|Scooped by Brandon Temesvary|
In 1952, a 24-year-old Ernesto Guevara and a friend left for Argentina to motorcycle the back roads of South American. Months later, Ernesto returned transformed. He never came back, even when he did. Patrick Symmes set off on his own little motorcycle adventure, armed with little more than a notebook and a copy of Che’s book and a few extra parts for his motorcycle. He attempted to follow Che’s journey to go where he went, experience what he experienced and do what he did. He was poorly funded for this trip. He traveled great distances, encountered many people, almost completely relying on the road and the people he came across. He had no back up plan; he just went with the flow. He experienced new customs, clapping twice when approaching someone or their house and also experiencing the generosity of complete strangers. He eventually returns a changed man, having a new outlook on life. Along his journey, Che helped many people along the way, just as many people had helped him. Che’s final resting place was Vallegrande, Che went to Vallegrande, the army followed, many tourists, and then the government was soon shammed into installing electricity.