Oregon to Patagonia | A Journey by Jedidiah Jenkins

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Horseback exploration in the high deserts of South America....



Horseback exploration in the high deserts of South America. #VladimirPutin #hessingleladies #oregontopatagonia (at Sucr'e)

You know how some strange things teleport you back to when you...



You know how some strange things teleport you back to when you were a kid? Riding in the bed of a pickup truck is one of those things. Helping my dad feed the cows or fix a fence or birth a calf and then he'd say 'wanna Dr Pepper?' which to me was more precious than money, I would say 'Yes' and hop in the bed of his truck and we'd drive to Sonic.



Even the hottest Tennessee summer air felt good back there.



I will, for the rest of my life, love riding in the bed of a pickup. I certainly did today. #oregontopatagonia #bolivia @peterjenkins_explores (at Sucr'e)

For Kenny’s birthday, I took him to 140,019,002 BC. We...



For Kenny's birthday, I took him to 140,019,002 BC. We didn't stay long. #toodangerous #veryexpensive #ourguidewaseaten #buzzkill #bolivia #oregontopatagonia (at Parque Cret'acico - Sucre, Bolivia)

@kennyjamez … You’ve reached the year of...



@kennyjamez ... You've reached the year of enlightenment. I can't wait to see what beautiful magic you produce. I count myself among the kings to call you a best friend. Happy birthday brother. #oregontopatagonia

I’m sorry I sort of hate photos of buildings. Like anyone...



I'm sorry I sort of hate photos of buildings. Like anyone just wants to see that ish. But I woke up early this morning and went for a walk through Sucr'e at sunrise. The blue sky and baby sun did this to me, forced a photo, all to say 'look what a beautiful day I'm giving you for Kenny's birthday.' A day to celebrate the most amazing friend in the most beautiful city in Bolivia. #oregontopatagonia #sucre #bolivia (at Sucr'e)

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The route from Potosi to Sucre, Bolivia. The longest downhills...



The route from Potosi to Sucre, Bolivia. The longest downhills of my entire trip, some of the hardest up hills, deserts, rivers, and huge herds of goats driven by wild dogs and no human. We camped in a riverbed under a canopy of thorn and pepper trees and watched stand up comedy videos on @kennyjamez's phone. We fell asleep laughing. #oregontopatagonia #bolivia

One of the best moments of my life. We were in our rickety boat,...



One of the best moments of my life. We were in our rickety boat, and Chaco said 'they are here, get in the water now.' I said 'are there piranhas?' 'Yes, but they won't bother you. The dolphins are here.' I jumped in and floated for a while, wondering what was happening in the darkness beneath me. You can't see six inches through the water. Then they found me, and began testing me with their snout. Thick rubbery bumping on my back and legs. First a few bumps, then they began gently biting me to see what I was like. Seeing their long alien jaws wrap around my leg just below the surface, being a little too rough like a puppy, pulling me and bumping me.. was one of the most exciting things I've ever felt. A Bolivian river dolphin, thousands of miles from the ocean, having lived in the amazon for millions of years, was fascinated by my soft skin and poor swimming skills. We played together for half an hour. One of them bit me a little too hard and drew blood. I have a cut on the top of my foot that will scar. I'm so glad. I will never ever forget it. #oregontopatagonia #amazon #bolivia

One of the things I will remember most about South America is...



One of the things I will remember most about South America is the street dog. They run in scraggly groups of friends, always some strange mix of poodles, shih tzus, labs, sheep dogs, chows... I imagine designer dog breeders had an overstock of puppies and just loosed them into the streets. They rarely look like jackals or my proper imagined street dog. They look like a rich lady's prodigal child, lost in the dark alleys of bad choices, their once-groomed hair dreading and dragging in the dirt. It's a mystery. #oregontopatagonia (at Ciudad De Potos'i)

I bought a map of South America in 1776, on the 4th of July no...



I bought a map of South America in 1776, on the 4th of July no less. Almost none of the current countries are on here, so I had to draw my route as best I could judging by peninsulas and rivers. I'm gonna frame this guy when I'm done. @industryofallnations #oregontopatagonia #oldmaps

When a road is called Death Road, you promise yourself to bike...



When a road is called Death Road, you promise yourself to bike it and then you do.

Some roads should just be forgotten. Over 300 deaths have...



Some roads should just be forgotten. Over 300 deaths have happened on this tiny road, from cars and buses and trucks falling off the unguarded edge. A 600 meter drop. Once this was just a foot path for the indigenous, then forced labor from Paraguayan prisoners of war allowed the Bolivian government to expand the impossible passage into a road in the 1930s, still hardly wide enough for one car. In the fog, entire buses would tumble down the side. (YouTube that if you dare) In the 40s, the Bolivian president threw his challengers off this road. There is a monument now where they were tossed off. And so, this small dirt path got its name: the Road of Death. It's still used today by cars and buses, seemingly unphased by the skeletons of double decker buses haunting the river bed.



Like any typical pack of boys, we had to bike it. #oregontopatagonia #bolivia

Sunrise over the swamps of the Amazon. We slid in the boat...



Sunrise over the swamps of the Amazon. We slid in the boat through the black water, in total silence, no engine, just the current. The animals were all screaming their best songs, some sounded like angry tigers, some like song birds, some sounded like chain saws. The stars were so bright they lingered as the sun rose. #oregontopatagonia #bolivia #amazon

I ain’t joking about them mosquitos. Kenny looks like a...



I ain't joking about them mosquitos. Kenny looks like a brail encyclopedia today. #oregontopatagonia #amazon #bolivia (at Pampas- Rurrenabaque)

While watching the World Cup in the amazon at sunset, you will...



While watching the World Cup in the amazon at sunset, you will notice that every mosquito south of the equator is madly attracted to you. Mad for your blood and capable of biting through all clothes and defenses. (Excluding my @nobledenim) So you start lighting things on fire and hiding in the smoke and hammocks. Our expert guide Chaco, who has lived in this bayou for 16 years, was of course, unphased. #oregontopatagonia #bolivia #amazon (at Pampas- Rurrenabaque)

The squirrel monkeys were very narcissistic. They crawled onto...



The squirrel monkeys were very narcissistic. They crawled onto our boat, onto @kennyjamez, perched on his arm, and screamed with approval at their reflections in his camera. They grabbed the lens and shook it, shouting 'I LOOK AMAZING! Richard, get over here and look at this!' #oregontopatagonia #bolivia #amazon

We lived on this boat, ducking into every tiny waterway in...



We lived on this boat, ducking into every tiny waterway in search of caymans, anacondas, piranhas, pink dolphins, eagles, storks, and sloths. We found them all. The Amazon is one of the coolest places I've ever seen. I'm already planning a boating trip from Bolivia to the Atlantic. Over 4000 miles of rivers. Maybe when I turn 40. #oregontopatagonia #bolivia #amazon

We decided to slide on down the Andes on the other side of...



We decided to slide on down the Andes on the other side of Bolivia, to see the Amazon basin and all the wild creatures and humans that live there. It wasn't easy getting there, as was testified by the endless string of stuck semi-trucks and muddy faces. But our trusty red steed made it. #oregontopatagonia #amazon #bolivia (at Pampas- Rurrenabaque)

I bought a flute for $3. I can’t stop playing the titanic...



I bought a flute for $3. I can't stop playing the titanic theme. Butterflies land on my hat as I play and flowers bloom to kiss the sky and say thank you for the golden music. #thisflutesoundslikecrap #likeaboredtoddlerwithakazoo #donkeysthinkImflirtingwiththem

#oregontopatagonia

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My name is Jedidiah Jenkins, and I am on a bike trip from Florence, Oregon to Patagonia. I'll be gone from August 2013 - December 2014. Back in the 70's, my parents walked across America in search of themselves and the country they called home. My friend Phillip Crosby and I are doing the same, but all the way down to the bottom of the earth.

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