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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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Guatape - Hacienda Napoles 24 June It was a bright sunny day as I set off for route 60 out of Medellin and as luck would have it was a straight road which led me out of the city before it started to climb up a twisty mountain pass.  Route 60 then runs Southeast through some fantastic rolling mountains and as with most of the roads I have ridden in Colombia the road surface was perfect and the countryside every shade of green.  I then took a B road towards the small town of El Penol and Guatape it was only around twenty miles but it was a nev...
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Medellin 21 - 24 June The rain had subsided as I left Chicamocha National Park, it was now 5pm so decided I would ride to Bucaramanga about 50 miles away and find somewhere to stay for the night.  Riding through the city it didn’t look that nice and I had trouble finding a hotel, but eventually I found a nice one and at a reasonable price.  Later that evening I sat at a bar across the street on a cross roads and watched the traffic and the mad bikers as they tore away from the lights very entertaining. The next morning I was off and head...
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Bogota (again) to Chicamocha National Park 21 June My wife dropped me off at Glasgow airport early on Tuesday the 17th and after nineteen hours and two flights, I arrived back in Bogota Colombia at 9.30 pm.   I got a taxi back into town where Salvi had offered to give me a bed again before I set off to continue my trip.  On my previous stay Salvi had told me that his wife’s friend a US DEA agent had been stabbed to death a year ago whilst in a taxi.  Apparently some taxis are dodgy and once you’re in them they will stop at traffic lights and...
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The funeral and Loch Lomond Scotland 10 - 16 June After five long hard days riding through two countries and two flights which took me from Columbia to Newark in the USA and on to Glasgow, I arrived back in Scotland on Tuesday the 10 June, exhausted,   My brother in law was at the airport to meet me and drive me back to Airdrie.   Arriving at my mother in laws I had a quick shower and then went to see my sister to discuss the final arrangements for our brothers funeral.  It was an emotional meeting as we hadn’t seen each other for some time ...
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Rendezvous at Girador and the ride to Bogota 08 - 09  June After my interesting night in Ibague I set off early to make sure I made it to Girador on time, the sum was up early also and I rode off on to brilliant sunshine.  The road to Girador was another piece of motorcycling delight dry , smooth and fast sweeping corners.  I arrived at Girador at 9:30 and parked up at the garage where Salvador had arranged to meet me.  It was now red hot and the petrol pump attendants came over and told me to sit in the shade as I had been waiting for over ...
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Crossing the Ecuador/Colombia border more bribery and rendezvous in Girador 06 - 07 June Another early start and I arrived at the Ecuador/Colombia border which was busy even at this early hour.  Leaving Ecuador was easy as was getting through Colombian immigration.  Whilst there, I met some Columbian English students who asked if they could speak with me to practice their English.  I duly obliged and spent about half an hour chatting with them before going on to the Aduana (import office)  to get my bike paperwork sorted.  I was told I neede...
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Mancora to Ecuador and on to the Colombian Border  03 - 05 June With the decision to continue my trip after returning to the UK for my brother funeral I needed to make up some ground and time.   I had booked a flight from Bogota Columbia and also arranged to leave my bike with Salvi a local biker so I needed to get there (some 1400 miles away) as quick as possible.  So I packed up I set off for the border with Ecuador about a 100 mile further up the Pan American highway (Pan Am).  I spent the night in the border town of Huaqaillas which str...
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Chiclayo - Mancora (Peru)  Resting and bad news 30 May - 3 June After two nights and days sat in a hotel in the City of Chiclayo resting my ribs and leg I decided to set off for the Pacific coast resort of Mancora in Northern Peru.  I had booked into a hostel which was located right on the beach for three days, again to try and rest my ribs and leg.  It would be an easy ride of around 280 miles on tarmac.  I chose not to go on the Pan American highway and take the scenic route which runs due North through the desert.  Well it was marked as ...
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Huaraz - Chiclayo (Canyon Del Pato) 27 - 28 May Arriving in Huaraz after a particularly long days riding, I took a little time to find the hotel I had booked due to Sat Nav issues but eventually found it.  I had some Pollo (chicken) again before having an early night.  Awoke the next morning and my ribs and left lower leg were absolute agony so I had breakfast followed by numerous painkillers and anti inflammatories before setting off for Cayon del Pato.  On way out town seen a small bike shop so stopped to try and get a new front inner tube...
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Lima - Huaraz back into Los Andes (Highway Robbery) Mon 26 May After my two days in Lima I had decided to head for the town of Huaraz some 300 miles Northeast of Lima and back into the Andes.  But first I was going to go to a Triumph garage in Lima which I had found on the internet, so I set off on Monday morning in search of it to see if I could get a wing mirror, centre stand spring and a front tube.  According to the Sat Nav it was only 6 kms away across the city.  After an hour and a half in the chaotic traffic during which time my panni...
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Ollantaytambo - Lima (out of Los Andes) 22 - 24 May After two night in the lovely little town of Ollantaytambo fixing bike and resting I awoke to driving rain and considered staying for another night as I was still hurting from my crash.  But time is against me so it was on with the water proofs and off I set for Abancay 80 miles East of Cusco.  Passing through Urubamba I stopped at a few little car accessory shops to try and get a new 6mm allen key socket as I had rounded the one I had off.  No luck but one little garage had a grinder so I ...
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Machupicchu ( another crash) 18 - 20 May After my eventful few days in Cusco with Dan and Sara I set off on Sunday morning for Machupicchu with the new maps that Dan had downloaded for me.  The maps worked fine and got me out of Cusco and on to the road for Urubamba.  Unfortunately after Urubamba the Sat Nav stopped working again, so I had to use the map and ask directions for Aguas Calientes the small tourist town at the foot of Machupicchu.  After passing through Ollantaytambo the road climbs up an amazingly twisty mountain pass of Abra Ma...
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