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THANK YOU to...

MY SPONSORS ...

BMW of San Francisco for their sponsorship, especially Larry, Issa and Abbot for making sure that the motorbike and equipment were ready for this odissey and for sending me all the parts at cost during the trip!

Al Jesse and his team for their great help replacing my racks (for free) and adjusting the bags.

BMW of Santiago for helping me so much in order to reshape my tired bike after the hard month in Bolivia.


MY FRIENDS ...

Before leaving

Raf van Dyck for his last minute support to make this website up and running.

Funny Anita, grumpy Bill, weirdo Fred and frenchy Mark for their close help and fun support during those long months of preparation.

Alexandra, Mary-Anna, Claire, Vero, Joe, Mark, Vlad, Irina, Jen, Chris and Erin, Brad, Karl, Souli, Benjamin, Kari, Jim, Ulric... for their warm support.

Danny&Elke and Nicolas for giving me the taste of adventure motorcycling.

All my friends for just respecting and supporting this project.

A BIG hug and thank you to my dear fun and warm family for creating, educating, loving me, and especially for giving me this "little crazyness pea" that allows me freedom and great fun in life!


During the trip

I can't count how many people I need to thank because I met so many and (with a few exceptions) they were all warm, so generous and interesting. But here are the people who definitely made a difference among the others.

Mentioning first, my travel partners: Brad and Melissa, Tim, Jeremiah, Ivan, John, Sacha, Jim...

Gato (and the whole team), Felix, Jorge, Marbel and Oscar in Buenos Aires. So nice to share evenings with you and learning about the Argentinian culture. Buenos Aires was by far my favorite town.

Oscar and Sonia in Ushuaia. Well, one of the two best welcome during this trip. I thought I would be bored in Ushuaia and would turn around very quickly, but staying with you and Corina, Balam, Chris and Juan was just awesome. Thwo weeks was not enough to enjoy the end of the world and its extreme weather. I will be back one day, may be not on a motorbike, but I will be back. And sure enough, I will squat again your dining room floor :) Thank you thank you thank you.

Lucy and Julio. Sorry to have missed you in Puerto Madryn. It would have been a pleasure to spend more time with you.

Theresa and all the people in Coihaique for their amazing help and good mood. I can't think of better people somewhere else in the world. Everybody there was just super friendly.

Vincent, the young 78 years old French traveler, finishing his 18-year trip around the world.

Michael, for having the same passion for this trip. Unfortunately, we couldn't ride together.

The BMW team in Santiago and Roberto for helping me in getting this tired bike in shape.

Luis the Chilian and Kjell the Norwegian, for their HUGE HUGE help carrying my non-ridable bike from the border Chili/Argentina to Santiago. I was crying like a baby in this cold rain, I was tired (well hungover), my engine was in bad shape, my bike was parked in a very dangerous place and nobody wanted to help me even 5 seconds. My courage came back when I saw the warm Norwegian smile of this guy stopping in order to help me. And my good mood came back when Luis arrived with his pick up truck to save my dear motorbike! It has been the best "high/low" of the trip, an unforgetable moment for life...

Meeting Marc in Uyuni and then seeing him again in Tupiza on his way to a farm and the hard life of the Bolivian labor.

Todd and Christina, met very briefly in Uyuni on their 350cc Yamahas.

Meeting with the French and Canadians in Potosi. Can't stop thinking about this horrible woman in Uyuni though, what a bitch! At least we had a good laugh about it :)

Gert in Sucre and the fun ride on the "blue" bike!

Frederic in Cochabamba and his wonderful idea of going to La Higuera. Yes, it turned out to be an excellent ride that is definitely the best adventure I had during the whole trip, but it was tough...

Jean-Paul, the Germans, the Austrians... so many people met between Cusco and Copacana. The most amazing was that I didn't know you, but you knew who I was! Every biker knew who was the French lady alone on her yellow bike.

Jeff at the Norton Rats in Cusco. Thank you for this bar where all the travelers can meet...

The KTM shop in Lima...!!! I really enjoyed fixing my bike there, I learned a lot about mechanic, and it was just noce to meet surch warm people. Thank you very much.

The week vacation with Jen to the Sun Temple. This friend, as a very good friend, made the trip all the way to Peru to visit me for a while. Ok, we didn't hike the Inca Trail but we had some other good fun.

The friends in Huaraz, Ibett, Marcello... the Japanese on their 250CCs. So much fun to be there and break down in the middle of the Cordillera Blanca.

Aaah, the Sam family in Trujillo, this town stuck in this horrible flat, foggy and windy desert along the Pacific coast in Peru.

The fun fun fun moment in Ambato. You guys with Oscar and Sonia in Ushuaia have been the 2 best welcome of the trip. Fun riding, good conversations, excellent laughs... I wish life was only leading me to people like you, it would be awesome.

Juan Carlos and The baby in Salento. I whish I could have been back to Ibague and spend more time with you guys.

The fun group of Bogota sharing visits, drinks, cooking lessons, good fun, good laughs... Excellent.

The quick visit in Managua, Nicaragua at Monsieur "Pas de Bol". Sorry for getting lost again... But Managua has some serious progress to do with addressing!

Bernard and Rosemary in San Salvador. I was very sick with high fever and had been taking care of so well during 4 days. Thanks for the French taste you gave me, it was needed at this time of the journey.

Melanie and all the friends in Caio Belize. It was like coming back home after 5 years I was working there. The presentation at the school was also a lot of fun.

Omri, great Omri in Guatemala, helping Brad and I so much to find tires and other needs. Was lot of fun to stay at your house.

The mecanics near Tuxla for fixing my fuel pomp a second and last time.

Esther, Armando and Diego at Reforma for inviting me for breakfast and sharing interesting stories.

The Magali family, for hosting me during 4 days in order for me to fix my fuel pomp.

The "cousins" in San Rafael, Mexico. It was so much fun to find relative of relatives of my mom in this remote part of the world. You guys have the best story of my entire trip. Everybody liked the fact that I found cousins in Mexico and people are still asking me to tell this story.

The "Creel Chat Club" for their fun going around. A very good time also with you guys there.

Patchie in Tuscon for letting us work on our bikes in the garage.

Mike and Cindy in Phoenix, trying to hide me from the heat... and helping me with this heating bike.

Chris and Erin in Boulder... rethinking packing. Well, thos guys are pros for packing after their 4 years riding around the world :)

Bill and July in Helena, Montana for their fricky stories!!

Pete and Lynn in Calgary letting Sacha and I stay and enjoy the Calgary Stampede, my first rodeo ever!

The fun weekend in Keno with "Mister Funckengruven", CJ, Jim, Ivan in our funny cabin.

Sandy and the guys is Dawson City for the fun Canada day and the few days in Dawson recovering.

CJ in Tok. Will never, NEVER forget that awesome salmon. And... how to change tires!

The excellent week with Ivan, the Argentinian traveling on his Honda Transalp. You owe me a few beers buddy after getting so much free ones because of my charm :)

Chris, Travis, Jen and the "fucking man" in Talkeetna. Was so much fun those few days there going rafting. My computer is still alive though!

The friends from the hostel in Homer.

Michael in Anchorage for hosting all of us a few times.

The friends from the boat between Bellingham and Valdez: Deb and Ken, the Germans, the Haiwian but especially John, Chad and Celes.

Kathrin and Bill for welcoming me in Olympia.

Jim's mom for hosting us the first night.


Little story at BMW in Santiago

"I HAVE MY BIKE!!!!! Friday February 10th. And it wasn't a piece of cake... To make the story short... First, they had to work over time to finish it. Then, my credit card wouldn't work. Then, the mechanic comes back from the test ride and say that there is a major problem with your front brake, the rotor is bent. How that happened is a mystery because my brake pads didn't wear out quickly. So, everybody around me start to go around, talk, show, measure... I am quickly surrounded by many mechanics, the Sales manager (cute guy), the Finance manager and Mister Big Boss BMW Santiago! All talking in what so is their language and then I say in my own way of pronouncing their language: "well, obviously yes, there is a problem but I can't wait another 2 weeks for brake parts, it won't make sense to finish this trip with this bike then!" and Mister Big Boss answers: "I don't have the parts, but I have new bikes!" And there it was, a new little red 650 coming, my bike put back at the workshop, everything dismounted, the caliper being a problem too with threads COMPLETELY damaged (this also is a mystery, the caliper could have come off at any time), my rotor measured with 1mm off!! and the new parts put on my bike. Mister Big Boss explains me that this situation is very VERY unusual but he understands my problem and wants to help me. I thank him of course but wonder how much will this cost as it can be another 1500 dollars deal... And Mister Big Boss says: "I don't count the labor and give you the parts at cost" And while saying this, he gives me his business card with the BMW Emergency number on in case I have a problem anywhere in Chile...!!!????!!!!!???? This was on top of the 20% off the first bill. There I was gutted, I didn't know what to say really, this guy barely knows me and is doing all of that. So I rode out of the shop at 9:30 pm with a bike running PERFECTLY and all ready for Patagonia. I really really don't know how to say thank you to those guys. They all have been so professional and helpful. I am the happiest person on the planet, trust me."