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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....

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...

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

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....

March 18, 2014 GMT - San Rafael (Argentina) to Elqui Valley (Chile)
Well here we go again The Americas Part 2 ....................................................

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 ......................................

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....

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...

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...

July 22, 2013 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....

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...

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....

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....

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....

April 19, 2013 GMT - Bolivia - Tupiza, Uyuni & Sucre
Well what will today bring, another new country - into Bolivia!...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

December 22, 2012 GMT - Ushuaia
Blog Backtracking...... our time in Ushuaia before we leave for Antarctica....

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....

December 08, 2012 GMT - Antarctica - Part 1
Sorry we have skipped ahead with our blog, but because we experienced so much in such a short period of time we wanted to get it down while it was still fresh in our memories. We will do a backtrack/catch-up...

November 18, 2012 GMT - Argentina - Fitz Roy to Ushuaia
Still in Fitz Roy we are up and at em early-ish, the sun is out, it's still semi-windy but there is no dust storm, so we pack up, Skill takes the bike seat off to find the tubing to decant...

November 14, 2012 GMT - Argentina - San Martin to Fitz Roy
We arrive in the delightful San Martin de Los Andes after a glorious days ride. After a couple of half hearted attempts at trying to find a camping ground we give up and head to the Tourist Information Office where...

October 31, 2012 GMT - Argentina - finally on the road
Well D Day has arrived and we are off to pick up the bike....

October 18, 2012 GMT - Chile - Santiago & Valparaiso
After a perfect landing in Santiago Chile we find ourselves lined up to pay the reciprocity tax that Aussies are required to pay in reply to our own government's visa requirements for Chileans. This is all OK until we realise...

October 18, 2012 GMT - RTW Part 2 - South America
Well here we are 5 years on ready to travel on the bike again. On arriving home from our first overland motorcycle trip in 2007 we had a four year plan to travel again which blew out to 5 years...

April 23, 2007 GMT - Nepal
We leave Gorakpur as soon as the curfew is lifted at 8.30 am and make the 100km ride to the border at Sonauli, a dusty Indian town complete with traffic jams caused by the trucks crossing the border, we later...

March 08, 2007 GMT - India - part 3
Life in Goa is quite blissful and we spend three days at Palolem, just swimming, eating, and generally relaxing....

January 08, 2007 GMT - India - part 2
Finally we are back in action with a new iPAQ keyboard to write the blogs and we have a little catching up to do. Thanks so much to our friends Kath and Sean for scouring Australia to find it for...

December 31, 2006 GMT - India - part 1
Disaster has struck, the letters z, x, a, s and e have died on the collapsible keyboard so you will have to be patient and forgive typos and worse than usual spelling in this blog as it will be a...

December 04, 2006 GMT - Pakistan - part 2
For those of you not familiar with the KKH (Karakoram Highway) here's a little bit of background. In the 1960s and 1970s, Pakistan and China jointly constructed a road across the mountains following a branch of the Silk Road from...

November 26, 2006 GMT - Pakistan - part1
After doing all the paperwork and taking two hours to leave Iran, we ride out of Iran into Pakistan following a dusty trail only to realise we have missed the immigration point, which I actually mistook for a chook shed....

November 09, 2006 GMT - Iran
Up and at em early as we know it will be a long day. Breakfast, packed up and gone by 8.30am we ride past the plains beneath the twin peaks of Great Ararat and Little Ararat on our way to...

October 19, 2006 GMT - Turkey - Part 2
Next day it is goodbye to Patrick and Belinda and we head to Ankara as we know that we have to be there by Thursday as the Embassy is shut on Friday and we don't fancy spending three days in...

October 04, 2006 GMT - Turkey - part 1
At the border it is quite hilarious, we pass through Greek immigration who want to know where our Greece stamp is, we don't have one we arrived at 4.30 in the morning and couldn't find anyone to stamp our passports....

September 22, 2006 GMT - Greece
Heading to Greece we couldn't decide which Ferry Line and agonised over whether to get a cabin or not, in the end economy won out. Skill checked out all the brochures, and all the ferry lines seemed much of a...

August 28, 2006 GMT - Germany to Italy
We leave Holland via the Autobahn and head back into Germany, once again we are left standing by the traffic in the left hand lane. Scary stuff but the Germans seem to be very good drivers. We end the days...

August 05, 2006 GMT - Scottish Wedding & Paris
We arrived in Germany via the motorway from France and of course being the nave travellers we are, got our passports ready for them to stamp at the border, but not even a cursory glance at the bike and certainly...

July 11, 2006 GMT - France
Well we have adjusted to French life very well, even the bike has taken on a decidedly French flavour and quite likes being ridden on the right hand side of the road....

June 12, 2006 GMT - Ireland & Wales (& England again)
Skill bought our tickets for the ferry and came back to the bike fuming. "They are a mob of thieving B*****" They had quoted him a price for bike, rider and passenger, but when buying the ticket the price went...

May 25, 2006 GMT - Scotland
I must say that we have had a great time with our friends Donald, Lou, Mairi and Harry near Aderdeen, although they were all incredibly busy, with work, business commitments and wedding preparations etc etc. Skill was laid up in...

May 10, 2006 GMT - London to Scotland
Well I shouldn't have gloated about our navigational prowess. After picking up the bike and making it back to London with ease, we had a lay day sorting out gear on Saturday and on Sunday we decided we would head...

April 24, 2006 GMT - We get the Bike!
The Bike Story so far.............. Friday 25th February We deliver the bike to the shipping agent in Brisbane. Tuesday 7th March the boat leaves Sydney Wednesday 12th April Rang the shipping agent (London), yes the ship is due in tomorrow...

April 24, 2006 GMT - Brisbane-London
Being new to this blog thing and being the Queen of Verbose I (Alanna aka Lan) am going to give this my best shot as John (aka Skill) has handed over the writing to me. He is in charge of...

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April 05, 2006 GMT - Preparing to Leave

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