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February 17, 2014 GMT -
CUBA We, (Martha and I) have made it to Cuba. Getting to Cuba for US citizens is not easy so we came with a tour, (MotoDiscovery), which is under licence from the US Treasury Department to operate “People to People”...

February 10, 2013 GMT - Ending the African Adventure
The place I stayed near Augrabies Falls was part of a grape farm where they had built a ski lake and some nice accommodations. No matter where I go and the amazing things I see it is always the people...

January 12, 2013 GMT - Zam, Bot & ZA
The South Loop I’ve headed south, out of Kenya and through Tanzania. Now I am in Zambia by Victoria Falls. Last year we rode a portion of Zambia but this year I came in from the north and saw...

December 28, 2012 GMT - Kenya North
From Nakuru to Isiolo Kenya on mostly secondary roads for a stunningly beautiful day. I would nominate this for one of the top ten rides, some places the pot holes outnumbered the tar but had about 100 k of really...

December 21, 2012 GMT - Kenya, Uganda
Very slow internet here so will add pictures when I can The Zanzibar adventure over I worked my way out of Dar Es Salaam, 100 k west then turning north. The country became dryer with many large fields of sisal...

December 13, 2012 GMT - Zanzibar
ZANZIBAR THE ADVENTURE First let me say that if anyone is planning a trip to Tanzania, do not pass up the opportunity to cross over to Zanzibar Island. And if you are riding a motorcycle do not take it with...

December 11, 2012 GMT - Malawi and Tanzania
Day 6: Made it to back packer place last night, parked, had a beer (ok two) and some stuff that was suppose to be lasagna, got back to the room and collapsed. It had been a challenging day. Made my...

December 02, 2012 GMT - Mozambique

Someone asked why I do these crazy things, I decided it was because I read too many National Geographic Magazines in my youth. You also find out more about your own country and your self when you travel and talk to people who see things a little differently. And as Mark Twain once said "Travel is fatal to racism"



January 31, 2012 GMT - Joburg and home
Then the rains came. Left the Bundu Lodge with light rain and traveled up in the mountains looking for a place we had passed that had hides for sale. Not sure if we just missed it or because of the...

January 20, 2012 GMT - Krugar National Park
Back to South Africa, what a difference crossing a border can make. On this side things work, like phone, internet and services. It was hot coming in though at or just under 40C, so we got a cabin with air-conditioning...

January 10, 2012 GMT - Botswana to Zimbabwe
We are way late in getting a post to the blog, want to insure all that we have not been eat by lions or crocodiles. The last posting was Christmas at Etosha National Park in Namibia, since then we have...

December 26, 2011 GMT - Namibia North
Luderitz was founded by the Germans and built on diamond mining money. Most of the older buildings were built from 1900 to 1918, after world war one South African’s took over control of Namibia. The German style architecture is present...

December 18, 2011 GMT - Cape Town - Canyon - to the Sea
Brian lead us into Cape Town to the Harley dealer where we intended to pickup a couple of shirts to document where we have been. But it was not to be as they were sold out of everything except small...

December 11, 2011 GMT - To the bottom of Africa
Up to Addo Elephant Park where we got a camp spot and took a two hour tour, (they will not let motorcycles ride into the park). It was a real nice camp ground and we saw many animals: Leopard Tortoise,...

December 02, 2011 GMT - The Adventure Begins
AFRICA WE MADE IT! The general plan is to head South from Johannesburg, checking out Swaziland and Lesotho. To Cape Town where we turn north to Namibia, Botswana, to Victoria Falls then back south to Johannesburg. We have two...

January 09, 2011 GMT - Escaping the Floods
As I finally get to writing this we have been home for a week and have almost adjusted to the time difference. When we left Blackall we tried to go north but at the next town roads north, east and...

December 29, 2010 GMT - Floods, Rain and More Floods
We visited friends and rode north from Brisbane to Beerwah in sunshine and found a caravan park to put our tent up. The next day we visited the Australian Zoo. It was a great day in the sunshine. I got...

December 19, 2010 GMT - Running From the Rain
As we headed toward Mt Buller for the HOG rally the flooding was raising havoc. We came to a detour and were told to turn right at T then right and next T to get back to main road. We...

December 06, 2010 GMT - Escape to the Outback

"everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives"



November 29, 2010 GMT - The Snowy Mountains & Beyond
We have spent the last three days in the Snowy Mountains. Monday we got to the park, paid $6.00 for each bike for a 24 hr pass, which we over stayed but did not find where to pay on the...

November 22, 2010 GMT - Setting off in the Land of Oz
After an hour on the tarmac the plane left LA for Sidney Australia and the Great Escape to Australia has began. We (Robert Thode and Martha Thode) are off to ride as much of Australia as we can in...

December 20, 2009 GMT - The Baja Norte
Mexico Norte Met a rider, Mike, from Scotland in Masatlan and who had broke a toe hitting a rock that was knocked into his lane by a truck passing. He is retired and has traveled much of the world and...

December 10, 2009 GMT -
Spent four days in San Miguel de Allende, was good to regrow some skin on contact points. Had wanted to stop for a few days as there was a bid coming up back home that I needed to work on....

December 03, 2009 GMT -
Mexico, "land of contrast" and it truly is. From modern metropolitan cities to small indigenous villages, From Tropical jungles to deserts, from the old colonial city centers to modern cities with Home Depot and MacDonald's. Traveling through Mexico has been...

November 22, 2009 GMT - Central America
The last entry ended with San Juan, Costa Rica. I am now in Belize planning on moving into Mexico tomorrow. Overall Central America has gone by way too fast, there has not been a country that I haven't wished I...

November 13, 2009 GMT - Columbia to Costa Rica
My entry in to Columbia was easy but took over an hour as a group of students studying English were there to practice. I had a great time with them and had them help me with my Spanish. Students and...

October 26, 2009 GMT - Cusco to Columbia
Monday morning at 6:30 I am out waiting for the taxi that is to pick me up and take me to bus that will drive to train station for trip to Machu Picchu. Taxi is late, had problems finding camp...

October 11, 2009 GMT - From Salta to Cuzco

From Salta Agr, Bolivia to Cusco Peru



September 29, 2009 GMT - Over Jama
We are still moving, just been awhile since the last entry due to my computer being down and maybe out. so will be no pictures this time but will update with pictures when I can. We were told that...

September 19, 2009 GMT - Return to Buenos Aires
Return to Buenos Aires We landed in BA the morning of the 14th September and got a taxi ride to Dakar Motos. Javiar was not yet there so we had a little wait. But soon got the Buell out of...

February 17, 2009 GMT - Back to Argentina
Pictures somehow did not upload on the last entry, I have fixed that February 11 Rode around a little and waited for the ferry. The fast ferry really was not much fun as you can not go up on top...

February 10, 2009 GMT - Urugruy
February 7 Left Melo and headed south to not sure where. The effects of the drought are becoming more evident the farther I go to the south, cattle are very thin. Many farmers are pasturing the road right-of-way, which are...

February 06, 2009 GMT - Brazil & Uruguay 1
February 4 Crossed the boarder to Brazil this morning, which took about two hours. First checkout of Argentina where they checked out the bike numbers and even wrote down the info off the side of the engine. Then to Brazil...

February 03, 2009 GMT - Argentina Norta
January 31 Said good buy to Tom, Pat and Chris this morning and headed north out of BA. Tom & Pat wanted to work on finding shipping options for there motos back home. Last night I worked till 10:00 to...

January 30, 2009 GMT - Fin Del Mundo
January 22 Caught the ferry to Chile Chico at 10:00 and arrived at 12:30. Checked out of Chile, then down the road to check in to Argentina. Once we moved into Argentina the land flattened out to desert range land....

January 24, 2009 GMT - Ruta 7
Chiloe Sur January 15 Checked out about 45 K of road on east side (Carretera Austral, ruta 7) up to where I would have needed to take ferry for a way. It was doable to ride down the Carretera Austral...

January 15, 2009 GMT - Sur, On the Road
January 12, 2009 Left Valapariso with Andy and Martin (from Germany, they have been two weeks in the north and now will ride four weeks in the south). Also heading south is Carl and girl friend Martrira (sic) but they...

January 11, 2009 GMT - Chile Norte
January 7, 2009 Traveled North on Ruta 5 to Los Molles and stayed in a nice Cabones that looked out to the ocean. It was hot till Ruta 5 dropped down to the coast then it was quite comfortable. The...

January 08, 2009 GMT - On the Road, Norte
Tusday 6th January, Have gotten moto out of port, to think how easy it is to drive up to Canada with no hassle, then see what it take to get a vehicle in to Chile is a real eye opener....

January 05, 2009 GMT - Santiago/Valparaiso
Arrived at Santiago Airport 5:30 AM, 31st of Dec. Got through customs with no problems in about 45 min. Rental car place was not ready for me till 7:00, but were happy to tell me they had upgraded me to...

December 30, 2008 GMT - Phase II RR in Florida
Arrived at Ryan and Katy's place on the night of the 18th to warm tempatures and lots of sun. Left behind in Washington snow on the ground and a storm coming in. This morning we got word that the...

December 18, 2008 GMT - Getting Ready
MOVABLE TYPE :: Personal Publishing System THE GREAT ESCAPE TO SOUTH AMERICA "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather a slide in sideways,...

 


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