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Alaska (Riding to the North Pole)

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Alaska (Riding to the North Pole)

One word to describe Alaska……..remote. The scenery is amazing and you really do feel like you are riding into the wild. The border crossing into USA was again a simple and straight forward process. At the time the weather was slightly raining and I dare say for the fear of getting wet, nobody inspected our bikes or gear. We were simply asked what we would do with the bikes after reaching our end destination of Anchorage. I explained that we hope to ship the bikes back to Australia. With our passports stamped we hit the road again. Google maps suggested a few towns along the...

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Canada (Grizzly Bears)

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Canada (Grizzly Bears)

I had visited Vancouver 5 years ago and was excited to see what the city looks like without snow. And fortunately for both Dale and I were traveling through Canada at the perfect time of the year.  It was Autumn and the leaves on the trees where changing colour.  Bright yellow Aspen trees sat juxtaposition to green pine trees that lined the roadside. We stayed at The Cambie hostel, accommodation above a pub. A combination that could only lead to a good night. The venue is an institution to locals and travellers and has been round or years. Vancouver is one of my favourite cities. Not only...

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USA (Vagas Baby)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

USA (Vagas Baby)

By the time we crossed into USA it was late. The sun had disappeared over the horizon. Up until this point of the trip we were able to keep up with the flow of traffic.  However the 6 lane highway with a speed limit of 70 miles an hour proved difficult for our small 125cc bikes.  We could only reach 55 miles an hour. We hugged the right lane for the next 16miles  as we travelled from Tijuana to San Diego along Highway 5. By the time we reached downtown San Diego it was 8pm on a Friday night. The Gaslamp district was packed with people. We found the hostel in no time at all as the streets...

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Mexico (Tacos, Tequila, Tijuana)

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Mexico (Tacos, Tequila, Tijuana)

Being in Northern Guatemala, we headed towards the nearest boarder crossing. We reached the small village and discovered that a river divided Mexico and Guatamala. We confirmed with the local men on the river bank if Mexico was in fact on the otherside of the river. They explained it would cost $20 each. We had little bargaining power but negotiated down to $15 each. The fact that the men aggreed straight away made me realise that we were getting ripped off. But we had little options. The ride took 20 seconds to cross the 75 metre passage of water. Once we reached Mexico we walked up to a...

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El Salvador & Guatemala (Boarder delays)

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

El Salvador & Guatemala (Boarder delays)

The boarder crossing into El Salvador took 18 hours to complete. Dale recieved his import documents but when the authorities were inputting my data into the computer there was a power outage. Not knowing when the power would come back on, we waited outside their office. In the mean time we made friends with truck drivers who were stuck in the same predicament. Eventually we were told to come back in the morning. Unfortunately the guards prevented me from taking my motorcycle across the boarder so I was forced to chain the bike to a pole and finalize the documentation in the morning. We...

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Nicaragua & Honduras (rescuring an armadillo)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Nicaragua & Honduras (rescuring an armadillo)

We crossed from Costa Rica into Nicaragua and traveled to Isla De Ometepe. An island formed by twin volcanoes rising out of a lake. It was interetsing exploring the island on motorbikes. We visited villages where locals were intrigued of us as much as we were on them. We had a great traditional BBQ dinner at the local bull riding competition. The weather turned for the worst and the mist and rain meant that if we climbed the volcanoes we would not be able to see anything beyond 50 metres.  The 8 hour return trip didnt seem appealing so we caught the ferry back to the main land. We headed...

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Panama & Costa Rica (Importation & Volcanoes)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Panama & Costa Rica (Importation & Volcanoes)

I must admit it was great to see the main land after 5 days at sea. The jungle looked no different to when we left Columbia but from a mental perspective it was symbolic to the trip. Getting our bikes to Central America was always going to be difficult as no road joined the 2 continents.  And I didnt want to fly on this overland trip. Once we arrived in Carti harbour we had the delimma of getting our bikes onto the mainland. We negotiated  with the local fisherman $10 per bike for the use of their boat. Which in my opionion was very reasonable. When we reached the riverbank we realised...

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Alaska (Riding to the North Pole)

One word to describe Alaska……..remote. The scenery is amazing and you really...

Canada (Grizzly Bears)

I had visited Vancouver 5 years ago and was excited to see what the city looks like...

USA (Vagas Baby)

By the time we crossed into USA it was late. The sun had disappeared over the horizon. Up...

Mexico (Tacos, Tequila, Tijuana)

Being in Northern Guatemala, we headed towards the nearest boarder crossing. We...

El Salvador & Guatemala (Boarder delays)

The boarder crossing into El Salvador took 18 hours to complete. Dale recieved his import...

Nicaragua & Honduras (rescuring an armadillo)

We crossed from Costa Rica into Nicaragua and traveled to Isla De Ometepe. An island...

Panama & Costa Rica (Importation & Volcanoes)

I must admit it was great to see the main land after 5 days at sea. The jungle looked no...

San Blas – (Seafood, snorkling and cracking coconuts)

On the day of departure we arrived at immigration and had our passports stamped and...

Colombia – (Shipping the motorbikes)

Throughout this motorbike trip I have been constantly told by other travelers that...

Ecuador – (Iguana´s & Cocktail Alley)

The border crossing into Ecuador was frustrating to say the least. Once we had exported...