Cody's Film // Vancouver - Mexico

I spent the past month on the road with Cody Kemmet. We rode from Vancouver, BC down to the Mexican Baja on our shitty choppers. We took the slow roads along the coast the whole way, toured the East Coast of the Baja and the California deserts on the way up and attended Born Free 10. 

Cody shoots film and develops it himself, here's some of his stuff...

Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet Photo
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet Photo
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel
Cody Kemmet Photo
Cody Kemmet Photo
Cody Kemmet + Becky Goebel

Anthony Gots: My Trip to the End of the World

Anthony Gots is an old friend of mine from my Whistler days. I've had him on Facebook for ever and recently noticed he was on an epic motorcycle trip from Whistler to South America. The best part was the little 1980's Honda he was on. Since October, I've followed his trip via social media and now that he's home, I got him to send me a story to share on the Road Apples blog. Here's what he sent!

My Trip to the End of the World

October 1st 2017. The day I left Whistler and set out on the most epic ride of my life! Trying to beat the cold, I packed up my bike and set off south to go through the America’s, with Ushuaia, Argentina as the end goal in mind. The southernmost city in South America, and the world... the end of the road!

On the trip I took my trusty steed, an all original 1985 Honda XL 350, Rhonda the Honda. A single cylinder air cooled beast that would go until the end of time. While my friend Simon, was on a 2007 Suzuki V-strom 650. The main reason I decided to take the Honda was that it’s simple. It’s easy to work on, There was no shortage of Honda garages or parts the entire way down, I felt comfortable riding it and well, it was the only bike I had haha. But the best bike to take is the one you already have!

Anthony on his 80s' Honda 350

Anthony on his 80s' Honda 350

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This journey took us through all types of terrain; massive desserts through Mexico, Northern Peru and the Famous Atacama desert in Chile - The driest dessert in the world! Where in some regions it has not rained for almost 500 years, and is actually the closest resemblance to mars on earth. We even saw a team from NASA!

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The Very high altitudes and massive mountain ranges through the Andes; Colombia, Ecuador, the sketchy ass roads of Peru (Where I am convinced have some of the most wreckless drivers on earth) and the insanely high 4000+ meter altitudes of Bolivia, along with the highest Salt Flat in the world “Salar De Uyuni.” Which during the wet season creates what looks like biggest mirror on earth! (A definite must see in Bolivia.)

The beautiful and very HOT jungles and beaches of Central America; Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. With the infamous and nearly impassable Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, which definitely put a few interesting hiccups in our trip. This was the only section we could not ride through, so we needed to ship our bikes from Panama to Colombia. Message Borris from Ever Logistics if you’re ever going this way, he pretty much has the shipping market on lock.

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And of course, the beautiful region of Patagonia! Where you are constantly meandering between Chile and Argentina. A land filled with huge mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, weather with a Mind of its own and of course, more wind then anybody would ever want to experience in their entire life. The only place where riding on a straight highway sitting at a solid 45 plus degree angle getting blown all over the road, is the everyday normality here. Despite the beauty, Weather conditions proved to make this region the hardest riding of the entire trip for me.

It was all absolutely incredible. I saw the most amazing places and met the most incredible people the entire way down, but touching down in the city of Ushuaia, Argentina will be a feeling that I will never forget! After riding south for 6 months, through so many amazing countries... to finally reach the southernmost point! The turnaround point, Was a sense of accomplishment like no other!

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After a few days of extreme celebratory binge drinking with other over landers celebrating their travels through Latin America to Ushuaia, And an epic ride out the official end of the world with about 15 other legends, we said our goodbyes and pointed north for the first time in months, and took our last ride to a town called Punta Arenas in Chile. This is the town where I passed on my bike, luckily, to an absolute star who will continue the legacy on his way back up to Colombia! Wishing him the best of luck!

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Overall, it took me and my friend Simon 6 months to trudge our way through the US, Mexico, Central America and the Pacific coast of South America. 14 countries, over 25,000 km and the craziest trip of my entire life.

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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my doubts, as did others. It was all nerve racking, being thrown into different cultures and a different way of life. A 33 year old bike that was a little small, out of the norm and pretty minimalistic for the trip. The fear of breaking down in a foreign country in the middle of nowhere.  Then there is all the horror stories the media portrays and people try to tell you about these countries. Obviously, you have to be safe, and smart. But during our journey through the America’s, we were lucky enough to experience nothing but very giving, curious and super genuine people who wanted to lend a helping hand any way they could, and who really just wanted to know our story and what the hell we were doing. Overall, it was the interactions I had with others on this trip and the people I met that really made it what it was.

I could ramble on and on about each country we’ve went through for days on end, so writing a brief summary of the trip has proven quite difficult! But if there’s anybody out there who has had the idea of heading down through Latin America, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a similar trip to anyone! Great riding, great people, and an amazing experience. There are so many helpful resources and tools to help you along the way on your journey down. Good luck to anyone tackling the adventure! Have fun and Thanks for reading!

Anthony Gots 

The Wild Ones

We have announced another killer moto trip that consists of motorcycling around parts of Europe, meeting other ladies motorcyclists and having a dream ride come true. It's called "The Wild Ones" and it will be taking place throughout the entire month of July, 2016.

"The Wild One’s tour celebrates the courage and spirit of women motorcyclists’, inspiring others to explore without boundaries. This July, The Women's Moto Exhibit will ride on motorcycles through the Alps; starting in Austria, moving through Switzerland and ending in Italy. The journey will begin in the small village of Meiming, Austria, travel through the breathtaking Rechen pass, through the hundreds of tight switchbacks of the Oberlap Pass in Switzerland, to the witch shaped mountain of The Matterhorn, and end in the Dolomites of Italy.Not only will the ladies visit historic landmarks and events, they will also meet and connect with communities of women motorcyclists along the way. Their goal is to inspire and share stories; to illustrate that women are capable of anything. Lanakila MacNaughton, photographer of The Women’s Moto Exhibit, will document the journey and share it with the world in real time. Lanakila’s work has been published in many media outlets, including Oprah Magazine, People, Huffington Post, and Elle Online. Her work has been seen as representing this new generation of women riders. The trip is Lanakila’s foray into European territory.

Wanderlust and travel are an endless search for clarity and understanding. This trip will be an adventure and to adventure is to be alive."

The Wild Ones

For more information on routes, meet-ups or how to get involved, visit http://www.womensmotoexhibit.com/the-wild-ones/

Motos in Moab Tickets Available

Motos in Moab is happening again this May in Utah. I'm planning on going to check this one out this year, so you should too. The dates are May 27th-30th and the tickets are now up for sale on their site here. I'm pretty excited to spend a weekend in the "red desert" with a bunch of guys and babes from the area. Hit me up if you're thinking of travelling from Canada!

Here's a video made from last years event:

The Lost Latitudes

Leticia Cline and Kristen Lassen announced yesterday that they will be departing on a 10,ooo mile ride from Southern Florida to The Dream Roll in southern Washington. These ladies will cover 21 states in the month of August 2015. They are calling their journey The Lost Latitudes and plan to document it through various social media channels, a book and a documentary following their ride.

I got the chance to chat with Kristen about the ride and she answered a few questions for me for the ol' blog.

What influenced you two to team up and commit to this ride? Leticia and I had begun a routine of hanging out almost every week, even though she lives two hours away. We would pretty much just shoot the shit and talk about life, ideas, and dreams for the future. Well anyways, we got talking one day about how we wanted to make a trip to the Dream Roll. Being that we live on the total most southeast part of the USA and the Dream Roll is in Washington, we figured it'd be an awesome opportunity to explore more of our country along the way. Leticia and I are big into sharing stories and learning about the history of our whereabouts, so the Lost Latitudes naturally flourished from what we love to do.

Leticia @leticiacline by The Women's Moto Exhibit @fevvvvaa

Leticia @leticiacline by The Women's Moto Exhibit @fevvvvaa

What point(s) on your map are you most excited about? Oh man, this one is hard. I don't think I can pinpoint that right now. Only because we really want to allow for the stories to unfold along the way, so there may be super exciting days in the smallest of towns that we don't even know that we will be stopping at currently. Our turnaround point at The Dream Roll we KNOW will be exciting though. So that's a given.

How long are you planning on taking to do this 10,ooo mile ride? We are planning to be on the road for a month. You never know what happens on the road though, so we'll take it as it goes.

I heard you are going to make a book or documentary out of this trip, can we have some inside information on this? Yes! We would like to make a photo memoir book out of the trip, extending the people and land that we encounter into something that can last forever. The film will highlight how life is on the road (and on two wheels), the hidden towns we encounter, the people we meet, and the lessons we've learned.

Kristen @ladylassen by @yeezak

Kristen @ladylassen by @yeezak

How long have you and Leticia known each other and how did you meet? We've known each other for about half a year now, I believe. We had communicated on Instagram (oddly enough that's how I've met a lot of motorcyclists I know today), and planned to meet up for tea one day. When we did, we sat for hours talking. Since then, it's been the same every meet up - and we have one heck of an adventure to come now!

What would you like to say to the ladies out there thinking about doing a long ride themselves? I would tell them just to do it. You can only plan for so much. Don't let the fears get to you. I've been on several cross-country motorcycle trips and they've each had a lesson to teach me that I would have never gotten elsewhere. You find how strategic you are, how handy you are, and how much you can handle. Which more often than not is a lot more than you know.