Prgue, June 5 (CTK) – A young Czech couple will this autumn set out on a half-year tour of South America riding a Jawa motrocycle, during which they will visit five countries and look for Czech expatriates and the traces of the once favourite motorcyle brand, one of them, Filip Kadlec, has told CTK.
They will cover 20,000 kilometres.
Kadlec, a member of the Prague Jawa Club, and his partner, Kristyna Kaluzova, will gradually visit Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Ecuador.
“The goal of the trip is to bring information on expatriates living on the continent and to visit places historically connected with the Czech Republic,” Kadlec said.
The trip will start on October 11 in Buenos Aires, where the couple will visit the Jawa Argentina factory and where they want to make the first interview with expatriates.
In Bolivia, they want to test the motorcycle on the Salar de Uyuni salt flat and meet the local Jawa Club members.
They will them cross Argentina, where they want to visit Czech communities in the Chaco region.
In Chile, the couple wants to meet the Czech community in Santiago.
In Peru, they want to meet Red Indians and in Ecuador they will visit the Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción, where material from former Czechoslovakia was used for the floor.
The travellers will send interviews with expatriates and Jawa ans to printed and online media and they will be also available on the Internet in the form of videos.
The interviews will focus on what it takes to start from the scrap in a foreign country, in a different culture, how life differs from that in the Czech Republic, how to find work there and many other pieces of information, Kadlec said.
He and his partner will ride a Jawa 350, type 640, which is one of the last classical two-stroke Jawas 350 sold on the Czech market.
A Jawa also participated in a recent expedition With a Trabant Through South America, it was used by traveller Jaroslav Sima on several long-distance trips and motorcyclist Pavel Suchy made a round the world tour on a Jawa 350.
Kadlec and his partner want to gain a part of the money neded through crowdfunding.