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Re-Connecting…

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Since my return to South Africa, I have been itching to make contact with the many people who assisted me before I left to start my journey, and who in various ways assisted me during my travels. Having spent a…

FORKS…. By Allan Karl.

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Those of you who have been constant followers of my Gypsy Biker World Tour, and have also read the journal I wrote before that, entitled Taking Back My Heart, about my first major expedition ride to Tanzania and back, will recall with fondness,…

A Much Longer Wait Rewarded…

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The same day that the Big Fella was released to me, was my eldest daughter’s 22nd birthday. I had been at the airport all day and sent my best wishes to her later that same afternoon. I received an email…

The Long Wait to Freedom…

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After seventeen days of separation, the Big Fella finally touched down at O.R. Tambo International Airport (still Jan Smuts to me…) at 10 pm on Friday the 6th of September. He had made a quick side trip to Dubai aboard…

Place-marks on the Planet…

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I have begun what feels like a mammoth task of tidying up my website and completing the many posts I never got around to writing. I have no idea how long this will take me, but will persevere until it is done…

Back to the Future…

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It has been a while since last I posted an update, and with good reason !! The last few weeks have been filled with both highs and lows; excitement and disappointment… At times I operated on high energy, and others,…

The Cabot Trail…

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The weather had improved, and after checking to see how long before the next cold front would come tearing down over Cape Breton, I saw that I had a very short window of opportunity available to me. We took the…

BIG Birthday, No Bash !!

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Since the day we started out on our epic ride, the Big Fella and I have marked our journey by the numbers… The exact place where the Big Fella reached a huge milestone of his own. This is on the…

North Sydney and a Change of Heart…

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The few days I spent in North Sydney at the Heritage Home B&B were both pleasurable and frustrating. Heritage Home, a stones throw from the shores of Sydney Harbour Sound.. Pleasurable, because I was made to feel at home by…

Bad weather and blind ferry captains…

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After a week spent on Prince Edward Island, I am back in Nova Scotia, with hopes of getting to Newfoundland. I arrived in Cape Breton last night, and today the weather has closed in, with heavy rain forecast over the…

Cape Breton…

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I left the farm we had been staying on and ride along the coast towards the Confederation Bridge. South African Toll Roads take note !! In every other country in the world, tolls for motorcyclists are either half that of…

Prince Edward Island…

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Prince Edward Island, or just P.E.I., as it is most often referred to, is Canada’s smallest province, both in area and population. It lies cradled between three other provinces; to the west by New Brunswick province, to the south by Nova Scotia;…

New Brunswick – Canada.

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The most direct route from Appleton in Maine, to Saint John in New Brunswick, would have taken us along Route 9, and a little over 4 hours of riding. I started the day with a huge helping of Lasagna, which…

Camden, Maine…

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Camden became somewhat of a “Halfway House” for the many members of the Spahn and Mennen families who were on their way to Prince Edward Island to attend Tiernan and Rachel’s wedding. Both of Patricia’s sisters, Donna and Mimi, hosted…

New Hampshire to Maine…

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I was up early, eager to start riding in what looked to be the perfect day for it. Clear blue skies greeted me as I strolled to the dining area to have my first of three cups of coffee… Before…

Connecticut to New Hampshire…

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With good weather forecast for the next few days, I left Niantic and began the long ride north to New Hampshire, which would take me through Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont, before I reached North Conway before nightfall. Rhode Island…

New England –

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I set out to ride the New England states with a few specific ideas in mind. The six states that this region is comprised of would complete the “25 State Ride” I had planned a few months ago, before my…

The Long Island Saga…

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Patricia has spent many a summer in the Hampton’s on Long Island, not only teaching Pilates, but also working at a much respected restaurant in Sag Harbor. Naturally, she had made many friends there, some of which she had not…

Freehold Bike Night.

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About 80 motorcycles were present at the Freehold Bike Night, the vast majority being Harley’s of various hues and sizes. With my “double-flag” flying, we rolled into the parking lot and were shown to our allotted parking spot. Freehold Bike…

Ithaca, New York State…

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After stripping the Big Fella of his panniers, we loaded our clothes into the top-box and the tank bag, and set out for Richard and Sally’s home on the Finger Lake in New York state. I was beginning to think…

Test Run to Pennsylvania…

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Keith Weber, a close friend of Ken’s, with whom I had made a short ride to Pennsylvania before our wedding last year, again invited me to join him and his biker club, The Elks, on an out-ride. Leaving Freehold as…

New Jersey, and Caley’s Wedding…

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Freehold, New Jersey, was only a few hours down the drag from Port Carbon, so I did not have to get up at the crack of dawn to get there in time. Which was a good thing, as I was…

Downtime in Pennsylvania…

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Doug and I spent the day driving around Pottsville, trying to find someone who was not only available, but prepared to knock my pannier back into some semblance of its former shape. After stopping off at four different places we…

It’s been a rough week…

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Firstly, to all my American friends and family all over the world, here’s wishing you a Happy 4th of July !! You be careful with all those fireworks, y’hear… I am currently in my “Pennsylvania Refuge Centre” in Port Carbon,…

The Longest Ride…

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After what seemed like only a few minutes of sleep, I got up, took a cold shower, went to reception to have a cup of coffee, checked out, and was ready to roll. After a misty start, we headed for…

Arkansas to Kentucky…

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  After a longer than expected breakfast with Don and Lillie, I finally got going at about 9.00 am, chastising myself for not getting away earlier, but at the same time having thoroughly enjoyed the time we had spent chatting…

The Idabel Incident…

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  Little did I know that I would soon be doing a little “farming” of my own… Oklahoma was the 12th State of my 25 State Ride. Almost halfway there… I had arranged to spend the evening of the 30th…

New Orleans to New Boston..

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Patricia left New Orleans early on Thursday morning, and had made the long drive back to Brunswick in Georgia, covering the 1000-odd kilometres in just over twelve hours. The rain pelts down while I wait for the call that will…