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May 11, 2003 GMT - 18. Alaska - Deadhorse or bust!
Having convinced Rob he may as well go as far north as possible – we set forth like madmen on a mission towards the top of Alaska, aiming to get there before we froze on route....

November 06, 2002 GMT - 17. Canada - fresh salmon anyone ?
Meeting up with the guys from Finca Magdelena was a blast, as the travellers code of hospitality proved itself again......

September 18, 2002 GMT - 16. America Part 2, Hotter than ever...
Against recommendations I set forth to the frypan of Death Valley, hoping to experience the hottest of what nature could throw at me. As luck would have it however, my desire to experience two wheeled evaporation was thwarted by a...

September 18, 2002 GMT - 15. America Part 1, Tag team wild cow milking ...
As I left Mexico I checked out my bike as the signs instructed, but as hard as I looked there was nowhere to exit immigration. I guess I'll have to live with the fact that some Mexican official is after...

August 24, 2002 GMT - 14. Mexico, 1 Tequila 2 Tequila 3 Tequila FLOOR !
On the advice of Brit bikers John & Annette I took the option of the Mesilla border between Guatemala and Mexico, apparently there would be less traffic and less hassles. It was so easy in fact, I passed through immigration...

July 31, 2002 GMT - 13. Guatemale, - More big cities and crazed drivers...
There was an immediate improvement in the roads as I entered Guatemala, and I headed straight to ‘Guate’ ( Guatemala City ) along a road choked with trucks and aggressive car drivers. Despite the numerous police controls, I’ve never seen...

July 31, 2002 GMT - 12. Honduras, - on the road to nowhere...
I was warned about the high price to get a bike into the Honduras, but I still coughed and spluttered when I had to fork over 40 USD....

July 18, 2002 GMT - 11. Nicaragua, - Boa´s, Scorpions and Volcanoes
After being spoilt rotten by the BMW Motoclub in San Jose, I headed for the Nicaragua border, but not before narrowly missing a car which lost it´s front wheel, stranded in the middle of the road.......

July 13, 2002 GMT - 10. Costa Rica, - Look , the ice-cream man is here !
Crossing the border into Costa Rica was truly a slow and sweaty process, taking nearly two hours thanks to hopeless beauracracy and the damn bank being unattended....

July 12, 2002 GMT - 9. Panama, a hard place to leave....
The first challenge in Panama was to find my bike, and a very helpful lady behind the National Car rental counter spent 10 minutes phoning around and found it for me. Apparently Vensecar air cargo was tied with DHL, a...

July 01, 2002 GMT - 8. Manaus to Caracas, Mirrored ceilings and 12-Guage "friends"
The nasty shock I got returning from French Guiana was that my bike pants and jacket had started "growing" in my touratech boxes the 4 days I was away......

June 18, 2002 GMT - 7. Manaus to Cayenne, Thunderbirds are go !
Taking a prompt from a guide book, and spurred on because I was told it couldn't be done, I decided to see a launch of the Ariane rocket. The original plan was to ride from Macapa to French Guiana, Suriname...

June 17, 2002 GMT - 6.Tabatinga to Manaus, Cruising down the Amazon
Taking my third consecutive banana boat since Yurimaguas in Peru, I finally got to see and taste the Amazon......

May 31, 2002 GMT - 5. Lima to Santa Rosa, Bad cops, Big water and lots of mud....
Onward to the Banana boats of the Amazon river, criminals wearing police uniforms and more bike destroying roads !!!...

May 23, 2002 GMT - 4. La Paz to Lima, including Miss Peru
Having recovered enough from the Salmonella to be away from the loo for half a day or more , I finally set off for Lima. The police at the Bolivia/Peru border insisted on a donation for Santa Maria before letting...

May 01, 2002 GMT - 3. Villazon to La Paz : It’s a road Jim, but not as we know it…
Entering Bolivia was quite a rude awakening having left the European sofa that was Argentina. The roads were primed to test the bike to its limits, and local officials seemed to be a lot more ‘flexible’ – sometimes inventing rules...

April 29, 2002 GMT - 2. Santiago to La Quica - road blocks and all.
Riding through three days of SOLID rain I slipped into the Chile’s capital , Santiago. The mode change in driving was severe , definitely every man for himself, with any displays of courtesy or caution greeted with blasting horns and...

April 15, 2002 GMT - 1. Ushuaia to Chaiten - Shake rattle and roll...

The first episode of the Ushuaia to Alaska Chronicles, including the notorious Ruta 40, the very New Zealand-like Carretera Austral and making the hard decision to split from my two riding pals. Topping it all off is my first crash...



 
 

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