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February 14, 2008 GMT - Change of blog site
Excuse the length of time with no entry on this blog. I have been continuing with my travel, please see: http://lesandcai-americas.blogspot.com...

December 10, 2007 GMT - Mainland mania
Back on the road at last, it was a fifteen hour ferry journey but the time passed fast enough, itīs amazing how a belly of beer can help you settle down and sleep on such a boring journey. There was...

December 06, 2007 GMT - Natty dreadlocks.....a phase in the life of Cai!
Nothing is permanent, not life, not incarceration, and not my injury! I do feel as though Iíve been shut up here, against my will, forced to relax and take life slow. Maybe I needed to, I sure as hell didnít...

November 26, 2007 GMT - but she told me to exercise!
With my knee seizing up it was imperative to exercise it, to keep mobility. And exercise it I did. At least once an hour, despite it's reluctance to cooperate, I put it through it's paces; bending it backwards and forwards....

November 21, 2007 GMT - Bend on the mend....
Nearly a week has gone by since I saw the trauma specialist, so howís it gone? I obeyed his masterís voice, actually rested for a full four days, took my medication as prescribed; oh, I forgot the hot and cold...

November 16, 2007 GMT - All'swell, that ends well...
Maybe, for those people who don't live their lives with excitement and risk, it sounds strange for me to be so carefree about having an accident, it could easily have seen my permanent downfall. Riding bikes for so many years...

November 13, 2007 GMT - Downed, but not out!
What a plonker I am! One of the most basic things to teach new riders is the necessity of making "life saver" observations every time you adjust your position on the road. Shame I didn't do that today, If I...

November 12, 2007 GMT - Bye bye Baja!
What better way to finish a nice chilled out time on the beach than to get completely plastered on the last day! Tequila and lashings of beer does the job nicely, a 300 mile ride tends to work it out...

November 08, 2007 GMT - Paradise revealed
I personally never found the deserts I encountered boring, they have seemed varied and interesting. For sure they've induced torpor and sleep, only due to the extreme heat while travelling through them. Even on a motorcycle this can be a...

November 05, 2007 GMT - Oh I do like to be by the seaside!
The morning after my last blog I awoke to the sight of four vultures, perched above me, watching me. Iím sure it was with no innocent intent, without succumbing to paranoia it could only be dealt with in the best...

November 02, 2007 GMT - Heading South
Phew! I almost expected a torrent of comments after my last blog entry, I'm glad there wasn't. It was so good to be reminded how hard I found it when I first set out from Ojai. There were days of...

October 27, 2007 GMT - Too hot to trot!
Before leaving Ensanada I had to find where to pay my tourist tax for Mexico, it could be more hassle than it's worth to be stopped and not have it. It would certainly involve a fine, and I don't know...

October 24, 2007 GMT - Baja or bust!
Sunday morning found me hung-over from the fall party at Alasdair and Laurenís. Not too bad though, I took painkillers before suffering too much. The main feeling was not being very with it to play croquet; I buggered up every...

October 12, 2007 GMT - Sespe hike...on the way to Baja
After being in Ojai for two weeks I've come to a stand still, no blog, no writing in my journal and no riding the bike, except down the shops. In this time I admit, I've done little to write about....

October 04, 2007 GMT - Ain't that Grand?
From my dismal experience of Tuba City it was a pleasure to get away, heading further west on the 160 for another ten miles. Route 89 provided a link to route 64, which followed the Grand Canyon east along the...

October 01, 2007 GMT - Colorado and the Anasazi.
A nice and early start, tainted only by the onset of a hangover. It didn't really start until after visiting the cliff dwellings, grogginess was the only initial set back. Strong coffee and magnificent views were enough to delay the...

September 27, 2007 GMT - Passing the day away...
Its good when things just happen, you go with the flow and are well rewarded. I got away from the motel as late as I could, and buggered around in the library for a couple of hours too. But it...

September 26, 2007 GMT - All quiet on the western front
I finally left route 191 at Vernal, it had taken me a lot further away from the Continental divide than a wanted to be, so zig-zaging it has to be. And wasn't it just worth it, I've now crossed it...

September 25, 2007 GMT - It'snow joke!
The weather has failed to detract from the amazingly beautiful scenery I've been constantly passing through. Not one place can be given precedence over any others, they're all magnificent. Each mile, each hour, each day, each state has been unique...

September 24, 2007 GMT - More storms, but feeling good.
I don't think I can take anymore about the weather at home, it ain't got a patch on what I'm facing here now. In the last few days I've had snow laying around me, slept at 9,500ft in heaving rain,...

September 21, 2007 GMT - Running from winter
Wow, what a few days I've had. As I left the library from writing the last blog is was pouring with rain, and I mean pouring. Not one to shy away from a bit of water I just donned the...

September 18, 2007 GMT - Rested and raring to go!
Many thanks to kind hearted Aunts, eh? Not even my own aunt, that of Sioned, friend and late employee from home. Amazing how people can rise to the occasion and come up trumps. Iona didn't even know to expect me,...

September 11, 2007 GMT - Rock and snow, at last.
From McBride it was Route 16 right on down to Jasper. A night's camp in cold conditions saw me fit for the next leg, expected to be one of the highlights! Highway 93, all the way through the glacial fields...

September 11, 2007 GMT - Forest tracks rock...ooops!
From Canal Flats on Highway 95 I took a forest/logging trail to White Swan Lake, and camped the night. Following morning (Monday that is) I decided to follow the track for about 100 km, making it a total of 125...

September 08, 2007 GMT - Back into the mountains.
Tedium doesn't begin to explain the ride from Fort Nelson to Fort St John on route 97. A straight road and very little to look at, I hardly even had to stay awake (Actually been finding it hard to do...

September 07, 2007 GMT - Them hills, they be Rocky!

At last I enter the Rockies, even if its short lived.



September 04, 2007 GMT - Ccccold, bbut brrrilliant Yukon.

Canada sure takes some beating, if only I hadn't been delayed for a month I wouldn't be freezing my gonads off.



September 01, 2007 GMT - Thar she blows!

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August 30, 2007 GMT - Where's the maple syrup then?
I'm so made up over being allowed close enough to stroke Bonkers. Now she's gone that far I feel I can actually put her picture on the blog. Unfortunately she's been so badly treated before Nick and Emmah got her...

August 23, 2007 GMT - And then came the rain/

Leaving California and riding up through Oregon saw a big change in much of the scenery. And then came Washington.



August 17, 2007 GMT - Wilderness days
Waah! What a fantastic last couple of days, especially as its only a couple of days. It feels like a decade, so many phenomenal sights, sounds and smells. Riding into San Fran and over the Golden Gate Bridge was definitely...

August 14, 2007 GMT - Feeling high...9,500 ft

Such great riding, starts to bring me into a more positive aspect of greaving. It still hurts like hell, but it feels better now.



August 10, 2007 GMT - Take the high road

On the road at last, but feeling vulnerable.



August 06, 2007 GMT - Up the coast..but down so deep!

Journeying starts, but the emotional strain seems to take its toll; for better or worse?



August 01, 2007 GMT - Back in the US

A last night, sleepless in the Uk and then a flight back to LA.



July 26, 2007 GMT - One day at a time

Very slow achieving anything here, looking forward to getting back to the states.



July 23, 2007 GMT - Twilight zone

With the funeral, wake and even the scattering of the ashes over there seems little to occupy my mind before gonig back to the states to carry on with the trip.



July 20, 2007 GMT - Ashes to ashes

And so for the funeral of my dearest friend, my son, what I thought was my whole life.



July 17, 2007 GMT - Stop the world I want to get off!

So many visitors and so much help. Its all been appreciated but my head is reeling.



July 15, 2007 GMT - Overwhelming support.

Home is no longer where the heart is. Things are hard back in North Wales but so nice to be able to see other friends. I miss California though, and the new found friends who helped so much when the shit hit the fan.



July 12, 2007 GMT - Returning home

After a week of solid hassle I get the confirmation that Cai's body will be flying out of LA 7.00am Tuesday 10th July. I can at last return home myself and be re-united with friends and family.



July 04, 2007 GMT - My world comes tumbling down.

Devastation hits where the purest joy had been present only seconds before.



June 28, 2007 GMT - Cali-foorn-ii-A!

We arrive very late in Los Angeles, at least the cities roads are almost deserted and navigating out to the Pacific Coast Road in made so much easier.



June 22, 2007 GMT - Farewell party

There's only one way to depart for a big trip, thats to get all your friends together and PAAARTYY!!!



June 21, 2007 GMT - One week to go

All Americas tour - 2007-2008



 
 

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