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Welcome to the 87th Edition of the motorcycle travellers' e-zine! We're finally home again, after being away since late May in the UK, Europe and the USA. We've been living out of our panniers and working off our laptops for many months - would have been relaxing if we hadn't had seven events to organise plus a few presentations to do ;-) When we scheduled 2011 events, we were living in London, and it was a simple matter to ride to Ireland, Germany, Spain, etc., from there. But since we moved (with the bike) to Vancouver in January, the travel logistics got much more complicated! Thanks to our good friends at Touratech, we were able to borrow a 1200 GSA (with all the frills) for the European events, and we even got to ride to the top of Scotland - thanks Lindsay and our friends from last year's Ripley meeting for their gift!
We had a great time re-connecting with folks and making new friends at all the meetings we managed to get to. Though we cherish our families, the travellers' meetings are where we connect with our friends, most of whom are motorcycle travellers - quelle surprise! But many things fell off the table while we were on the road, so apologies to anyone who has been patiently waiting for us to do something, and please send a reminder!
As many of you know, we've had a lot of issues with the website upgrade this summer, if you want the background here's the HUBB post. Although many people didn't encounter any difficulties, too many of our loyal users have been frustrated to death for months, so heartfelt apologies to all of you! No consolation, but it's been very painful and expensive for us too! Still a few bugs to squash, so we do appreciate your patience. Now that we're back in office and can catch up with ourselves, we have some new stuff to get done, like improved blogs, more Community features, an improved shipping database, and a long-overdue redesign of the look and feel.
Next week we head to the CanWest meeting in Nakusp, alas, not on our bike, as it is still not rideable, and we have a lot of stuff to bring - t-shirts, etc.! Then we are home until mid-October, when we will head south to the California meeting, which is the last meeting we'll be at this year. And I promise, hand on heart, to get newsletters out in September, October, November and December :)
Where are our intrepid travellers this month?
We've got great stories from Mexico, Laos, Colombia, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Kenya, Ecuador, Syria, Guatemala, Jordan, Egypt, Netherlands, Venezuela, Namibia, India, Montenegro and Australia... And those are just the ones we tracked down! What about you? Get out there on the road and make your own adventure, and don't forget to write!
Susan Johnson, Editor
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Meetings and Events, 2011. Mark your calendars and sign up now!
Canada West - 25-28 August 2011, Nakusp, B.C. It's the 10th anniversary of the Canada West meeting, the location is fabulous for riding and this meeting is now the second largest HU event in the world! Never mind cooking road kill, learn survival skills like how to avoid getting eaten by a bear! RTW travellers Ekke and Audrey Kok, Andy and Luciana Miller are our local hosts. Grant and Susan will be there! Registration open now!
UK Autumn, Mendip, 2-4 September, 2011. Gabriel Bolton and Charlotte Moore are our local hosts. Numbers strictly limited and we're filling up fast! Registration open now!
Germany Autumn, 13-16 October, 2011. Jens Ruprecht promises another great event, a little earlier this year. Registration open now!
USA California - 14-16 October, 2011. New Location - Cambria, Central Coast near Big Sur. We have an amazing lineup of presenters for this meeting - Ted Simon, Dr. Gregory Frazier, Peter & Kay Forwood, Carla King, Clement Salvadori, Merritt & Pierre Saslawsky, Nicole Espinosa and more! Numbers strictly limited! Registration open now!
Dr. Gregory Frazier, 5 1/2 circumnavigations of the globe by motorcycle
Nicole Espinosa (Nicomama)
Peter Forwood riding the world's most traveled motorcycle on the muddy roads of the Congo
Merritt meeting the Masai
2012 Meetings and Events Calendar
Thailand, Chiang Mai Mini-meeting, 14 January, 2012.
Australia, (within 1 hour of Brisbane - Dayboro showgrounds), 8-10 June, 2012. Registration coming soon!
Germany, 7-10 June, 2012, Registration open now!
Ireland, 29 June - 1 July, 2012. Registration coming soon!
UK Summer - Ripley - the big one! 5-8 July, 2012, Registration open now!
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Tea with Bin Laden's Brother, by Simon Roberts
An Adventure motorbiking graphic novel telling the gripping story of a solo ride through Iran, Pakistan and India to Nepal. Take a look inside...
Part 1 - Get Ready!
Part 2 - Gear Up!
Part 3 - On the Road!
Part 4 - Ladies on the Loose !
Part 5 - Tire Changing!
Alex Smith (bigalsmith101), USA, Central and South America, in Colombia, Suzuki DR650,
"'We're in Barranquilla! And I have a broken leg! And here is how it all happened!
We arrived in the Cartagena, Colombia port on Saturday, July 30th. And that night was spent finding a hostel, and going to bed.
Our motorcycles had been on board the Stahlratte ever since we pulled into port. The immigration/customs office doesn't operate past mid day on Saturday, or at all on Sunday from what we were told, and thus we had to wait until Monday to take them off the boat to import them.
We arrived at the dock at 8:30 and within minutes the Stahlratte was winching bikes off the boat, into their small hard bottomed dinghy, and cruising them across the bay, headed to the docks edge. It didn't take long for the dinghy to arrive.
...And so we found ourselves heading out of town, northward it would seem, headed to an intersection 80 miles away that would lead us east and into the mountains. Or so we thought. Our day had a little more in store for us then planned... I would get clobbered, creamed, and slightly broken by a passing truck, and shortly thereafter would pose for this photo.
...Soon, the ladies, all mid 20's (nurses?) were gathered around.
I must have looked really white to them, or just so different that they couldn't possibly fathom that I understand Spanish. For I am sure they wouldn't have said what follows if they thought I would understand, and thus it was very funny to hear them say from behind the curtain, quite loudly, the following:
Girl number one, 'He doesn't even fit in the bed. Did you see the size of him?'
(Or, 'The thing that is better, is that I can speak Spanish'.)
Well, that was a funny sight to behold, as I witnessed dust trails erupt from the ground as 6 pairs of feet took off into the distance like the Roadrunner from cartoons. Damn, I must have embarrassed them!
...It's hot as a witches tit in a brass bra down here and for the past three days I have been wifi-less in my room. It is an instant sweat fest if I leave the room, and the hotel lobby computers register a nice and toasty 85 degrees, with the fans blasting.
So. I solved my problem. I spent about an hour and 45 minutes disassembling the wireless routers on floors 2 and 3 of this hotel so I could fix my wi-fi signal. All in the name of getting internet access in my air conditioned room.
The 3rd floor router is f''ed, I get a great signal, connect, but can't access the web. The second floor router however, is good. But the second floor router's antenna was broken, and hanging off, pointed straight down. So I whipped out my leather man, hopped my crutched ass down the hall, and unscrewed the cover (on hallway surveillance camera) and reset both routers. Then I disassembled the antenna on the floor 2 router, re-assembled it appropriately, super glued it, re-attached it to its base where it had snapped off, and pointed it at an angle directly towards my room and VOILA mofo's, Alex is in 70 degree heaven on the damn internet.
Thank you very much. I'm a proud cripple."
Ed. Follow Alex's story and heaps of pics in the HU Ride Tales Forum!
Ian Moor, UK, Wrong Way Round The World, in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, BMW F650GS,"Tikal, one of the most stunning Mayan ruins in existence is a couple of hours ride from Flores. It is now set in dense rain forest with towering trees and home to a variety of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. I saw a crocodile which lunged at someone getting too close rather than retreating further into the lake. I had learnt in Australia that freshwater crocodiles are not particularly dangerous but I guess the Guatemalan crocodiles haven't been informed of this.
...The border crossing (from Belize to Guatemala) only took two hours but it felt longer as most of the time was spent standing in queues. Someone in front of me in the queue to pay the Belizean departure tax of $37.50 Blz was paying for a coach load of tourists, all of whom had to be processed individually. Eventually I was free to go, the barrier was lifted and I rode into country number five, Guatemala. The road to Flores was good for most of the way with only a couple of short bad sections although they made up for their shortness by being particularly rough, the surface had totally disintegrated leaving a mess of potholes and corrugations. I passed the Tikal turnoff that I intended to return to so stopped to record the GPS grid position then headed through the town of Santa Elena and by keeping the lake in sight found the bridge to Flores, an island in Petan Itza Lake."
Ed. Follow Ian's adventures in his blog here on Horizons Unlimited!
Björn Holland, (PanoMoto), RTW, Ecuador and Galapagos Islands, BMW F650 GS Dakar,
"Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. I had been looking forward to the Galapagos Islands for quite a long time now – and it was indeed absolutely gorgeous. Some information for other travellers reading this blog: I managed to get a real good last- minute price for a 7-day boat cruise. There's a lot of detailed information on other traveller's blogs already, on how to do the islands 'on the cheap', so just a brief summary here from my side:
Flight to Galapagos: US$380 (special promotion from TAME airlines, booked in the TAME office in Quito. Entrance fee to National Park: $100. I stayed on the islands for 4 nights, trying to get a last minute deal. There's plenty of offers, but only a few go to the 'good' islands (Española and Genovesa, with the best bird-life). I finally found one with the 'Guantanamera' boat, 7 days, US$840. Staying in Puerto Ayora (whilst looking for a local last-minute deal) is about $10-15 per day for accommodation, and $3 for a standard lunch. The local supermarket has all necessities for self-catering but prices are about double to mainland Ecuador.
Once again... I meet Bernhard & Jasmin. We've been leapfrogging each other for a very long time now (since Ushuaia, Argentina!). And I'm sure this won't be the last 'good-bye' on this trip. (They're also travelling across to Central America and North America)."
Sheonagh Ravensdale & Pat Thomson, 'Dusty Old Bags', UK, in Laos, Honda Falcon NX400s,
"$2 came the surly demand at the Laos border post before they would stamp our passports. $2 was the jovial demand at the quarantine post (a tent) just inside Cambodia where our temperatures were taken. And $2 to get our passports stamped into Cambodia. We'd been warned this was routine at the only crossing between the two countries and paid up along with all the backpackers and locals who'd piled off a bus. Fortunately we persuaded the officials to take the $12 total in redundant Laos kip before heading for customs.
No worries here. We filled in the only forms they had, designed for air passengers, putting our bike reg. numbers in the place for the flight number and the friendly customs officer didn't ask for a cent. He didn't give us a receipt or photocopy either, so we got him to stamp our carnets so at least we would have some proof of entering Cambodia legally. All these procedures were done in scruffy huts and the tent.
...Down an astonishingly good, straight road, with wasteland on either side for a good 50km. Hardly any habitation and hardly any traffic of any description. Just the occasional big black 4x4 tearing past at top speed. Curious. We started coughing. Stubble burning (or is it land clearance?) is widely practised and smoke drifts everywhere.
The wild parts of Cambodia with the best off-road riding are to the North East and over in the South West, but we needed to get to Phnom Penh to find out about renewing Pat's passport, so we headed south towards Kampong Cham avoiding the big new highway and taking the old minor road. This section is about 125 km, approximately 25% of which is paved. The rest is a small dirt road that runs past innumerable villages along the Mekong River. The traffic was mainly ox-carts, mopeds and bicycles and a few ponies lugging unfeasibly heavy loads. Lots of new wats were being built in the grounds of old ones destroyed by the Khmer Rouge and we wondered who was paying for them as the villages looked very poor. It was so dusty we stopped and bought paper face masks from a roadside stall.
...Apart from its posh new bridge, Kampong Cham is also famous for its bamboo bridge, which is entirely rebuilt every year after the monsoon. It's a toll bridge to an island in the Mekong, and cost us $2.50 for 2 return tickets. There are several small villages either side of a sandy road on the island, and having carefully negotiated this ourselves, we helped an elderly man pick his moped up after he overbalanced due to the unwieldy 50kg bag of rice on the back."
Dom Giles, UK, in South Africa, BMW 1200GS,
"It's hard to describe the feeling of actually being on the bike again - and in a brand new continent. The last time I had ridden my bike was on January 12th through the streets of Panama City. The last time I'd ridden without Tracy on the back was when I rode into Mexico City on 22nd November. It was now March 18th and I was in Cape Town, South Africa. All that waiting (not to mention the cost of shipping) now seemed worth it. I'd been volunteering teaching in a school in a township south of Cape Town for the last three weeks and I'd chosen to ride back to my accommodation round the beautiful Chapman's Peak road along the rugged windswept Atlantic coast. It reminded me of the North Californian or Oregon coast and for a moment I'd actually forgotten I was in Africa. Oh, it was a wonderful nine miles.
And then she cut out. Fuel just stopped getting through and the engine died. I had that horrible, horrible feeling of riding along, one minute everything being fine then the engine just dying, as if I'd taken my hand off the throttle but, crucially, I hadn't. In that split second I'd gone from pure bliss to devastation. It was 5 p.m. on a Friday...
I phoned Steve 'The bike collector' who said he was on another job and in traffic and wouldn't be with me for at least 2 hours. I phoned the bike shop and spoke to Shane who immediately thought the problem was a dodgy fuel pump. Now I don't want to pretend that I know anything about motorbikes or anything. But I had suggested this when I had arrived at the dealership. Mainly because I'd heard BMW suffer from fuel pump issues and it was on my list of expensive spare parts to take that I didn't have with me, so it was bound to go wrong at some point.
Shane jumped onto his bike and found me at 5:45 p.m. with a spare second hand fuel pump. He changed it over and the bike worked fine. The old fuel pump (original one?? - bike has now done 67,000 miles) was chipped at one end. Unbelievably Shane didn't even charge me. Again long distance motorbike travel had managed to evoke all possible emotions in an incredibly short space of time. At 6 p.m. I was in heaven again riding my lovely machine over the twisty, beautiful coastal Chapman's Peak drive. At last riding in Africa! However in the back on my mind I was thinking what chance have I got of getting to Nairobi if I break down TWICE on the first day?
...Two days later I did a 320 mile (500 km) round trip to Cape L'Aguhlas. It's the southern most point in Africa. Question. What's the difference between (North) America and (South) Africa? Answer: At the Arctic Circle they have someone there to take your photo for you, give you some information, have a chat and wish you a good day. At the southern most point of the continent of Africa they have practically zilch. There is a sign but you can't park near it so the furthest you can ride/drive is some dusty little car park. No sign, no welcoming committee nothing. Although the actual area is stunningly beautiful (even on a windy day like I had) it must be something of a disappointment if you've ridden ALL THE WAY down Africa.
Anyway, I parked Heidi as far south as I could and took a couple of pictures. Some guy offered to take my photo for me, so he did. I then got on the bike and just like I did when I got to the Arctic circle in Alaska I shouted into my helmet, 'Let's go to Nairobi' and headed north."
Ed. Dom will be presenting about his adventures in Africa at the HU UK Autumn meeting!
Ionut and Ana, Romania, Trans-Africa, in Morocco, Yamaha Tenere,
"We are a Romanian couple of architects: Ionut, riding the bike and Ana, bickering in the back. Fuelled by Sir David Attenborough's documentaries, an Achilles tendon rupture and past travels to Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and South-East Asia, here we are, daring ourselves to make a dream come true. We've been thinking about this trip for two years and preparing for it for one and, after another freak motor accident that postponed our departure by over 9 months, we finally loaded our Yamaha Tenere motorbike in a van and left Bucharest on the 11th of June. A car broken down and a two-day 'cruise' by ferry from Livorno to Tangier later, we begin our trans-Africa biking adventure with a warm up month in Morocco.
With over 6 years of riding under my belt, mostly on street bikes, this time I have chosen the Tenere for our 2-up RTW trip, knowing that there is no perfect bike, only the will o do something like this. The soul of my first totaled Tenere is alive in the current motorbike, after I did an engine swap to a newer, but with higher mileage 2010 machine.
EU citizens are allowed a 90 days stay in Morocco without a visa. We entered via the newly launched Tangier Med port, where the border formalities are a breeze; its a one-stop-shop, you get your passport stamped, then checked by the gendarmerie, then the duane officer issues for free a Declaration d'admission temporaire de moyens de transport (temporary import permit).
For the customs you can apply online, using this form. The International Motor Insurance Card (green card) from your country of origin may also cover Morocco, you want to check this with your insurer (that is the case for Romania). Otherwise you can purchase insurance at the border.
The Moroccan infrastructure is quite developed, with over 1145km of autoroute and good tarred roads even in countryside. Morocco is an off-road paradise, with adrenaline-pumping pistes zig-zagging the ever changing landscape. The gas (essence) is about 1 Euro/liter and widely available at gas stations or at hole-in-the-walls in small villages. There are ATM machines everywhere, but obviously the food stalls are cash only.
Morocco boasts a diverse landscape, ranging from wild Atlantic coasts to 4K High Atlas peaks, from sterile desert to lush oases, from Sahara dunes to mud brick villages. We rode through the north (Tangier, Larache) which is feeling the crunch of the real estate bubble, with ghost towns and suburbs that nobody can afford built in the middle of nowhere. We stayed in and around Rabat for a week, waiting for the Mali and Mauritania visas, camping on beaches and getting to know the local way of life.
After eating some freshly baked bread in the morning, we left behind the Bhutan-like atmosphere of beautifully camouflaged Imilchil behind, heading to Gorges Dades via Agoudal. Enter the most thrilling piste so far: after Agoudal the tarmac turns to gravel, then just traces in the dust. For 5 km we rode through a riverbed that had erased the piste during the recent floods. Off-roading with a heavily loaded bike proved difficult and we took a few tumbles, managing to cover only 100km in more than 4 hours.
Apart from the riverbed crossings, the piste is a fun ride, climbing to 2700m then going down in hairpins and thrilling turns, with alternating gravel, rocky patches, sand and dirt. The piste ends with a 30cm deep river crossing, from where the road is all tarmac, interrupted by landslides that are easy to manage. As if the whole day ride wasn't enough, we crossed the canyon of Dades back to another famous set of spaghetti-like roads."
Ed. See Ionut and Ana's story and pics in the HUBB Ride Tales Forum!
Pascal (Nish) and Abby Leclerc, Hong Kong, RTW, Spain, Kawasaki W650,
"Everything looked very quiet in Melilla on that Sunday. Suddenly, unlike in Morocco, the streets were almost empty. Our dumb Garmin GPS took us through the smallest alleys of the city, eventually leading us to some narrow stairs which we were supposed to fly down I guess. We eventually made it to a gloomy looking hotel which Abby checked out. Fortunately, it was closed.
We carried on riding and turning in some empty streets and finally stumbled upon two better looking hotels in a deserted avenue. It was pretty expensive compared to Morocco, even during off-season but what the heck, we weren't planning to stay there for very long anyhow.
Together with Europe came a certain set of rules which we did so well without, on the other side of the border. I really couldn't tell if these rules existed or if they were only present in our minds. Even though the hotel carpark was only at the corner, that street was a one way only. A few hours earlier, I wouldn't have hesitated to ride the few meters that separated me from the car park. Not anymore. Instead, I took the long way around and made sure to respect street signs.
When we unloaded our panniers, the Transalp was of course parked in front of the hotel doors, on the sidewalk. I had moved it there from the tarmac because of yellow lines that forbid to even stop there despite the traffic being nonexistent. But then we weren't too sure if leaving the bike on the sidewalk was allowed either, despite of the lack of passersby, so one of us remained next to it while the other was taking our stuff inside. When I returned from the car park, I lit a fag. Not that I wanted one right then but I knew I couldn't smoke inside the hotel so I packed up on a bit of nicotine beforehand.
And I did all that without even being told to.
Is this really what it takes to be 'civilised', in the norms?
I didn't feel myself as having been particularly 'uncivilised' a few hours earlier, in Morocco. But I certainly was in a jollier mood.
...The next day, while the laptop was busy duplicating one drive onto the other, Abby and me went looking for a front tire. It took us a while and we ended up at a Honda workshop in the suburbs. Spanish suburbs are beautiful places to visit, the walls are covered with magnificent tags which I dutifully shot, one by one, with our Ixus... Abby's a patient girl.
...That's how we got the shock of our lives that late evening. After about an hour of hanging around, we had found ourselves at the entrance of a public park and I had suggested to take a walk inside to take a look. At the end of the main alley, we could see the countryside at the horizon, with a few mountains. Was that park marking the end of the city ? I walked a bit faster than Abby while watching the mountains in front of me until I reached some railings that seemed to limit the park. Putting my hands on the cold metal, I naturally looked down to the level where I expected the ground to be... nothing! I lowered my eyes even more... still no ground! In fact I was standing on a sort of balcony hanging on the edge of a giant cliff next to an abyss of more than a hundred meters deep! Breath taking!"
Larry and Sharon McGillewie - BMW 650 and 1150, in Kenya,
"Well we are back in Africa and the traffic did not disappoint. We flew from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam to Cairo and then caught a connection flight to Nairobi all with Egyptair. We were very pleasantly surprised with the good service and clean (ish) aircraft that we received from Egyptair. The only problem was that the passengers on the Cairo to Nairobi leg were all very noisy and we did not get any sleep. We arrived in Nairobi at 2.30am (3.30am local time) and decided that we would wait at the airport as we probably wouldn't get into Jungle Junction at that ungodly hour. No place to lie down at all, not even a small piece of carpet to lie down and we managed to find a small coffee bar that was open so at least we could sit! Which we did until 7.30am and then we took a taxi to Martin Air to start trying to clear our bikes.
We arrived at the Cargo Terminal and we (including the taxi driver) had to be searched and eventually were allowed in. Our main luggage weighted 43kg together had to be carted into the lobby of the main Kenyan Airways building and I promptly sat down on it while Larry went up to the Martin Air Offices.
All the staff for Kenyan Airways were arriving at work and were very concerned to see me sitting on the luggage and all asked if they could help. One lady by the name of Mqeni Ndunda came back and said that she could not leave me sitting there like that and she and a friend came back and helped carry the luggage to the waiting area of Kenyan Airways. She later during the day took me to the staff canteen to get a plate of food for Larry and myself. Thank you very much for your kindness Mqeni!
The normal hurry up and wait when dealing with customs and getting cargo released, we also had very good and pleasant dealings with Martin Air and in particular Jacky. Larry was told that we could not clear the bike ourselves we would have to use a clearing agent, he managed to get hold of Martin (very professional) and he helped us getting the bike cleared. We were at the Cargo Terminal from 7.30am until 2.30pm.
Jacky told me that this was very quick as it normally takes at least 2 full days to clear cargo. The pallets were brought out into the front of the warehouse and the crowds gathered to watch and see who the first person was to get the pallets. We had agreed with Martin that he could have the pallets if he could hang onto them. Martin, Jacky and I moved the luggage to the bikes and Larry had already got most of the bubble and cling wrap off both bikes and shortly we had my bike off the pallet and I could start packing clothes into the panniers. It took about 1 hour for us to get both bikes off the pallets and re-packed and loaded and we were ready to leave.
Back to driving on the left hand side of the road and straight into the worst traffic that we have experienced on our journey. The normal pushing and shoving to get into the traffic and we had 24km to travel to get to Jungle Junction. This took us 2.5 hours in the rain, potholed roads and grid locked traffic. Both bikes started overheating and we had to stop at least 3 times to let them cool down. We did try and take a short cut along the pavement (normal practice in most large African cities) and I got stuck in some nice mud and Larry had to come back and help me! Just shows you the conditions of the roads and pavements here. We arrived at Jungle Junction very tired and thirsty and I had the second beer of the trip! We managed to get some mundazi, local bread/ rolls and had our tent up and our tummies full in record time, we slept for 12 hours and feel a whole lot better. The stress of packing and airfreighting the bikes and then the flight here and getting them out of the cargo depot had made us exhausted (and the ride of 24km). We are now getting ready to do some shopping and then an afternoon sleep!"
Chad Watson and Kyla, NZ, in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, 2-up on a Chinese 250,
"After a couple of days here we hadn't quite had enough of the beach so went for a 4 hour or so ride south to Canoa. A beautiful beach town and after our first night in a disgusting hostel we move to a nicer one, with our room and balcony right on the beach, for $10 night. One night we notice baby sea turtles on the road getting squashed by cars so we end up being up most of the night and taking about 60 baby turtles to the ocean. After we learnt they head towards the lights of town, mistaking them for brighter horizon of the ocean and it's a major issue with sea turtle reproduction.
...Going to San Gil we took the scenic route (you'd have thought we would have learnt by now), and end up taking 4 hours to go 100km on a dirt road, passing through a random hippy commune and crashing at night on slippery clay in a thunderstorm. Fun times and we make it to San Gil at about 9.30.
In San Gil we relaxed for a couple of days, got a new rear tyre $40, new rear wheel bearings $5 and about 8 new spokes and the rear wheel straightened in a shoe repair shop for about $20. Then it was off to camp a night on the football field of a nearby small town (just down the road from Barricharra), then went to check out the Chicamocha Canyon, it´s a big canyon.
So, after Manizales we headed north, up to Medellin. Found Medellin to be a really nice city, stayed for a few days to relax and recharge before keeping on heading north, through Monteria to go for a swim in a mud volcano near Arboletes. This was one of the nicer mud volcanoes on the Colombian coast we decided as we had the whole thing to ourselves for most of the time, not needing to crawl over other gringos to get anywhere like the one near Cartagena.
Cartagena - I decided it was time to get a new rear shock here as I was sick of the back tyre eating through the rear mudguard/airbox whenever we hit a bump. This ended up being a bit of a nightmare but I eventually found one that fit, or so I thought. It ended up being too long so when I put it on, it looked like I had some sort of freak drag racing motorbike. I couldn't touch the ground and it felt I was going over the bars the while sitting on it. After having a good laugh with the guys at the bike shop, I realised that there was no way I was getting any money back. The guys at the shop decided cutting and welding it would work. With not much in the way of money or options I went along with it.
So we walk a km or so to the welding guy, he puts it in a vice, cuts it, the thing explodes and almost takes a few of us out with flying springs and bits of metal. Turns out he had cut it below the thread that was holding it together. Not to worry, we find the pieces, put it in a press to dodgily hold it together as he welds it. The welding cables were all exposed wires and the earth cable wasn't long enough, so he just clipped it to a 3m piece of rebar that he could lie so one end was on a metal table. I'm there cringing, looking the other way while he does his welding.
Looks ok in the end (still in one piece after 10,000+ km now). So we head back to the bike, put the shock on and its still a bit high, so we all laugh again and the mechanic gives me a bit of 4x2 to put under the kickstand so the bike won't fall over with the now too short kick stand. Fixed. Slightly annoyed by then but it's getting late so I just go. Off I ride, a bit scared with a super high back end, not really knowing what to do and a $100 or so poorer. Getting back to the hostel, Kyla comes in and looks at me and the bike strangely, I shrug my shoulders and laugh with not much else to do. We end up spending a couple of hours loosening off the preload with a wrench as a screwdriver and a flathead screwdriver. A fellow motorcycle traveller advises us that this change of geometry may affect handling, but we decide to wing it anyway.
Next day we leave most of our gear at the posada and head of towards Lake Maracaibo. We take the scenic route there via La Azulitia, and see a whole lot of cloud and more cold rain.
Down in the warmer lower altitudes heading towards El Vigia, traffic on the road is not moving, and after passing 10km of stopped vehicles with some creative riding we reach the obstruction. There was a landslide that had just finished being cleared so we sailed on through after about 5 mins wait instead of 5 hours. I love motorcycles."
Ed. See Chad's story and pics in the HUBB Ride Tales Forum!
Roberto Santos-Williams, Ecuador and Colombia,
"...After 5 days in the jungle and a terrible night with a shaman and a dose of his 'ayahuasca' I made it back to Iquitos. From there I decided to take the rarely travelled route up the Rio Napo to Ecuador and into Colombia. Caught an old river barge from Iquitos to Indiana where I got off and rode a narrow path to the port of Mazan. Calling it a port is very generous... more like shacks by the river.
From my research on the internet I learned that this route can take anywhere from 7 to 15 days depending on how lucky you are with the boat schedules since they don't travel everyday. Usually you have to take a boat to Santa Clotilde a day up the river and wait a couple of days, then continue up to Pantoja then wait a couple of days, then Nuevo Rocafuerte, Ecuador and wait and finally you reach a city called Coca or Francisco de Orellana and that's where the roads begin again.
Being an especially lucky person I ran into a boat that only comes down from Coca a few times a year, has 2 engines and could get me to Coca in 2 days so I took it and made it to Ecuador early this morning. From there I went to the nearest border crossing a couple of hours ride and entered the Colombian district of Putumayo. I find myself in a town called La Hormiga (The Ant), supposedly one of the three most active fighting areas against the FARC in Colombia. Should make it to Cali tomorrow and on to Cartagena within a few days.
After reaching Colombia so quickly I happened to enter the country through a little known border crossing called San Miguel that doesn't actually have the ability to give me my temporary vehicle permit. Instead of going to Puerto Asis which was a bit out of the way I was told by the soldiers at the border, who kept giving me a drink called 'Cola y Pola' which is a mixture of cola and beer, that I could get the permit inland at a town called Mocoa.
Went there and found there was no DIAN which is the immigration and tax agency down here. I was told there was one in Pitalito still farther inland so I went. They didn't have the capability to give that document but said in Neiva even farther in they might be able to help me. So I went. Spoke to an agent and they called Bogota. They couldn't help me and said the only way I could get the paper was back at the border in Puerto Asis. They also said that if the national police pulled me over at the many road blocks that I had gotten through on the way up and now had to pass on the way down they could confiscate the bike. I had been stopped once and they had told me they were taking the bike but I chatted them up and convinced them to let me go to the next town where I would be able to get my permit.
So back to the border I went. 2 days inland and 2 days back out. 4 days wasted riding around like a dipshit and when I finally reach the border town and find the DIAN offices on Saturday afternoon guess what... They're closed until Monday! So I'm stuck for two days, the only tourist in the whole town. Nothing to do, not even a library in town. Did give me a chance to get my bike checked out. Carburetor cleaned, new battery, air filter cleaned, nuts & bolts tightened, spark plugs changed.
Finally Monday came along, got the permit and booked it up to Medellin. And as it turned out Puerto Asis was only actually about 15 minutes out of my way the first time up. Instead I drove about 500 miles up and down. It took me about a day to get over the frustration but that's the way it goes sometimes."
Bob and Sheila Oldfield, UK, ATW 2010-2011, Syria, Jordan and Egypt,
"Africa was far too complicated to organize visas so far in advance, so we decided to do it separately from the 'around the world' leg. So now came the challenging part – trying to miss out all of the dangerous parts, checking which countries had roads, which needed visas and whether they started from the day of issue, finding a route through places and getting to and from the continent without too much hassle. We soon realized it wasn't going to be easy – and was made worse once Tunisia threw out its government, the Egyptian people routed Mubarak, and then Libya tried to get rid of Gaddafi. We made a list of visas that needed to be bought in London, then a list of visas that could be obtained on the border, and then the remaining ones had to be bought in a previous country nearer the time.
...It again cost us money to get out of Syria, and a shed-load more to get into Jordan, having to pay for compulsory insurance, visas, and a carnet processing fee. I'd found an ATM on the border to get some cash out, but then used all of it in fees, so had to go and get another lot out. But at last we were on the pretty good roads towards the Dead Sea, and then on to Petra. We were looking for a campsite but found a Bedouin camp instead who offered us a marquee-size tent to put our tent inside, with a load of benches to sleep on. So we just slept inside that. They were very hospitable, and the sage tea was very refreshing.
The Jordan scenery is very beautiful again with rocky desert, and its fair share of donkeys and camels. We were staying near Little Petra, and were told by another guest at the campsite that it wasn't really worth the fee they were charging for Petra, and that Little Petra was just as good, and free. So we went there instead. And stunning it was too. It looked like a practice version of the real thing (so we're reliably informed).
...Top tip for anyone travelling to Cairo: Do as the locals do, and let Allah guide you through the maelstrom. Alternatively, leave your bike at home.
I'd heard all the stories, but had taken them with a pinch of salt. But the locals are maniacs – I've never seen such poor driving. As long as your horn works, you have a right to the smallest of gaps. Even if your car doesn't look big enough for the space, you have to fill it, otherwise someone else will. The badly-maintained pick-ups that act as buses, and the minibuses, coaches and lorries are seemingly all out to kill you, and even if there are only two lanes painted on the road, it doesn't really mean two, it means four, and sometimes five if there's enough space. And the horn isn't used aggressively in general, it's more of an 'I'm here' beep, or an 'I'm coming through' indication. And just because you're on the correct side of the road doesn't mean you won't meet someone coming the opposite way straight towards you, just because it's quicker for him to get where he wants to go. The only rule is that there are no rules. Learn that and you'll be fine. Just don't break your horn (or have small hands like me so that you can't cover the clutch and beep at the same time!)
We had planned to go around Cairo on the ring-road, but Sod's Law intervened, and we found ourselves in the very centre, fairly near Tahrir Square. Eventually Bob's GPS got us going the correct way, doing illegal U-turns a good few times, and we found the campsite. This was an awful place, with very poor facilities, but the only campground near enough the Embassies but far enough to steer clear of any trouble. The only good thing was the taxi-driver that took you into the Embassy and stayed around while you got all the necessary paperwork done."
Ed. Read about Bob and Sheila's trip here on Horizons Unlimited!
Dan Peters, Milwaukee to South America, in Guatemala, Suzuki TS185,
"...The HUBB was a great help in planning the latest adventure. I convinced UW-Milwaukee to give me 9 credits of independent studies so that the GI Bill would fund the trip. The photoblog and videos are my homework.
...We would have unknowingly ridden back into Mexico if we were not stopped by the military. Guatemalan troops asked politely what the hell we were doing out there and searched our bags thoroughly. The military base's commander came out and shook our hands before telling us to go back the way we came because the road ahead was too dangerous for crazy foreigners.
Tycho was nervous around the troops and their rifles, mounted with grenade launchers. I felt right at home and was only disappointed that they would not allow photos. (I did get helmet camera footage)
We turned around and an hour later were at the town of Santa Amelia. Our first stop was for a cold drink and directions. The store we pulled up to was run by a shy woman with dozens of strange, wild turkeys, chickens and parrots . We named her 'Crazy Bird Lady' and rode further into town for food.
...Tycho slept on the floor the last time we stayed with a family with only one bed available, so it was my turn. Covered in sweat, I collapsed onto my sleeping pad over the dirt floor. Tycho slept soundly all night. I was awakened frequently by a family of foxes living in the back closet and spiders running up my leg.
It was a great first day in Guatemala. It felt like a fresh start crossing the border."
Ed. See Dan's video blog in the HUBB Ride Tales forum.
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Lois' adventures in Africa!
'Alone. No support vehicles, no fancy GPS and no satellite phone. Leaving from London, finishing in Cape Town - and the small matter of tackling the Sahara, war-torn Angola and the Congo Basin along the way - this feisty independent woman's grand trek through the Dark Continent of Africa is the definitive motorcycling adventure.' Get it here!
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'Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America in an action-packed three year voyage of discovery. a thought-provoking mix of scrapes and encounters with people which illuminate some moments of true darkness. acute observations on everything from human behaviour, to remote and stunning locations. Distant Suns grabs you, enthrals you and spits you out as a convert to the dream of overlanding these amazing continents.' Buy direct from Sam here!
Into the Den of the Bear and the Lair of the Dragon on a Motorcycle. Werner, 66, was born in Germany and worked in Canada until his retirement. He has authored a number of books since getting bit by the motorcycle travel bug, including
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Peter and Kay Forwood, Australia, RTW (193 countries), in Netherlands, on Harley-Davidson,
"We had first met Marcus Kingma in Norway last year when he was on a Harley for a Muscular Dystrophy charity ride to Nordkapp, YouTube videoing his progress and interviewing people he met along the way, including us. Over the years he has produced more than 600 YouTube videos, receiving almost 2 million views, test riding many motorcycles, taking them to much of Europe, reviewing their benefits and faults as well as his experiences along the way. He also videoed Sjaak Lucassen's trip to Nordkapp in the winter of 2008 and edited and produced the many part series of Sjaak's and Doris Wiedemann's Alaska winter ride to Prudhoe Bay in 2009.
Marcus had arranged to meet us at the German-Netherlands border and was waiting there with his camera poised, along with two other friends, one also a camera man, to catch our arrival. Then it was filming the ride to Marcus's home. Two helmet cameras plus a boom camera, operated by Marcus from an automatic motorcycle, loaned from a motorcycle collector friend, Johen, specifically to allow a free hand whilst riding, for filming.
Marcus lives in a high rise 70's complex near Utrecht which overlooks forest. A magnificent view from either side of the apartment adds to its location on the 10th floor. With professional lighting and a world map for reference we were video interviewed by Ripko and Marcus for over an hour in the evening at his apartment after a great dinner cooked by his girlfriend. A full on day, afternoon and filming, something we are not that accustomed to, but it was an interesting experience. The YouTube video should be online in a week or two.
More photos after breakfast, mostly stills of us at the motorcycle, but another small YouTube video of us placing Doris Wiedemann's stickers on our motorcycle appeared on YouTube soon after. Something we have not considered before but we should be a little aware of when people are using a camera, everything we say or do, can and might appear in the media, a different world than when we started travelling."
Ed. Peter and Kay are not yet used to their celebrity status ;-) Horizons Unlimited is proud to host their complete RTW story and pictures here! See their story on the new Road Heroes DVD, or come listen to them in person at the HU California meeting 14-16 October in Cambria!
Darius and Jane Skrzpiec, RTW, now in Windhoek, Namibia,
"...Jane finally received her visa for South Africa and we can leave Windhoek! in a week or so we should be in cape town when everything is ok. We're taking the risk and don't change the chain kit and tyres in Windhoek as it is quite difficult to get the right parts in here...
...Arriving at a border in the dark is never a pleasure but arriving at the Niger border after sunset seems like a nightmare. Well, we had no choice but to cross the border. The security situation in this part of Mali is more than questionable after the disastrous rescue attempt of the 2 French hostages and the police wouldn't like us to camp anywhere near them... At least the procedures on Mali side don't take long - go with god but GO to Niger!
Its a 30km ride to the Niger Immigration. Here, even its dark and the border closes anytime soon, they want to play some games with us.
We need to produce almost all papers I can think of; and this 3 times! I guess the officers really want to find a problem. As it appears that all our papers are OK, I'm asked to pay 15EU stamp fee! Smile on my side is the only thing the question produces... surely no payment!"
David and Heidi Winters, USA, RTW, in India, KTM 640 Adventure,
"...How do you begin to describe Chennai?
It is filthier then I could have imagined; it is ear-piercingly loud 24/7; it's like being in an arcade all day with so much noise and visual stimulus but having barf and feces and garbage all over the ground (I'm so sorry I can't show you in photos – I'm sure you're dying to see...).
The only thing it has going for it is the food. AMAZING! But, like everything, you can only handle so much, so we are trying not to get sick of it.
...After the most absurd run-around and paper-pushing, we finally freed Charlie! Wow, what a time we have had already here in India.
To break it down quickly, we have been hanging out with some friends of a friend, recharging ourselves in the nice a/c malls eating fro-yo, watching India win the World Cup of Cricket and exploring the outer reaches of our patience.
I have written a fairly in depth summary of what we have been going through, but I feel it might be a little too raw to post it on our website. I'm still considering it though.
Anyways, on to the good stuff. Through the help of an AWESOME Christian Indian man we met on Friday, our overall bill from Synergy Cargo was dropped by $60 (the corrupt fee) and the bike was actually brought to the yard to be unloaded. This was a real miracle, literally. Synergy Cargo had been lying to us for the past 15 days but our new friend spotted the problem immediately and worked hard for five hours to help us.
Today, Monday, Charlie arrived safe and sound and is now sitting out in front of our hotel (YWCA) catching everyone's eye and systematically elevating our social status. It's great! I love traveling with my bike! I also love honking my horn because it freaks out the people in front of me and probably sounds like a freight train is bearing down on them! Your really don't know what you're missing until it's gone.
We plan on celebrating with some of our new friends at Sparky's American Diner tonight! We always sit under the 'Seattle' sign and eat burritos when we are here!"
Sherri Jo Wilkins, Australia/USA, in Montenegro, KTM 690 Enduro,
Hubert Kriegel, France, Sidecar-ing the world, in Morocco,
"At Fès, walking along and above the walls of the Medina, It doesn't take long to find out that the artisans are drying the leather skins in the sun.
You just need to follow the donkeys carrying the dried skins to get to the tanneries. All the tanneries are close to the river.
...But the fascinating spectacle of the tanneries is inside the walls of the Souk Dabbaghin!"
Ed. See the rest of the photos and fantastic colours on Hubert's website. Hubert is a Horizons Unlimited 2010 Photo Contest Winner, and his winter photo on Lake Baikal is on the cover of the 2011 Horizons Unlimited Calendar! Check out Hubert's website for lots of great pics!
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