Author Archives: Sper

About Sper

LA born. Michigan raised. Current Chicagoan. Technology nerd. Motorcycleπ enthusiast. I quit my job, sold all of my stuff, and am riding my dream through the US, Canada, Latin and South America.

How to handle a big motorcycle accident in Guatemala

I spent a couple of days hanging out in Antigua, trying to avoid riding in the rain before I hit the border with El Salvador. But, the rain never stopped, and I got itchy feet to get moving, so I … Continue reading

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Living on Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala

I contacted the manufacturer of my rear suspension (Cogent Dynamics) to let them know what had happened to my suspension and what options I had to get it fixed or replaced. Luckily, Cogent is a kick-ass company and offered to … Continue reading

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Crossing into Guatemala – accidents, police problems, and beautiful scenery

Leaving San Cristobal de las Casas early in the morning, in the freezing cold and draped in fog, I made it to the La Mesilla border crossing at the frontier of Guatemala. I hadn’t done much research on the border … Continue reading

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Moto-exploring in Oaxaca, Mexico

With only a few days left on my 6-month Mexico visa, I don’t have a lot of time to spend in Oaxaca. But, I spent almost 2 months in this state before and know some places that I want to … Continue reading

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A little Spring Break action in Cancun, and getting back on the saddle (finally!)

February 20th – March 25th, 2011 With only a month left on my tourist Visa for Mexico, and still without the parts I need for my motorcycle, I had to make some decisions on how to get the parts in … Continue reading

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The culinary capital of Mexico – Oaxaca City

February 12th – February 24th, 2011 After a quick shuttle ride from the beach, I arrived in Oaxaca City and wandered around until I found an inexpensive hostel named “Hostel los Amigos” with a motorcycle parked inside. One of the … Continue reading

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What do you do for a month in the tranquil beaches of Oaxaca, Mexico?

I spent close to a month at the beaches in Oaxaca, living in Puerto Angel and taking daily trips to the other local beaches, Zipolite, San Augustunillo, and Mazunte. I stayed at The Hotel Almendro, a small hotel across from … Continue reading

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Interview – 5 Months of Motorcycling in Mexico with Stephen Sper

My good friend and film-maker, Ben Slavin, over at, asked me to do an interview with him last week and I happily obliged. We talked about traveling in Mexico, speaking Spanish, safety, and lots of other topics. Ben has … Continue reading

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Leaving San Cristobal and hitchhiking across Mexico

Guess what finally showed up in San Cristobal? One of my packages! This one contains a couple parts for my motorcycle, a pair of winter motorcycle gloves, a couple of books, and a Christmas gift, an Amazon Kindle! With some … Continue reading

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The Mayan ruins of Palenque and Turquoise water of Agua Azul

Eric and Sabrina booked a cabana in El Panchan, a small town just outside the entrance to the ruins of Palenque. After another miserable night time bus ride (I’m really missing my moto at this point), I join them in … Continue reading

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