Oregon to Patagonia | A Journey by Jedidiah Jenkins

Oregon to Patagonia

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In a world where planes can be shot out of the sky, Gaza is a...



In a world where planes can be shot out of the sky, Gaza is a moral disaster, and hundreds of girls can be abducted in Nigeria without justice... It is easy to believe that we are without hope as a species. That this world is a nasty broken failure.



But let me tell you this: I have been living in the constant presence of strangers in foreign countries for 11 months. I have probably met 2,000 people that didn't know me or have any reason to be nice to me. But they were. They helped me, they fixed my bike, they let me sleep in their barn or their house. They fed me for free. They had nothing to gain from me but the chance to do good and share a laugh and some broken English or simple Spanish. Goodness is the norm on this planet. Kindness is king. The darkness is the exception and will ultimately lose every time. We live in a world where dolphins will play with you and bright yellow beetles will land on your thumb out of the sky, do a little turn as if they are certainly showing off to make you proud, and fly away. The world is, in spite of the shadows, a brilliantly bright shining place. #oregontopatagonia #latergram #laterbeetle



(Thank you for reminding me of this @conniebritton)

I daydream about tracing the rest of my route through South...



I daydream about tracing the rest of my route through South America on this map, and hanging it in my apartment next year as I write my book. I day dream about my routine of writing and getting coffee headaches and nice pens. The road will do that to you, make you fantasize about nesting. The human instinct to always want what you don't have is one of our most bothersome traits. Regardless... I'm day dreaming. #oregontopatagonia photo: @kennyjamez #southamerica #lifeontheroad

It’s my goal to always find those places of mysterious...



It's my goal to always find those places of mysterious nostalgia, usually where rocks and water meet bowing trees. Those secret places that, once you find them, tell you that you've always known them. As if it's not a discovery, but you're returning to a place that was just on the tip of your tongue. #sanlorenzo #salta #argentina #oregontopatagonia

It’s my goal to always find those places of mysterious...



It's my goal to always find those places of mysterious nostalgia, usually where rocks and water meet bowing trees. Those secret places that, once you find them, tell you that you've always known them. As if it's not a discovery, but you're returning to a place that was just on the tip of your tongue. #sanlorenzo #salta #argentina #oregontopatagonia

One of the most powerful things I have ever seen. A 7 year old...



One of the most powerful things I have ever seen. A 7 year old boy, 500 years dead, perfectly preserved at the summit of a mountain in Salta, Argentina, 22,000 feet in the air. The Inca nobility brought him and two young girls to the top of this mountain, drugged them with alcohol and coca leaves until they were asleep, and buried them alive in the snow. Based on analyzing their hair, scientists can tell that they were very well fed and groomed for the full year before death. Meaning this little boy was chosen from the noble children long before he was led by caravan to the top of this mountain. He was buried completely surrounded by toys, miniature men, golden llamas and beautiful fabric and feathers. No signs of violence, struggle or trauma. He just fell asleep and joined the Gods. They believed the higher they were, the closer they were to heaven. He is so perfectly preserved that he looked as if he would wake up at any moment. His tiny hand exposed and curled into a limp fist.



To see him, sleeping in the museum, as tiny as a backpack, is a powerful moment of time travel.



Scientists discovered ruins in these mountains decades ago, and a team from @natgeo thought there may be more to discover. They were hiking and digging and in 1999 they found three perfectly preserved children sleeping in the snow. They looked so fresh they wondered if they had only just died. But for 500 years, through colonization and the birth of the United States and wars and hundreds of summers and winters, there they were, waiting to tell their story. #oregontopatagonia #salta #argentina

"Adventures do occur, but not punctually."

"Adventures do occur, but not punctually."

- E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (via wordsnquotes)

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But really though I love my journal. #bradleymountain...



But really though I love my journal. #bradleymountain #oregontopatagonia

My friend @taxtell from @bradleymountain hand-made me this...



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...



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...



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)

Sunday in Argentina. It also happens to be a national holiday...

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There is a road in Argentina between San Salvador de Jujuy and...



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...



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...



"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...



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

Welp. That was insane. You guys funded the rest of my trip in 4...

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Friends, I’ve launched a kickstarter to turn my 16 month...



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...



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....



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....



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

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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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