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August 06, 2013 GMT - The rally at the end of the world
Mike returned to the UK last week, but instead of going home went straight to the Bridge Rats 10th Rat Pack rally at the Heath rugby club in Halifax. In his one man determination to finally get a 'Furthest Traveled'...

July 16, 2013 GMT - Europe - The Final Breakdown
Five days from Volgograd to Calais, 3500 kilometres (2200 miles), then a short hop across the channel to stay with a friend (well his wife as he had gone Morris Dancing) before the final leg home. 74 days to ride...

July 11, 2013 GMT - Retreat (and advance) from Volgograd
For most of the trip we haven't known where we were, where we were going and very often where we had been. After leaving Kazakhstan, and its wild and unpredictable roads, we followed the Volga down to Volgograd. For those...

July 05, 2013 GMT - Still breaking in Kaz
Kazakhstan, wonderful country, wonderful people. But it seemed to be determined to kill my bike. After Almaty we headed south west, flanked to our left by the foothills of the Himalayas and the borders of Kyrgyzstan. The roads here are...

June 27, 2013 GMT - Almaty or (and) bust (again).
It took us 3 days to get out of Semey, One day was for my recovery and the 3rd to register our visas. They have a strange system in some places like Kazakhstan . yes you have a visa to...

June 23, 2013 GMT - Boiling and breaking in the Polygon
I always said it would be Kazakhstan that was the most likely place my bike would break. But only 2 hours into it was a bit extreme....

June 16, 2013 GMT - Bear(bare?) Dancing
We've made good progress, and are now west of Lake Baikal. In the meantime we have had more good natured fun with the Russian bikers. Our latest escapades began as we entered the town of Mogacha, 500 kilomtres from Chita....

June 15, 2013 GMT - Folks Dancing across Siberia
Following our route change we planed was to ride across South Korea, but after our mistake with the Air Way Bill (both bikes on one to save money) the South Koreans would not allow them out of the crates at...

May 29, 2013 GMT - Trucking bikes
When we packed the bikes in Vancouver we expected to be off the road for a week, ride for a few days in South Korea then ship them to Vladivostok and be riding away again a few days later. It...

May 24, 2013 GMT - Twiddling thumbs
The bikes are all crated up and waiting to be flown to South Korea. We had an exciting and tiring two days sorting out the crates and paper work....

May 19, 2013 GMT - Riding the Redwoods
Three years ago I bumped into Jim in Mexico, and then later crashed into him twice in the same day, somehow we have still remained friends. This time my bike was much better behaved and kept her panniers a decent...

May 13, 2013 GMT - Wandering west
Following the bad news of the ferry delay we mulled over things while riding the next day then reviewed our options. We did some research and emailing and we have been able to find a shipper who will fly the...

May 08, 2013 GMT - Hit the brakes
We are into the swing of it, get up at 06:00, on the road by 07:00. Do 200-250 miles before lunch and then another 100-200 afterwards. The 400 miles a day are ticking along nicely. Or at least they were...

May 03, 2013 GMT - An hour gained, a day lost
Things often seem closer than they are, we got off the train at Gatwick and could see our hotel. It wasn't far so we walked. Aided by directions from a car park attendant we cut through some woods at the...

April 23, 2013 GMT - Taxi !
The bikes have gone. Now we can sit and twiddle our thumbs for a few days. We made the RoRo, despite the best efforts of my bike, it was back in Pitstop for some last minute repairs only hours before...

April 10, 2013 GMT - Everything is going smoothly
Everything is organised and paid for; the flights from Gatwick, the train to Gatwick and our hotel. The bikes are serviced and have a place on the RoRo from Liverpool to Halifax, Canada, and we have started the steps for...

April 06, 2013 GMT - We have a plan
Its not a very cunning plan, it involves riding west. A long way west. In a short amount of time....

 



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