A Scottish bloke, an English chick and a Malaysian bike...

After living in Malaysia for 10 years and 8 years respectively, the two of us are setting off on our 1995 Malaysian registered BMW R1100 GS, named Bertha. Leaving Melaka in April 2006 the rough plan is this:

Ro-Ro ferry to Indonesia from Penang, Malaysia. 2 months to ride down through Indonesia to East Timor and then across to Darwin, Australia. We'd like to spend about 6 months touring Australia and then ship the bike from Melbourne to Santiago, Chile. We'll head South for New Year 2007 in Tierra del Fuego and then ride North, slowly, winding our way to Alaska. After that, who knows?! Home to UK perhaps, or maybe we'll settle somewhere en route. The plans are loose, the funds are saved, the dreams are about to be realised...
Getting ready to go
April 14, 2008 GMT
Cruisin' through Colombia


A busy border crossing, after a march for peace (see previous blog)

Colombia is famous for being dangerous, having very friendly people, a passion for football, music, coffee and beautiful women. In the last couple of years the government of Alvaro Uribe has really cracked down on the FARC, the guerilla group who've been wreaking terror on the country for years, and now Colombia is safer than ever. This much we'd heard from other bikers and first impressions gave nothing to dispell this. The frequent roadblocks of military police, army or transport police give one a sense of security. We'd been told that sticking to the main roads meant you'd be fairly safe (if you avoid the hurtling trucks around every corner, that is).

Posted by Hamish Oag at 11:07 PM GMT
April 30, 2008 GMT
Paradise, Canals & Volcanos!

Spirits were high as the lights of Cartegena faded into the night; motoring through the submarine wall erected to defy Drake and into the open Caribbean Sea. However, the atmosphere was quick to change as a swell picked up, the boat rocking and rolling like Elvis on a good night. We had a few concerned thoughts of Bertha strapped to the aft, but after almost 48 hours of open water, we anchored in paradise, Bertha firmly attached.

The "Seeadler"

Posted by Hamish Oag at 12:01 AM GMT
May 18, 2008 GMT
Volcans and Amigos


The Costa Rica - Nicaragua border crossing was pretty easy and straightforward. Hame stood in queues and attempted to find the right windows while I watched our gear and chatted to people. Some more sociable than others, I had to fend off a cheeky local boy who had his eyes on my pockets.

Posted by Emma Myatt at 11:44 PM GMT
September 13, 2008 GMT
Tacos and Topes


With our Houston deadline drawing ever closer, we were happy to have budgeted no less than a month for our ride through Mexico. Taking in spectacular colonial towns, exhilarating mountain roads, ancient Aztec sites and breathtaking coast lines, Mexico didn't disappoint. That's more than can be said for that final drive bearing!

Posted by Hamish Oag at 09:33 PM GMT
September 14, 2008 GMT
The Last Leg....


Before we knew it, we were leaving Latin America and heading to the States; the first time for both of us. We were expecting a time consuming border crossing but as we rode in under the star-spangled banner all went remarkably well. We were asked a few questions and then ... we were in. Mind you, it took me ages to fill in the immigration forms, being so used to Spanish I struggled for a while until I realised it was in English.

"Erm, where is customs then? For the bike temporary import ?" we asked. Both border officials gave us blank looks as we learned there is no temporary import stuff, as in every other country we've been in. It seemed very strange but we didn't argue!

Posted by Emma Myatt at 04:16 PM GMT

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