Friday, 19 March 2010
Saturday, 13 March 2010
So if I was doing it all again what would I do differently? Well I'd take a universal sink plug with me. And that's about it. I'd try to carry less luggage but I don't know what I'd leave behind. Oh, and I wouldn't carry my water in two Fuller's London Pride water bottles. When you're riding across some of the hottest and driest places on the planet it doesn't half make you fancy a pint.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
I stayed in Nurnberg at the start of the trip and I´ve returned for 2 very good reasons:
Unfortunately all the beer drinking has left me with no time to visit the pigeon museum, the beer glass museum or the garden shed museum. All good reasons to return I´m sure.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
We´ve come a long, long way together
Through the hard times and the good
I have to celebrate you baby
I have to praise you like I should...
More than 40,000 miles and apart from consumables the only parts I've had to replace are the speedo cable, one oil seal and the starter switch.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Then again, I left my tyre inflator behind in Russia so perhaps I should just retrace my steps and go and pick it up.
I´d forgotten that Argentinians like to eat late - at 8 o´clock at night I´m tucking in to my dinner, everybody else in the restaurant is having afternoon coffee.
Saturday, 27 February 2010
When I got the bill the battery was on there but my new Argentinian best friend wouldn´t accept anything for the hour and a half´s labour. Instead there was an exchange of gifts - I got an Argentinian sticker and he got a couple of Union Jack badges.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Monday, 15 February 2010
Thankfully I found a bank before I got to the next toll booth.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Random Uruguay fact: Uruguay, the second smallest country in South America (after Suriname), has twice won the FIFA World Cup.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Friday, 5 February 2010
20km further on and there was the roadblock. I rode up to it and the guy manning the barrier told me I'd have to turn around. I told him I thought it was a pretty poor show and was just about to turn the bike around when he had a change of heart and let me through.
Fortunately, despite a complete lack of traffic, the border post is still manned and so I had what must be the quickest border crossing to date - out of Argentina and into Uruguay in 10 minutes.
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Saturday, 30 January 2010
The receptionists at the campsite asked me about my trip. When I told them I'd riden here from England they went out and hoisted the Union Jack in my honour.
After countless nights in the tent I think I've finally found the key to a good night's sleep - Argentinian cabernet sauvignon.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
I visited the glacier as a day trip from El Calafate which meant I could leave my luggage at the hotel. It was a lovely twisty road and the bike seemed to appreciate not being heavily loaded for once.