Chicago Region BMW Owners Association boasts over 250 members... the largest and most active BMW Motorcycle Club in the region. Meeting on the SECOND Thursday monthly, 7:30 pm 'til 9 pm at Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126.
Scott, Great story. Thanks for sharing the link. These guys are my new heros - I look forward to reading their blog.
I thought I might try a similar trip a few years ago, but life got in the way. Hope to try again in the next few years. Right now I'm thinking it'll be done over a few years in stages. At the end of each segment, I'll find a big city, service and store the bike, then fly home and return the next year and keep riding south. Still in the planning stages. I'm hoping to use information like the kind found in the blog you reported on.
"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." G.Harrison via L. Carroll
Back in August as I was coming home from a ride and as I turned off a main street onto our side street I noticed what I thought was a BMW parked in the corner of a small strip mall parking lot. The 2 people appeared to be looking at something on their bike and it was apparant they were not shopping at the mall. I thought something might be wrong and that it might be a BMW so I turned around and went back to see if they required any assistance.
When I pulled up to them I noticed that it indeed was a very old BMW (1979 R100RS) loaded down with gear. As I approached they turned around and suddenly got big smiles on their faces and immediately came up to meet me. We talked for a minute and they complimented my bike and I then asked if they needed any assistance. The girl (Isabel) said they were lost and were trying to back to Rt66. I asked where they were going and Isabel smiled and said....Argentina. Shocked, I asked where they had come from and the guy (Byron) smiled and said...Alaska. I was stunned and I said you are riding on an old BMW from Alaska to the bottom of Argentina? They again both responded "yes" .
As we talked they told me they were from England and had planned the trip for several years even taking long test rides to make sure their equipment worked well. They then had their bike shipped to Anchorage where they started their ride. Their route so far has taken them from Alaska to Boston then to the West coast (via Downers Grove IL) and then down thru Mexico. Presently, as of yesterdays email, they are in Costa Rica and to date have covered over 19,000 miles camping most of the way.
We exchanged emails and pictures and I helped get them back on their way to Rt 66.
If anyone would like to read their blog with pictures here is the address;