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OFF ROAD SKILLS LEVEL ONE | DAY TWO

If you’ve not already, go here to read about day one. Thankfully, I woke up on Monday morning feeling good. As I turned over and got out of bed there weren’t too many audible groans related to aching muscles, and my kit had more-or-less dried out (apart from my gloves, which Linley kindly replaced so

OFF ROAD SKILLS LEVEL ONE | DAY ONE

My first taste of motorcycling was on dirt. Well, grass. I had a ‘play’ on a friend’s tiny 50cc dirt bike when I was about seven or eight. The little spoked wheels with nobly tyres span as I so very gingerly teased the twist and go around the field and up the short muddy bank

CURRENTLY LOVING | JUNE 2017

As I get older I definitely see the benefit of experiences over things, and this is something I talk about quite a lot here on my blog and on my social media feeds. So you might wonder why I continue with my slightly irregular Currently Loving series, where I mainly feature material objects that make

EXPLORING VANCOUVER ISLAND, PART TWO

Part one can be found here. Port Hardy and Port McNeill We did think we would take the dirt road directly from Gold River over to the north-west part of Vancouver Island, but after chatting to the guys in the information centre in Gold River we decided to give it a miss; apparently it was

EXPLORING VANCOUVER ISLAND, PART ONE

One recurring topic of conversation as we met people throughout our trip was: “Did you go over to Vancouver Island before you headed into the US?”. Well, no, we didn’t. To be completely honest we didn’t exactly appreciate what a lovely little island it is until we looked after being asked the same question several

THE ZARTUSACAN VIDEO SERIES

It might have taken us many months to go through all the footage and put this together, but I am super excited to announce that we have now launched our Zartusacan video series! If you like road trips, travel, motorbikes, the USA or Canada (or just us!), you should definitely check them out. Episode one is live now

KAMLOOPS, WHISTLER AND THE SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY

The beauty of a trip that is relatively unplanned, is that when you turn up somewhere and feel at home you can simply decide to stay longer. This happened to us in Whistler. We arrived, checked into our hotel, and within an hour had decided we needed longer than one night to explore. But in

WALKING ON A GLACIER: COLUMBIA ICEFIELD GLACIER ADVENTURE

You can’t ride along a famous road that takes you through 100 glaciers and not take some time to see one of them in a bit more detail, and so we’d checked into a lodge for a couple of nights to give us an opportunity to tick off walking on a glacier from our bucket

THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY

Riding the Icefields Parkway was on our original list of roads to experience. It appears on several lists of the best motorcycling roads in North America (and soon to be included on mine, coming soon!), taking travellers between Jasper and Banff (Lake Louise) through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Standing by an amazing river along the Icefields

RIDING THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

From Calgary we headed west towards the mountains and picked up the 40, a beautiful sweeping mountain pass that was just lovely to ride. We met a couple of British bikers on Polaris Slingshots and chatted about touring before turning north towards Banff. We saw some deer type animals who were malting, losing their fluffy

THE STRAIGHT ROAD TO CALGARY

After spending the morning and most of the afternoon in Glacier National Park, we still had 200 miles to ride along the road to Calgary. We had an appointment at Blackfoot Motorcycles the following morning and so had booked a hotel on the outskirts of the city for that night; at least we had a

Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park

Shivering with cold, soaked through to the skin and dripping water all over the floor, I asked the lady behind the counter in A&W for whatever was their most popular meal. I was so cold and wet that I had lost any ability to make basic decisions, and the happy lady and her work experience