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March Madness in April

Eating nothing nothing but twisty roads and gas station burritos for 2 days, I left home this weekend with a fresh tank of gas and no wallet. One-hundred fifty miles later I come to realize I need to fill both of my tanks and I’m in a pickle, on a motor-sickle. My trip to the …

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Colombia

Ruta Del Sol

Bucaramanga to Santa Marta | Nov. 28 | 328 miles | Today was our longest day of the tour… and the one with the greatest challenges to both mind and body. Rick had warned me about the weather at the coast. While I sweated through the humidity in Cali, he suggested I get used to …

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Farm to First Class

Villa De Leyva to Bucaramanga | November 27 | Proving our predictions right, the road out of town was dirty, wet and bumpy…. the roads, not the girls you perv… leading us from the village to Acrobuco where we spotted a roller derby team practice and the main artery road between Tunja and points North …

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Colombia

A Thankful Day

Villa De Leyva Rest Day | Monday, November 26 | With no intention by the organizers of this tour, our first rest day (at the perfect time btw) fell on Thanksgiving. And although Cristbol Columbus came to “my” America, he and his cohorts had also traveled south to “this” America… but they don’t celebrate the same …

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Colombia

Congo into Bogota

Honda to Bogotá | Monday, November 24 | Today’s ride (Day 3) was an easy one, only 100 miles from Honda to Bogota, but it was one of the most dangerous… aka fun. Juan thought is much like a video game and Lia just opened her head and smiled… calling it a dream and noting how …

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Colombia

Into the Mist

Salento to Honda | Monday, November 23 | Our second day in the saddle began after a little side trip to the farm. Our guide wrangled together one of the local jeeps (regularly on tourist hire) to deliver those of us not recovering from a hard first night to a coffee plantation for a morning …

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Colombia

Introduction to Green

Cali to Salento | Monday, November 22 | Day one in Colombia started with a few flipped switches… from languages, to currencies and eventually schedules.  After a familiar landscape at the Marriott hotel, we get picked up and delivered to the garage nearby where I find out that there’s no support vehicle on this tour… …

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Cali to Cali, Colombia

California to Cali | Monday, November 21 | On the heels of the Long Beach stop of the International Motorcycle Show, a long day steeped in visiting friends, corporate reps and new model releases, I wing off this month towards the equator… to my 19th country and first visit to South America. There I will …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: Scraping Around Spain

Ronda Loop to Malaga Finish | October 31 | 163 Miles | Today began with more choices, options to make a loop ride though the country back again to Ronda over famous Andalusian roadways or to stay in town and poke around until the rest of the group returns. It’s only about 90 miles between Ronda and …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: Shipless in Cueta

Chefchaouen to Ronda Spain | October 30 | 198 Miles | Thanks for a little dinner conversation, or perhaps NO thanks to it, we realize there will be a time change (somewhere: border or ferry?) to deal with tomorrow, and that we should leave really early in order to make the mid-day ferry. But we already have …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: A Muslim Roman Holiday

Meknes to Chefchaouen | October 29 | 110 Miles | With only one more night in Morocco ahead of us, nostalgia is already setting in, thankfully we returned tonight to a familiar place… but in a different riad. This one farther up the hillside from the parking lot and much more modern. The welcome drink, a limocelli …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: I Don’t Wanna Go

Bin El Ouidane to Meknes | October 28 | 202 Miles | Well, it was hard to leave paradise, but we tried to drag it out as long as we could with a poolside ride briefing and some dragging of the feet. The weather wasn’t quite right for a morning dip in the pool but we all …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: Choking The American Dream

Marrakesh to Bin El Ouidane | October 27 | 327 Miles | Today had to be the worse day of them all… I mean, awesome because I’m still on tour in a foreign country and doing just fine, but sometimes when you want something so much, hurdles grow up between you and the goal. And that was …

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Tic-Toc Maroc: The Shopping Bug

Marrakesh Rest Day | October 26 | 0 Miles | Mid-day report… Despite my hatred for the way they prefer to do buiness in Morocco, I’ve managed to spend too much money on things to bring home, ouch! Our tour guides arranged with a local man names Ahmed to give us a walking to this morning, …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: Into the Kingdom

Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakesh | October 25 | 141 Miles | From one UNESCO world heritage site to another (this tour is full of them, visiting 6 of the 9 in the country!) today was a ton of fun.. and history. The day started with a climb out of the saharan desert, pass towns …

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Morocco

Tic Toc Maroc: Back In The Game

Boumalne Dades to Ait Ben Haddou | October 24 | 141 Miles | With more than 12 hours sleep, I started out feeling pretty good today, happily. Although had I been paying attention to the provided guidebook I would have realized that this morning’s ride was another loop ride, up into another nearby canyon and …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: Chewed Up, Spit Out

Erfoud to Boumalne Dades | October 23 | 172 Miles | Bruised and back on the bike, today was one of the more relaxing days on tour…well, sort of… With only a “few” miles to ride, a scenic side trip, enjoyable (hilarious!) shopping experiences and a “helpful” bike swap… although the collective pain was mounting. Unlike …

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Tic-Toc Maroc: Rest Day My Ass

Erfoud Rest Day | October 22 | Going in Circles So much for a rest day! That was a friggin workout… and in the end, cost me more than I’d spend on the entire trip so far (for food and fuel). With a handful of optional activities planned for the group, hanging around the hotel —although …

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Morocco

Tic-Toc Maroc: Long Day Down

Fez to Erfoud | October 21 | 271 miles Today was our longest day… and one that put me in a shitty ass mood… mainly because I was getting rushed through countless amazing scenes, yet I was alone. Perhaps riding with a group isn’t for me… not when I want to use my brain and take …

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