Vespa Roadtrip Sudamérica: The Way is The Message

Stworzony przez Ralf Jodl o 14:02 w dniu 13 lutego 2020

“John Silva Photo Traveler” is a “traveling” project, which pursues the dream of exploring the world and getting to know its people, discover how they live, their cultural landscape and their surroundings, tell their stories and share them, especially with the younger generations. In the same way the greatest explorers have done it. It is about rediscovering the various “corners” of the planet, document them through photography as a practical medium to communicate. 

Its developer, 49 years old John Silva, born in Colombia, is a journalist and photographer, who for more than 15 years has performed as a photojournalist in important newspapers and agencies of Colombia and Ecuador, among them “El Espectador”, “La Patria”, “Diario Hoy” and “Agencia AFP (Agence France-Presse).”

The American continent is the current setting for this dreamer. Breaking his own mental frontiers, and completely changing his lifestyle. John Silva, began his journey at the end of 2011, departing from Quito (Ecuador) in a VespaPX200 scooter which he called “Matilda” and in which he rode through 11 countries during 20 months of traveling. There were more than 35,000 kilometers that took him to various and spectacular places where he was welcomed by friends, Vespa clubs, Scouts and even the president of a country. Trying to accomplish his dream of arriving at “The End of The World”, his trip was disrupted due to the intense cold that began in the autumn of 2012. 

On June 30, 2013, he returned to Ecuador, closing a full circuit of travels and taking a long recess. During this time, John meets Emilio Scotto, the greatest traveler in history who made two roundtrips around the world (for ten years) and who, until today appears on the “Guinness Record” of the greatest achievements in history. They became friends and being very inspired by him, among other great adventurers, John started to plan his much-desired journey to Ushuaia in The Land of Fire / Argentina.

On October 10, 2015, riding a new Vespa GTS300 , he set out from Quito, one more time, visited Colombia (his home country) and from there he undertook his final trip to the south. Crossing through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile in only 18 days. John continued his adventure overpassing the Andes Mountain Range and taking the mythic “Route 40” breaking through the inhospitable and extensive Argentine Patagonia and visiting places as amazing such as the Mount Fitz Roy and the Perito Moreno Glacier among others. Finally, he arrived at the most southern city on the planet, Ushuaia, on March 22, 2016 where he fell ill due to all the physical effort and debilitating pace of the trip. 

Once recovered, John started his trip back, passing through several villages and cities over “Route 3” in Argentina which borders the Atlantic Ocean. He traveled to Brasilia (Brazil) to appreciate this city devised by well-known architect Oscar Niemeyer. Then, he went back to Argentina to assist the “1st Vespa Suramerica Days” on the exact date of the 70th anniversary of the famous Italian scooter. There, he shared his experiences via the conference “El Camino es el Mensaje” (The Way is the Message) where he tells his inspirational Vespa Road Trip story.

What followed from there on was all the work of destiny. A kidney stone, an accident in Argentina and a mechanical failure on his motorbike on the open Bolivian plateau became part of this story. On January 3, 2017, he returned to Quito, place where his second journey had initiated. The result of this last trip was of 45,000 kilometers, 9 countries, and 15 months of traveling.  

John Silva has been able to take his splendid Vespa GTS300 to the limits of his travels, crossing through all types of terrain and showing that lengthy journeys are not an impediment for a legendary scooter such as a Vespa! Currently, John is travelling from Mexico to Belize on his Vespa. The track will embrace all Central America, North America and Alaska, another extreme point on the planet!

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Ralf Jodl
Ralf Jodl

Ralf is managing director and co-founder of SIP Scootershop. He has been riding Vespa since 1990 and even today the working day starts best for him when he rides to the SIP headquarters in Landsberg on his Rally 200. Otherwise he owns a 180 SS, a 160 GS and a VM2 fenderlight Vespa.