Today, long lost motorcycle misadventurer Daniel Todd reappears after completing a journey of about 18,000 kilometers in South America. The route took him through Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, all three Guianas, back into northernmost point of Brazil, and then down the coast to Rio De Janeiro just in time for Carnival. No major mishaps to report -- just rain, mud, mosquitoes, breakdowns, border crossings, and tipsy dugout canoe rides across the rivers. English Guiana brought 1000 kilometers of jungle and lots of humongous mud holes. Nope, there is nothing like that sicking thud when your forks bottom out, your rims get bent, and the mud is so deep that the bike stands up by itself, says Daniel. Finally emerging onto tarmac he was pulled over by a cop who screamed at him in pidgin English for having mud on his license plate. To this, Daniel says he remembers riding away on wobbly rims, watching the cop shrink in the rear view mirror and asking himself, "Did I really just tell a policeman to kiss my ass?"
Look for more updates and a Motorcycle Misadventures podcast with Daniel Todd soon.
To contact Daniel please email him at danieltodd12 at hotmail.