New adventures!

| Leonie | Uncategorized | 6 Reacties (Comments)

We have been back in the Netherlands for six months now and are doing well. We cannot say we are completely settled in yet, but we are getting there. The website has been quiet, but in the background there is a lot of activity. We have plunged into new adventures we would love to share with you:
5x Motoplus – Book – Presentations –

5 x MotoPlus


The next few months a serie of five articles will be published in  Motoplus, a leading Dutch motorcycle magazine! The first edition will be in stores this weekend and will also be available through the Motoplus website Unfortunately for our English readers the articles will be in Dutch, but the good news is that we will publish two articles in an American Magazine later this year. We will keep you posted!

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Piranha fishing in Bolivia

| Leonie | Bolivia, ZUID-AMERIKA | 8 Reacties (Comments)

Piranhas vissen in BoliviaWhile we make the final preparations, our hostess pushes open the gate. Helmet, gloves, sunglasses, we are ready to go. We start the bikes, wave goodbye and join the busy traffic of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It feels great to be back on the road again after our stay in the city. We open the throttle and head to northern Bolivia, to the Amazon Rainforest! Lees meer (Read more)

The magical Spanish

| Leonie | Bolivia, ZUID-AMERIKA | 8 Reacties (Comments)

Amsterdam to Anywhere - De magie van het Spaans 52Once we leave Uyuni, the road winds up through multiple hairpin bends. We ride away from the salt flats and ride into the mountains. A new asphalt road brings us in no time in Potosi, our destination for the day, where we arrive around lunchtime. The town lies at the foot of the ’Cerro de Potosi’, which is also called ’the rich mountain’ because of the silver that is found here. The Spaniards were the first who took out the silver on a large scale. Potosi grew into an important trading town, with beautiful cathedrals and big mansions that were built during the colonial era. Now, several hundred years later, the mine is still in use. Although the city has lost some of its luster and glory, it is still very vibrant. We park the bikes at a hostel in the center of town and use the rest of the day to wander through the maze of streets in the historical center. Lees meer (Read more)

Lost on the ‘Salar’

| Leonie | Bolivia, ZUID-AMERIKA | 8 Reacties (Comments)

Amsterdam to Anywhere - Verdwaald op de 'Salar' 16We reach Uyuni in the afternoon and park our bikes at Hostel Merith. We’re back in civilization and also back in a tourist hub. Uyuni is the northern starting point for the Lagunas route and the best place for visiting the “Salar de Uyuni”, the second largest salt flat in the world. With ​​over 10,500 square kilometers, the Salar is 100 times larger than the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US. From Uyuni you can make a multi-day trip across the salt flat and stay overnight at one of the many islands. You can do this with an organized tour in a 4×4, but you can also go without a guide on your own motorbike!

We have had a day to relax after the Lagunas Route and are ready for some new adventures! After seeing shots of the Dakar Rally riders racing across the salt flats and the filmclip by motorcycle traveller Sjaak Lucassen, who tries to set a speed record on the Salar on his Yamaha R1, we can’t wait to go to the Salar. Lots of inspiration! Lees meer (Read more)

Lagunas Route

| Leonie | Bolivia, Chile, ZUID-AMERIKA | 6 Reacties (Comments)

Lagunas RouteIn the southwest of Bolivia, high in the Andes, there is a beautiful nature park. You will find hot springs, lakes that change colour, ancient plants and animals that only live there. It is far away from civilization and only accessible through a network of gravel roads and dirt tracks. The route through the area known as the “Lagunas Route”. A multi-day trip through rugged terrain, which can be very challenging due to the altitude and the changeable weather. We heard about altitude sickness, crashes in the deep sand and gusts of wind of hurricane force. But we also heard that for many travellers the route was a highlight of their trip. And that was the deciding factor: we are going to ride Lagunas Route! Lees meer (Read more)

Land of vulcanoes

| Leonie | Chile, ZUID-AMERIKA | 10 Reacties (Comments)

Land van vulkanenFor the ninth and final time this trip we cross the border between Argentina and Chile. We know the procedure by heart now and do not need much time for the paperwork. A friendly customs officer welcomes us to Chile, while he stamps our passports with a loud thud. It is a good thing we left home with some extra pages in our passports, because for the nine times we crossed we needed five pages for all stamps! It is becoming a nice collection. Lees meer (Read more)

A different Argentina

| Leonie | Argentinië, ZUID-AMERIKA | 4 Reacties (Comments)

Anders ArgentiniëIn the pocket of my motorcycle jacket I have a key chain holder of St Christopher. On my toiletry bag I pinned a lucky doll. And in my bag I carry: a lucky coin, a four-leaf clover, a happy buddha and a charm bracelet. All of them are presents to wish us a safe journey. I am a little superstitious, so everything got a place in my bag. And the collection was now expanded in Argentina, because at the back of our motorbikes are fluttering two red ribbons in the hope that “Difunta Correa” will help us. Lees meer (Read more)

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