28,000 miles: Family of three travels to South America on motorcycles; presentation planned for Tahoe’s South Shore | TahoeDailyTribune.com

28,000 miles: Family of three travels to South America on motorcycles; presentation planned for Tahoe’s South Shore

One of the stops on the Borden's journey was Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The family visited 15 countries during their expedition, which lasted over one year.
Courtesy / Sandy Borden |

Have you ever thought to leave life as you know it behind and embark on a 15-month journey with nothing but a motorcycle and your family? Some may have dreamed it, but the Borden family made it a reality.

Known as the Adventure Trio, Terry, Sandy and their teenage son Jack left their home in McCloud, California, in September 2014 and did not return until December 2015.

The three traveled on two BMW GS motorcycles 28,716 miles, visiting 15 countries in Central and South America. The goal? To experience the world together as a family outside the scope of media.

“All of the bad news that comes on television about not trusting your neighbor and about the rest of the world being not as good as it is here, we wanted to go see for ourselves what people were really like,” Terry said.

The Bordens have gone on family motorcycle trips before — many for two to four weeks at a time. They used shorter trips to prepare for their expedition to South America, which was their longest yet.

Preparation didn’t stop there — the family had to downsize and do many daily tasks on the road.

“When people say, ‘Oh, how was your vacation?’ It’s not a vacation. It’s a life choice. We’re taking everything we would do at home, and we do it on the road — cooking, laundry, education,” Sandy said.

“You’re doing this fun travel trip, but the infrastructure and daily duties come from work,” Terry added.

With a life on the road comes the challenge of finding places to sleep. The family spent approximately one-third of their time camping, one-third in hostels and one-third in Airbnb lodging.

“Believe it or not, it’s available all over the world,” Terry said.

Now back from their trek, the Bordens are coming to South Shore for one night to give a presentation on their experience. On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., head over to Lake Tahoe Community College to hear more about the trip the three took together as a family.

“What we’re hoping is to push other people into the direction of [travel] if you’re not happy and you want to enjoy this time before the kiddos are grown,” Sandy said.

“What they’re going to hear is what it’s like to travel internationally and together as a family — what our experiences were like in these other cultures, how we were received, how the interactions went, how safe we felt. All the questions that people have, whether or not they’ve traveled,” Terry added.

The Bordens’ motorcycles will be on stage during the presentation for the audience to get a glimpse of equipment used on the journey. In addition to the bikes, attendees will hear the family’s story.

The Bordens say there is no specific audience targeted for the event. It doesn’t matter if you’re an advanced traveler, have never traveled before, or are somewhere in between.

“We love to share our story. We’re really looking forward to it — meeting people, answering questions and encouraging folks to get out there themselves,” Terry said.

Entry to the event is a $5 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation is followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information, visit http://www.adventuretrio.com.