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Tough Miles Blog 23: Argentina & Chile

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 Jon here: The final stint, with only 21 days till Christmas. By this stage we had ridden through 24 countries, covering over 25,000 miles. The question remains…..did we make it to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, commonly regarded as the…

Tough Miles Blog 22: Bolivia

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Pete here. Despite slightly tainted from 6 years of absence, the memories of my first exposure to Bolivia’s carnage were still as potent as it’s locally distilled rum. I left the first time feeling like, well, like nothing really works…

Tough Miles Blog 21: Ecuador & Peru

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 Jon here: Day 216, Friday 23rd November, it felt great to be back on the road. After the miraculous repair job performed by Meastro and his boys in Pasto, Tough Miles set sail towards Ecuador. Petes bike had undergone…

Tough Miles Blog 20: Colombia

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Pete here: With every new city comes a new objective. Bogotá, Colombia’s capital brought two. The first of which was to regain possession of our bikes from Colombian customs. The second, remain focused and do not get trapped in Colombia’s…

Tough Miles Blog 18: Guatemala.

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Pete here: Day 169, the 7th October had us up at the crack of dawn knowing we had our second of many Central American border crossings in store. Due to his lack of Spanish at the time, Mad Dog Dave…

Tough Miles Blog 17: Mainland Mexico

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Jon here: For our route through Mainland Mexico we decided to head inland from Mazatlan, stopping at San Blas, Guanajuato, Teotihuacan, Minatitlan and finally San Cristobal. The 250km ride down the coast from Mazatlan to San Blas should have been…

Tough Miles Blog 16: Mexico’s Baja Peninsular.

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Jon here: Our journey through Central America was about to begin, and whilst camping just outside of San Diego the dreaded border crossing into Mexico was looming over us like a dark cloud. Through out the west coast of America…

Tough Miles Blog 15: San Fran to San Diego

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  Pete here: After leaving San Fran, Los Angeles was the next major stop but not before a nights camp in Big Sur. We’d heard rumors of there being some decent off road tracks around this region so we spoke…

Whistler to Seattle

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Pete here: Returning to a place for the second time on the same trip is the closest we get to the feeling of returning home. With the exceptional hospitality on offer at Jo’s place in Whistler, this experience was not…

Tough Miles blog 12: Alaska to Whistler

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Jon here: When I thought about Alaska I imagined snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and 24 hour daylight. I pictured myself fishing with locals through holes in the ice. My preconceptions of Alaska at this time of year couldn’t be further…

Tough Miles Blog 11: Vancouver to Alaska

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Jon here: We arrived in Vancouver at 1am on the 8th August, narrowly escaping a heavy downpour by timing our fuel stop perfectly. It’s never good turning up in a new city late at night, especially when the hostel is…

Tough Miles Blog 10: Welcome to the U.S.A!

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Jon here: Day 94 of the trip. Having ridden through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and South Korea it was finally time for Tough Miles to hit up the USA. With the bikes onboard a container ship somewhere in the middle of…

Tough Miles Blog 9: South Korea.

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 Pete here again: Clearing the bikes through South Korean customs can only be described as an absolute pleasure. A big leather sofa, multiple glasses of iced-tea, an air-conditioned office and English-speaking officers. The entire process was over within less…

Tough Miles Blog 8: Far Eastern Russia

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Pete here: It’s been weeks now since we finished the BAM, but despite being so adamant upon completion of that monster of an off-road route that I would never ride it again, sitting here now with an ice-cold beer, it’s…

Tough Miles Blog 7: The BAM Road

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Jon here:   The BAM road is not just about motorcycling skill, it is a real test of physical and mental endurance. It is impossible to portray how tough this route really is, and once finally over it is far…

The Anatoly Experience

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Jon here: Anatoly is an ex Russian speedway champion living in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia. At the age of 20 he had a severe accident and broke his back, leaving him in a coma for over 6 months. Whilst in hospital…

Tough Miles Blog 1: UK to Slovakia

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It’s Saturday 28th April and we’ve set up camp just outside of Bratislava, Slovakia. Despite the campsite not yet being open to this years holiday makers, sticking with it and dealing with not having any running water has had it’s…

Temporary stall…

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We were due to meet with the Suzuki press team on Tuesday for the official send off photo shoot however we’ve hit a slight issue which is likely to cost us a few days on the departure date. The nightmares…