Blog Section: World Travelers

World Travelers—Thailand: A Land of Smiles

May 02, 2016 View Comments by

Under a veil of low morning fog, we quietly slide our motorcycles onto the pontoon and cross the Mekong River for the last time, exiting Laos and entering the most northern realm of the Kingdom of Thailand. After successfully getting the bikes off the float on the other side, without dumping them (or ourselves) into […]

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Way of Ella—Three Mopeds Across the United States

Apr 07, 2016 View Comments by

Three German philanthropists are riding their vintage Zündapp mopeds across the United States to raise money that will help children in Vietnam who suffer from damage caused by the use of Agent Orange years ago. The war might be over, but the effects of the chemical warfare linger. One hundred percent of donations will benefit the […]

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‘Grizzly’ to Attempt Record-Breaking Motorcycle Trip Around the World

Feb 22, 2016 View Comments by

Swiss endurance rider Urs Pedraita—better known as Grisu Grizzly—is setting off next month on a record-breaking ride around the world. Rolling out of Daytona Bike Week’s busy main street at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 11, his goal is to ride his Victory Cross Country around the globe in less than 100 days. Right now […]

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One Aussie, One Dream: To Be the Youngest to Travel the Globe by Motorcycle

Sep 01, 2014 View Comments by

Mike Schram is a young Australian who started traveling around the world when he was just 16 in an effort to set the world record for the youngest person to do so. His journey so far has taken him to New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, the U.S., Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. He […]

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Our Sixth Continent…

Oct 23, 2012 View Comments by

Reaching our sixth continent was monumental for us. Yeah—we’ve been on the road a long time now (we are in our 10th year) but Australia was and is a huge milestone. Reaching Australia has also been scary as it has brought home the fact that we are closer to the end of our journey than […]

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Only in India

Oct 11, 2012 View Comments by

As any traveler in India will tell you, your senses are bombarded with not only sounds (the incessant use of the horn), but also signs! Signs on the roads, in shops, restaurants, and hotels. There is a sign for everything and usually more than one. The road signs here are supposed to be simple yet […]

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Pink Porcelain and Pokémon

Sep 25, 2012 View Comments by

We stayed an extra day on Bali. Well, we couldn’t just stay one day could we? It is an island that deserves so much more time, but time was not on our side. Perhaps one day we will re-visit and take in all the wonderful sites this beautiful island has to offer. What we will remember […]

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Don’t blink – It’s Bali!

Sep 18, 2012 View Comments by

To many, I’m sure it seems that we have no time limit or any restrictions on our travels, but visas and weather often determine how long we can stay in any one country. In this instance, however, our time is dependent upon being able to get to all of the scheduled ferries, which will take […]

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Amidst the Sea of Sand

Aug 27, 2012 View Comments by

We were so excited!! Well, why wouldn’t we be? We had the chance to ride to and into the Bromo-Tengger Massif. This is a massive six mile wide caldera that contains the volcanic peaks of Bromo (7,847 feet) and Semeru (12,060 feet), the latter being Java’s highest mountain. These volcanoes puff away on a regular […]

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The Son of Kelud

Jul 30, 2012 View Comments by

The small town of Sarangan was busy, busy, busy! Loads of bikers were enjoying the mountain roads in this area but strangely we kept on being waved down and stopped… “Simon, Simon…Lisa!!  Take photo, yes?” Weird, they knew our names. Was there something in a local newspaper? We knew that the Indonesian TV guys we […]

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Near Misses and Near Perfection

Jul 21, 2012 View Comments by

Today the riding on the island of Java was not so much ‘joy riding’ as it was joy to still be alive!  I experienced one of my closest calls with a charging 4×4. I held my breath and waited for the slam as the truck slid over the white line into our lane. I made […]

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Joy Riding Through Java

Jul 10, 2012 View Comments by

Simon and I wandered into a small café area and received looks of interest. This probably had more to do with what we were wearing than our just having got off two very large bikes! We know that a few jokes were said at our expense, but the feeling was always one of good humor.  […]

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It’s a Green Land

Jun 29, 2012 View Comments by

I could go on and on about another day with yet another very early start to avoid nightmarish traffic and another entertaining selection of pot-holed roads to jar our bones along Sumatra…but all of that makes it sound like we are having a terrible time, and we are not! Sumatra is beautiful. It’s just so […]

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Curves, Corners and Classrooms

May 19, 2012 View Comments by

We had had such a good day’s ride yesterday that we were all looking forward to getting on the bikes today, despite still feeling a bit tired. The road to the town of Bukkitinggi had been a stunning nonstop ride. We spent most of the day throwing the bikes around the road, which twisted and […]

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Dirty Brown Roads and Rooms

Apr 26, 2012 View Comments by

It was raining when we got up–and it rained most of the “very long” day. The road was very muddy in some places, with huge potholes filled with thick, gloopy, ginger-brown mud, making it impossible to gauge just how deep they were. A few heavy thumps into a couple shook us awake! However, I think […]

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