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Re-Connecting…

Re-Connecting…

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 few weeks down on the coast with my parents, I was now...
FORKS…. By Allan Karl.

FORKS…. By Allan Karl.

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, my good friend, the...

A Much Longer Wait Rewarded…

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 from her with a telephone number included… I had last seen...
The Long Wait to Freedom…

The Long Wait to Freedom…

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 Emirates Airlines, having left New York on the...
Place-marks on the Planet…

Place-marks on the Planet…

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 to my satisfaction… To this end I have finally placed all...
Back to the Future…

Back to the Future…

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, relatively “low voltage”… I missed out on riding...
The Cabot Trail…

The Cabot Trail…

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 short cut to the start of the Cabot Trail via the...
BIG Birthday, No Bash !!

BIG Birthday, No Bash !!

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 Nova Scotia / New Brunswick border. We figured it would be easier to say...
North Sydney and a Change of Heart…

North Sydney and a Change of Heart…

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 the owner Juana, who went out of her way...
Bad weather and blind ferry captains…

Bad weather and blind ferry captains…

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 next few days… To make matters worse, one of the...
Cape Breton…

Cape Breton…

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 cars, or FREE !! I rode through the villages of...
Prince Edward Island…

Prince Edward Island…

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; and to the east by...
Into Nova Scotia – The Long Way Round !!

Into Nova Scotia – The Long Way Round !!

It was colder in New Brunswick than it had been in Maine, and it began to dawn on me that I probably did not have enough cold weather gear with me. I had left the large silver duffel bag that contained my neck warmers and spare gloves back in New Jersey, believing...
New Brunswick – Canada.

New Brunswick – Canada.

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 would hold off hunger all the way to Saint John in Canada… I...
Camden, Maine…

Camden, Maine…

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 groups of friends and family that...
New Hampshire to Maine…

New Hampshire to Maine…

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 I went out to refuel the Big Fella, I lifted a cup in Jane’s direction and...
Connecticut to New Hampshire…

Connecticut to New Hampshire…

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 would be a “ride...
New England –

New England –

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 arrival back in the USA, and within these states were places that I...
The Long Island Saga…

The Long Island Saga…

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 seen since our wedding last year. Although...