The next morning after breakfast I head out to look for an ATM and am accosted by a ticket tout who offers me a flight to see the lines. Not only that but there is another couple booked on the flight, so I get the co-pilots seat; how could I refuse?
August 18, 2008 GMT - Desert & Mountains
Now who would have thought in their wildest dreams that they would be personaly serenaded by an opera tenor performing 'O sole mio' in a busy street, in a little Peruvian desert town?
August 01, 2008 GMT - Barriers, Arguments and the £10 bottle of Coca Cola.
I thought to myself that since the camping gear was off the bike anyway I might as well camp until morning, when along the track there came a battered old car. Three young men got out and each showed me their identity cards. ‘But why?’ I asked. ‘It is very, very dangerous here,’ the leader said, ‘many robbers and guns, you must not stay here, it is not safe.....
June 27, 2008 GMT - Waterfalls. Volcanoes and more friends lost
There were police and army clearing away the old men from their normal seats around the war memorial and cordoning it off. Trumpets sounded, the Presidential Guard marched onto the terrace of the Presidential Palace and a military band struck up. Lancers rode their chargers slowly in from both side of the plaza and formed up in front of the Palace.
June 06, 2008 GMT - The Turtles Head
So we’re off, Curtis and Janet, Roger and Linda, Fred and I, heading out through the early morning rush hour in Bogotá. In the middle of an underpass my bike cuts out leaving me stuck in the middle lane of traffic while I watched my companions weaving through the traffic ahead of me.
April 21, 2008 GMT - New friends found
Leaving San Diego behind, we headed into the mountains and south to the coast. A KLR kept us company for a while, and I found out why Fred’s nickname is ‘Fast Freddie’. I was soon one lorry and three cars behind them, but when we were stopped by road works I attempted to rejoin them. Unfortunately the lorry that was behind them was slowly inching forward anticipating the signal to move off, and I was so preoccupied with the rapidly closing gap that I caught the empty pannier frame of the KLR with my pannier and slowly fell over sideways at about 1mph.
April 12, 2008 GMT - Christmas and New Year in Guatemala
It is Christmas Eve and I had walked out for something to eat. Walking back down on the right hand side of the road, there are stray dogs, pot holed side streets and youths letting of firecrackers and rockets in the streets. I meet the young hotel owner on the roof garden, well it will be a garden one day he says, and ask him if the gun at his hip is really necessary. He replies that it certainly is, as the right hand side of the street is extremely dangerous and on no account should I walk down there!!
March 02, 2008 GMT - New Chapter posted
Some problems with my email address have meant that you did get my last notification. As I am not at home, Virgin have dumped my account so I am now using a Yahoo.co.uk account with the same name. Many thanks to Grant for letting me know about this.
Anyway if you go to the Horizons Unlimited site and go to Travellers Tales you will not only find my latest entry 'Maya Ruins and the Winter Solstice' but lots of other interesting stories as well. By co-incidence I had lunch with a HUBber from Lima today!
February 29, 2008 GMT - Maya Ruins and The Winter Solstice
Strange things happened to me again during an important time in the pagan year, plus I get to see those fantastic Maya Ruins that I had only seen in books.
February 02, 2008 GMT - South of the Border down Mexico way.
Sitting in my hotel room in Panama, waiting to fly to South America, I have had time to catch up with my blog a little. Trouble is my bike has developed a leak in the radiator and the shipper has informed me that I will have to pay duty on my bike when it arrives in Quito, Peru. Great, but I'm flying to Bogota in Columbia!!!
January 20, 2008 GMT - Gila, The Grand Canyon and Yuma
Second chapter posted today, but it only brings me up to November 17th my final day in the USA!
January 20, 2008 GMT - The Dallas Interlude
Spending a couple of weeks with my twin brother Norman was like a refreshing holiday for me. We toured south west Texas and east New Mexico in a hired 4x4. I had not realized how much harder it is to tour by motorcycle until this point. Many of the things we take for granted in the UK and Europe are not available elsewhere in the world, like just pulling off the road for instance, try doing that when there is a 6 inch drop off onto loose gravel at the road edge!
December 16, 2007 GMT - Into The USA
Ok, so I'm really in Belize at the moment, but here is part of my journey when I crossed into USA. At this rate I'll be home long before I finish this blog!!!!
Anyway Merry Christmas to all my readers, I'm sorry that the lack of comms in the last few weeks has meant I could not reply to all your emails, most of which I have just received.
Tomorrow I start for Guatemala, but hope to be online again in the New Year, don't hold your breath though!
October 23, 2007 GMT - Across the prairie
From Timmins to Jasper
October 22, 2007 GMT - Diamonds in a gold mine
Having crashed in Newfoundland, and again in Nova Scotia, I now stood in South Porcupine, Ontario; beside my bike looking at the wrecked rear wheel axle
October 05, 2007 GMT - On the Road Again, maybe.
Can I really continue with a broken collarbone, or are my doubts going win? Do I have enough guts to travel on after this second crash, and what if another major obstacle crops up/
September 14, 2007 GMT - Chain Reaction
Leaving Newfoundland for the perils of Nova Scotia
Still no photos, but stay with me they are yet to come.
September 12, 2007 GMT - Natasha, the $1 town and The Vikings
Newfoundland greets me and spits me out!!
Sorry no photos this time.
August 10, 2007 GMT - Northward to NFLD
Finally get to ride on the first leg of my journey
July 12, 2007 GMT - Canada
The booking-in clerk at Heathrow asked me to place both of my bags on the conveyor. I knew they were overweight and fished for my wallet. He looked at me and asked me to take one case off, printed a label, wrapped it around the handle, gave it a shove to make it disappear into the Heathrow Machine.
May 14, 2007 GMT - Trip to Germany
Take 2....I need to check that my new (2nd hand) pannier system plus all the other stuff, works ok. So what better than a 2000km round trip to Germany for the weekend?
April 27, 2007 GMT - Things left to do
With only 70 days left before departure I need to concentrate on the 'show stoppers' now and the 'wish list' later.
March 21, 2007 GMT - The Route; Part 1; Stage 4; The Great Divide
Well for better or Wurtz, I cannot cross the boarder where I planned.
March 05, 2007 GMT - South to the USA
The Route; Part 1; Stage 3; From The Artic Circle to The US Border
February 19, 2007 GMT - Trans-Canada Route
The Route; Part 1; Stage 2; Trans-Canada.
Crossing the Continent
February 14, 2007 GMT - First Aid and Survival
Seems that due to my inexperience with the software, I held back a couple of episodes, instead of releasing them. So here you go........more stuff about pain.
February 14, 2007 GMT - The Route
Details of The Proposed Route: Trans-Canada; USA, Central America; South America; Australasia, Asia, Eastern Europe, Scandanavia, Western Europe.
February 06, 2007 GMT - Innoculations
'Then it beginsa, I get those needles and pinsa'
The Searchers: 60's Hit Record
January 25, 2007 GMT - Personal Equipment
What sort of lip gloss should I pack?
January 20, 2007 GMT - Camping Equipment
Camping equipment appears to me very much a matter of 50% personal choice and 50% common sense.
January 17, 2007 GMT - The Bike
Which bike? One of the most vexed questions for newbie travellers, which bike?
January 16, 2007 GMT - So How Did I End Up Here?
5 Continents to cross, 29 Countries to navigate and I'm not sure how I got here. Yes I am actually, it was that train journey to Avignon in December 2005.
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