AIM Contributor Alfonse Palaima Co-Authors Adventure Book ‘Journey to the End of the World’
Granted, our friend, photographer, and frequent contributor Alfonse Palaima might not have completed his “Journey to the End of the World” on a Harley-Davidson, but anybody who loves motorcycles and has a penchant for adventure can appreciate this book. Fonzie, as he’s affectionately known by in industry circles, has shot many features for American Iron in the past and the new book book is filled with his wonderful photographs. Congratulations Fonzie! – Ed
In the fall of 2016, 15 seasoned adventure motorcyclists set off on an untested route to the edge of South America. The idea behind Expedition 65, as cooked up by RawHyde head honcho Jim Hyde, was to travel across 65 degrees of latitude along the Andes Mountains from Cartagena, Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina. Enlisting a group of hand-picked riders mounted on a fleet of BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles (and a support vehicle), Hyde, Alfonse Palaima and Colin Evans mapped out a gorgeous, grueling and occasionally life-threatening 11,000 mile route that would take them to some of the planet’s most epic and storied roads, sites and cultures, and, finally, to “the end of the world.“ The big, beautiful, full-color account of this glorious ride, Journey to the End of the World, is now available from Octane Press.
Penned by experienced adventure rider Colin Evans and chronicled by long-time professional photographer Alfonse Palaima, Journey to the End of the World packages the insightful and often hilarious prose of Evans with stunning images captured by Palaima in some of the most intense—and scenically rich—riding conditions imaginable. Along the way, the E65 group encounters many of South America’s iconic locations, from the World’s Most Dangerous Road to the legendary Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat), negotiating single- and double-track trails across the soaring peaks of the Andes as well as the knee-deep mud paths of the Amazon basin. The duo also record countless death-defying moments, a few fistfights, major “pucker-factor” scenarios, scores of mechanical meltdowns, and finally, the crossing over the Straits of Magellan onto Tierra del Fuego. It’s high adventure at its finest.
The stories in Journey to the End of the World touch on insanely dangerous rides and laugh-out-loud absurdities, with rest stops that range from high-class to low-brow and everything in between. This riveting account reveals some of South America’s highest mountain passes as well as its most intensely spiritual landscapes, all experienced from the saddle of an adventure motorcycle.
Title: Journey to the End of the World
Subtitle: The Expedition 65 Adventure Motorcycle Ride from Colombia to Ushuaia
Pages: 192 pages
Publisher: Octane Press
Available: July 1, 2017
Dimensions: 9.5 × 12 × 1 in
Retail Price: $45.00
Available from Octane Press directly, or anywhere books are sold.