Useful Info   5 comments

This is a small choice of the Books that I read before departure – they may give useful information for other travellers, too.

Travel Guides

  • Chris Scott, Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, 2001, Trailblazers
  • Ben Box, South American Handbook 2010, 2009, Footprint. The ‘bible’ for South America travellers
  • Carolyn McCarthy, Chile & Easter Island, 2009, Lonely Planet
  • Steve Davey, Travel Photography, 2008, Footprint
  • Jim Duff, Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine, 2007, Cicerone

Travel Reports

  • Andreas Altmann, Reise durch einen einsamen Kontinent, 2009, Rororo. Journey through Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile, by the German ‘Bruce Chatwin’.
  • Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia, 1977, Jonathan Cape. Republished with an introduction by Nicholas Shakespeare in 2006, Vintage.
  • Geoff Hill, The Road to Gobblers Knob, 2007, Blackstaff Press. The Pan Americana by motorbike.
  • Andreas Hülsmann, Auszeit. 25,000 Kilometer durch Südamerika, 2007, Highlights. A motorcycle journey through Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile.
  • Kirsten Kallinna, Suerte: 8 Monate auf Motorrädern durch Südamerika, 2007, Reise Know-How. Eight months on motorcycles through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
  • Sam Manicom, Distant Suns, 2008, Sam Manicom. Motorcycle travel through Africa and South America.
  • Ashley Rhodes, Lonesome Rhodes. One man, two wheels and 19,000 miles, 2002, Sigma Leisure. From Ushuaia to Anchorage on an 1150 GS in four months.
  • Reiner Riddering, Mit dem Motorrad durch Südamerika, 2009, Motorcycle trip through Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
  • Ted Simon, Jupiter’s Travels, 1979, Penguin Books
  • Sara Wheeler, Chile: Travels in a Thin Country, 1994 & 2006, Abacus

Further reading…


  • Stefan Rinke, Kleine Geschichte Chiles, 2007, Beck. A brief history of Chile
  • Carlos A. Brebbia, Patagonia: A forgotten Land, 2006, WIT Press
  • Carmen Castillo, Santiago de Chile – ein Tag im Oktober (Un día de octubre en Santiago), 1980, Rowohlt
  • Moema Viezzer, “Wenn man mir erlaubt zu sprechen” Zeugnis von Domitila, einer Frau aus den Minen Boliviens (“Si me permiten hablar”. Testimonio de Domitila, una mujer de las minas de Bolivia), 1978, Lamuv


  • Katherine Silver, Chile – A Traveler’s Literary Companion, 2003, Whereabouts Press
  • Isabel Allende,  Das Geisterhaus (La casa de los espíritus / The house of the spirits), 1982, Suhrkamp
  • Id. Von Liebe und Schatten (De amor y de sombra / Of love and shadows), 1984, Suhrkamp
  • Id. Geschichten der Eva Luna (Cuentos de Eva Luna / The stories of Eva Luna), 1990, Suhrkamp
  • Id. Mi País inventado (My invented country / Mein erfundenes Land), 2003, DeBols¡llo
  • Id. Inés meines Herzens (Inés del alma mía / Inés of my soul), 2007, Suhrkamp
  • Brenda Hughes, Folk Tales from Chile, 1998, Hippocrene Books
  • Sylvia Iparraguirre, Land der Feuer (La Tierra del Fuego / Tierra del Fuego), 1999, Fest
  • Pablo Neruda, 20 Liebesgedichte & ein Lied der Verzweiflung (Veinte poemas de amor y una canción de desesperada / Twenty love poems and a song of despair), 1924, Sammlung Luchterhand
  • Elsa Osorio, Mein Name ist Luz (A veinte años, Luz / My name is Light), 1998, Suhrkamp
  • Ben Richards, The Mermaids and the Drunks, 2003, Phoenix


Web Forums

The following links take you to forums where you will find a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of motorcycle travel (and more…)

Adventure Rider – for inspiration, go to ‘Ride Reports‘, the jewel in the crown of this forum; for details about travelling and the countries you want to go to, visit the ‘Trip Planning‘ section.

Horizons UnlimitedEverything you ever wanted to know about travelling by motorcycle: planning, paperwork, health & safety, bike modifications, equipment, travel partners, repair shops,  bike friendly places and traveller meetings around the world.

UKGSer – plenty of information, not only for those who ride a BMW GS in the UK. Great Ride Reports and Travellers sections.


* Navigation

Free GPS Maps – a frequently updated overview of free downloads of GPS maps worldwide.

GPS mapping software for South America – a comparison with links to the relevant providers.

* Health on the road

Travel Doctor – Interactive site run by a doctor and a pharmacist with extensive travel experience.

Fit for Travel – provided by the National Health Service in the UK.

* Bike Transport

UK to Argentina – brilliant write-up of the whole procedure by my friend John ‘The Bede’ Tremayne.

Argentina to UK – the other way round, also compiled by John.

James Cargo Motorcycle Transportation – the company I used to airfreight my bike from Heathrow to Buenos Aires. Top guys – ask for Giles, Roddy and Steve

Steve, Giles and Roddy from James Cargo

Fellow Travellers

Here you find links to websites of people I found very helpful during the preparation of my trip and to blogs of riders I have met on the road.

AdrianAdrian’s Motorcycle Diaries. Around the world on a KLR 650. Adrian started his trip in Buenos Aires where we met at Dakar Motos in August 2010. Sadly he was killed in a road accident in Brazil five weeks later. RIP , Adrian, it is an honour to have known you.

AurelRide the world the hard way. On a KTM 990 ADV through Africa with his friend Loic. The Great Adventurethrough South America and the rest of the world with his wife Marion.

Mick – Around the world journey. Mick left his hometown Copenhagen in March 2009 on a Honda VFR. After crossing the whole of Africa he shipped his bike to Buenos Aires where we met at Dakar Motos.

TiffanyTiffany’s Travels. The world’s furthest travelled solo woman motorcyclist – more than 200,000 miles through all continents.

To be continued…

Please leave a comment if you want to know more about anything in particular.

Posted 7 July 2010 by Pumpy

5 responses to “Useful Info

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  1. hallo du,
    ich bin auch auf dem weg nach s-amerika mit bike, leider bist du dann schon weider abgeflogen wenn ich starte…
    ich wäre sehr interessiert an adressen und info fürs verschiffen und wenn du mal einen kompetenten workshop o ä gefunden hast!
    mein bike kommt mitte dezember in santiago an und ich schon einen monat früher.
    liebe grüsse

  2. I was pleased to read about your journey through S. America. I lived in Berlin for 3 years while in the military (before the wall came down) and really loved it. It is great to hear a Berliner’s story and so well written! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Auf wiedersehen!

    • Hi Mike,

      Thank you very much for your kind comment!

      Berlin has changed hugely since The Wall came down. Let me know if you are planning to re-visit the city at some point.


  3. Great read thanks mate ,I’m off to chile,argntina brazil soon on my dr650,good on ya for making my nightshifts at work entertaining

  4. We saw Article about Your trip in Polish magazine, we have similar passion and tipe of travelling thats why i have some questions to You. Can i get Your email? To write You message?? You speak Polish or i have to speak in English or German?

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