Adventure Blog / by Amy Tripp

Z Files - Phase one - Canada to Key West
Once we had wrapped for Treasure Quest in Bolivia in 2017, we spent time touring the country. Two destinations were a must-see; the spectacular Salar d’ Uyuni and Lake Titicaca. When Neil Armstrong gazed at the earth from the moon, it is said that he mistook the 4000 sq mi salt flat for a glacier. Beneath the brittle crust lies approximately half of the world’s lithium reserve. To navigate the salt flat we hired two off-road bikes, and here the seed was planted. Why not quit our day jobs and ride the Pan American Highway to Patagonia, the ultimate bucket list destination. Two months later we purchased Daisy, a Suzuki DRZ 400, for a song as she was a refugee of Hurricane Irma and has the rust to prove it. Why a DRZ 400 and not a sexy, state of the art BMW? The DRZ is less showy, and you can hurl it in a dugout and head up-river when needed. A month later Zelda joined the team. Identical in make and model and a year younger, Zelda, is named after F Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, a beautiful, high spirited socialite, novelist and painter, renowned for her wild lifestyle.
With the assistance of YouTube University and our good friend and local crocodile trapper, Chris Guinto we have added numerous farkles to prepare the bikes for a long-range journey. Unlike Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, we don’t have a workshop or garage with a team of gorgeous girls ordering supplies. We work on the bikes in a narrow walkway on the side of our house, much to the chagrin of our three Jack Russell’s that use the area as a bathroom. The goal is to establish a sound working knowledge of the bikes before we head off to remote areas. We live on an island with limited supplies and expertise, so self-sufficiency is critical.
Farkles and upgrades to date:

  • 3 x 3 Mod with JD Jetting Kit for the Carberator
  • 7.4gal Safari Tank (300 miles)
  • Waterproof 12 Volt/USB power outlets
  • Fatbar
  • Pro Taper HandlebarbRiser Mount Clamp Adapter
  • Righteous Stunt Clutch
  • Smith Grips
  • Ram mounts for devices
  • Clutch Cable
  • Brake Pads
  • TST LED Integrated Tail Light & Fender
  • Fluids
  • Smith Grips
  • Mosko Moto 35L Backcountry Panniers
  • Mosko Moto Nomad Tank Bag
  • SW-Motech Quick-lock Evo Luggage Side Rack
  • Zeta Armor-Guard LED XC Handshields
  • KKE Suzuki Foot Pegs
  • Ignition Clutch Case Covers


Shawn & Adele powercouple.jpg

Ready to roll

Catching a lift to Canada