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Home Sweet Home

November 26, 2016: I arrived home a little after 3am on Friday morning. Friends from two different churches helped get my trusty partner home with me,...


Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016: Just 80 miles from home on the Pan American, my trusty partner stalled and wouldn't start again, just worn out from the 9750 miles behind...


Chile - Day 4

November 22, 2016: Uncharted territory is behind me now. From La Serena, where I spent the night, to our home in Concepción, all is known to me...


Chile - Day 3

November 21, 2016: I haven't ridden this far since I was 20! Arriving at dusk in La Serena after 538 miles through the desert, the land is...


Chile - Day 2

November 20, 2016: Lloyd and Ana Maria Marsh, AGWM colleagues who arrived in Chile while I was in the States, graciously hosted me last night. They live in a...


Phase 4 Begins

November 19, 2016: Last night I stayed in the port city of Ilo in southern Peru. Today I crossed the border in to my home...


Peru - Day 5

November 18, 2016: I woke up this morning to the sound of the waves lapping at the shore and this view. I then detoured...


Peru - Days 3 and 4

November 17, 2016: Making my way south along the coast of Peru, I traversed the mega city of Lima in bumper to bumper traffic on a freeway. I stopped at...


Peru - Days 1 and 2

November 15, 2016: Coming down from the lush green of the northern Andean mountains, I arrived in Piura, Peru to begin my trek through the deserts of...


Ecuador - Day 4

November 13, 2016: Back in Loja, a picturesque Andean city nestled in a valley at 7300 feet elevation, made even more beautiful by the people we came to...


Ecuador - Day 3

November 12, 2016: Ecuador is a beautiful country and although it was slightly further, I'm glad I rode down to the Amazon side of the country. It is a lush...


Ecuador - Day 2

November 11, 2016: Leaving Quito at 9350 feet elevation, I rode over an 11,574 pass on my way to Baños at 5955 ft., named for it's hot springs...


Colombia to Ecuador

November 10, 2016: As I made my way south from Pasto towards the border with Ecuador, the rugged mountains of Colombia gave way to rolling hills on the high...


Colombia

November 09, 2016: The three hundred and fifty miles today once again covered high mountain passes where I was literally riding through the clouds, other...


Colombia

November 08, 2016: Beloved and I were separated flying out of Panama City on different flights. We were reunited on Monday at noon at Bogotá's air freight...


Phase 3

November 07, 2016: This is the first time on the trip that I've been separated from my trusty partner. Remember how back in the day, we mailed letters by...


Central America - Panama

November 06, 2016: This is a four day weekend in Panama as they celebrate Independence Day. On Monday, I will be shipping the bike via air to Bogotá,...


Central America - Beautiful beaches of Costa Rica

November 03, 2016: I sense that there is a difference returning to a country where I’ve lived before, in this case Costa Rica, familiar sights and...


Central America - From Nicaragua to Costa Rica

November 02, 2016: Passing Lake Nicaragua with it's beautiful views of Concepción Volcano on an island and the wind turbines,I had to stop at a gas station...


Central America - Nicaragua

November 01, 2016: The bike did it again...came to a stop in front of an Assemblies of God church where I met the pastor and his 93 year old...


Central America - Honduras

October 31, 2016: I finally had my rear spare installed in Congo, El Salvador before heading to the Honduran border, spending the night at...


Central America - El Salvador

October 30, 2016: One of the highlights of my trip so far was being with Don and Terri Triplett in El Salvador. They are the directors of Castillo del Rey...


Central America - Guatemala

October 29, 2016: Closing in on the southern border of Mexico I was flagged down by a group of seeming officials, but found out they are self appointed...


Tropical Mexico

October 27, 2016: After traveling 3600 miles from Oregon, I finally arrived in the tropics this afternoon at the southern Pacific coast of Mexico. The...


Toltec Ruins

October 26, 2016: Nearing the outskirts of Mexico City, I stayed at Tula de Allende and visited some Toltec ruins dating from 1100 AD. Beautiful...


Retorno

October 25, 2016: While riding, about every mile, I kept seeing this sign "Retorno", which means Return or Go Back. I guess my mom must have paid somebody to...


Pushing through Mexico

October 24, 2016: Making up lost time, I rode 800 miles in two days from the border down to Zacatecas, a old colonial mining town in Central Mexico...


On the Road Again

October 22, 2016: After goodbyes to Laurel and my parents, Dick and Sharen Ellis, I rode out of Phoenix on my way to Las Cruces, New...


Stuck between Phases

October 18, 2016: I had originally planned to ride from Phoenix to Las Cruces, New Mexico tomorrow, but some unforeseen circumstances have delayed my...


Phase One - Canby to Phoenix - Completed

October 12, 2016: Laurel and I arrived at my parents' house at 5:00pm from Los Angeles where we visited Laurel's parents and brother and sister-in-law. On...


At Oakhurst near the entrance of Yosemite

October 09, 2016: Heading out of Yreka on a beautiful fall day, we drove over four hundred miles to Oakhurst, where Terry Cederblom, my old friend from...


The Journey Begins

October 07, 2016: Setting out at 4 o'clock, six hours later than planned. It's raining. Our house is packed up and clean, ready for the renters to move in...


Phases of the Trip

September 23, 2016: I will be leaving our home in Canby, Oregon the morning of Friday, October 7th, heading south towards Oakhurst,...