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TRAVEL METAMORPHOSIS

Two-Wheeled Nomads Become Four-Wheeled Nomads
IMAGES BY JASON SPAFFORD

For nearly a decade, my partner and I combined our childhood love for diving and photography—but it was time to hang up the fins and take pictures of the world above the waterline. We decided to embark on a bike trip from Antarctica to the Arctic.

We sold our country cottage, pared down possessions to a few boxes and packed what we thought we’d need for such as adventure. We’ve lived a few trips, but this one took the prize—a life-changing, two-wheeled, fouryear journey ensued.

After some searching, I found Pearl, a factory-lowered ‘01 BMW F650 GS on eBay. I chose her because her color matched my helmet, much to Jason’s exasperation. He soon utilized Pearl as the pack mule and reserved his ‘08 BMW F800 GS for “tech” as Jason calls it: a camera, its lenses and a drone, plus anything else a photographer can get away with carrying on a dual sport bike.

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