Hi and welcome to our Blog. We are an Australian couple travelling two-up round the world (in stages), currently still riding our well used Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom. Our first stage was from UK to Australia for 16 months in 2006-07 when we following parts of the classic overland Silk Road route. We are currently travelling the Americas for 1 or 2 years, starting in Chile. This is our story so far...

December 08, 2012 GMT
Antarctica - Part 2

Day 6 Saturday 1st December Yet another overnight transit, and we awake to 10 cm of fresh snow on the front deck of the ship, but by the time we have had breakfast the crew have hosed it off.

Posted by John Skillington at 07:14 PM GMT
December 22, 2012 GMT

Blog Backtracking...... our time in Ushuaia before we leave for Antarctica.

Posted by John Skillington at 10:27 PM GMT
December 25, 2012 GMT
North to El Chalten

We sadly leave Ushuaia after nearly a month. Long sad goodbyes to Nancy and Mariano then it is onto the bike. It is cold and rainy, we then have to queue for fuel at the YPF, as the two previous service stations are out of fuel.

Posted by John Skillington at 05:40 PM GMT
January 16, 2013 GMT
Ruta 40 & Careterra Austral

Boxing day is here and we need to leave this little oasis of El Chalten and head North, we refuel and add an extra 5 litres (in a 5 litre plastic water bottle) to the bike. As fellow travellers, Grant and Jules Guerin so succinctly put it, we are now a travelling molotov cocktail.

Posted by John Skillington at 04:46 PM GMT
March 03, 2013 GMT
Pucon to San Rafael

Our days in Pucon are quite blissful, our first morning we awake to a beautiful sunny day and although it is very hot, we have a piscina (pool) to cool off in, the views to Volcan Villarica are uninterrupted and quite spectacular, although it is not puffing out any smoke.

Posted by John Skillington at 03:01 PM GMT
March 13, 2013 GMT
Finca Fun San Rafael

Our first day on the farm is a reasonably quiet one, it is Sunday and we help John with a few odd jobs before Annette arrives home later in the afternoon, a late night of catch ups, drinks and tall stories is the order of the day.

Posted by John Skillington at 07:07 PM GMT
March 21, 2013 GMT
San Rafael to Cafayate

It is Saturday 2nd March and we finally decide that we need to get on the road again but feel rather guilty leaving poor John and Annette with 40 tonnes of plums to harvest, our timing was probably not the best, but hope we provided some help with all the pre-harvest preparation jobs.

Posted by John Skillington at 06:43 PM GMT
April 01, 2013 GMT
Cafayate to La Quiaca

Leaving Cafayate we head out with plans to ride Ruta 40 to Cachi, we stop to refuel at the YPF but with no luck, an English speaking Argentinian on a BMW redirects us to another fuel station up the road and follows us there.

Posted by John Skillington at 09:16 PM GMT
April 19, 2013 GMT
Bolivia - Tupiza, Uyuni & Sucre

Well what will today bring, another new country - into Bolivia!

Posted by John Skillington at 07:27 PM GMT
May 13, 2013 GMT
Sucre to Samaipata

People come to Sucre for three days and stay for three months, it is just that kind of place. It is a really easy city to negotiate, there are great restaurants, markets/supermarkets, cultural museums and activities.

Posted by John Skillington at 08:01 PM GMT
May 29, 2013 GMT
Bolivia (Samaipata) to Peru (Curucuito)

Samaipata will go down on our favourites list. We spend 5 days here enjoying the tranquil, peaceful surroundings.

Posted by John Skillington at 01:32 AM GMT
June 13, 2013 GMT
Puno to Cusco the long way round.

We awake in a new country, Peru, a place we have dreamed of coming to for nearly 30 years.

Posted by John Skillington at 03:17 AM GMT
July 22, 2013 GMT
Cusco and the Sacred Valley

We are lucky enough to be in Cusco in the two week lead up to Inti Rami the festival of the Winter Solstice. It is truly amazing, there is always something going on in the Plaze de Armes

Posted by John Skillington at 06:32 PM GMT
Ollantaytambo to Puno

After the weekend we are eager to hit the road even if it is a short 3 hour ride to Ollantaytambo.

Posted by John Skillington at 07:29 PM GMT
July 25, 2013 GMT
Puno (Peru) to Tilcara (Argentina)

Yesterday was a long day, and last night in Puno it got down to minus 6 degrees Celcius, so we have a bit of a sleep in before venturing out for a bacon and egg breakfast and hitting the road for (hmm is it back to Bolivia or off to Chile) a toss of the coin and Bolivia it is.

Posted by John Skillington at 04:03 PM GMT
August 13, 2013 GMT
Tilcara (Argentina) to Trindade (Brazil)

We awake next morning to find that we have indeed slept for twelve hours, it must be the aging process, whatever happened to the couple that used to party Friday night, drive 800 km to a party Saturday night and return the 800 km home Sunday and front work on Monday. I fear they are extinct.

Posted by John Skillington at 06:22 PM GMT
September 06, 2013 GMT
Brazil - Trindade to Rio and Foz do Iguacu

On leaving our oasis in Trindade we follow the coast road to the uninspiring outskirts of Rio, the closer we get to Rio the warmer it gets and you guessed it the bikes starts to misbehave really badly.

Posted by John Skillington at 09:30 PM GMT
March 18, 2014 GMT
Iguacu to San Rafael

We make the decision we will ride as quickly as possible back to San Rafael so this is a pretty boring account of the weeks ride ...................................

Posted by John Skillington at 09:30 PM GMT
San Rafael (Argentina) to Elqui Valley (Chile)

Well here we go again The Americas Part 2 .................................................

Posted by John Skillington at 09:46 PM GMT
March 28, 2014 GMT
La Serena (Chile) to Lima (Peru)

We leave La Serena after a lovely breakfast beside the bike, then comes the task of actually getting it out through the reception, which we manage to do after yet again rearranging the furniture.

Posted by John Skillington at 12:02 AM GMT
April 13, 2014 GMT
Lima to Sullana (Peru)

We spend a total of 4 nights in Miraflores, Lima, the Hitchhikers Hostel is a gathering point for many overlanders, a filtering point of the North/South America overland traffic.

Posted by John Skillington at 08:13 PM GMT
May 01, 2014 GMT
Sullana (Peru) to Lasso (Ecuador)

It is a border crossing day. Border crossings are always a mix of heady excitement because you are off to a new country but also anxiety, because you never know what border officials are going to throw at you.

Posted by John Skillington at 10:24 PM GMT
May 31, 2014 GMT
Lasso (Ecuador) to Quito and Cuyabeno

It is a quiet Sunday morning in Lasso, we awake to very overcast conditions, have a hearty breakfast, pack up, don the wet weather gear and are on the road to Quito by 9.00 am.

Posted by John Skillington at 07:43 PM GMT
June 09, 2014 GMT
Quito to Mindo (Ecuador)

Back in Quito after our tour of the jungle we go to see Diego to pick up the bike only to find that the workshop is closed with our bike locked inside.

Posted by John Skillington at 11:22 PM GMT
June 28, 2014 GMT
Ecuador - Galapagos Islands & Otavalo

It is a reasonably early start as we have heard that it can take up to an hour to clear customs and organise the paperwork which is necessary for entry to the Galapagos.

Posted by John Skillington at 09:05 PM GMT
July 10, 2014 GMT
Otavalo (Ecuador) to Desierto Tatacoa (Columbia)

Well it is border crossing day again, we are not travelling far today so we are pretty slow on the breakfast and packing up front. Skill goes out to make the necessary photocopies for the border authorities and we are off. It is a pleasant but slow ride up over the mountains with the inevitable traffic and stops for roadworks. The Ecuadorian roads have proved to be very good and those that are a bit rough are under reconstruction, hence quite a lot of roadworks.

Posted by John Skillington at 02:46 AM GMT
August 02, 2014 GMT
Colombia - Desierto Tatacoa to Tolu

Despite the heat, and the noisy generator under our window, armed with ear plugs, we sleep reasonably well, but the following day is an absolute scorcher, there is really nowhere to escape the heat.

Posted by John Skillington at 04:51 PM GMT
September 07, 2014 GMT
Colombia - Tolu to Cartagena

We spend a total of four nights in the noisy and slightly sketchy town of Tolu, the weather is hot and sultry, it is actually hard to do anything without being wet from perspiration, but we do venture out and about, fortunately the town has a big supermarket where we can buy supplies.

Posted by John Skillington at 11:22 PM GMT
September 29, 2014 GMT
Cartagena, Colombia to Changuinola, Panama

With only a week left on our Colombian visas, today is the day we finally leave Columbian shores.

Posted by John Skillington at 05:16 PM GMT
October 13, 2014 GMT
Changuinola, Panama to El Cuco, El Salvador

The land of border crossings.....

After Skill hunts and gathers some yoghurt and yes you guess it, Chiquita bananas for breakfast, I pack up and get organised for the day ahead, another border crossing and another new country.

Posted by John Skillington at 12:35 AM GMT

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