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French Quarter Fest

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New Orleans has never been better.   
Sadly, i have.  Im so far off 100% that its tough not to simply stay in the room all day, but once i muster the strength to tape up the toe, pop some decongestants and hobble out onto the street… i couldn’t be happier that i did.

Jen and i have always loved…

back to travel and exploration

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We’ve been so heads down with the garage project that we haven’t thought about or done much else.    We’ve been plowing through the details to get the place “finished” before our trip but still have a few things left undone…despite their being among the top of the list.
I installed shelves in the kitchen, but have one set left…

In Honor and with Respect

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So let me start by saying that anybody willing to ride for any reason in this Seattle monsoon season gets my respect.   But today was special.  It wasn’t really about us as riders, rather the men and women previously serving our country with their most precious lives. This ride was supported by many in the motorcycling community and brought many…

Snowy Days to Relish

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Snow days. A rarity in Portland. Having grown up in small town Minnesota, I am familiar with bad winter weather. It’s a big part of the reason I no longer live there. Here in Oregon, where we are quite famous for our dreary, rainy winters, and any real accumulation of snow is a bit of excitement.

 
It felt like…

Bedknobs and Broomsticks…

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Another day on the beach so to speak although we’ve not actually seen the beach at all. We spent another day in the campsite squatting (not paying) in their carpark doing stuff on the car.
The inside of Matilda is a bit grubby so she’s had some insulation fitted to the cold windows and some new curtains. Mother made them…

Men in Black…

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OK so its not quite Men in Black but I couldn’t be bothered to think of something better.

A trip to the state park in Wilmington and a trip to the shop where you pay for camping. The gate said they close the campsite at 6pm….true. So it was no good for us as we wanted to go out for…

My Little Pony….

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Another warm night staying with Stuart in his home. We were introduced to Eric, Dina and Tyler by Steve from the previous post. They introduced us to Stewart and magically we had somewhere to stay. They all came over to Stuarts and Dina brought home made soup and snacks. More importantly they came with wine….We had a evening of chatting…

Cabin in the Woods….

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A little detour to go to Doncaster. The Village/Town has no sign. We’re not sure its even called Doncaster however the map says it is. This is the only market we found along with a street name.

 

We managed to get into Washington to go see something we missed last time. That’s all we went to see. IT was…

Artic Blast….

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Yes, it really is a film…..my mother has it on DVD. I avoided watching it.
Its been a cold night after the hospitality of others for the days after we arrived back in the USA. The snow has been falling and I’ve been watching people clear their driveways (see photo). The last two nights we’ve been in the car for…

Winter Camping at it’s Best

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We are not shy about proclaiming our great love for off-season camping. Nearly empty campgrounds and open beaches bring a smile to our face and joy to our heart. Add in a full moon, mid-50′s temps and no rain (in Oregon in January!) and we were in. For the first time in nearly two years we were joined by Jim’s…

San Francisco

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As if a month in Buenos Aires hadn’t been enough of a respite from the trip, we are now spending one week in the Bay Area.
I ate some of my favorite sushi:

Stephanie drank a latte that looked just like her:

And then we accidentally walked into the annual Burning Van event in Ocean beach. Nice to see some…

Across Arizona

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After fighting a strong crosswind for a day, I’m tired. My neck is sore from my bobble-head struggle across the desert. And the next morning greets me with rain. But at least the wind is gone. And the storm clouds make for a gorgeous sky.

We stop to see the Boneyard, home to more than 4000 retired aircraft, at the…

White Sands

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White Sands National Monument is a unique place, resting between to mountain ranges in a valley near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The area was first explored by U.S. Cavalry in the mid-1800s.

You access it from Highway 70 about 16 miles west of town, and then ride north into the sandy flats a few miles on tarmac before the road changes…

Dreams for sale

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I can hardly believe i’m writing this post.  We can barely bring ourselves to talk about it, much less write about it- and yet here it is.We have finally forced ourselves to begin discussing whats next for us and our journey.  Whats next for the bus and when we are going to take care of some of our unresolved issues,…

Thawing out

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Portland temps have been hovering in the 20′s for the last 2 weeks.  Excellent timing for a couple of people who don’t really own cold weather clothing to be working in an uninsulated garage space.  We’ve been literally freezing from morning to night, which is absolutely foreign in portland.  It’s been nice though (other than the frozen fingers)…the cold has…

Soaking in Southern Comfort

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The pink limo pulled up in front of our camping cabin at the Graceland RV park. Taste buds drooling, we climbed in for our short ride to Marlowe’s BBQ  restaurant, a BBQ institution in Memphis. The food was amazing as promised; BBQ chicken and ribs, creamy potato salad, tangy coleslaw, freshly made biscuits, and southern sweet tea. Life was tasty!…

Thanksgiving

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and oh so many things to be thankful for.
It’s hard to even remember where we were last year at this time.  A quick glance through old photos reminds me that we had just heard of and decided to join some crazy race called the Maya Rally, we were touring the historic colonial cities of central mexico and were trying…

New York City

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I was excited to go to New York City but we had many things to organize. We knew that parking the motorcycle in such a large city was going to be an annoying issue and we tried to solve that problem immediately. Since we were going to Iceland after NYC, we thought it would be easier if we shipped…

The soft side of the ragged edge

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Cold droplets on my face wake me instantly. It is drizzling and the mosquito net is jewelled with water.
The pines are grey under cloudy morning; light seeps in from beyond the horizon where the sun has already risen. I pack quickly in the early chill, breaking my fast with single-serving peanut butter packets before setting off to lower altitudes…

Christmas Vacation….

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SQUIRREL!Its December the first and Christmas is starting in NYC. The residents in the  apartment we are camping outside have been very interested in the car. Theres been speculation to what we are doing and why we are here. Ranging from “Making a film” and “selling Christmas trees”. We can hear every word outside the car when they are discussing…

Supersize Me…..

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We are in NY and camping on Manhattan Island…I bet its the cheapest accommodation in NY. We found the queue to get in a bit much even on Thanksgiving at 2pm. The queue for the tunnel was mammoth. We couldn’t use the tunnel….damn !!! Gas bottle on roof = banned. So we had to drive to a bridge and pay…

Sticker shock

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Reality is slowly setting in.  We’ve been talking about this project for a while now.  Talking and mocking up plans and saving bits of scrap wood from the shop just in case we can use it.  Finally, we’re able to actually get to work.  Our tenants’ lease on the house and garage is finally up, so we have access as…

Transporter…

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After a under-informed weekend we were told early morning that our worse fear was realised, the box was still in Chicago….well…
I need not tell you I was upset and possibly nearly in tears. The money that this would have cost to rectify isn’t worth mentioning. This was a major fcukup. After calling Alice at DHL (who’s been great) we…

EVENT: 2013 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous

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Big crew at this year’s Mtn Rendezvous!

My inaugural trip to the 2013 SoCal Desert Rendezvous, put on by the American Adventurist, started in Vegas picking up the awesome Maxtrax Toyota FJ from Ben at Outback Proven. Ben couldn’t make the trip this year, but graciously let me fly in and borrow the FJ for the event. Rendezvous is held…

The Clearing….

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An update….The box has moved a bit and we’ve found out we might be able to clear the customs ourselves without using a broker. Saving a grand sum of $201usd. We will still need to pay a $9usd fee and the duty at 2.5%
We need to wait for some paperwork and then we need to figure out how we…

Savoring Santa Fe

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I have always been a bit fascinated by the Southwestern United States. Although I had traveled through the area several times as a child, for some reason my parents never found the area interesting enough to actually spend time in. When Jim and I decided to take an extended road trip around the U.S. a couple of years ago, we…

Grindhouse 2…

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It looks as though its the gearbox. New one on order from the UK. EXPENSIVE when you include shipping and fitting. Our budget is knackered for sure. This is a $3000usd problem.
We think the box should be here next Friday. We are luckily near a freinds house in Ohio. More importantly they are happy for us to crash here…

Bobby Miller Finally Races The Green!

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Green River Narrows Race –
A Veteran Racer’s Perspective on the First Time Racing the Green
By: Bobby Miller

Every year in early November, the infamous Green River Narrows Race (aka The Greatest Show in All of Sports) takes place, challenging the skills of the many paddlers that compete. The Green is a fantastic Class 5 run in itself and presents…

Angels Landing- Zion

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So far on this trip we have done physically challenging hikes, hikes that had stunning views, hikes to glaciers, but the Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park was the first one we did that made my legs buckle a few times from fear.
Sam had done this hike when he was a teenager and told me we had to…

Hanging around in South Florida

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We escaped the ship on Friday morning, disembarkation wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and got the shuttle bus to Miami Airport to pick up our hire car. We were met with indifferent service from the counter staff at Dollar / Thrifty and directed to the floor below to pick up our car. We were met with…