It has been way too long since I have updated this blog and I plan to change that now!. A lot has happened in the last 4 years...Yes, that is how long it is since I have blogged to this site..
The last four years have been full of adventures and self discovery. My son, Roy, will turn 4 in less than a month. Maybe that has something to do with my lack of blog posts. Either way, I am getting back at it right now.
The last four years I have been guiding motorcycle trips around South America This has been a dream of mine ever since I decided I was going to try to make a career of travelling the world. I like to look at this venture as another chapter in my quest to travel the world and get paid to do it.
I first started with a German/Argentine company that operated out of Salta, Argentina. My first few trips were spent driving the support truck, making coffee and lunches and learning the routes that were way more complicated than I imagined they would be. All the while, I was getting yelled at by the Argentine head guide who kind of had the reins of the company while the German owner was off living in Spain. Long story short, I started guiding on the motorbike and learned a ton from them but was not sure working for them was for me.
I still wanted to find work in Argentina though and wasn't going to just quit a job that essentially allowed me to travel the country, meet lots of people all the while earning me a bit of spending money for the next several months I planned to spend in Argentina.
One day, I got an email from and old friend that I had met on the road in 2005 or 2006 in Ushuaia, Argentina. His name was Rene Cormier and I remembered him very well from that trip over a decade earlier. We had both arrived at the "end of the world" and along with over a dozen other motorcycle travellers, had camp pitched at Rio Pipo campground in Ushuaia. That year we spent Christmas and New years together as a big group and over that two weeks, we all really got to know each other pretty well.
I had kept in touch with Rene briefly over the years and I knew that he was still quite involved with motorbikes and had started a motocycle tour company of his own in Africa.
Rene's email was brief at first. He had seen some photos of my latest ventures in Argentina and had a preposition for me. Could I put together an itinerary for South America. Several of his alumne clients from Africa trips were asking for South America and he wanted to deliver it to them on a silver platter.
My answer was of course a yes and I got started immediately on putting together an itinerary based on my personal experience touring and with the experience I had gained from the other company I was working for at the time. There wasn't a question in my mind that I would go over to work with Rene if that is what he wanted.