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Old 12-02-2010, 11:30 AM   #1
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Friends, today a very tired, wet, smelly me arrived into Panama City, after nearly 80,000 km's between North & South America, between Deadhorse, Alaska and Ushuaia, Argentina, over about 19 months. (I started the trip in Colombia, and I finished in Panama, go figure........). What can I say, it's been amazing! Here I am with all limbs intact, no small thing considering I never had a bike back home, and all this trip comes from a nights drinking in Vietnam......

Some of the more memorable times.......
-Nearly coming off a bamboo bridge over a raging river near Tierradentro, Colombia
-A close call with some armed FARC rebels near San Agustin, Colombia
-Teaching a friend from home to ride a bike in Ecuador. The scars will last longer than his memories....
-Nearly dropping the bike into a canyon, Cordilleras Blancas, Peru
-Falling asleep on my broken down bike in the middle of the slums outside Lima, Peru. And being woken up by an incredulous cop a couple of hours later......
-Losing my brakes when I was going a wee bit faster than I should have been on the Death Road, Bolivia
-Bouncing along 200 km's of very bad dirt road with 2 sticks of dynamite in my back box, Bolivia
-Riding nearly 200 km's with less than a third of my spokes on the back wheel, waiting for it to fall off, Northern Argentina
-Doing the superman from my bike and landing on my head on Ruta 40, Argentina
-Getting blown off my bike in a tropical storm in Patagonia, Argentina
-Carnaval in Salvador, Brazil
-1c a liter petrol in Venezuela
-Riding all night with a sun that never sets in the Arctic Circle, Alaska
-Getting a rude awakening one morning in my tent from a black bear on me near Hyder, Alaska
-Running for cover when hail stones a little bit smaller than golf balls started coming down in a summer storm, Wyoming, USA
-Loading my bike onto the prow of a very small passenger boat for the Los Chiles border crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It was a very small boat and a very long hour. There's bloody sharks in that river....
-Corrupt cops, and not giving them a penny, in many different places.....

After spending the last 18 months sitting on a bike most days, it seems weird already that it's over, but anyway, I can't wait to do it all over again.....
Cheers to all ye lovely people that have helped me out along the way, I'll see ye on the road, somewhere, sometime, I'm sure!
Well, I don't know about ye, but I'm off to celebrate...........

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Old 12-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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Well, I don't know about ye, but I'm off to celebrate...........
Well, Micheal, when your head stops pounding and you're no longer bleeding from the eyes, how about a pic or three.

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Old 12-02-2010, 02:43 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your incredible achievement! I hope you'll be showing us pics and telling us the story!
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:50 PM   #4
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what a wonderful trip you had
can't wait to READ and SEE more

there WILL be "MORE," right?
i hope you had time to photograph all these wonderful places and things

thanking you, in advance
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:56 PM   #5
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Alright folks, as I'm a wee bit hungover today, from a serious two day bender of celebration, I will just post up a few photos. These photos are from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Canada, Alaska, & the US. Hope ye likey......
And hell no, it is not the last...... I've just gotta go and get a bloody job now to pay for the next trip..... Sponsors? Anyone??

Aaaagh, can't do it. How the fuck do you work this thing at all????????
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:17 PM   #6
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:34 PM   #7
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I just want to know the story behind the sticks of dynamite.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:25 AM   #8
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Haha, the dynamite, that was a good times..... I got my hands on that in Potosi, in Bolivia, the only place in the world where there's no regulations for the sale of dynamite to dumb foreigners, but you do have to shop around a bit. I got two sticks with detonation caps, fuses, nitrates to increase the explosion, and then I set off on the road south, a really bad bumpy dirt road. I was waiting for a spot that I was happy to detonate it, which I didn't come across for about 200km's. Found a spot with a good natural wall to hide behind, set up my shit, and blew a big fucking hole in the earth; rocks flying, animals screaming.....great fun indeed. Potosi, remember that name.......


On a different note.......how the hell do I upload photos on this page? It keeps telling me that my file size is too big, even though they're downsized, and I've seen large photos on this website before. It is a conundrum.........
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:41 PM   #9
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Potosi added to my list!

You can put up your pictures on this site: http://imgur.com/

If you register, you can set up nice albums for easy browsing.

There's also http://picasaweb.google.com/

That way you can link to the images using http://www.advrider.com/forums/misc....bbcode#imgcode

There's also http://www.smugmug.com/ if you ride a BMW.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:55 PM   #10
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OK. Question #2. What was your bike? And Question #3. This is the harsh one. Prove it? This comes from a friends recent statement after I was telling him of the great RR entertainment on ADVRider. He was saying he wondered what stops a person from sitting at home and just making it all up. And maybe Photoshopping a bunch of photos. Personally, I believe ya. It's the other guy.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:58 PM   #11
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Ohboyohboyohboyohboy!!!

Can't wait for this!!
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:12 PM   #12
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Post em on flickr and post a link here...
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:51 AM   #13
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Ha, Toadride , I see where you're coming from man. Well, what can I say, how to prove. Did it on my own, so I suppose there's no way, seeing as my photos could be photo-shopped.........but..........you can look on horizonsunlimited.com , which is what I used all the way along my trip. All the random dumb questions I asked in different places along the way are up there on record, under the same name of IronArse. I suppose this is my only 'proof', aside from non-photo-shopped photos, and maybe my passport. If I write a book will that convince you??
As for my bike....I had two. I started in South America, in Colombia, on a XT600 I'd bought there, drove that down the west through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, then back up through Brazil & Venezuela and back to Colombia. Then I flew up to Seattle, got me a V-Strom 650, which I then took up through Canada to Alaska, then back down through the States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and finally here to Panama, where I finished. So there you have it, an Alaska to Argentina trip, but I started in Colombia and I finished in Panama. My name should maybe be Arseways instead of Ironarse............
As for pics, will get some up soon folks, watch this space.....
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:18 AM   #14
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Right, since I still can't seem to work the photos here, here's a link to the HUBB, where I've posted just a few pics of the trip, and there'll be more to come. Just a taster for anyone that's interested.....enjoy!
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...n-alaska-54070
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:48 AM   #15
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-Corrupt cops, and not giving them a penny, in many different places.....
Congratulations. That feat has made you a saint for proving it can be done!
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