The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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i and 2/3 friends are looking to run from alaska to chilie,but we dont want (particually) to do major roads that everyone runs on... we are after far more "zen" roads, the old roads with the sights but still make the distance. The internet is proving poor/hidden as an info provider. ideally we want to end up at the bottom at about new years eve, (not this year), and leave maybe 4-5 months beforehand. does anyone out there have ANY ideas of times, routes and (unfortunately) costs. any info would be well appreciated!
I too tried to find secondary road info on the net before our trip down the Pan Am this year, but was also left dissapointed. It didn't really matter in the end, though, since the best info you'll find will be when your in the area. You'll meet other travellers who can pinpoint good routes, bad routes etc. With your time schedule, you should be able to take things as they come.
Going down in the fall should at least give you good opportunity to take the mountain roads of Peru and Bolivia, since it should be fairly dry. We sadly had to skip large portions of Peru's mountains because of the wet, which was painful since Peru was my favorite country on this trip. I know it's possible to do the whole length of the country without touching the Pan American (runs along the coast), and that should give you plenty of good views and adventure. Also Bolivia is supposedly fantastic in the mountains, and fully possible to travers from north to south in the dry season.
I will be traveling from south to north in 2003 but I wonder if there is an overland-route from Colombia to Panama. I can't find one yet (although I have a map wich shows one), every one say's it is not possible.
Everyone's partially right. The Darien Gap IS possible, there is no "route" and your odds of getting through alive today are slim.
The "route" has been done exactly twice, I read the book by the first guy to do it on a bike, Ed Culberson, (get his book on our books pages - "Obsessions die hard") and know the second, Helge Pedersen, and he wouldn't consider doing it again, even disregarding the main deterrent today - guerilleras, drug smugglers, and bandits in general.
The whole area is a heavy drug area, and is considered very dangerous. The Panama military won't even go in there.
The area itself is your worst nightmare jungle. Helge tells of wading through swamps up to his neck, pushing the bike in a tiny dugout canoe, covered with leeches all over his body, watching snakes slither by, then winching the bike up steep jungle hills and slashing a trail with a machete. Total mileage on the bike's odometer after the whole 50 mile stretch - 2. The rest was carried or dragged. And it took two guys, one bike, two weeks.
The best is to fly from Bogota, Lima, or Quito, to Panama. Quito can be difficult due to small plane size. Going south, do not fly to Ecuador unless you have a carnet.
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