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October 16, 2012 GMT - The Bike
The Bike I chose a Suzuki DRZ400S primarily for its light weight, generous suspension and proven reliability. I added the usual protective gear, a pair of Happy Trails 5” hard panniers (to lock stuff up) tail rack, and mounted RotoPax...

September 30, 2012 GMT - The Kit
The Kit I’ve packed a two person tent, basic camping gear for one person including a petrol stove. Personal items such as clothes, shoes, pharmaceuticals, and riding gear. Electronics include a Garmin 62S GPS (with Tracs4Africa routes), an Acer Netbook,...

September 28, 2012 GMT - The Route
The Route Trying to stay with the best roads, my route starts in Cueta and follows the Atlantic coast road south through Morocco, the Western Sahara, turns east in southern Mauritania to Mali, Burkina Faso, then south to the west...

September 26, 2012 GMT - Morocco
Morocco September 1, 2012. Watching reruns of "Friends" was not how I expected to cross the Straits of Gibraltar and start my African adventure but there we were, hermetically sealed in the cabin of a "fast ferry" that rushed...

September 25, 2012 GMT - Western Sahara
Next day I made the relatively short trip to Laayoune, crossing the (invisible) border to Western Sahara which is claimed and administered by Morocco but disputed by the UN. You could see the impressive amount of investment in infrastructure the...

September 24, 2012 GMT - Mauritania
What a shock. It was as if Morocco was 1st world and Mauritania was 3rd world. I knew that there would be a difference but the contrast was sharp. It reminded me of the movie Mad Max. The Western Sahara...

September 22, 2012 GMT - Mali
The first clue Mali was different was that the border staff had music playing. I realized I had not heard music (except on a TV in a restaurant) since Spain! It was a very relaxed entry. I bought the “Yellow...

September 20, 2012 GMT - Burkina Faso
I crossed the border at Faramana with no difficulties and headed to Bobo Dioulasso. The road was terrible for the first few kilometers (which can be normal at border crossings – no votes for paving a road to exit...

September 18, 2012 GMT - Togo
The border formalities went well with 20000CFA for a visa and 5000CFA TIP (vehicle permit). however one little scam is that they will direct you to report to a nearby police station. When I arrived a very young officer seemed...

September 12, 2012 GMT - Benin
The border was quick with no extra fees to pay. It was rapidly getting dark and I soon reached Aneho and started looking for a hotel. I could not see one sign for a hotel and now it was really...

September 10, 2012 GMT - Nigeria
I opted to cross at Ketou because all advice was to avoid the main crossing on the coast highway and I really wanted to find a way to avoid the roads leading through Lagos. Lagos is the largest city in...

September 08, 2012 GMT - Cameroon
I awoke the Monday morning at the Ogoja Hotel to a major rainfall. It got me thinking that I was at a crossroads of sort. I could end the trip here or take the plunge and continue on to Cameroon...

September 06, 2012 GMT - Gabon
Almost instantly after crossing into Gabon the rain forest became even more dense, humid and exotic (at least to me). The curvy road through the rolling hills was in excellent condition and a motorcyclists dream. I tried to capture some...

May 12, 2007 GMT - More Brasil - then Canada
The heavy rain as I left Belem (city at mouth of the Amazon), Brasil did not last long but thankfully the clouds remained – it was plenty hot enough without the sun. With the sights, sounds and smells of Belem...

April 17, 2007 GMT - Brasil - Amanzon River!
I was pretty nervous on Wednesday morning as I packed up and left the hotel in Manaus for the floating dock where the Clivia waited to take us down the Amazon River to Belem. From the day before I knew...

April 03, 2007 GMT - Venezuela
Arrived in Venezuela Saturday noon, cleared immigration only to find customs closed until Monday AM - so I couldn´t clear the bike! Caught between two borders, the National Guard guy said ´just stay in town with the bike`. Taichira is...

March 25, 2007 GMT - South America! Colombia!
My flight touched down at Bogota about 10:00PM – I was in South America! A childhood dream fulfilled at last. The Arrivals area was a bit chaotic with very aggressive taxi drivers vying for business. Warned in advance, I went...

March 18, 2007 GMT - Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
It was only an hour from Choluteca to the Nicaraguan border near San Marcos de Colon. It was a lot easier getting out of Honduras than in and to my surprise Nicaragua was relatively simple. Best of all it all...

March 17, 2007 GMT - San Salvador, Honduras
I arrived at the San Salvador border town of Hachadura about 3:30PM which made me a little nervous because of the length of time it took at the last border. However, little San Salvador proved to be the easiest crossing...

March 14, 2007 GMT - Guatemala - Bad then Good
The ride to the Guatemalan border near Cuidad Hidalgo (I decided not to go to Tapachula) was a nice combination of mountian and lowland plains with the silhouette of the volcanic mountians ever present. However it was hot, very hot....

March 12, 2007 GMT - Oaxaca to Hot!
Today was an awesome ride south on 190 libre. The road was in excellent condition and it crawled through mountian passes for about 400kms to Tehuantepec. The twistys were non-stop. It reminded me of parts of the south island of...

March 09, 2007 GMT - Time to leave
Well, I have finished my 3 week Spanish course at the Cuernavaca Language School (you can google it for more info) I highly recommend it not because it is a great school with a great staff and they make you...

February 24, 2007 GMT - Too much stuff?
Just noticed that the bike developed a front fork seal leak on the way down. I think I´m responsible for disturbing the seal doing maintenance before I left Canada. Anyway, I did bring a spare seal and will install it...

February 17, 2007 GMT - Back to School!
I´m starting Spanish School today for 3 weeks. The school (The Cuernavaca Language School) has put me up with a nice Mexican family, Mom, Grandma, and 20 year-old son. I take all my meals at the family table and have...

February 15, 2007 GMT - Mexico, Mexico
I crossed the US/Mexican border at Laredo, Tx where I spent the night. The hotel clerk advised me to get there early so I showed up bright and early at 6:00AM only to have to wake up each of the...

February 13, 2007 GMT - It´s getting warmer!
I’m currently holed up in The Super 8 in Beaumont, Texas. The predicted severe thunderstorms broke about 6:00PM and I just made it to the hotel lobby. I wanted to get to Houston today but it is another hour down...

February 09, 2007 GMT - Man it´s cold!
Checking the Weather Channel almost hourly, I saw the forecast open up with clear but very cold temperatures -12C for my route down I75. That´s what I needed, dry roads (no snow/slush). So making a quick decision, I wheeled out...

February 08, 2007 GMT - Off to South America!

After buying a BMW 650 Dakar on a whim in 2004 (or more likely on an unconscious wish/unfulfilled dream), Ross Davidson left his Mississauga home, near Toronto, Canada on a -12C day in February 8, 2007 and headed to Mexico to begin his trip around South America.



 
 

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