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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Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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I have a friend who has recently travelled in and around india for a year and gave up on "time consuming" water filtration.
He relied on a couple of drops of Iodine in the water which he said, gave him no major hassles.
"Iodine is the preferred chemical treatment for water. It is easy and effective in twenty minutes, but iodine probably should not be used for months at a time. It also should not be used by pregnant women and people with thyroid conditions."
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">"Iodine tablets are another method used to treat water. It is inexpensive, compact, and will kill most microorganisms. Unfortunately it is less effective against Giardia and ineffective against Cryptosporidium. Iodine also takes 20 minutes and adds a foul taste."</font>
Health Canada's travel medicine site advises that boiling is the best answer:
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">"If required, water purification may be achieved by either heat, filtration or chemical disinfection. Boiling is the most effective way of producing water that is safe to drink. Simply bringing water to a boil is sufficient to kill all of the organisms that can cause travellers' diarrhea."</font>
If you decide after doing the research to go the iodine route, we've used these in the past:
"Potable Aqua consists of tiny iodine tablets in a small glass bottle. Directions are one or two tablets (depending upon temperature, clarity, and Giardia control) per liter of water. Shake and let dissolve, then loosen the cap and shake again to allow the iodized water to spread over the threads, killing germs there. It's ready for drinking in twenty minutes.
The water has a slight brownish-orange color, and a moderate iodine taste. Potable Aqua also comes with ascorbic acid tablets, called P.A. Pure, which greatly reduce the iodine taste and off-color.
Potable Aqua tablets should be left sealed in the glass bottle until use as they have a limited effective life after exposure to air."
From the Art of Travel site.
"It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses."
Let me add one thing to Susan's reply. I don't use iodine except for emergencies and the reason being is that it blocks thyroid function. A few days of using it isn't going to hurt, but using it for a weeks at a time is really not good. Actually, you can find iodine tablets in radiation protection kits. Radiation fallout from a power plant meltdown or nuclear weapon will cause lots of radioactive iodine to be released. This radioactive iodine, once inhaled, will clog up your thyroid and you'll probably get thyroid cancer (think Chernobyl). Taking iodine tablets will cause the regular (non-radioactive) iodine to clog up your thyroid before the radioactive version arrives and will cause it to just pass through your system. Pretty cool eh?
Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius - William Blake
I spent a few years in the US Army (Infantry, Special Forces). We used iodine tablets extensively, sometimes for up to 6 weeks at a time. Sometimes if the water was really nasty up to four tablets per quart. Presweetened Kool-aid helps this allot. I never had adverse affects and I never heard of anyone else having a problem. Do keep the tablets capped up as they will break down over time if left exposed.
During trips to Africa, our medics purified the common water with clorine. I dont know the dosage, but you could taste it in the water. A couple of drops per gallon I think.
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