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Decide to Do

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

After working at a company for five years I read in the company handbook that they allowed staff to take a sabbatical after five years. I had always wanted to take six months off and travel Central and South America but because I travelled a lot with work and didn’t have anyone to travel with […]

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Bought Bike

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

As I was phoning up dealerships to see if one of them would hold a second hand bike for me until August I found one dealership that had a black DR650 in a crate. It must have just arrived as the other sales person didn’t even know about it when I phoned back. So rather […]

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Total Trust?

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true. – Buddha I have found the perfectly set up touring bike. A 2000 DR650. Apparently DRs are used by the police in South America so they are easy to get fixed. At $4000 seems a bit dear for an eight year old bike you […]

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First Fundraising

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I must admit that fund raising has come pretty low down on my list of things to prepare for. Top of the list has been trying to find a bike in Alaska. I did find a cool looking KLR in Wyoming but it appears that to ship it to Anchorage it has to be created […]

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Too many choices

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Only two more months to go! I can’t wait. I have been trying to find a bike to purchase in Anchorage and apparently enduro bikes are all sold out and any that come up second hand go in seconds. An adventure rider that read my post kindly offered me his Honda PC800 that he is […]

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Suzuki DR650SE

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

After reading Maria’s blog (The Franglais Rider’s Journal) which is not only a great read but actually talks about road conditions and quality of drivers. I am not only packing myself (I have always had a fear about being on the road due to reckless or drunk drivers) but have also decided I need to […]

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BMW Canada

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I had a look on the BMW Canada site and they sell the 2008 F650. My first thought was to change my flight to fly into Grande Prairie (where my mother is from) and bike from there but it is 3,315 km (2060 miles) and due to cutting it so fine with the weather I […]

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Spanish Level Two

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Even though I have been extremely slack on the blogging front (I swear I go into hibernation in the cold months) I am still slowly preparing myself for my trip. In January I started taking Level Two Spanish lessons twice a week. I am struggling as I hadn’t really done level one but I also […]

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Definite Date

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I have extended my contract until the end of August 2008 with a departure date of 1st September 2008 (originally it was supposed to be the end of June). I did this for two reasons. 1. Timing. I only want to take 6 months to do this trip and I have been told not to […]

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Emergency Responder

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Hi, my name is Annette. I am an emergency responder. May I help you? That is the official line you are suppose to give when you come across an injured person. Tonight I did the primary care practical section of my first aid course. I learnt to use a defibrillator, give CPR and role played […]

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