Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back. The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey. Below is the a new post in a series of report from the road.
“With blisters on our hands we left the farm for the lush mountain town of Minca Colombia, only a short drive away. On our way towards Santa Marta we pulled over to fill up on cheap gas brought over from Venezuela, any time you are close to the boarder the streets are flooded with people selling fuel out of jugs. Although the gas is cheap I can’t say that is was the best quality, the bikes burnt it but were lacking the punch on the hills.
Halfway to Minca Jordan raced up next to me to remind me that it was my birthday, I have never been a fan of birthdays but was stoked to be with my best bud headed into the mountains with no plan. We reached the small tourist town before noon and found a nice hostel outside of the main drag, a beautiful place perched up in the jungle away from the crowds bellow.
The plan was simple, unload the bikes, put on swim gear and head upriver to find a swimming hole. The road above Minca turned into an unmaintained double track within 10 miles of leaving town, we quickly forgot about swimming and our minds shifted into finding the end of the road.
At each road split we just kept going up, as we climbed the climate evolved around us, from dense jungle to misty cloud forest filled with plants we had never seen. We were now deep into the Parque National Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a reserve that shoots up of the Caribbean coast, between the mist we could still make out the town of Santa Marta way below.
After riding over 25 miles into the unknown we came around a corner to find a military base perched up on the ridge line, we approached slowly before being asked what we were doing by a very confused looking guard. Not much was said but we got the vibe that we should be heading back the way we came.
As we rode back towards Minca the air once again became hot and humid, before reaching town we took a small path off the main road towards the river. We were rewarded with the perfect pools all to ourselves, washing the dust and sweet off from the ride in the warm fresh water.
The day could not have been any better, we walked down to town and got some burgers to wrap it up before crashing out early, we had a massive ride ahead of us the next day.”
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