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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Brown

1933 and 2023

In 1933, KS Jones embarked on a journey that would become a testament to human grit, determination, and an undying spirit of adventure. Riding his 225cc Royal Enfield Model A motorcycle, Jones set off from Pretoria, South Africa, on a six-month adventure that would take him across 15 countries, with each step of the way fraught with hair-raising experiences and bizarre encounters. His 12,000-mile journey was the first of its kind, and it would become a milestone in the annals of motorcycle travel.

Today, almost 90 years after Jones embarked on his incredible journey, we will set to honor his legacy by embarking on a similar adventure. The group, riding from Washington State in the USA to Panama, is using the trip as a platform to raise money for diabetes, a cause that is close to their hearts. Like Jones, they are testing their limits, challenging themselves to push through the most challenging terrains, and experiencing the thrill of the open road in a way that only those with a passion for motorcycles can understand.

As they journey across the Americas, they will encounter challenges, setbacks, and the unexpected. But, like Jones before them, they will keep their spirits high and their heads held high, drawing inspiration from his incredible journey and the lessons it taught us about the human spirit.

Jones's journey was not without its challenges. He faced treacherous terrain, rough weather, and mechanical issues, but he never gave up. He pushed through, relying on his pluck and luck to see him through. The riders on this journey will undoubtedly face similar challenges, but they will do so with the knowledge that they are following in the footsteps of a true adventurer.

But Jones's journey was not just about the challenges he faced. Along the way, he encountered a range of bizarre experiences, from crossing the Equator and dodging crocodiles to witnessing a battle between two tribes and being accused of spying by a hostile government. His journey was a testament to the unpredictability of life, and the riders on this journey can expect to encounter their fair share of the bizarre as well.

Ultimately, the journey from Washington State to Panama is about more than just riding motorcycles. It's about testing oneself, challenging one's limits, and experiencing the thrill of the open road in a way that only those who have embarked on such a journey can truly understand. It's also about raising awareness and funds for diabetes, a cause that affects millions of people worldwide.

By honoring Jones's legacy and following in his footsteps, we will on this journey are not only paying tribute to one of the greatest adventurers of all time but also making a positive impact on the world.

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