up well and that the replacement parts are available when you need them. be careful. --Peg
& Harry H

No Place Like Home & other stuff

I enjoyed your No Place Like Home posting and agree with you. When I was in the Navy I visited Spain, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. One needs to see how others live in order to appreciate what they have back here in the US. I guess by now you're getting ready to resume your Odyssey or are already on the road? I may be making a move myself - back to MD, a company up there is flying me in for an interview. --Rob S

Americas via motorcycle

I enjoyed the whole spiel but i especially enjoyed the reflections. Too often motorcycle travelers manage to come across as yahoos, thoughtless and not that sensitive to their surroundings. I enioyed not reading the minutiae of travel and preferred the big picture. I have found, in travels of my own, that being of the first world and seeing the third world enables one to go home and try to find a balance. Its not hypocritical- its growth, and growing is the essence of life. too bad you had to wait so long to fulfill your ambition. --Michael C

Irony?

I have enjoyed following your trip. I do have a comment for you about your last special to the Herald. I found irony in the fact that you lament the excesses that we in the U.S. have been guilty of, yet you have been able to take off from working for 10 months to travel while maintaining a home in Durango. I wonder how many people you came into contact with thought of you as a rich American adventurer. I look forward to reading about the rest of your trip. --Duane

Thanks for your comments, Duane.

The irony was intended. I am indeed a product of this society, for better or worse, and stick out like a sore thumb when I travel in the developing world. Although I've worked very hard to achieve this time off and the money it took to finance it (I'm sponsored by no one and earn peanuts for each Herald article I write), I'm painfully aware that my
watch cost more than many people's houses (and it's a Casio, not a Rolex)!

I've received more feedback from
No Place Like Home than any other article I've written. People have said things like: "It made me think; It needed to be said; It was long overdue," but I wonder if they really understand what I was trying to say.

Yes, we live in the land of plenty and for that we should be grateful, but perhaps it's time to purposefully scale back our lavish lifestyles so that the world's resources can be more equitably distributed. Most Americans work hard and deserve to be compensated, yet I met rice farmers in Peru and zinc miners in Bolivia that work harder in a day than any of us do in a year--maybe longer--and have virtually nothing to show for their effort. To me, “it just ain't right.” --Jeremiah

Motorcycle behavior

Hello there, hey what a trip i really appreciate your website, is also my dream to do something like that, i guess i takes a lot of courage and $$$. I'm from chile but in live in montreal canada. I'm looking forward to buy a BMW F650GS and i will like to know your feeling and experience about this bike (on and off road). And also i will like to know how (in general words) did you prepare your trip. Congratulations and thanks for the wonderful moments you gave us. --Claudio N

Remember the journey

As a former journeyer myself, I can appriciate the shock you have received returning to Durango. Though I can think of no better place I'd rather be right now, the rampant growth (especially the multi-family houses popping up like weeds in this beautiful mountain desert) sickens me. I moved here in 1991 from a big city in the hopes of escaping this mentality and have made a conscious effeort to maintain my properties in simmilar fashions as they were before the groth explosion (pre-80's) - no permanant changes - no new permanent structures (except my plan to rebuild the old 1880's homestead on my commercial property). We need someone like you on the city council (there are 3 spots opening up) You know, a voice of reason and experience that lacks the Californicator mentality. My vote is for you. Welcome home. Remember the journey. --Erika P

Your journey

Hi Jeremiah, I been looking at your web today,and read about your trip back to your home, hope that everything be ok and you can continue with your travel.I'm still in Punta Arenas, but I have already confirmation taht my next project it will be in Yemen, so some way I think I understand what you mean when you speak about your amazing experience and all those different places and people you meet along this trip. So...wish you the best, and remember...you will get always seat for you if you stop by near any BBQ Aguilas del Camino facility!!! A big hug, --Fabio A

Your journey

I grew up south of Ignacio on a farm. I now leave in Richardson, Texas outside Dallas. I read the Durango Herald online almost everyday. I have enjoyed reading your articles and am glad that the Lord has looked over you to keep you safe on your journey. When you get back to Rio to continue you journey I look forward to again reading of your travels. God Bless. --Joe O

Thanks for the journals

A quick note to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading your travel journals. I am a keen rider and traveller, and a moderator on the Horizons Unlimited website, so I get to read a lot of good stories, but I had to call my good lady over to read her your summaries of what you learnt from your travels. I think it is very telling that the four main things you decided to write about were not the best scenery or worst problems with officials, but people and how we are the same. we both wish you the best with the rest of your journey through life AND South America. Kind regards --Nigel and Lee M in New Zealand

Trip details

Dear Jeremiah: You have been a good observer, writer, and photographer. You have also avoided giving us trivial trip details. That's rare in the MC journals. My friend and HS buddy, Nick B, who lives in Durango, told me of your journey. I will be visiting him in September, so I will be sorry to miss talking to you. I am planning a similar, but shorter, journey on my 2005 Dakar, and would love to find out more about the mechnical issues you had and some insights into spare parts to take. I agree with your light packing philosophy. I was a climber in earlier days. Since climbing gear, food, and cooking gear weight enough, we had to cut back on clothing to keep our pack weights down. I look forward to future entries. Buena Suerte! --Chip G

What a trip!

Brudda Miah, Just caught up on your latest entries - seems like the trip just keeps getting better. You have always had a way with expessing yourself in words so eloquently - I have really enjoyed reading your entries and am looking forward to the book (there's going to be a book isn't there?). Keeping up with your trip has had me reminiscing on the old days we spent together especially those 2 wonderful months we spent studying biology, climbing, backpacking and exploring Yosemite and the Sierra back in our youthful days of college when everything was so new and exciting - it really stuck in us cause we seem to still seek the excitement of new and different places, faces and events. I'm so glad that you came through here on the first part of your journey - it rekindled a cherished friendship. I've always respected you for your pureness. Thanks amigo -La vida pura, -Jimmy T

An epic adventure

Hi Jeremiah, I am a college student in Boulder, CO, and my family lives in Durango. I just wanted to tell you how incredible and motivating your story is. Travelling is an immence pleasure of mine, but being in school limits my exposure to the world. Your beautiful stories transport me to areas of the globe that for now I can only dream about. Thank you for posting your stories and sharing with the world (or at least the Durango Herald readers) how grand and yet simple everything really is. --Wesley A

Welcome home

Hi traveler. Sorry you had to delay the remainder of your journey but kind of relieved that you are probably now back home. You have really done something remarkable...we are proud of you...and proud to know you Jeremiah. Your last dispatch and observations are very insightful. We ARE all humans, and although different, really similar at our core...from hemisphere to hemisphere, and continent to continent. By your travel, and sharing that adventure with us, you have helped to remind us all of our similarities. Thank you Jeremiah. Hope all is well at home, and hope to see you soon. --Dick S

Just an update

Hi Jeremiah, I guess by now you're home in Colorado with family and friends, and although it was difficult for you to interrupt your journey, I hope all is well. By the way, these latest pictures of the birds were most excellent. I look forward to you reuniting with El Viento for your journey home. Happy Easter! --Rob S

Ecuador!

Hello! Great story! I'm a fellow Durangatang who's off this summer to do some volcanological research in the Galapagos Islands. However, I get a week to spend in Quito and the surrounding area. After reading about your trip, I can hardly wait to get there and see it all for myself! But I have to make it through finals first!!! AAHHH Thanks for documenting your journey! --Erika R

Your great trip

Hi, I have been glued to my monitor reading your journal, when I finish today 4/8/06 I realized that your are still posting new stories. Are you still on the road? I also ride, a 2005 Triumph Tiger and a 1989 Honda Transalp, mostly I do tours in Europe and here in the US. In 1996 we did our AmericaTour in which we crossed the country twice in 15 days along with some imported bikes from Europe. This coming December I am riding my Transalp from Portugal to Morocco to follow part of the Dakar rally.I wish you the best. Thanks for making my heart beat faster. --Eusebio P

Neglect

Once again, I have neglected you. I finally got on the site to catch up on your adventures. Wow, I don't know what to say. Sure is interesting. We'll just have to talk when you get back. I'm glad you're writing as you go. It would take days to tell all these interesting stories. Some would get skipped no doubt. There was a good letter to the editor in the Herald yesterday (4-7) from some guy saying how much he enjoyed following your trip. Obviously not your usual fan club. He suggested you write a book. Una buena idea. You sure get some good "babe" shots without being too obvious. Us hungry single males apreciate it. Your photos are stunning. Each a Nat'l Geo quality shot. I can hear the theme song playing in my mind everytime I view your shots. I sure love you,bro. Go with the wind and bring yourself home safely. --Joel A

The trip of a lifetime

Hi Jeremiah, Just wanted to say hey and hope all is going well on your incredible journey. I'm not much at all a moto-head (a golf nut myself) but from what you posted, sounds like El Viento had quite the makeover. That sprocket pic was quite enlightening, its a wonder it still kept you motoring! Looking forward to your next entry Vaya con Dios, mi amigo! Rob S

Great trip, great site

Fantastic journey Jeremiah! I'm another friend of your cousin Mark. He's kept me up to date with some of your exploits over the last 30 years but this takes the cake. Having solo hiked many, many times in places like Glacier, Grand Teton, San Juan NF and the like, i can identify (a little) with what you're doing (ok, a very little :) I'm glad you've met some great friends along the way. Stay safe and continue to soak it all in buddy! Peace and happy trails. --Dan G

Awesome

I've been following your travels and trevails; found it through durangoherald.com, which I keep track of since my in-laws live in Durango and daughter is going to Ft Lewis. I wish more people were following this. It's an incredible tale; the photographs are amazing; the stories riveting. I can't wait to read more! If nothing else, it's a great guide for those planning (or contemplating) a similar journey, whether it's that extensive or not.Keep safe and watch those potholes! Susan W

This whole odyssey

Well, JSO, this journey tops them all...I now have a crick in my neck from being mesmerized by the latest entries. Am glad you are still alive and ridin' and having the adventure of your life!! Some of the photographs are so stunning I wish I was there, but my ass just wouldn't take it!! I think of you often, and live vicariously, as I know I will never undertake such a journey...ever. My sense of adventure is satisfied with a lessor extreme. We wish you continued safety and splendid weather as you make your way home. Don't have a clue as to when you are expected back in CO, but enjoy the return travels, as yes, they are another adventure unfolding. Blessings to you and your angels will need a vacation soon!!! Love from Seattle. --Elaine C

Happy birthday!

Dear Jeremiah, Well, it may be March 28th GMT, but here in Colorado it's still March 27th, so...Happy Birthday! You have always been a great story teller - I'm glad you are sharing your gift with so many. Here's wishing you an exciting, healthy and happy journey filled with love and laughter - on this trip and always. Take care of yourself! --Robin F

Awesome adventures

Hola, Amigo! The odessy (sp) continues. Sounds like things have mellowed out, at least as the last couple of stories point out. As always, I have to say "what a fantastic adventure", better to live now than later and glad that you have made it possible for so many of us to join in with you. This is what dreams are made of and I wonder how many you have inspired to go live their dreams. Ride on in safety and watch out for those cars. --Wally W

Movie rights

Can't wait for this epic to hit the big screen..and maybe there will even be a Sequel.... Keepyour wits about you and travel safe. --MaryHelene F

Updates

Hope this finds you feeling better and still motoring onward. El Viento should be enshrined when you get back home. I can only imagine the exhilaration you felt when you reached Ushaia, must have been the thrill of a lifetime! Good luck in Buenos Aires and getting El Viento in shape for the rest of your journey. Best wishes for a safe and fun trip back! I posted that last email without reading your updates! Wow, what a turn of events! El Viento is about pooped and then you get nailed by a car! Divine Providence is with you, my friend! Hope all is well and darned glad you were able to hook up with some ingenious folks down there that can help you on your way. --Rob S

Reaching your goal

How excited you must be to have reached your southernmost goal! Long time coming and we know you're excited, but there are many more adventures to be had on your return trip. We hope you are feeling up to celebrating this milestone and that you take the time to rest and appreciate what you've accomplished. What a ride we've been on just following your travels! CONGRATULATIONS!! --Peg & Harry H

Congrats

I've wrote you a couple months ago, when you first started. I am also a long distance traveler, and am slowing covering north america before I travel south. After this summer i will have covered all of north america except for mexico, which is still in the working, and also europe is on the horizon. Someday i would like to make it as far south as you did. I'm on only 26, so i still have plenty of time to slowly cover the world. If you could, after you get back home and take a little break. Write a little about the trip so other people like myself can make preparations for a future trip down south. You know. A general supply list to bring. And what to expect, and some general tips to have a better trip. I don't think you will be comming through oklahoma on your way home, but I just live off I-40 around Henryetta. And you have a place to crash if your in the area. And a couple cold beers, because you definally earned it. Keep the sunny side up. --Steve B

Congratulations

Hey, Miah, Congratulations on reaching your southern most goal. Looks like you recovered from the crud and are back cruising in style. Awesome. Be safe, vaya con Dios, amigo. --Walito W

A dream come true!

Miah... Yeehaw!!!!!!!!! Congratulation on completing your tip to tip trip! What an outstanding accomplishment... you must feel on top of the world. I'm sure what you've shared along the way is only the tip of the iceberg of the adventures you experienced. Thanks for providing a view of an amazing part of the earth on which we live. Kudos to you for following your dream. Safe return. --Tim D

Congratulations and hope you feel better

Say there Miah, Man - I sure hope you're feeling better -that sounds like a nasty bug. My hat's off to you buddy - one heck of a road trip - you've seen some sights and had some unique experiences since you headed North out of Healy - and boy howdy - all the way to Tierra del Fuego - well done my friend! Stay in touch and come on back through anytime. Hey to Ginger. Take Care Brudda Miah. --Jimmy T

A safe return from a successful trip

Sounds like congratulations are in order...is the Mission Accomplished? A friend had sent us the front page of the Durango Herald with the Snowdown Hot Air Balloon rescue on the front page with a byline of your trip update. Stay well, healthy and careful.Don't push your guardian angels to their limit!! - MaryHelene F

Really at Lands End!

Jeremiah you've done it!!!!!!! Congratulations my friend! Your journey has been epic...now, PLEASE SURVIVE....dammit. If possible take some time off to recover from your virus. I'm sure you are more than a little run down from the trek, the stress, and the increasing cold and wet. Now is the time to kick back for a few days. I know you want to push on ahead of weather but your major goal has been achieved and getting sicker could put at risk the remainder of your travel. GET BETTER first. Incredible trip. Can you hear the applause all the way from Colorado? Wait a minute I'll clap louder.....Be safe Amigo! --Dick S

Congratulations!

I read the entry where you described being sick with the virus, you sounded so negative! I can imagine what it must have been like (well, I try) and how easy it would have been to throw in the towel go back somewhere nice and warm. Well done, congratulations, I look forward to reading about how you got there in the end. --Emiliano M

Way to go!

Congratulations! Good to hear you are feeling better. Be encouraged that the success you have earned is enjoyed by many us out here in cyber-land. I look forward to hearing more of you travels and seeing those pictures. --Paul B

Trip and Health

Miah, Glad to hear you are OK. Sounds like you are pushing it pretty hard..Let us know if we can send you some antibiotics, medicine, narcotics, Big Mac, Rasin Bran.... whatever you need. Hope you are feeling better pretty soon. Let me know. I am in Lima for some annual meetings so I can get whatever you need. Take Care. --Carl S

Speedy Recovery

We are so sorry you're sick and feeling so bad. Please know your friends are pulling for you and hoping you're much better very soon. Hang in there and we hope to find good news from you on your website VERY soon! We think it's fair to say you've been through it all on this trip. Even if you have to end this trip sooner than you've expected, it's already been a trip of a lifetime. The photos continue to be absolutley spectacular! --Peg & Harry H

Photoshop?

Where's your shadow in that picture? You are suspiciously placed in front of the irregular pattern of the dark rocks. I think I've seen a very similar postcard. That's a long long long ways to ride atop a motorbike and you don't look so tired. You have photoshop on that laptop, don't you? I'm gonna have send this to the lab and have the boys check it out before I offer official congratulations. Seriously, Congratulations! Now, get home safe. --William H

Good Riding!

JSO, Great to see you're still heading south, Good Luck to the turning point! Sorry we haven't been in touch. We have Sutton Bell now and I scored a 67KW solar job! Anyway, we are enjoying all you have time to write and think of you often! All the Best. --Tod L

Trip

My children are fascinated by your adventures. Thank you for the lovely pictures. --Laura B

We're thinking of you

Hey Miah, Just finished checking out some of your more recent dispatches. Truly amazing... the stories and experiences you will come home with. 'Out of category' actually. The boys anxiously await hearing the Durango articles when they come out. Hope all is well. Stay upright man!! Sorry to hear about Allan. As you know, our winter here has been dismal thus far. Hope we can rally. Hang in there Jeremiah. Know we're thinking of you and praying for a continued safe trip. Cheers. --Leo L

Watching from New Jersey

Stumbled upon your site/trip. Watching intently as I hope to do the same in about 3 years time though by different means. I hope maybe after you get back and unwind a bit we can exchange some emails - I have many questions for you... All the best getting through the last leg of your trip. --John U

Following you

Wanted to wish you good traveling as you continue on your journey. I've just now caught up with your trip journal, and it's been amazing to follow you. Make sure that you publish this somewhere! Hope to see you back in Durango one of these days! --Andrea G

Greetings from Eagle, CO

Hey Jeremiah, Just thought I'd say hi again. Glad the trip is going well, I am sure you are savoring every mile. Life is short, you are doing what most people don't have the courage to do, keep up the good work. Days are getting longer here, can't wait for spring. Record snow here in the Vail area 150% of normal. Haven't been on a bike in 2 plus months. Hope to meet you for a beer this summer! --Gari S

Trip of a lifetime

Go Miah Go, we are praying for you.This is a trip of a lifetime. Be blessed and be safe. --Ken M

Santiago, Chile

Thanks for stopping here in Santiago. We truly had a great time while you were here. To everyone out there enjoying the photos and stories, I encourage you to post a message here. Jeremiah wants to hear from YOU. --William H

Trip

Glad to see the postings. I thought something might be wrong. Love the pictures and the continuation of the trip. With the new government in Chile, I would consider a visit. It all looks grand and my best to you. --Chan C

Guanajuato, Mexico

I am a student at the Fort in Durango. I was reading the Durango Herald online and came across one of your travel stories. I went to your website and was taking a look around. Well the pics of Guanajuato really hit home! I was a student in Guanajuato last semster. In your pictures you have my favorite bar, many streets I walked every day...and a picture of MY HOUSE! It was incredible! Looks like you had a magnificent trip! I am amazed! Hope all is well back here in DGO! --Erin J

Salutaciones

Hola Amigo, Tu eres nuestro Heroe! Las pinturas son magnificas. Las narraciones fueron muy interesantes. Lisa y Yo deseamos que tu continuarias tener mucha suerte en su viaje magnifico. Un Saludo de Lisa y Smitty

You're back!

We were getting worried about you! Emiliano M

Hi!

Hey there Jeremiah, You certainly do have angels watching over you on this trip! I am fasicinated by your journey and adventures and photos. Thanks for taking the time to write all of your stories! I am glad you are (hopefully)still safe and intact....hang in there! Sarah S

Christmas greetings

Hey Miah, We hope you are well and that you are celebrating this holiday season in the style of your choice. As always we continue to read your journal and enjoy your photos. Even after all you've been through, the smile on your face translates into your writing. We are proud of you and your accomplishments and hope that the rest of the adventure provides challenges you can surmount and continues to thrill you along the way. We're in it for the long haul with you. Stay safe and keep the shiny side up!! --Peg & Harry H

Merry Christmas

Hi Jeremiah, merry Christmas and happy new Year to you. We still enjoy reading about your progress on this fantastic trip. As old fans of Mick, we absolutely loved your Rolling Stones picture.Have a great time and a safe trip home. --Brigitte & Franz M

Salar

Wow, what a neat place. I was an honors Geography major and I confess, I'd never heard of the place. Glad to hear that all is going well, I'm headed to Baltimore for the holidays. Feliz Navidad y Feliz Ano Nuevo! (hope I got that right). --Rob S

Photos

Hola Jeremiah ! Your Photos keep getting better and Better if that's possible. No, really I am truly enjoying your exquisite photography a virtual travelogue for mysel and all of your many friends I'm sure !!~!!!! Muchas Muchas Gracias ! Again the shots are deffinately "National Geographic" quality I think !!! Be well and keep up the good work ! And Keep on Havin' Fun ! Buenas Suerte' ! --Rick’ardo (wish I was there) L

Beautiful journey

Miah, Great to see your postings again. Like many, I thought we had lost you in the jungle.....or desert. What a journey, as someone said, a book is definitely in order. Still no snow here in Durango, flurries but nothing good. Would rather be riding along side or behind you. Be safe, ride free. --Wally W

Your "mooving" epic!

Jeremiah, thought we had lost you there for a while...hadn't seen any updates for a while. Glad you are well. Yes indeed you do offer very "mooving" accounts of your travels. Fascinating reading your narrative and seeing your many excellent digital images. I had not realized that you were communicating only thru internet cafes...no wonder you are out of touch at times. But, isn't it amazing that the world is tied together even into such remote areas. We will all be interested in hearing your (sure to follow) lecture on your travels upon your return. Just return safely my friend.

On a local note, I now live 5 miles E. of Pleasant View and have loved the distant views from up here on the Dolores River Rim. I was sure I was seeing Black Mesa just west of Kayenta, but this Winter Solstice sketched the sky line just after sunset, with the distant landform just visible in the dusk, then a few days later drove thru Kayenta and there was my sketch in 3-D. My winter Solstice sunset is right in the gap of Marsh Pass/Tsegi Canyon. I have an awesome view, about 110 miles right across what you and I love so much, the Great Sage Plain, Hovenweep and on into SE Utah. Cannot quite see the Comb or Monument Valley (below the McElmo Dome from my view but have an every afternoon view of the Bears Ears and Salvation Knoll, (Equinox is right between the two), then there's the view of Mesa Verde, LaPlatas, Carrizos, Abajos and top half of the LaSalles...can almost see the red monoliths you have climbed Jeremiah. Why the local imagery....because you are far from them, from home, and maybe your recollection of them will bring a little smile as you see the beauty of your homelands in your minds eye. Beauty is everywhere isn't it?. You are seeing wonderous things...journey safely. Take care my friend.--Dick S

Holiday greetings

Miah: We hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are enjoying following your travels and experiences. It seems just a short time when you pasted through here. The adventure continues... --Tim D

Trip

Dear Jeremiah, We looked at your latest postings and pictures and have enjoyed them all. We especially liked the picture of the road washed out as a reason not to ride at night. Wow. Just read where you were headed for Bogota in early December EEEEK! I hope you are receiving this on December 20th. May continued good fortune ride with you. --Randy & Marty R

Checking in

Just checking in to see how you are. It is cold in Durango, Colorado, with not any new snow in the valley from the last storm - just a bit of sleet! I was wondering how the hurricanes had affected your travel. That photo of the road gone was amazing. Keep safe and well. --Barbara E

Our trip, your trip

We were just telling our friends here in Chicago about your trip. Thanks for writing some more. We just got back from Europe. Paul has quite some stories to tell too. It was a great time with Ruedi and others. We are praying for you. may your adventure continue to be unbelievable. --Paul and Donna C

Greetings

HI MIAH, Lisa continues to very much enjoy your adventure. You are a very entertaining writer and should consider writing a book when this is all over. Happy Thanksgiving! Send a email when you get to Boquete, Panama. --Smiity H

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Jeremiah, I enjoyed your photos and stories keep up the great ride and happy Thanksgiving!See you soon --Gari S

Adventures

Hola Senor Jeremiah ! Fantastic--It's like kinda living some of your adventures with you. The "wire", the alternate route, Tatiana etc. I love it ! Thanks Jer' and great Natl. Geo. quality pics again. The birds are beautiful and your "watch dog" was cute !~ Buenas Suerte Senor and I am again impressed with your adventurous spirit, your creative approach to adversity and your good-heartedness! Take care Jeremiah. Is bottled water readily available? --Rickardo L

Giving thanks

just a wish for a Happy Thanksgiving (in your journey) Any hope of turkey and stuffing? --Bob & Judy C

Glad it was audio tape!!!!

JSO, Sorry I havn't kept up, sounds like the trip is going well! We'll enjoy anything you have time to put on the net. The pictures are great, can't wait for the slide show. All is good here, Marti has a month and half to go. All the Best. --Tod L

You name it

Hola, Amigo, Apologies for not writing sooner.....if I had known you were going through Guanojuato and San Miquel, I could have put your up in some nice digs with indoor parking for El Viento. Ano old friend from Durango has homes in both towns. Oh well, sounds like you were moving too fast. Thanks to your encouragement, I recently acquired a heated electric vest...being hypothermic twice now was too much....should have it by the end of the week....it is a Widder, which I think is a choice of many BMW riders. I'm seriously considering another ride next year, perhaps a Dakar. As much as I love the power, the handling is tougher. Hey, if you are going to Panama, I have a connection there for you...maybe you are already there or gone again. Anyway, love your pics and stories, ride safe and above all enjoy. --Wallito W

Messages

Hey,It appears from your pictures that you are having a blast. But hey whats up. You haven't posted anything since the 20th! What do you think, that you are on a vacation or something?? Ride safe. --Eric S

Trip envy

Hola, Amigo, Great pictures, looks like the trip is going well. I cetainly enjoyed the ride from Dgo to Reserve, in spite of the rain. Learned a lot and had a great time riding with you. After we split up the ride east was spectacular, I thought I was in the Mexican highlands.....wide open road, basically flat and rolling hills, absolutely no traffic for over 100 miles. I had a bad scare though after I violated your number one rule, I passed a gas station knowing that the next village was larger and had several gas stations. NOT! I was riding on empty and 42 miles to Magdelena. Kept a steady hand on the throttle and cranked it down from 80 to an even 55 mph. I literally coasted into Magdelena on fumes and put in exactly the amount Harley said the tank holds. More beautiful miles to Bernalillo, threading the needle between storms. Heading north, past Rio Rancho the black skies let loose, temps dropped, it was very wet, with small hail, on and off to Cuba, cleared for a while and then hit again 50 miles south of Bloomfield. Wet, cold darkness descended and by the time I got home I was hypothermic but dry. After 2 hrs and lots of hot liquid, I quit shaking and fell into bed, stiff muscles relaxing. Great Adventure!! I know what gear I need and have already ordered a throttlerocker. Ride on, Amigo, bien viaje. --Wally W

El Trip'o

Hola Senor & ElViente ! Your pics are worthy of Nat. Geo. ! Reminds e of my April trip t Creel via "Bassaseachi" (1,000 ft. wateralls). I hope you don't run into the real Banditos.....what's your plan if you do ? maybe a pre packaged offering would help? Hope you get to see Evita & Carmen at the Hotel Divisadero & say "Hola" from Ricardo. Buena Suerte Amigo. --Rick L

Good luck

Stumbled upon your website. I ride a ktm 950s and live in Jackson, Wy. Best of luck to you. I am hoping to ride a similar route some day. --Whit G

Nice meeting you in person

Thank you for stopping to let me introduce myself yesterday while you were at the Herald. It was, for me, a bit like getting to meet a celebrity. I hope everything works out with whatever brought you back to Durango. Every time I was riding out on CR 234 these past few weeks I would keep watch for el Viento and a rider in a red coat. It is good to know that all is well and your trip is planned to continue soon. Good luck with your future travels. --Paul B

Your trip

Jeremiah, you don't know me but you've actually met my brother Rob in Fairbanks, Alaska and he sent me the link to your website. I've just started reading it and so far your trip sounds like it has been a lot of fun and filled with many experiences. I can't wait to be able to do a trip like you are on now. I've been in the mil for a little over 4 years and have a little less than 2 years left, then I will have my opportunity to roam about. Good luck on your journey. --Richard M

Alaska, Fairbanks

Hi Jeremiah, I wanted to thank you for posting a picture of my Tiger on your website. I,ve never searched the web and found myself. I am soon to be back in Texas. When and where do you plan to enter Mexico? Ride safe and good luck. --Robert M

Trip

Hi Miah, Lisa and I are both enjoying your journal and photos. We are excited to see how wonderful the weather has been. Every photo is magnificent! When the weather is less than perfect take a picture or two and post them. You want to generate a little sympathy for your efforts. Take Care. --Smitty H

Psychobabble

Hopefully you are able to see outside the big picture; don't temp the fates fulfilling this destiny. Stay safe and sane. --MaryHelene F

Thanks for the update

I can only imagine how hard it is to find public internet access in foreign locations. I check your trip journal often for new updates and I appreciate each anecdote and photo. But it is your trip so don't forget to enjoy the ride. Journal often, ride safe, and thanks for letting us tag along. --Paul in Durango

South America

Sounds like a great adventure.

I spent a summer car-camping my way from MN to WA to AK and then down to Mexico one year, and have been to many of the countries in Cent. Am. and South Am. that you will be covering. You're going to have a great time.

One story I wanted to pass on to you: I was stuck in the Santiago aiport for two days last year while returning from climbing Aconcagua in Argentina and met up with a U.S. guy who was in a wheelchair with a broken leg and a somewhat mauled arm. He had ridden his cyclefrom CA to Ushuaia (I've been there too...lots to see and do) and was on his way back when he hit a dog in Argentina. Long story short, he was going back to the U.S. to recover, then would return to finish the journey, assuming the family he left his cycle with didn't "dispose" of it. He mentioned that some of the people/families he met in Cent. Am. loved Elvis. Maybe loading up an ipod with Elvis tunes will help to break down the cultural barriers down there.
Good luck and best wishes. --David L

Your trip

My name is Rob. I currently reside in Boise, ID but was raised in Durango. Graduated from Fort Lewis in 1989. A good friend of mine from Durango Jeff M told be about your journey and sent me a link to your web-site. This message is just to wish you luck and safe travels. I ride as well ('01 1150 GS)and am in the planning stages of doing a trip to the Arctic Circle next summer. Anyways, goodluck and if you are through this area and need help or just a hot cup of coffee just throw me an e-mail. safe travels --Rob K

Text

I've been enjoying following your trip. I finally figured out how to use the site effectly. Remember this trip is about you and the road. If you have time to send text great. Don't let the text posting cut into the experiences you are having. I love all the photos and text when you post it. Keep on rollin'. --Joel A

Wow!

Jeremiah, after reading about your trip in the old weird Herald, I had to check out your site. Those pictures are fantastic, and you are definitely living the dream! Any chance that you might have some room for me in one of those saddlebags? I can cook, clean and tell not very funny jokes. Have fun. --Steve S

Sequel hat

I had cut your address out of the paper long ago but was impelled to look at your site by the article in today's Herald. Have just been through your journey and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the gorgeous sites and reading of your adventures. My husband and I just completed a big loop to Denver, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and back through Utah. I thought we were being adventurous in our Jeep. But your trip sounds wonderful. We'll keep up with you! Glad you are doing this BUT I lost my Sequel ball cap with the river rat flap in the back on a bus in Australia. So I wish you were still in that business!! --Barbara E

Hope you're having a great trip

Yo Miah, Nice photos bruddah! It looks like you are having good weather and a good time - I'm excited for you. I did call the Troopers and the 2 gas stations in Cantwell twice after you left and once just yesterday - they have not seen your dry bag. This fall after the leaves drop I'll be scouring the ditches on the Denali Hwy for it. Just a quick HOWDY HOPE ALL IS WELL ! Vicki says hey and that it was real nice for her getting to know you better. Take Care! --Jimmy T

Ride hard and keep the sunny side up

Just wanted to say have fun. I'm from Oklahoma and am riding up to Denali on my bike for the first time on July 29. I've already been to the lower 48 states. And when i get done with North America i'm heading to south. Peace. --High Plains Drifter

Adventure/journey

Hello Jeremia ! Well I see you have already had a year's worth adventure---!!!! I'm impressed that you are persavearing ! I hope everything will be going smooth for you now that you'ved pai some dues !!!!! I am enjoying your stories and look forward to reading more of the adventures of Jeremiah. The odysea of a lifetime. Be well stay safe and warm or cool as the climate dictates. "Buenas Suerte" Senor. --Rick’ardo L

Cycle envy 2

Well, I hit the wrong key on the last one. Great pictures and journal. I just got my motorcycle certification and will start looking at bikes next week. (I'm in Honolulu for a National Counties conference right now) and will consider a dualsport bike as you suggest......although I don't know when I'll have time for an extended journey. How comfortable is that BMW? For those long rough miles, it looks a bit cramped. Don't the folks with the yellow 56 live on CR 234? Thanks for sharing your trip with everyone, it is definitely inspiring. Be safe and loop those bungies through the handle/clip on your next drybag. --Wally W

Your trip

Jeremiah, It's really fun following your journey. Marty & I are enjoying your pictures and commentary. Keep the shiny side up! --R&M R

Trip of a lifetime

Drive safely Jeremiah! Just went through all your pictures on the site. National Geographic quality I might add! I'll be following your adventure. Your cousin, Claire in Baltimore.

Trip

Hi Jeremiah, The pictures are really good and remind me of our trip to Dawson City in search of the poet Robert Service. The drive along the Yukon river was also special. What sensations are you having on the long days on the bike. What do you think about? --Chan C

What bike are you using?

Hi Jeremiah, How are you. Can you let me know what bike you are using and what gear you are taking and what mods you would consider, ie, long range tank etc.I would like to do a trip like this. Aslo when will you be back in the USA. --Nick C

Adventure of a lifetime

RIDE 'EM COWBOY!!!!!!! Well Maya, you're doing the traveling adventure of a lifetime! I'll be living vicariously through every swamp, pot hole, mosquito infested week! So get on with "our" life! --Jayne C

Fantastic!

You are awesome! Thanks for sharing this adventure with those of us who want it, but can't have it. Stay safe. --Debbie S

Trip

Good luck. May all the good spirits be with you. --Chan C

Best of luck

Greetings Jeremiah, Mark D just sent me your site info and it looks like a great adventure. Just wanted to say hello and it will be fun to follow your progress as we stay close to home till Sept when we plan to possibly move to the UK for a bit and continue to expand our Juice Plus+ empire. Ride Safe and have fun. --Doug B

The epic adventure

Well Jeremiah, it appears that you are off on another interesting and exciting adventure. How envious we are!! We were wondering how much time you plan to spend in each state and country as you travel? About when do you think you'll be in New Mexico before leaving the country? Maybe we can meet up with you for a couple of hours somewhere along the way. We look forward to reading your journal and seeing your photos, what we've seen so far are great. Keep the dirty side down, the wind at your back and if you smile to much you'll be picking bugs from your teeth! Don Quixote, be careful on your trusty steed going south! Thanks for allowing us to share in your adventure! --Peg & Harry H

Herald story on your trip

I really enjoyed the article in the Herald regarding your trip. It sounds like great fun to me. Thanks for the website allowing some of us to enjoy your adventure vicariously. --Eric B

On the road... yeehaw!

There's a cold cerveza or two waiting for you in Montana! May your travels be safe and filled with adventure... --Tim D

Everything

COOL !!!!!!!! I wish I was with you, but I think my red Ninja would have trouble negotiating some of the questionable roads !!! --Karen M

Today's Durango Herald

An article by John Peel appeared in this mornings Durango Herald with the title "Quest of a Lifetime" and I knew right away that it was about a dreamer's adventure. The photo of gear and Dakar further raised my curiosity about this "Quest". After reading the article I explored the journeysofar.com website and I am now looking forward to seeing future updates so I may vicariously feed my own dreams for adventure. Take care and good luck! --Paul B

The trip

Jeremiah this is so cool. i wish you the best of luck on your journey, my friend. i wish i was there with you.i will be following your trip closely. i look foward to seeing you when you roll through Denver. Bon Voyage. --Chris N