October 23, 2005 GMT - Final Chapter
Every tale needs an ending. Mine is biological. I am having aluminium boxes made (again) in Viedma, southern Argentina, when an email arrives from Europe. Rachel has just got back after a tough trip down the pan-American highway - weeks...
April 30, 2004 GMT - Over the Andes
Early start. Over the Andes. Skip breakfast to get moving. Touristy San Pedro de Atacama has the last gas station in Chile. I ask around for the distance to the next fuel. It is either 200 km, 400 km, or “Far. Very far”. Best carry some spare. Spend my lunch hour failing to find gerrycans. Thankfully, the improvising overlander alternative is all around. Big plastic pop bottles. Where are these useful empty containers Simon? Why they are in the rubbish bins.
March 08, 2004 GMT - Peru
March 04, 2004 GMT - Colombia 2
We watch the world go by on Sexto Street, half of it tottering on four-inch heels. It is a bit like being in a giant Christina Aguilera video.
January 14, 2004 GMT - Colombia 1
"Isn't that Osama bin Laden over there?"
December 12, 2003 GMT - Panama
She shakes her sternly with the finality of a nightclub doorman...
November 13, 2003 GMT - Costa Rica
Ahhhgg, fast food...
August 13, 2003 GMT - Turtle time
Waiting on the beach for Mr Magoo.
July 13, 2003 GMT - Nicaragua
Perhaps there's a drinking water fountain. How do I mime that? Piss in an arch?
June 13, 2003 GMT - Guatemala
A pleasant ride and a test of principles.
May 13, 2003 GMT - Mexican bee movie
Hot wet pain is spreading up my right arm. I am finding it quite intriguing. That car-crash slow-mo is running quarter-time...
April 13, 2003 GMT - Mexico
Greeting from my bling bling world.
March 13, 2003 GMT - Across the states.
Out through Texas, the huge belly of the beast.
February 13, 2003 GMT - Nevada
I meet the Village people and get money off coupons for the local brothels.
January 13, 2003 GMT - Utah
A friendly contact from the Utah police.
December 13, 2002 GMT - Grand Canyon
"It's like a giant vibrator Simon".
November 13, 2002 GMT - Las Vegas
So that's what heppened to Sheena Easton.
October 13, 2002 GMT - California
I am the little guy chasing the big American dream...
September 13, 2002 GMT - San Francisco
Thoughts on the Haight-Ashbury revolution.
September 12, 2002 GMT - Queensland
A long dark strand slides slowly from under the rim...
August 12, 2002 GMT - South East Australia
From Beachport I ride to Bordertown. The south is peppered with these literal settlements.
July 12, 2002 GMT - Outback Australia
Hundreds of cockroaches live in the wall latrine. Their chosen mode of locomotion is breast stroke.
June 12, 2002 GMT - Cambodia
Wind in hair; low yellow sun; bike purring; ancient jungle cities of stone all around.
May 11, 2002 GMT - Vietnam, south
You know things aren’t right when “fuckie fuckie, very cheap” is the nicest thing anyone’s said to you.
April 11, 2002 GMT - Vietnam, north
Real difficult getting the toothless hotel lady out of my room. I think she is after more than an extended English lesson.
March 11, 2002 GMT - Laos
Opium and suffering the out of context problem.
February 11, 2002 GMT - Thailand
Bar girls, elephants and mean dogs. I will miss Thailand.
January 11, 2002 GMT - South India
Picturesque poverty, but terror is riding pillion.
December 11, 2001 GMT - Goa
Vanity, curruption and my Steve McQueen moment.
November 11, 2001 GMT - Delhi
A lady with a lama, and some motorbike existentialism.
October 11, 2001 GMT - North India
Tampons stops Transalp shocker.
September 11, 2001 GMT - North Pakistan
The embers from last night's fiery barricades have died down...
August 11, 2001 GMT - Pakistan
Curry, hardened steel and the anthropomorphic fallacy.
April 11, 2001 GMT - South Iran
Racing nomads and a feminist statement.
March 11, 2001 GMT - Iran
The lure of sheep brain and some air guage karma
February 11, 2001 GMT - East Turkey
Can’t brake or use the clutch but my fingers aren’t blue any more.
January 21, 2001 GMT - Nepal
Katmandu is full of backpackers moaning about India. That’ll teach them to listen to the Beatles.
January 11, 2001 GMT - South Turkey
Bananas, fairy chimneys and underground cities.
December 11, 2000 GMT - Istanbul
Wearing full length thermal underwear makes me want to do a knees in the air dance and sing show tunes.
November 11, 2000 GMT - Greece
Over the Kkatari pass in thick fog. Good job I can’t see down those drops.
October 11, 2000 GMT - Italy
My first breakdown. The bike not me.
September 11, 2000 GMT - France
Like descending into the steamy bowels of hell, ten miles of diabolical duodenum
June 14, 2000 GMT - Why A Transalp?
June 13, 2000 GMT - What to pack and what to change