South America 2011 – The proposed trip

On December 3rd I fly to Buenos Aires. I was originally travelling alone but recently I met John Crowe who amazingly is travelling to South America on his bike at the same time. We’re now travelling together ..which is great.

Firstly we ride to Patagonia. We will probably spend Christmas there. We then head north through the Chile lakes to Santiago. Merry meets me there on 20 January. We will have a three week holiday together. John rides north to Quito where he meets his wife and they fly off to the Galapagos. 

Merry and I will see some of Chile together before flying to Buenos Aires (I will, of course, be an expert on BA by then!) After that we fly to Iguasso falls and Rio. Merryflys home on 8th February

I then ride north to Quito, where I hope to find John! We then continue north through Colombia. We take a boat accross the Derien Peninsula to Panama. We ride through Central America and Mexico to USA. My trip will end in LA or San Francisco in late April or early May. 

My trusty steed is a Kawasaki KLR 650. I call her AZULO since she is a vivid blue. John’s bike is a BMW F650 and is a brilliant red, hence he has christened his bike ROJO. 

AZULO and ROJO are destined to becoming grest mates!

Please send me comments through this blog or emails to gbransbury@gmail.com  It will be lonely out there and your comments will be greatly appreciated and i will try and respond!

Geoff on his trusty steed "AZULO"

Geoff with his newly found travelling mate John Crowe

Planning begins for South America 2011

John and I agree that too much planning is to be avoided at all costs! The whole idea is to let it all happen….. We will, of course have a general idea of where we are going and when we need to be in Santiago (otherwise I would have a very angry family on 5th february if I’m not there!)

Generally, we have no intention of organising anything in advance if that can be avoided. We simply don’t know how long we will want to stay in a place and expect to find the unexpected.

Some things however have to be organised.

We are intending to sea freight the bikes to Argentina. Air freight would cost us over $6000! The trouble with sea freight however is the length of time it takes and we hear horror stories of bikes arriving late or not at all!

Currently (July 2011) our best information is that it will cost us about $500 in freight charges and possibly $1300 in landing charges in Buenos Aires! Still better than air freight but the landing costs are absurd! We hope the bikes arrive around the time that we do…its a wish and a prayer though!

I am taking Spanish lessons. Amazingly my virtually non existent school French seems to come back before my newly learnt Spanish words! I realise just how bad I am at languages.  (I think I am legendary in achieving MINUS 14 % in my Latin exams at school!)

I am also learning some basic mechanics…how to fix a puncture and what do I do if the bike stops and I’m 200 kms from the nearest town in the mountains! My Kawasaki dealer is being terrific and is letting me “help out” in the workshop!

Servicing Azulo with the Kawasaki mechanic

Nepal,India to Bhutan 2010

Just another landslide (Bhutan)

In November 2010 I did a motor bike trip with “Asian Experiences” from Nepal to Bhutan. There were seven of us, me (nicknamed G1)  Another Geoff (G2) ,Gordon, Kevin, Peter, Greg and Lyn, plus our leader, Helen and our Indian mechanic Arshad. We travelled on 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets.

Our trip took us from Kathmandu in Nepal through Darjeeling in India to Bhutan and then to Calcutta. It was a fantastic trip, lots of fun, great group and wonderful scenery. We met some fantastic  people and of course we all have wonderful  memories. In just three weeks, all of us from all different walks of life  became great friends.

Mt Everest

The Lucky Group

 

 

Toy train of Darjeeling