Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Legendary Falls Expedition

Tracking the legend of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - a motorcycle adventure

Emilio Scotto

No matter how much of a world traveler you might be, you likely pale in comparison to Emilio Scotto. In 1985, with just $300 in his pocket, Scotto rode away from his home in Argentina aboard an enormous Honda Gold Wing equipped for all manner of long-distance riding, including extended off-road travel. He returned some 10 years later, having piloted that very motorcycle more than 480,000 miles through 280 different countries and territories. He had manhandled the 1100-pound behemoth through jungles and across deserts, from the top of the world to the bottom, facing challenges and life-threatening dangers that, in many cases, simply defy description. That feat earned him the distinction of being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having completed “The Longest Journey Around the World on a Motorcycle.”

More recently, Scotto embarked on a much less challenging but no less interesting adventure in South America as he and seven companions followed the trail of those infamous outlaws of the early 20th century, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His tale is intriguing but rather long, so we are presenting it here in four installments, with a new chapter appearing about once a week.

Ride now with Scotto as he ventures into the beauty and mystery of some of the least-traveled regions in all of South America.

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