20 November

6 tips on staying safe around bears…

6 tips on staying safe around bears…

As soon as we left the arrivals hall in Vancouver we went to hire a car and charged straight for the US border. Overnighting in Vancouver is EXPENSIVE, so we were keen to get to the States as we had 4 days to kill before the bikes were arriving from Bogota. We made it as […]

23 September

Shipping Shambles

Shipping Shambles

Decision was made. We were getting out of South America. We had had it with latino promises and “Despacito” played at full volume. At first we toyed with the idea of going to Mexico or Cuba, but after thorough research, we opted for North America – Canada to be precise. We had sent off countless […]

17 July

Kindness and Coffe

Kindness and Coffe

We crossed the border into Ecuador twice as we failed to get stamped out of Peru. But what a difference a country makes. Our faces slowly untwisted from hyped aggression to one of ease and joy once we were a few kilometers into Ecuador, enjoying the sublime roads and the easygoing drivers. The scowl was […]

15 May

For Fox Sake!

For Fox Sake!

Challenges were ahead of us as the fox suffered some likely altitude sickness and I had to endure some bruises after a crash. After spending a few days in Mendoza catching up with friends from the Grimaldi Cargo ship and sampling the regions wine, the fox and I were back on Ruta 40 heading north […]

10 April

Winter is coming…

Winter is coming…

After a couple of weeks on the road with auntie, we returned to Sweet Valparaiso. Mario and Edith, our hostel owners, informed us they were fully booked, so they put us up in their home. Now, how is that for hospitality? It very soon felt like staying with family. Edith and Mario We ventured out […]

7 March

Happiness is Dust in your teeth & Stars in your eyes

Happiness is Dust in your teeth & Stars in your eyes

On recommendation or rather, strict orders from a friend, we decided to go all the way! With my new travel companions, Siri and Thorsten, we rode to the most southerly point a road can take you on Tierra del Fuego. Ruta J to Estancia Moat. A good 80 kilometres of dirt with spectacular views and […]

16 January

Into the Land of Fire

Into the Land of Fire

Argentina is demanding your attention…. and to the degree you do not pay attention, you pay with pain! The distractions are huge and incredibly beautiful – but the pot holes are huge too, so paying attention is a must. My first encounter of Argentina and Argentinians were Buenos Aires. The fox and I took the […]

26 December

Laid back Uruguay

Laid back Uruguay

After three days at Destino 26 Hostel in Montevideo, I announced to the hostel owner, Mauricio, that I would be on my way – to which he retorted – “but why?” Why indeed! Destino 26 was a tranquil and relaxed experience with some very friendly staff and guests.  It was impossible to pass through the […]

7 December

How I survived 35 days on a cargo ship

How I survived 35 days on a cargo ship

After a couple of false starts I finally made it out of dodge… My departure had been delayed on what seemed several, frustrating occasions. I was all packed, my accommodation cleared and cleaned out, notifications and good-byes made. I wasn’t going to get any more ready, when I received word that our departure was delayed […]

9 October

The Big Why?

The Big Why?

A question I have to keep asking myself is… why? Why do I want to travel full time? Why have I given up a pretty good job and a safe lifestyle for uncertainty, risk and possible danger? In a recent exercise I was asked to do, I pondered this very question which brings me to what […]