The Americas 2013

A Motorcycle Diary

The week of 11 to 18 August…

18 Aug

My flight out of Edmonton was at 06h00 which meant I had to be at the airport by 04h00 and leave the hotel by 03h00 so there wasn’t much time for sleep after packing, storing the bike, showering and cleaning off the grime of the days ride. I finally got into to Juneau where Jax met me at the airport at 12h30 and we boarded the Safari Endeavour at 17h00 so by the time I got to bed on that first night it felt like I had been hit by a sledgehammer and didn’t really get to appreciate my surroundings quite as much as I could or should have!

Needless to say, the cruise was a roundtrip from Juneau through and around the Alaskan inside passage which is breathtakingly beautiful. To add to the magnificence of the surroundings, we were mostly blessed with clear, sunny skies which was conducive to the nature of the cruise which calls itself an “adventure cruise” because of the numerous nature related activities it provides. In addition to many restful days of lounging around reading, we got to kayak and walk through some of the most beautiful and untouched parts of this world and felt awed and blessed everytime we went out.

Onboard were a variety of different folk from all over the place however, the differences is what made each of them really special and we were fortunate enough to meet and spend a little time with most everybody. We really got to bond and spend quality time with a small handful of individuals which were truly exceptional and which we hope will further develop over time.

Alaska, and the inside passage in particular, is a place that we will most certainly be going back to in time and the Safari Endeavour and her crew helped to make the week unforgettable and really special..thank you guys!

The pics below represent just a fraction of all of the pictures of the week and will supply a superb overview of our experience however, without a personal visit to this remarkable corner of the world, a photo will never do it any justice. Some of the photos are courtesy of the crew of the Safari Endeavour and I just couldn’t help but use them!!

We are now back in Edmonton and we will spending the next night or two here getting ready for our final push to NY where our trip will be finally over and we will have to start to re learn how to integrate into our normal lives and work, the emotions for which at this stage, remain mixed!!


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Be a sport Many of us have the means and wherewithal to undertake the dreams we want but elect to choose otherwise, many however, do not and that is the purpose of this plea. Afrika Tikkun (http://afrikatikkun.org// ) is a South African non governmental, non profit charity organisation run by the Lubner family that in essence does just that; re-provide the possibility to dream and to create the possibility of turning those dreams into a reality.

Unlike many pleas of this nature, I am not looking for any kind of sponsorship for my trip, but I am looking for your donation, regardless of its size to Afrika Tikkun. Please pledge generously as this is a fantastic cause that will assist them to provide food, care, education, health and social services to those that are desperately in need.

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  1. PapaD

    August 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    The Beauty of Nature is perfectly exposed here.this must have been one of the uber highlights of your already gourmand trip.By the way you don’t look as if you have suffered too much from all the phenomenal meals–bet you go to gym twice a day in all the spectacular hotels you are staying in.Hope you crit them for Trip advisor ..Despite all the dynamics of such a trip you look so happy .Long may it last —go well Dad

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