Aug 18, 2014 News
An Australian couple on a quest to tour the world on their motorbikes has documented their fascinating journey through most of Central/South America.
Stewart Clarke, his wife Janell and their pet dog Skyla, have encountered some of the most amazing scenery and ecological sights in the world; including prehistoric plateaus, breathtaking waterfalls, the Amazon, the foot hills to the Andes Mountain Range and many picturesque beaches.
It is no surprise that the couple, who started their journey on February 28, ended up on our shores.
When Kaieteur News caught up with the Clarkes; they were staying at the Tropicana Hotel, which is located above the popular ‘Jerries All Night’ hang out spot on Carmichael Street, Georgetown. The Sydney, Australia natives, the ‘PackTrack’ as they are called, have voyaged through some thirteen destinations in Central / South America before venturing here.
The trio was headed for Suriname and French Guiana after travelling through Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil just to name a few places.
The couple and their friendly pup spent days on the Lethem trail, en route from Brazil to Georgetown Guyana.
“We spent four days on road in Lethem, after we crossed the border from Brazil. The road was really muddy and the terrain was rough but it was fun and we survived,” Mrs. Clarke said with a laugh.
“We had to camp twice on the road but we met some really lovely people saw beautiful birds and various types of butterflies.”
The couple, who are engineers, explained that it took a break from their careers to embark on the adventure.
“We have been married five years…..in Australia life is quiet simple and isolated from the rest of the world, but travel is expensive. We decided to save our money because we wanted to see different places, experience different cultures and open our minds. We wanted to study, learn and appreciate where other people are come from and what is important to them,” Mrs. Clarke said.
The couple said that the trip is all about fulfilling a desire for adventure and taking on challenges as a team.
“When we decided to save for a trip overseas, it started out as just a tour around South America and then it evolved into something bigger .We both love motorbikes and we’re both riders, therefore we thought it would be a great way to travel and see the world.”
With their dog in tow, the duo journeyed from the United States before embarking on their tour.
‘It‘s been great. We flew to the United States brought our bikes rode across the border to Mexico. We saw some interesting places and met some great people along the way. We have had much trouble on the road … we would ride until night falls and try to get into a town where we can camp or check into a hotel. We get to taste different types of food on the go!”
“Skyla hasn’t been much of a challenge either, but sometimes some hotels have a pet policy so we have to visit three or four hotel before one takes us but that’s ok.”
The couple listed places in Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil some the highlights of their travels.
“We especially enjoyed Brazil because we arrived in time for the World Cup!”
The couple has documented interesting facts about their travels on their website page thepacktrack.com. (Rehanna Ramsay)
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