Stuck In Bolivia! Michnus & Elsebie Olivier—How A Six-Month Journey Lasted Ten Years—Piki Piki Overland

After Traveling The World For More Than Ten Years By Motorcycle, the Adventurous Couple Behind Piki Piki Overland Are Grounded In Sucre This is the audio-only podcast edition of the seventeenth episode of the JOURNEYS Webcast—Adventure & Discovery In The Time of Corona where Allan Karl and Michnus and Elsebie Olivier chatted from Sucre, Bolivia […]

PodCast #19 – Breaking Out of Bolivia: Welcome To Chile.

Finally after enduring a broken leg, badly sprained ankle and ligament strained and twisted knee, WorldRider, Allan Karl, finally takes the road out of Bolivia. From the largest and highest in altitude salt lake in the world, Allan takes a dirt road out of Bolivia. In search of better roads, Allan is quite suprised to […]

12,000 Feet In The Middle of Nowhere. Standing On The Salar – PodCast #18

With lightning storms blazing the evening sky and the most impressive array of starts they’ve ever seen, WorldRider, Allan Karl and fellow motorcyclist Andy Tiegs, sit on the largest and highest in altitude salt flat in the world on the Bolivian Altiplano and discuss their respective journeys to this magical place by motorcycle. After traveling […]

Quit Your Job & Travel. What drives the traveler’s passion? – PodCast $17

What implores someone to quit their job and take time to see the world? Allan Karl while on his solo motorcycle journey meets and discusses the passions of travel with new friends he meets on the road. Meet a new cast of characters as this WorldRider journey of adventure and discovery continues.. Uyuni, Bolivia – […]

The Night Train & Thanksgiving Pizza – PodCast #16

With his bike running again, Allan boards the night train for Uyuni, Bolivia. Wandering the streets of this dusty outpost on the fringe of the largest and highest salt flat in the world, he runs into three other motorcyclists — including his past riding partner, Jeremiah. At the famed Minuteman Pizza restaurant in the Totoni […]

Chile: Road Tested and Listening To The Wind.

So stunned by the scenery, I forgot about the wind — and the road. Volcanoes thrust the landscape all around me. The vast white salt desert and oddly shaped mountains painted yet another unworldly panorama. Less than an hour ago I passed through the Chilean border and thus finally broke out of Bolivia. But what […]

Old Friends. And Finally — The Salar de Uyuni.

As the sun sets behind the Andes, silhouetting a perfectly shaped volcano, Andy and I crack open a couple of cans of Pacena—the Bolivian beer from La Paz—and contemplate the scenery. The nearly full and brilliant silver moon casts an impressive amount of light which reflects upon the vast expansiveness of the largest salt flat […]

To Tour By Jeep or Moto: This Is The Question.

The central plaza in Uyuni is a pedestrian walkway spanning two blocks in the center of town. The roads are dirt or cobblestone pavers and tour agencies and restaurants touting pizza and pasta line most of the plaza. One café blasts gringo music of The Doors, Bob Marley and others while withered backpackers down cerveza’s […]

Oruro to Uyuni – Taking The Night Train.

Arriving in Uyuni at 3am with a motorcycle and more than a few handfuls of luggage was slightly problematic for me. First, while all the backpackers aboard the train claimed their luggage from the concrete platform at the Uyuni station, I had to wait for Doc to be unloaded from the cargo car. I had […]

More Bad Luck… All Aboard!

The fist time I came through Oruro the experience was miserable. With no signage nor orientation from the main road to La Paz, we found ourselves running circles trying to find something to eat. Then we get hammered by the most fierce hail storm I’d ever experienced. The food we did find was miserable and […]