"Adventures do occur, but not punctually.""Adventures do occur, but not punctually."
- E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (via wordsnquotes)
But really though I love my journal. #bradleymountain #oregontopatagonia
My friend @taxtell from @bradleymountain hand-made me this journal before I left on this trip. The photo on the left is how it looks today. The right is how it looked the day I hit the road. What a gift. It's more than pages that can tell a story. #oregontopatagonia (at Ciudad del Milagro)
Some of the best moments are when I am truly alone. No cars for as far as my eyes go, no birds or even trees. I am riding on the naked surface of the planet and it is clean. I've even laid down in the middle of the road, just for the excitement of doing something bad. #oregontopatagonia #argentina
Why post this blurry ass photo? Because it is literally the photo I was taking as I fell off of this horse full speed legs in the air. He was sprinting to test me, I know it. I always wondered what it would be like to fall off a horse, for a moment to be tangled in his legs and to hit the ground hard. Now I know. But I must say, when I stood up, he was so embarrassed that I fell, that his whole body was shaking. Of course then my shock turned to pity and adoration and I nuzzled him and he cheered up and we were friends again. He turned his body to encourage me to hop back on, and then we rode off to the orchard to explore. #oregontopatagonia #argentina (at Club de Campo El Tipal)
There is a road in Argentina between San Salvador de Jujuy and Salta, it is one of the best roads I've been on this entire year. 80 kilometers of perfection. Winding through farms and then lush Oregon-like jungle and then tracing a river absolutely overrun with wild horses, I am already crushing on Argentina with all the passion of a ninth grader. I am certainly in love. #oregontopatagonia #argentina #salta (at El carmen- Jujuy)
Timing is everything. The day after my friends finished their leg of the journey and returned home, I was alone for the first time in 11 months. That same day, I launched my kickstarter to give me the ability to not only finish the trip, but move home and begin working on the novel I've always intended this trip to inspire. And BAM, in my solitude, so many of you believed in me and supported me and made me feel less alone, less isolated. I biked in strong headwind all damn day today, blasted Rascal Flatts and The National (an obvious coupling) to muffle my cursing at the wind, and thought about what a cool experiment this whole bike trip, Instagram community, sharing it all and chasing a big goal really is. So glad I'm not alone. #timingiseverything #oregontopatagonia #argentina (at Jujuy ( Centro ))
"Stewart look at me. You can do this. I know a shortcut through El Segundo. Take the 105 West and exit on Culver. When you see the Zankou Chicken on the left. Turn left. Take Venice and take it all the way down. Then you're in Marina del Raaaaay." #LATraffic #HelLA #theCalifornians #oregontopatagonia #oregontojedalonea #dayoneofsolodiah (at La Quiaca- Frontera Argentina/Bolivia)
11 months of ice cold nights and camp fires and loud creaky hostels and a thousand faces who have never left home or seen a freak like me stroll into their patch of dirt and ask if I can camp with their sheep. I have kept hand-cramping notes in my journal of every half formed revelation as I've gone, promising my future self and all of you to write a damn good novel about being human and complicated and dedicated to simple things. I am so excited to get to writing... But I have the entire nation of Argentina, with all the beautiful people inside it that I have no idea exist but will change me when I do. 5 more months of sifting through the stories that fall into my lap, or rise mysteriously like the bubbles that appear from nothing in sparkling water, no matter how hard I squint, I can't see their birth. And then there they are. #kickstarterconfessions #iamemotionallyexhausted #oregontopatagonia
Friends, I've launched a kickstarter to turn my 16 month bicycle trip into the novel I've wanted to write for ten years. If you can, please help me make this dream a reality and change my life, and hopefully be a real part of your future favorite book. I'm gonna work my ass off to make it great. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/515988383/oregon-to-patagonia-novel-of-a-journey
Watching the World Cup final at an all German bar in Bolivia. I enter Argentina in a few days. I am torn and screaming at everything. The walls shake at every play. South Americans and German tourists have pipes. I hope there's a fight later. Stay tuned. #oregontopatagonia (at Kultur Caf'e Berlin)
See ya later @coryt. Thanks for biking with me for 6 weeks. Thanks for saying yes to mysterious adventure. Go make some money and get your favorite iced coffee in Austin. See you in Patagonia. #sorryfolks #nomorephotosofgreatbonestructureforawhile #kennyleavesmelatertodaytoo #newchapterflyingsolo #oregontopatagonia #oregontoJedalonea
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 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 didn't stay long. #toodangerous #veryexpensive #ourguidewaseaten #buzzkill #bolivia #oregontopatagonia (at Parque Cret'acico - Sucre, Bolivia)
@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 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)
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.