A blog to record our motorbike adventure through the Americas

About Us

Hello, I’m Dan and together with my very understanding wife Lisa, we are heading off on a trip around the Americas by motorcycle.

We have done a fair bit of traveling in the past – backpacking through Asia, driving around Australia in a Holden panel van and we toured New Zealand in a Bedford ex-ambulance.

This time around it feels like we are taking on something much bigger (and slightly scary!).  We started making plans at the end of 2011 to quit our jobs, sell pretty much everything that we own (as we don’t know where or when we will finish) and get cracking on planning the trip of a lifetime.

We start the trip in Nova Scotia in May 2012 and have a pretty flexible route (not due to a lack of planning of course!)  But the idea is to finish off somewhere in South America within 12 months………..maybe

Lisa Bio

29 years old and working as a Project Surveyor in the construction industry (for a few more weeks anyway!).

Reason for this trip? Having spent time in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and never having visited anywhere in the Americas myself, it seemed like the obvious destination for the next trip!  The bike part is more my husbands ‘dream’, but I’m easily persuaded to give up work and go traveling!
Things I will miss? Family, friends and the security of knowing where I’m going to be sleeping each night.
Things I won’t miss? That Monday morning feeling……!
Looking forward to the most? Exploring the USA.
Looking forward to the least? Central American border crossings!!!

Dan Bio

32 years old, work in IT for Lotus F1 Team (until May), lover of travel.

Reason for this trip? To fulfill a dream of overland travel on two wheels  – simple!
Things I will miss? Family, friends, and things I take for granted – creature comforts, regular income etc…
Things I won’t miss? Living the normal life (yeah that kind of contradicts the one above)
Looking forward to the most? Traveling South America
Looking forward to the least? Border crossing paperwork


7 responses

  1. Having recently crossed through a few Central American borders – on an ’89 Transalp, mind you – my best advice is to not worry too much about ’em, but be ready to exercise your patience ;). We’re excited to follow along with your travels. Keep the shiny side up.

    April 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    • Thanks for the advice. We’ve also been following your blog, it’s good to read about other experiences to give us an idea of what we might have in store!!! 🙂 We’ve just picked up the Transalp and we’re hitting the road today.

      May 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

  2. Dan and Lisa I have a couple of friends who started travelling over a year ago from here, over Europe and Asia, down the US and are currently doing South America. Their blog http://www.goingoverland.com/ might be worth a read. Good luck!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    • Hi Hazel, hope you are well. Thanks for the link. Its always useful to get tips from other travellers so I will check it out!

      June 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  3. Hi Lisa, hi Dan
    Your blog is gold for us since we are slower then you are and we are around two weeks behind you (currently in Santa Rosalia, Baja). Maybe we can catch up one day. Our plan is to cross to Mazatlan on the 23. October. By the way, did you need to have your own tie-down straps or where they provided by the ferry.
    Bjoern & Sigrid

    October 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    • Hi Bjoern and Sigrid,

      We didn’t have tie-downs for the Baja Ferry so used some dirty rope they supplied but it did the job just fine. We’ll do another blog update later and include border crossing info for Guatemala which might be useful for when you get to that bit of the trip. We’re hanging around in Antigua for a couple of weeks for Spanish lessons so you might catch us up. Enjoy the trip! Cheers, Dan & Lisa.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

  4. Thanks for your blog – my wife and I are 55 and 58 and on a very late “gap year” touring from Buenos Aires to Ishuaia and then right up to Vancouver – starting on 2nd Jan. Taking my BMW1200RS Adventurer which will arrive in BA on 2nd Jan. Any advice you could give us would be much appreciated! Are you back at work now or still travelling! Regards Steve & Nicola

    December 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

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