Rides in North America

Jul 16 2017

Iron Butt Rally 2017


It’s early Sunday afternoon and we’re waiting for the Riders’ Meeting at 14.30. This year we don’t have to attend the Rookies’ meeting as we are already Iron Butt Rally finishers. 

The last couple of days have been rather relaxed. Friday was spent mostly catching up with old friends and sleeping. We  had to …

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Jun 23 2017

It’s been a while…

Just over two and a half years in fact, and some of you may have wondered where we went.
It’s been an, er, ‘interesting’ couple of years.

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Sep 09 2013

And Finally…

On Saturday we all went out for breakfast then relaxed while waiting for some of Paul and Mary’s friends to arrive for a barbecue. At 17:00 we said our goodbyes, headed for the airport and arrived home late on Sunday afternoon. We’ve been back a fortnight and I’ve been reflecting on our amazing adventure. 10 …

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Sep 01 2013

Last Leg

We breakfasted at the wonderfully-named Bogies cafĂ© where the owner was delightful, he was quite a character. Apparently one of the guys from Santana used to be a regular, so much so that people forgot he was a celebrity and he became ‘just another customer’.

Don and Kim then took us on a tour of …

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Aug 30 2013

New Bezels Please!

Our first stop of the day was Rancho Cordova near Sacramento to visit Clearwater Lights. We have two sets of their brilliant lights (pun intended) on the bike – one set each of Glenda and Krista. There was a cosmetic issue with the Glenda bezels which had faded in the sunlight (apparently a few had …

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Aug 29 2013

The Lost Coast

Rick Mayer lives in a delightfully-named place called Happy Valley. Unfortunately there had been a bit of a wild-fire in Happy Valley the night before so it probably wasn’t so happy this morning. Luckily though it wasn’t anywhere near Rick’s place which was well off the beaten track. When we arrived we could hear a …

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Aug 27 2013

Oregon to Northern California

After an early’ish breakfast with Tom and Emily we said our goodbyes and headed in opposite directions. Today we were planning to visit Crater Lake and the Oregon National Cave Monument. The omnipresent mist accompanied us until we headed inland.

I have always associated lumberjacks with Canada but Oregon also has a huge …

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Aug 26 2013

Mount St Helens to Coos Bay

Our first visit today was to the infamous Mount St Helens, another volcano in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which erupted in 1980 making catastrophic changes to the environment around the area.

Our original plan was to take a slow wander via the interesting National Forest roads but someone from a BMW forum said he’d …

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Aug 21 2013

Back to the US

We discussed heading into Alaska to turn our potential Silver National Parks Tour into a Gold which would have added about 3500 miles to our journey. Eventually we decided against it as it would have meant long days every day for the rest of our trip and we were quite enjoying our relaxed pace.

Vancouver …

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Aug 20 2013

The Icefields Parkway

Our plan for today was to ride to Banff where we had booked a room in the Red Carpet Inn. It was only a short ride, a couple of hundred miles or so, and we were looking forward to an afternoon relaxing and catching up on the blog.

It was an uneventful ride with the …

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