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adventuretrio Back after two years! By Sandy Borden #188051


It’s been nearly two years since Sandy Borden’s Adventure Trio articles last regu- larly appeared within the pages


of BMW Owners News. It’s been two years? I’d better get to


work! I do miss the ON audience. What a cool bunch you all are!


Sandy, from what I’ve heard, you’ve been traveling. Tell us where you’ve been.


Traveling may be a bit of an under- statement! But yes, Terry, Jack and I took off in September of 2014 for a 15-month journey through Mexico, Central and South America. We made the decision on our way back from Overland Expo in May 2013. We knew the time had come for such an adven- ture when Terry posed just this one question: “If we don’t do this now, will


we regret it in 10 years?” Jack and I answered with a resounding “Yes.” We shook hands, knowing that we couldn’t go back on our decision. Aside from starting a family, that was one of the scariest, most life-changing decisions Terry and I had ever made. No joke.


Tell us about your trip. When did you leave? What countries did you visit? How many miles did you travel? When did you get back?


Wow, where to begin? We gave ourselves a year and a half to prepare and save for the journey. Originally, we had planned to be on the road for 18 months, but some unfore- seen costs (i.e. Jack’s broken arm in Costa Rica) forced us to scale the journey back as the budget dictated. We put the garage door down at 8:30 a.m.


on Saturday, September 13, 2014, watching our “known” world fade into the distance as we headed south into the unknown. Our adventure became very real once we crossed the border into mainland Mexico. It’s amaz- ing how just a line in the sand changes the language, the culture and all things in between. We had planned on spending


roughly three weeks in Mexico, but we found ourselves falling in love with the country and its people. And, the food! Nothing beats freshly prepared roadside Mexican food. We ended up staying seven weeks, even posing a question at the border into Guatemala: “Now, if we leave Mexico, we can’t return for 90 days. Are we POSI- TIVE we want to leave?” Yes, the boys and I enjoyed it that much! We rode through a total of 15 countries, spending five weeks in Guatemala, two weeks in El Salvador and so on. We began to slow our pace in Central America, eventually making the decision to take Ushuaia off the plate. Why? We were rushing ourselves just to tag the “base,” meaning the southernmost tip of South America, but we were okay with that. Had we continued at a quick pace, we would’ve missed much along the way. Our total mileage was 28,716, door to


door. We rolled back up our snowy drive- way on Saturday, December 5, right before the next major snowstorm was about to hit. As you know, there are two things that will always dictate your two-wheel schedule, weather and politics, and the latter took us on quite a journey through South America.


Our campsite in the Andes.


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