Short video clips to put a smile on your dial

These are no blockbuster Steven Spielberg productions but made just for fun and a smile.

Creating small video clips turned out to be much more work than we initially anticipated. It is still a helluva lot of fun to create these quick overviews of journeys on motorbikes. Maybe it just gets your wanderlust going.

Some images from a South American journey – Article for FujiFIlm South Africa
South America is the fourth largest continent and the one with probably the most dramatic landscapes and diverse regions. It hosts deserts, forests, volcanoes, incredible mountain ranges and the world’s tallest waterfall. The people of South America are passionate, lively and fiercely loyal, with a rich and colourful history. 

Images from each Central American country we visited.
South America that narrow isthmus of land that is bordered by North America and South America. 7 countries make part of this land of volcanoes, tropical forest, high mountains, coffee and incredibly passionate people. According to the media Central America is a dangerous hell hole to be avoided by all costs. We traveled there for a bit more than 1 year and it could not have been further from the truth. Central America is a gritty lively colourful place where you take responsibility for yourself. Which is why travelling there is so rewarding.

Perito Moreno Glacier calving –
There’s a lot of luck involved waiting to see building size ancient ice break off a glacier. If you do not see it happen, the sound reaches your ears by the time the calving has already taken place. We were at Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina at 8am when the gates opened and spend the best part of 5 hours there. During this time small pieces of ice broke off, nothing to oooh and aaaah about.

A friend was observing and quick to say he thinks there is a bigger blue gap forming in the ice. I quickly set the camera to burst mode and dialed in the settings what I thought would capture such a moment. All of a sudden we could see the blue crack grew wider. 72 photo burst later is what you see in this clip. We were incredibly lucky to experience such an event.

Perito Moreno is one of the only glaciers in the world that is growing instead of shrinking. It is 30km in length, 5km wide, 170m thickness and the part above the waterline is about 70m. The glacier covers approx 250 km2 -The glacier was formed during the last ice age, it’s around 18,000 years old. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field covers a whopping 4,800 square miles and is made up by 48 glaciers. -The glacier was discovered by a captain of the Chilean army Juan Rogers in 1879

2018 Dakar Rally 40th edition Peru – Field notes

We follow the Dakar rally for a few days, this is an extract from the article.

“We were still in Ecuador working our way South when Elsebie one morning while doing some route planning mentioned that the Dakar rally will start in Lima, Peru this year. It was only about 2000km or so away. We made it in time to Lima with an afternoon to spare.

The day before the start of the 2018 Dakar, the 40th edition, we loitered around parc ferme in Lima overwhelmed by the Dakar porn around us. It was early Friday afternoon and we thought the place would be a ghost mall, well, it was not. Peruvians are obsessed with the Dakar. The place was crawling with people creating dust that hung in the air with a reddish glow as the sunset over the excitement and happy noise of people.”

Suzie and kelvin aka Avvida with us at the 2018 Dakar rally in Peru.

Travelling Ecuador for 3 months on motorcycles.

From the Amazon to Chimborazo volcano at near 6000m altitude. Riding parts of the majestic Andes mountains. And eventually the beautiful coast and its quirky wildlife. What makes Ecuador so special? It’s people!
Music: YSE Saint Laur’Ant – Forever Mind

Short clip of some of the amazing riding and fun to be had in Colombia

Apologies it is not a Nat Geo docu. It is the first time I tried timelapse and with pure luck I was able to get these photos to create the video clip of volcano Fuego erupting in Guatemala.
Viewed from the roof of our hotel in Antigua just before 6am the morning. The volcano summit is at 3763 m and is known as a Stratovolcano volcano. At 36sec is a closer view. The total time from the explosion to where I stopped was about 15mins -20mins.

More info from “In a special report from 2 February, INSIVUMEH noted increased activity at Fuego characterized by explosions occurring every 5-15 minutes. Ash plumes rose as high as 750 m and drifted 15 km W, causing ashfall in areas downwind including Sangre de Cristo and San Pedro Yepocapa. During 2-7 February explosions generated ash plumes that rose 0.4-1.1 km above the crater and drifted at most 12 km NW, W, SW, and S. Incandescent material was ejected 150 m high, and avalanches traveled down the Taniluyá (SW) and Ceniza (SSW) drainages. Shock waves from explosions rattled nearby structures.”

Africa videologue –
Stupid enough we took no video from our 11 months journey from South Africa to Italy. In the end we concocted this slide show video clip from our photographs to create this very, very short film: South Africa to Italy in 1min 40sec.

Bit of Portugal for Instagram: Go on a trip with someone fun!

Go see the world! Short clip to whet your appetite for travel, exploring and adventure on motorcycle riding.

France videologue–
Some light entertainment riding through France. Pretty cool country to experience on a bike, camping, drinking wine, châteaux and the French charm. Fernweh France 2min 38sec

France for Instagram: Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and start celebrating the journey.