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.

Christmas and New Years in San Cristobal de las Casas

It’s a miserable 14 hour bus ride from Mexico City to San Cristobal de las Casas. To save money, I booked a second-class bus, which are very similar to Greyhound in the US. However, I’m just too big to fit … Continue reading

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T-boning a van in Morelia and making great friends in Mexico City

I reluctantly left Guadalajara after having a fantastic time, and decided to make my way towards Mexico City (also known as DF – Distrito Federal). I take the long way there, riding around a favorite weekend vacation spot for Tapatios … Continue reading

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Want to improve your Spanish? Try living with 6 Mexicans in Guadalajara

The ride from Patzcuaro to Guadalajara was fantastic – smooth, winding country roads through the mountains of central Mexico. Traffic is light, and the weather is comfortable but chilly while speeding along fully exposed to the elements on Oscar. The … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos around Patzcuaro, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos is a 2-day holiday celebrated throughout Mexico on November 1st & 2nd. Family and friends get together to pray and remember family and friends who have died. This is done different ways, but typically altars are … Continue reading

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Staying in Guadalajara for the next month

I’m in Guadalajara now and may stay here for a month to study Spanish and relax. It’s nice being in a modern big city, and reminds me a lot of being in a major city in the States – the … Continue reading

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Crashing Cervantino 2010 in Guanajuato, Mexico

We picked up a few more bikes from Japan (Saburro on a BMW 1200GS and Sato on a Suzuki DR650), and a spare passenger, Cara, on our way to Guanajuato. We kitted Cara up as much as we could – … Continue reading

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Getting cultured and learning Spanish in Zacatecas

We arrive in Zacatecas, a beautiful colonial town tucked into a valley. We drop into the city, following incredibly steep cobblestone roads that wind all over. We promptly get lost, so we head towards the center of the city and … Continue reading

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Couchsurfing in Durango

After arriving in Durango, Ben and I track down Brian and meet his Couchsurfing host, Jake. He offers us a place to stay, which we gladly accept, as the accommodations provided to Jake by his school are top notch. His … Continue reading

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The scariest ride of my life, Devil’s Backbone

Ben and I leave Mazatlan in the morning, dodging buses and trucks that pull in front of us and looking forward to getting out of the city and into the Sierra Madre Mountains. The route is nicknamed “Espinazo del Diablo”, … Continue reading

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Riding the ferry across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan

  Boarding The Baja Ferry from Benny on Vimeo. Brian, Ben and I strapped our bikes down inside the ferry next to tour buses, jeeps, semi trucks, and passenger cars. It’s over a hundred degrees inside the ferry cargo hold, … Continue reading

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