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Website Swap

January 4th, 2010 by sunflowers

Due to enforced inactivity I have decided to move my website from www.argentina2alaska.co.uk which I originally was blogging to when I was going to ride Argentina up to www.alaska2argentina.co.uk which www.alaska2argentina.com will point to and I am going to let www.argentina2alaska.co.uk expire. Please switch over and let me know if you have any problems.

Other than that I am still trying to locate my passport and slowly sinking into a slump as I realise my motorbiking trip has finished in a painful end and I maybe stuck in Tierra del Fuego due to the difficulties of reapplying for a new British passport.

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Passport Misplaced

January 3rd, 2010 by sunflowers

Due to changing all my luggage around and my inability to carry my own things I have managed to misplace my passport. I found out at the border of Argentina and Chile. Myles kindly got off the bus with me and we tried for several hours to hitchhike back to Rio Grande (where I went to the hospital) and finally settled in for the six hour wait for the next bus back. Saw Lorraine and Kev from the Viedma meet up and some South Australian’s who are motorbiking (I used to live in Adelaide so I took a photo).


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A Heartfelt Thanks

January 2nd, 2010 by sunflowers

My accident was announced on the news in Rio Grande and Kieshka’s grandmother heard it and told her about it so she came to visit me and then ended up helping me pick up my motorbike, ship it to Buenos Aires and generally carting me around and being a translator. A huge thank you to her as I really would have struggled to do any of this myself.

Also to Myles who I met randomly in Honduras, Venezuela and Ecuador and read my plight in facebook and came down to Rio Grande and has traveled with me carrying and picking up things because in his words ‘to be fair you couldn’t survive on your own’.

Thanks to Susan and Grant from Horizons Unlimited and all their helpers who published my blog in the ezine and all the people who emailed me offering encouragement.

Also my sister requested a few more hospital photos and a few showing how badly damaged my helmet was.



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Happy New Year

January 1st, 2010 by sunflowers

I am a believer that if you have a shite new year’s eve that the rest of your year will be really good to make up for it. In that case 2010 for me should be brilliant. None of the pubs in Ushuaia were open and I am struggling to stay in a hostel with my inability to move without agony. Even New Year in Iran a couple of years ago watching Legally Blonde two on telly was better.

These are some of the photos that I took on the way down on the day of my accident.




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December 31st, 2009 by sunflowers

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 to fly home. I just wish the pain would go away.



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Lucky to be Alive

December 30th, 2009 by sunflowers

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.

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December 28th, 2009 by sunflowers

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 look into hiring a servant.

Some of the other bikers I met at Viedma stopped by to see me which was lovely but sad when they rode away and I couldn’t join them. Thanks for the present.

Also Alex who I kept on bumping into stopped with his new riding partner.

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Turned to the Darkside

December 27th, 2009 by sunflowers

Rio GrandeEnough 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 rest of my trip.

My back is in agony and yesterday I was told I would see a bone specialist today and today they are telling me tomorrow.

Thank you to all the people that have visited and kept me sane.

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Look on the Bright Side

December 25th, 2009 by sunflowers

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 at all – true.

I have a slow internet connection (whoopy!) and my laptop for music (nick drake on xmas day).

MeI might not be able to fly or ride for 30 days. Bad – diving Easter Island is out. Good – no pressure to do Ruta 40 (gravelly windy road through mountains which I have been worried about) Though disappointed not to finish trip.

I still have no idea what happened or what condition my bike is in.

It is xmas day and even though I am an agnostic breeding does encourage a certain expectation for this time of the year. Still better than some years. Still have this huge scab on my chin, elbow and knee with some pretty fantastic bruising down my side.

I have nothing better to do than reply to emails if you feel like writing one it would be welcomed.

Hhmm, and it is sunny, what more could you ask for – fruit beer – women can not live on chocolate alone.

Over and out and wishing you all a very merry xmas. Annette xxx

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Intensive Care

December 24th, 2009 by sunflowers

Rio GrandeHi,

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 was really worried about going the Ruta 40 back up after Ushuaia but it looks like I won’t have to do that now.

I will give you an update as I find out.

Hugs and kisses,

ps. it turned out that I had head trauma, punctured lung, broken ribs, badly bruised side and broken collarbone.

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