About Us

We founded the team “Rasende Klapperscheese” to participate in the desert rally “Dresden-Dakar-Banjul”. The team consists of Michael and Carmen – two colleagues and good friends. Actually a few other friends wanted to participate in the rally as well, but for some reason suddenly hamsters died and grandfathers celebrated round birthdays ;-). So there were only the two of us and we started to travel through Africa on our own.

Now, three years later, we decided to hit the road again. This time we won’t go to Africa, but ride all along the Panamericana from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego instead.

We came up with this idea during a couple of evenings in some pubs. Since we both would like to go on a greater journey full of adventure, we thought traveling the Panamericana would be ideal. In the beginning, we were not quite sure on the choice of vehicle, because we both made our motorcycle driver’s license just a few months ago. Finally we decided to travel by motorcycle and discussed to take a ‘Leave of absence’ with our employer ( we both work in a large IT company ). So now we’ve solved the biggest issue and can start to work on detailed planing…

Contact us at panamericana@die-optimisten.net.

8 responses

  1. Mike Leaven

    hello Michael and Carmen, this is Mike we met at the Anchorage Harley Davidson. I see you are making progress. Did you get the bike fixed and has the weather gotten any better? We ran into a lot of rain and cold. But we made it to the Arctic Circle. It took us 11 hours to go up and back…Good luck on the rest of your trip and it was a pleasure meeting you two. Take care and i will keep checking in….

    July 25, 2012 at 1:23 am

    • teamklapperscheese

      Hi Mike, nice to hear from you! Yes, the guys at the House of Harley Davidson were so kind to fix it the next day and it’s still fine! 🙂 The weather was also getting better, we just had a quite bad day when we left Valdez… Now we are in Arizona and it’s very hot here…

      July 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

  2. Hello team 😉

    This is Guillaume, we met in Salt Lake City. I see your trip is going well congratulations guys!
    Also you’re going through San Salvador and Honduras soon. I found the border crossing info at http://panamnotes.com/how-to/ absolutely excellent and it will help you greatly going hassle-free through these two borders.

    Wish you have a lot of fun! Now I’m in Colombia.

    September 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  3. teamklapperscheese

    Hi Guillaume, nice to hear from you and thanks for the information about the border crossings! We plan to travel through El Salvador and Honduras next week (as fast as possible:-) ). Great that you are back on the road! Have a nice ride through Columbia!

    September 27, 2012 at 1:25 am

    • Hey!

      El Salvador seemed pretty safe (though I didn’t stay long in San Salvador). Make sure you take the highway 2 from the border to La Libertad, awesome track/road. I stayed for the night in San Miguel (Comfort Inn, it has secure parking) then raced to be at the Honduras border (El Amatillo) by 7am. It sucks there, be very patient and hold your ground with the helpers. When they came to me I picked one at random and laughed at him saying he’s a crook and his picture is on internet. It worked and they didn’t bother me after that, you might want to try it 😉

      To leave Honduras into Nicaragua I can’t recommend you enough to avoid the highway 2 and go to El Espino (highway 1) instead. Very peaceful and clean crossing up there in the hills (fresh air!)

      Have a great time and cuidate amigos!

      September 27, 2012 at 2:00 am

      • teamklapperscheese

        Hi Guillaume,
        we are now in San Miguel in El Salvador and stay in the Comfort Inn. It’s a nice place. Thanks for the recommendation!
        Have a nice time in Peru!

        October 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    • Oh and here are some Garmin maps of Central/South america free to download from Open Street Maps http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/All_in_one_Garmin_Map#other_areas_or_continents

      September 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

  4. Gary and Mary

    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to wish you all the best on the rest of your travels. It was great to hang out in Antigua and who knows, perhaps out paths will cross again as we travel south… If not then any tips and recommendations would be much appreciated. We are especially keen to hear about you boat trip to Colombia!!

    Safe travels and hopefully talk soon

    Gary and Mary xx

    October 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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