01 April 2007

Not the 'Motorcycle Diaries'


While camping in Sayulita, we stumbled upon a pair of brothers reliving their transient childhood by traveling from San Diego to Chile by motorcycle. While any trip combining South America and motorcycles draws comparisons to revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Gueverra - and the hagiographical 2004 flick - Ian Rowan rejects any similarities, although he happily wears a brown T-shirt with a red star on most days.

The Rowan brothers grew up on a yacht, sailing down Mexico's - and later Central America's - Pacific Coasts. They spent extended periods of time in La Paz, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Costa Rica and Panama, attending local public schools and scratching out a living in what ever way possible. (Ian sold gum to tourists; his brother Josh and their father gave boat tours - after bribing the harbor master.) Their tales are colorful and highly-entertaining and Ian will write about it in a magazine feature after the excursion ends.

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