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A little bit about us. We're both 26, both lawyers, both, prior to this trip, working in the same commercial law firm where we met as new graduates. 2 1/2 years into our relationship we have put the commercial world behind us to embark on what we're told will be the real test of our relationship - having worked together and lived together I feel we're well placed to spend six months in such close proximity of one another.The idea was posed a little over a year ago; not content with a Contiki tour of Europe, a popular trip for Kiwi's, the two of us had been exploring alternative options for our 'overseas experience'. In the back of our minds was the possibility that each of us had a different idea of what and where would make for a true adventure - fortunately we landed on something we were both willing to give a go: motorcycling the length of Latin America.With no motorcycle experience, no mechanical skills, and little travelling done between the two of us, six months motorcycling an entire continent may seem like a bold choice. Or, if your outlook on life is of the more cynical variety, simply foolish. That may be so. But, we're going to give it a go.

Trip Start: 2012-10-24 Trip End: 2011-10-01 .

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#71 Journey to Middle Earth

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So I’ve come to realise I’m all about milestones. It started with travelling a certain amount of kilometres, then it was about getting to Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, though once we were there we weren’t sure…

#68 25,000 kilometres – Reece

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With the border into Ecuador fast approaching we passed the 25,000km mark. Our journey began on a concrete parking lot outside the airport at 0km; passing cotton floating through the air like snow at 1,000km;  passing fields of sunflowers all…

#66 A Line in the Sand – The Nasca Lines

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‘Whale’I remember as a small child blessed with chicken legs and a high pitched voice, watching a documentary on the Nasca Lines. These mysterious lines, sprawled out across the desert, sometimes stretching for kilometres. These mysterious lines, only viewable…

#64 Floating Islands

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The good fortune we expected from having a Priest bless our bike lasted all of about half an hour. Crossing the border into Peru we were extorted by the Police for not carrying bike insurance. Having only just entered the…

#62 Surviving La Paz

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A dried, llama fetus on sale at the Witches Market in downtown La Paz.Sitting in a descending canyon, surrounded by moon valleys, La Paz is famous for its unique topography, and altitude (3,600 m.a.s.l) and even more famous for…

#59 The Worst Day Ever

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Arriving in Santa Cruz we finally found a bed to sleep in. One so comfortable we hardly left it, spending most of our time in the city watching television. Even our hostel’s pool couldn’t drag us away from the comfort…

#58 Up Close and Personal with the Bolivian Police – Torotoro to Samaipata

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We are not sure why Jesus is holding a baby T-Rex as advertisement for the National Park….A comment on creationism perhaps?Not content with getting up close and personal with a puma our next stop was Torotoro National Park, home…

#55 The Mountain That Eats Men

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At 4,030 metres Potosi has a claim on being the highest city in the world – a fact not easily forgotten while wheezing our way around the city’s streets. Between gasps of air we admired the colonial-style cathedrals, which can be found…

#52 Sleeping in a Riverbed During Rainy Season – La Quiaca to Sucre

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Bolivia: the poorest country in South America; the cheapest country in South America; a country with bland, unflavoured food, where you are guaranteed to contract food poising at least once; a country with unpassable roads, roads likely to age your bike…