I had just wrapped up 8 months of backpacking and volunteering through Bolivia, Peru, and Chile at the end of 2012 when I got a job offer to work as an engineer in a desalination plant in Antofagasta, Chile. The start date was in February 2013, giving me over a month to do as I pleased. Some months prior, during a Skype call with my dad from my second story apartment in La Paz, Bolivia, a seed had already been planted; one day we’d ride motorcycles to the tip of South America. Fate took wind of our dreams and offered up a short window during which my dad and his business partner, Didier, could get away from their work for a month. I had already bought a motorcycle (a 2010 Kawasaki KLR 650), so it took little convincing for them to meet me in Temuco and ride the famed Carretera Austral and Ruta 40 down to the tip of South America and back.
This story was developed into a full article that was featured in ADVMoto and Overland Magazine.