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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 - The Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection. By Allan Karl

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…

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 Big Fella is brought out from the warehouse. The open flap on one end had me dreading what I would find, or rather wouldn

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…
Placemarks on the Planet... 103 countries on six continents... How the hell did I manage it...??

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…
Madawaska - The final milestone on my journey...

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,…
We took the short cut to the start of the Cabot Trail via the Englishtown Ferry

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…
The exact place wher the Big Fella reached a huge milestone of his own. This is on the Nova Scotia / New Brunswick border.

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…
 Heritage Home, a stones throw from the shores of  Syney Harbour Sound..

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…
Newfoundland

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…
South African Toll Roads take note !! In every other country in the world, tolls for motorcyclists are either half that of cars, or FREE !!

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…
Ode to Prince Edward Islanders...

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…
 I started the day with a huge helping of Lasagna, which would hold off hunger all the way to Saint John in Canada...

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…
Tall ships on a grey day. Camden Harbour, Maine.

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…
Steve Filion on his Honda Varadero.

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…
Rhode Island would be a "ride through" state only. We had a long day ahead of us and three more states to cover...

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…
Poughkeepsie is part of the history of our furniture factories back home.

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…
No kidding !!

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, sponsored by Budweiser. "Grab a Bud" the sign said...!!

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…
I was beginning to think that all roads lead through Pennsylvania. Apart from New Jersey, I think I have spent more time in Pennsylvania than any other state.

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…
Leaving Freehold as part of a large group of riders...

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…
The Big Fella had left New Jersey on a trailer seven months ago, and today was returning on his own steam...

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…

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