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Kinaskan Lake (BC) - Fairbanks Alaska 26 - 29 August Arriving in the Yukon I pull into the small service station to refuel and when I'm leaving another adventure biker arrives and I  stop to say hello.  He is Asian is riding a BMW 800, and I immediately know who he is before he has even introduced himself.  My friends Dan and Sarah had told me about him, so when he said his name, Faizal it confirmed my first thoughts.   Faizal is on a round the world trip from Malaysia, he started in a group of five all sponsored by Tourism Malaysia, Bank Ra...
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Vancouver  Yukon  24 - 26 August Arriving in Horseshoe Bay the weather is sunny and I am looking forward to riding North.  Route 99 follows the Squarnish river estuary for a bit as it winds and twists  it's way North.  The road is perfect motorcycling territory again and the mountain scenery is fantastic.  On my left in the distance are mountain peaks some still with snow on them and ice glaciers in the gorges and saddles.  I am headed for Whistler only a couple of hours ride away, the place where the 2010 winter Olympics were held which is...
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Vancouver Rest and Maintenance 21 - 23 August I had been invited by Dan and Sarah who I had met twice already in Argentina and Peru to stay whilst I was in Vancouver as they were having a break from their round the world trip.  So took them up on the offer and decided to stay for two days and try and get the valves checked on the Tiger as well as carrying  out a service.  However both Triumph garages in the area could not fit me in so I decided the valve check would have to wait and just carry out a normal service myself. I had also planned ...
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Chinook WA - Vancouver CA 19 - 23 August It’s 4.30 am and I’m up and getting ready for my salmon fishing trip with Troy and his mum Gill.  I have a quick cup of coffee and sort out my stuff for the day and wait on Trot coming to pick me up.  5.30 am and my host for the dat arrives and off we go to the harbour to begin our days fishing.  Arriving at the key side it is still dark and there are hundreds of 4x4s waiting in line to launch their boats into the river.  Luckily Troy’s is already in as he has a berth. In the boat Troy give us bot...
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San Francisco (Old Friends) - Chinook Washington 16 - 18 August I meet Rik and his family the following morning feeling slightly the worse for wear after our quiet night out, to say goodbye before resuming my trip North.  Rik is also off on a bike trip to the Golden Gate bridge with his kids and wife only they are on bicycles and Rik is on a tandem with his wife.  Rik jokes about it being the start of divorce proceedings and then they are off for a trial run across the street and I am also off to the bridge, but I’m sure I’ll get there a bit...
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Grand Canyon, detour to California and more police encounters 13 -16 August It's 7 o'clock in the evening and after a day riding in the rain and freezing conditions it is now red hot again as I near the Grand Canyon.   I decide to stop short and find somewhere to camp and then visit the canyon in the morning.  Not a lot of good spots so I pull into a small cafe called Castle Rock which has a sign saying tourist information.   Inside I meet an elderly woman called Francis who sounds Australian but is actually English.  I ask about campsites ...
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Amarillo - Albuquerque New Mexico to Arizona Feeling the heat 10 -13 Aug Riding through Texas towards Amarillo not only was I feeling the heat (104 degrees) but the Tiger was feeling it also as my coolant temperature warning light came on.  I immediately pulled over and let the bike cool down.  Whilst waiting on it cooling, I had a look at the fuze, the relay switch and the coolant level in the expansion chamber.  The coolant in the expansion chamber was literally boiling over.  After checking the fore mentioned and wiggling them about the ...
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Texas Hospitality The Alamo and Fort Worth Rodeo 05 - 09 Aug After arriving in the good ol US of A, I made my way straight to San Antonio the town where the Infamous battle of the Alamo took place in 1836.  It was the beginning of the end as far as Mexican control and ownership of what is now Texas.  I spent over 4 hours inside the Alamo visitors centre which is made up of the original church and the long room which was part of the  of the defencive ramparts where those who chose to stay perished. Basically the siege was part of General...
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Tuxpan Mexico - San Antonio Texas (USA) 03 - 05 August Got out of Tuxpan around half past eight in the morning and took route 180 which follows the Gulf of Mexico Northwards.  The first eighty miles or so were quite enjoyable as it had plenty of twists and turns and the scenery wasn't too bad either.  However, it soon changed back to the same; long, wide, straight, boring roads of the previous days, full of thirty four wheeled trucks and cars with nothing much else to look at.  They do however, move over to let you past as do most of the ca...
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Valladolid - Tuxpan (The longest day) 02 - 03 Aug After having a walk around Valladolid I realised I had been there before, the coach trip to Chichen Itza had stopped here briefly.  I rose early the next morning in order to make up time after my series of delays.  I have decided to ride some long legs over the next few days or weeks as the schedule that I didn’t really have when I began this trip, is now definitely behind schedule!  Due to two delays of one week each waiting for the Tiger (one arriving at the beginning and one coming from Bo...
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End of Holiday and Resuming Biking Trip 01 August After two weeks holidaying with my wife it was time to say goodbye and get back on the road.  But first I had to get her to the airport, no taxis this time (too expensive) as we were going to get there on the Tiger.  So I moved the bags that are usually on my pillion seat and strapped them to the top of my panniers.  Then, I lashed Mags’ pink suitcase to the top of my top box and we were good to go.  With just over thirty miles to the airport, it looked a bit unwieldy but once moving the weig...
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Chichen Itza Mexico Apart from lying around doing nothing but eating, drinking, sunbathing and swimming in the warm Caribbean sea with my wife we have did a couple of trips into Playa Del Carmen on the Tiger.  It is only a few  a few miles up the coast so took the bike to do some shopping and have a look around.  Very touristy a bit like Spain with all the shops selling the same tat and people pestering you to buy stuff.  Due to the excessive heat and distance (3 hours away) to the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza we chose not to ride there but ...
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Belize - Mexico; Servicing and meeting my wife 17 - 18 July After a few great days in Price Barracks it was time to head North to Mexico and meet my wife Margaret for a two week holiday just a few miles up the coast from Playa Del Carmen.  I dropped by the BATSUB offices to say goodbye to the team and thank them for their hospitality and thn I was off.  It is only around one hundred miles to the Mexican border and as with the other road I came in on from Guatemala; it was long and straight, no road markings, little traffic but fairly smooth....
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Belize and the search for the 29 Commando Memorial Stone 14 - 17 July. Arriving at the Belize border I use my last 41 quetzals (qtzs) for a few liters of fuel and change a $20 bill into Belizean dollars with a Cambio (change) guy.  Its then down to the bridge that will take me over to Belize but they want 20 qtzs and I’ve just got rid of them.  So its back to the fuel station and change another $20 to get 20 qtzs to pay the bridge fee.  Over I go and the Guatemalan Immigration and aduana are done in minutes and then I’m off the few hundred m...
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Honduras - Guatemala  11 - 14 July After a few days in Puerto Cortes swimming in the Atlantic ocean and generally relaxing apart from that is the couple of hours riding around town trying to find a bank that would give me cash. And the hour I spent sweating trying to fix the swing arm chain protector slide that I’d noticed was hanging off.  On inspection I found that the bolt that keeps it on was missing so got out my bag of assorted bolts.  However, when trying to screw the bolt in it wouldn’t go and on closer inspection found that the old ...
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San Juan Del Sur  (Nicaragua) - Puerto Cortes (Honduras) 08 -11 July After my curry I went across the road to a little bar where a pub quiz was taking place and the questions were in English.  Listened to the quiz and then spoke to a few ex pats (Brits, Aussies, Yanks) who are living here.  I was introduced to Jameo an ex Royal Welsh guy who is the head of security for the US reality show Survivor which is filming a new series in a part of the jungle and a beach just up the coast from San Juan Del Sur.  Had a brief chat before calling it a n...
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The Tiger arrives in Panama, Vamos Costa Rica - Nicaragua Fri 04 - Tue 08 JulyAfter a week in Panama city waiting on the arrival of the Tiger I was itching to get back on the road. I had moved hotels to a cheaper place and then by sheer coincidence Richard and Katrina again a few days later when they moved into the same hotel. I also met Chris a school teacher from London and we all had a good time chatting and laughing at Katrinas stories of her escape from Ghana and her subsequent adventures in modern countries.Thursday morning arrived and...
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Great riding roads in Sussex where I live but often cross the water to France to ride the smooth empty roads of Normandy, anyone of like mind in the area or further afield give me a shout to join me.  ...
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  Four months into trip, Statistics so far Bike Tiger 800 XC 2012, Current Mileage: 21191 Trip distance covered: 14691 miles Most miles in one day: 535 Least miles in one day: 50 Days actual riding: 60 Average overall distance per day: 245 miles Countries ridden through: 6 (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia) Countries visited: (USA, Scotland due to unscheduled events) Fuel and Consumption Fuel Used: 1336 liters Average miles per liter: 11 Cost: £1074 Av...
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Bogota (yet again), Lyncargo air freight across the Darien Gap and Panama City 26 June - 03 July I arrived back in Bogota on the Wednesday evening and yet again had trouble with the satnav finding postcodes within the city. After riding round for an hour I was forced to pay a taxi to guide me to the guest house near the airport that I had booked, he also had trouble finding it but we got there eventually.  He then tried to charge me double the agreed price of 10,000 pesos (£3), I gave him 12.000 and told him to F--- off. I had to be at Ly...
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