Where The Autopista Ends


In the summer of 2013 my longtime boyfriend and I decided to get our motorcycle licenses and ride to the end of the earth.


On October 8th 2013 we left.


It was a long trip but after 7 1/2 months, 15,500 miles and 16 countries (and only one flat tire) we arrived to the southern most city in the world that you can drive to with a motor vehicle.


We learned a lot during the trip from Oakley California to Ushuaia Argentina but the biggest lesson the road taught us was to believe in the kindness of people.


We are still in regular communication with many of the people we met along the way.


We named our trip Where the Autopista Ends

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Graffiti artist 'Shout Rka' (Juan Velazquez) pauses from his work for a moment to talk about urban art in La Paz Mexico. Rka is part of a tight knit urban art community in a city better known for margaritas and sunburned extranjeros.

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Two butchers slaughter a 103 lb. pig in an empty lot of Huamantla, Tlaxcala in preparation for a party at my family's home. They moved their butchering location at the last minute fearing the sound would disturb people in the nearby neighborhood of Colonia y Progresso.

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Nathaniel Chaney floats in Cenote Samula, one of the thousands of sinkholes found on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The Mayans once used theses sites for sacrificial ceremonies but they are now a huge tourist attraction in southern Mexico.

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Martin Santiago Lopez plants marigolds for day of the dead on the tomb of his grandfather as his mother watches in the cemetery of Santa Maria del Tule, Mexico. Most of their family is buried in the cemetery and since the family trade is landscaping they use a lot of plants in their Dia De Los Muertos decorations.

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Children try to feed their dog limes on a dock in Caye Caulker, Belize. They say their dog is sick and limes are a treatment a veterinarian recommended. 

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Marcia Andrade of Brazil dances in the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, located in southern Bolivia.

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A tour guide from Big Foot Hostel in Leon Nicaragua documents the speed of a tourist as she "boards" down Cerro Negro, an active volcano just a few miles outside of Leon. Many people in Leon claim Cerro Negro is the only volcano in the world suitable for this activity

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Giovani of Nicaragua. This man was the handyman in our Granada hotel and went above and beyond to help me fix my motorcycle saving us several days of frustration.


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A tourist dives off the Stahlratte as it sits anchored in the San Blas Islands off the Panamanian coast before continuing on to Colombia.

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Twilight falls as a scattering of people stroll through Plaza Mayor in Villa De Leyva Colombia. Villa De Leyva is one of Colombia's best preserved colonial towns and has been a national monument since 1954.

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Two men inspect a still living rooster after it lost its fight at Club Gallistico in Bogota Colombia. Once a fight starts roosters fight for up to 12 minutes or till the death depending on whichever comes first. Roosters who have lost are often eaten by the families of the people who fight them.

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A woman prepares a guinea pig at a restaurant in Las Lanjas Colombia. 

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Casa del Sombrero is one of the oldest and most respected purveyors of Panama hats in all of Ecuador. Along with a few other twists of fate the 'panama hat' earned its name because it was so popular with the laborers who built the Panama Canal.

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Nathaniel Chaney takes in the view from the Swing at the Edge of the World in Baños Ecuador. Images of the swing went viral in the United States in 2013 and the number of tourists flocking from all over the world to see it has only increased since.

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Protesters carry a fake coffin adorned with a dead rat and a photo of the Peruvian President Ollanta Humala through the streets of Cusco. 

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Alejandro, the only mechanic in Tecka Argentina takes a mate break in his shop while preparing to fix my leaking radiator. 

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