On the Pegs - September 2022 On the Pegs - Volume 7 Issue 9 - September 2022 - Page 36

before entering Namibia . From there we headed east through Zambia , Malawi , Mozambique and Swaziland and finally reached Cape Town , South Africa . By that point we were 10 months into our trip .
After that we shipped the bikes to Uruguay . South America was amazing . We crossed the vineyards of Argentina , the Atacama Desert in Chile , Bolivia ’ s Salar de Uyuni salt flats , saw Machu Picchu in Peru , got rained on in Ecuador and enjoyed the hospitality of the Colombians .
We had to work our way around the Darien Gap , an 80 km stretch of jungle between Colombia and Panama that cannot be crossed by motorbike . We crated the bikes again and shipped them in a container to Panama , a lengthy , expensive and difficult process . As we rode through all the small Central American countries , we hungered to get to Mexico , a place all other travellers we met were lyrical about . And boy , were they right ! Because we spent a bit more time in this vibrant country , we had to rush to get to Alaska before the snow . While crossing a few western states of the US and the left side of the Canadian Rocky Mountains , people often asked us if we were going north or south . When we answered , ‘ North ’, full of confidence and excitement , they replied , ‘ Whoa , that ’ s a bit late in the season !’ Yes , it was freezing cold , especially at night , and we had