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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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)
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


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:


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 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 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


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