Travellers in a pandemic in Uruguay – Where are they now? (Part 2)

The coronavirus pandemic trapped them in a country they did not know, yet they adopted Uruguay as their refuge. Where are these travellers a year later?
By Karen A Higgs
Last updated on April 1, 2021

Jeremy Kroeker & Elle West: Canadian motorbikers acquire devoted Uruguay following

Motorbikers Jeremy Kroeker and Elle West found themselves trapped in Colonia del Sacramento as they were making their way back to Canada after riding from North America to Tierra del Fuego. Six months later, they finally left Uruguay and made it home sans bikes in August by plane via Europe.

After quarantining, they picked up their motorbikes which they had shipped to Vancouver and drove back to Canmore where Jeremy resumed his day job as a refuse collector keeping Alberta clean. On weekends he’s been recording his second audiobook — Jeremy writes autobiographical tales under the monicker Motorcycle Therapy for long-distance motorcycle enthusiasts. Elle has been unsuccessful in finding work. Her search became all the more difficult after Alberta went into a second lockdown in December with only food shops remaining open and which is only just coming to an end.

Asked about their time in Uruguay, Jeremy said they have “nothing but positive things to say about Uruguay” and they hope to return. After that their article came out in El País his YouTube channel experienced a huge spike in viewers. Even today his videos are much most watched by people from Canada, the US — and Uruguay.

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