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Archive for August, 2008

Arrived in LA

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

And so ends part one. Stay tuned as I will update the last fun-filled, dangerous (have you driven on California roads?) week of my solo adventure through Canada and North America. But for now it is back to earn my last three months of dosh, take my forth Spanish class (no, I still can not […]

Posted in USA | 4 Comments »


Lost and Found

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Just a quick post as I think I will have to write up the rest of part 1 later as now I have to ride from Port Angeles to Los Angeles (about 1,600 miles). I got lost in the Cascade Mountains as I ended up taking a service highway that I thought was route 20. […]

Posted in USA | 8 Comments »


Columbia Ice Field

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

After leaving my mother and sister with my packed lunch I rode through the Columbia Ice Field is a basin of snow between a circle of eight mountains between Banff and Jasper National Parks (325 square kilometres). I had to miss Lake Louise as my pass (you have to pay $10Can per day just to […]

Posted in Canada | 1 Comment »


Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, Canada

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Today I stood under a glacier! It was so cool, literally. I spent the day sightseeing with my mother and sister and then we went to the hot pools again in the evening. The next day I headed off and a bear ran out into the road. Unfortunately I couldn’t stop as there was a […]

Posted in Canada | 1 Comment »


Good bye Grande Prairie

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

After a blistering hot day and a dinner with the relations I set off from Grande Prairie in the pouring rain (riding a fully laden motorbike in the rain is a good way for your family or anyone to think you are nuts and/or adventurous). I had an uneventful ride to Jasper other than being […]

Posted in Canada | 3 Comments »


I.V. (Ivy) Macklin

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

My grandfather was one of the first pioneers in Grande Prairie. He owned a diary farm on the edge of the town and was the first school teacher. When he started selling sections of his land to people who couldn’t afford to live in Grande Prairie a new mini town sprouted up called Macklinville (present […]

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Grande Prairie

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Grande (big) Prairie (vast stretches of flat land), Alberta (second province inwards from Canadian west coast) was once a glacier valley (when Canada consisted of two huge ice fields) after it had been a subtropical marsh land full of dinosaurs (largest ever cache of dinosaur bones was found in Alberta) and now it is a […]

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Mileage and Maintenance

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I have been getting mileage between 32-40 miles to the gallon US (or 8-10 miles to the litre UK or 13-16 kms to the litre NZ) which I don’t think is that good for a motorbike. Still it is better than the RV (recreational vehicle) owners that I met who are getting 8 miles per […]

Posted in Canada | 1 Comment »


Oh, Canada!

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Oh Canada, our home and native land. True patriot love in all our sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise the true north strong and free. From far and wide Oh, Canada we stand on guard for thee (national anthem). Pop 33 million and second largest country in the world. GDP in US […]

Posted in Canada | 6 Comments »


Alaskan Highway

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Couple of notes about the highway. Beautiful scenery : Once you are out of Alaska it is spruce covered mountains and the road follows a series of lakes and rivers. A lot of times you have the road and the views to yourself. Frequency of gas: The high petrol prices must be effecting the areas […]

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