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Archive for December, 2009


Thursday, December 31st, 2009

I took a minibus to Ushuaia and I am staying in a hostel but I am in so much pain and can’t do many things (I haven’t had a bath for four days now) that I don’t know how I am going to cope with the last month in South America until I am able […]

Posted in Argentina | 7 Comments »

Lucky to be Alive

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I went and pickup’ed my bike yesterday with a big truck. The back was all smashed in, the speedo broken and the windscreen gone. Made me realise that I was lucky to survive. Apparently I was found about 10 meters away from the bike.

Posted in Argentina | 7 Comments »


Monday, December 28th, 2009

Sit, stand, pull, push, bend forwards, bend backwards, walk, go to the toilet, get a drink of water, pick up a laptop, all these things you can do with a good back. With a broken collar bone it hurts to do everything. I am going to have to ship almost everything to Buenos Aires and […]

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Turned to the Darkside

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Enough of this natural optimism. I have spent two waking days in the hospital and I am over it. Everyone else is celebrating Christmas in Ushuaia and I am staring at pale green walls trying to figure out how to get news on the condition of my bike and what I will do for the […]

Posted in Argentina | 5 Comments »

Look on the Bright Side

Friday, December 25th, 2009

After a day of lying in my hospital bed I have had time to reflect on my situation. I can barely walk (dizzy from inactivity) or use one side of my body (tube to lungs or broken collarbone – not sure). I have talked to my mother who says I am lucky to be alive […]

Posted in Argentina | 9 Comments »

Intensive Care

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Hi, I’m fine. I am lying in a hosiptal in Rio Grande, the bottom of Argentina where I have been for five days in and out of intensive care. Not really sure what happened or is wrong other than being in pain. Yep, 200 kms from my final destination after 50,000kms. And to think I […]

Posted in Argentina | 9 Comments »

Petroleum Princess

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

After having breakfast in a petrol station and checking my email I realised I needed to buy a front tyre as I wasn’t going to get it further south. Having just missed morning hours I had to wait until after the three hours siesta so I headed to the Petroleum Museum where I had my […]

Posted in Argentina | 1 Comment »

Monster Truck Out

Friday, December 18th, 2009

As I was waiting to pull into the road a truck backed into me with a bang wiping out me and the bike. He kindly got the pannier holder welded but later on I kept on finding bits of my bike that were broke. The panniers are about two inches out, my right indicator light […]

Posted in Argentina | No Comments »

Welcome Whales

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Peninsula Valdés is famous for it’s whale watching. I was a bit worried I was too late in the season but with a bit of patience we got to see a couple of Southern Right Whales pass right under the boat.

Posted in Argentina | 1 Comment »

Gravel Grooving

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Our first day was spent riding around the peninsula on the gravel trail where I was out front in the lead, up on the pegs showing the fellows a bit of my bmw off road training course abilities.

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