Kirsten and Henry

Hi, we’re Henry Mawson and Kirsten Heerwagen from the North West of England, and this is our trip.

The trip came about when my girlfriend- Kirsten- lost a good friend John Kirvan to a massive stroke and she decided we are only here once so it was time to do something a bit special. We left England on the 2nd Jan 2008 with the intention to ride around Europe for 6 months before heading across the Atlantic. We plan to start by riding to Morocco to see Paris-Dakar Rallye, then take in France and Northern Italy, Central Europe, Russia and Scandinavia, before taking in the Simmer Dim rally in Shetland and the Sniglars Rally on Iceland. We’ll then ship the bikes to Halifax, Nova Scotia and ride around North America for 6 months. Phew!! We wanted to post a blog to let people we know what we are up to, but also to encourage other people sitting on the fence, you do not have to be anyone special to do these trips but just need the desire. Kirsten and myself have certainly never done anything like this before. We hope you enjoy reading about out trip as much as we hope to enjoy doing it. Let the adventure begin…

January 27, 2008 GMT
27 January 2008: Morocco - Chefchaouen to Azrou

What a day. Riding the Rif was rumoured to be fraught with possible incidents. Well we're obviously lucky cos it was awesome. The roads, the scenery, the ride. All worth the irritations, and there were some. We (I) took the slightly more minor route of Quezzane to Moulay-Idriss and Meknes because of the green route on the map.

Posted by Henry Mawson at 12:00 PM GMT
January 29, 2008 GMT
29 January 2008: Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, Merzouga

Between Errachidia and Merzouga, the first 'ooh aah' moment of the day was seeing the Oasis du Ziz, a splendidly green valley in what was now becoming almost featureless desert.

Posted by Henry Mawson at 11:44 PM GMT
February 22, 2008 GMT
22nd Feb 2008 – Out of Morocco and to Udine in Italy MORE...
Posted by Henry Mawson at 11:32 PM GMT
March 03, 2008 GMT
23rd Feb to 3rd March 2008 - Slovenia and beyond,

Slovenia - in the north, very "Sound of Music" , only with snow........ and no nuns. At picturesque Lake Bohinj (yet another mountain pass to get there - I'm a bit mountain-pass'd out now) we got more strange looks off the skiers as we head up the steep hill to see the waterfall at Slap Savica - a word to the wise - don't climb up hundreds of steps in motorcycle gear and Tech 8 boots. It's not big and it's not clever. It is however, very sweaty. And it amused the girl in the ticket office highly. Still, once at the top we decided it's called Slap because i wanted to slap Henry by the time I got there.

Posted by Henry Mawson at 11:57 PM GMT
March 11, 2008 GMT
11th March 2008 – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

We are now in Mostar and finally the realisation we are getting somewhere hit's us. It's been solid adventure and delays for the last few days.

Posted by Henry Mawson at 12:05 AM GMT

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