I am going to attempt to keep a blog about my world travels. My daughter, Michelle and her husband Travis have been painstakingly teaching me how to use all this new technology.
Since officially retiring, I have decided to travel the world, doing trips that allow me to experience the things I enjoy most; motorcycling, horses, polo, trekking, spending time with my friends, seeing new places and meeting new people.
My first major trip was in April 2009. I took a trip with Ayres Adventures to South America
(Escape to Macchu Picchu). I travelled from Cuzco,Peru (Macchu Picchu) to Foz de Iquazu, Brazil on a BMW Motorcycle - GS1200. There were 5 people in our group - Nuno, our guide from Portugal; John from South Africa; and Peter and Michael from Germany. We covered 4600kms in 17 days. to view photos go to SA Photos
This past fall I decided to do a 2 month trip to Africa. I left on September 21, 2009 and returned on November 21, 2009. The first part was a 16 day motorcycle trip with Ayres adventures - Call of the Wild
. it commenced in Johannesburg, South Africa and ended in Windhoek, Namibia.
From there, I flew to Nairobi, Kenya, and meet up with my son, Robbie. We did a 10 day horseback riding Safari in the Masaii Mara with Offbeat Safaris
Next, we climbed Mount Kenya
, the second highest peak in Africa. This was a 5 day Trek to the peak.
The last part of the trip with Robbie took us to the Island of Lamu off the coast of Kenya.
After Robbie left, I fleww to Cape Town, met some friens, and then drove along the coast staying in hostels and lodges before returning back to Canada.
Spring 2010, Travelled to Europe starting with a 10 day motorcycle trip through Portugal and northern Spain, then 5 days in Nice, France at a friends condo, followed by a 15 day motorcycle trip throough Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Macedonia.
Fall, 2010 , I left Oct 12 for a 2 month trip to India and Nepal. We started with a Rick Shaw race in southern India (Richshawchallenge
), an 8 day tour through Rajistan (including Elephant Polo), a volunteer program in the himalayas with (Edge of Seven
, and ending with a 15 day charity motorcycle trip through Nepal with (Saffron Road Motorcycle Tours
Summer 2011 - I decided to take an extended trip this year leaving Toronto on August 12, and planning on returning early December. The first segment is (the Caucasian Challenge
), a car rally from Budapest to Armenia in 16 days.
Following that I went to New Zealand for a 1 month motorcycle trip. I was planning on going to Australia, but I was exhausted and headed back home.
Following another great polo season in Florida, i decided to head back to Asia for a motorcycle trip through Tibet. Our starting point is Kathmandu, Nepal from where we immediately cross over into Tibet to explore this interesting desolate country for 3 weeks.
Enjoy the blog!
May 2nd 2012
The Road to Tibet, ....I mean Bhutan - Part 2 April 25, Pokhara to Janakur, Nepal After an enjoyable stay back at the Temple Tree hotel in Pokhara, we are ready to continue our journey. We have 3 long days averaging about 360 kms per day, which doesn't sound like much, but over here that is between 8 and 10 hours driving time, a long time on a motorcycle over horrendous, dusty, busy roads. The first leg is Pokhara to Janukpur. Rabi arranged for special accommodation at a guest house located inside a Leprosy treatment center. My first encounter with leprosy was on my last visit to Nepal when we raised money for the Sewa Kendra leprosy center in Kathmandu. The chief medical officer and nurse gave us a tour of the facility. There were over ... read more
April 15th 2012
April 2, 2012 After a fun and rewarding winter season in Florida, I'm off on another adventure trip. This time a motorcycle trip through Nepal and Tibet. Before leaving Toronto, I had spent some very enjoyable time with my kids and grandkids. Michelle and Travis gave birth to their second child, Lily Naomi, on March 31. She is absolutely beautiful and healthy and is being taken good care of by her big 2 year old sister Maya Sophia. Robbie is busy working full time with Interactive Sports Technologies. He is doing very well, traveling all over the world, most recently a trip to China for the Asian Golf Association trade show. Johnny graduates this month in Business from Georgian College (Way to go Johnny!) There are 2 rumors going around about Johnny, one is that he ... read more
October 19th 2011
North Island While boarding the ferry, I met another biker, Laurie Hope from Nelson. He was on his way to meet a mate on north island to do a bike trip. We hit it off, as we are both bikers,and both from the IT industry. Laurie invited me to join him and his friend Max on their road trip. I stayed at the Museum Hotel in downtown Wellington, a beautiful boutique hotel that had recently been restored by a friend of Phillipa's , who was also a biker. Several of his bikes were on display in the lobby of the hotel. Phillipa tried to contact him to introduce us, but unfortunately, he was out of the country. The next morning, Laurie and Mark, his friend, should up at the hotel on their bikes and we were ... read more
October 4th 2011
Oct 4 - Oct 18, South Island New Zealand After 24 hours in transit from Phuket to Christchurch, NZ, I was greeted at the airport by 2 very good friends, Phillipa Saxton and June Taylor. I met them on my trip 2 years ago in the Balkins. We spent the night at June's son's house in Christchurch. The next morning we toured Christchurch to see the damage from the 2 major earthquakes that happened in the past year. I had no idea how serious this natural disaster was. The city is basically shutdown. Two of the oldest cathedrals in the city were essentially destroyed. Since the last earthquake in February this year, there have been over 1000 aftershocks - in fact this week there was one that was 5.5 on the Reichter scale. They dont want ... read more
September 1st 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011 - Yerevan, Armenia After 17 days and 6,800 kms on dirt roads through the mountains, combined with our final night celebration party, I'm exhausted!!! I was up at 6am, took Shelly to the Airport, and went back to bed until 11am, then joined the remaining Team members in the lobby. As you probably know, this whole Challenge was to benefit the Armenia Mission - an NGO that helps refugees from the war, earthquake victems, and the poor and homeless. Attila (our Leader) organized a visit to a refugee school in North Yerevan. We jumped into our cars and convoyed to the school. We entered to school armed with toys, clothes, school supplies and checks. There were about 30 children aged 5 - 15. They were very quiet and didn't quit know what ... read more
August 12th 2011
The Caucasion Challenge 2011 A car rally that will take Mike and Shelly across Eastern Europe from Budapest to Yerevan. Geo caching for 6500 kms. I am writing 11 days into our challenge. Tough to catch up but will capture the trip and its highlites the best that we can. We are finding it quite difficult to get to our destination on time, in fact, we are quite frequently, last in so to open up the laptop and write, we just dont have the time or energy. The days are long, the roads are trecherous, windy and our little Lada can't quite make it up the hills as quickly as the rest of the gang. A car rally such as this requires patience, accuracy and a lot of optimisim and we have already found ourselves in ... read more
December 2nd 2010
Nepal motorcycle Trip "Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ... holy shit... what a ride!" Nov 20 - Dec 5 Well, this is the final phase of the Nepal/India trip. We are doing a charity motorcycle ride through Nepal. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the Sewa Kendra Leprosy Relief Hospital in Kathmandu. The group met for a meet and greet welcome dinner. There are 5 people that also participated in the Edge of Seven project, as well as 3 new additions. The group consists of; Phillipa Saxton - owner of Saffron Road motorcycle tours (New Zealand) Kelsey Bray - a partner in Saffron Road, also from New Zealand Mick Brown and Trina Mitchell - New ... read more
November 19th 2010
Delhi to Kathmandu Oct 30 - Nov 7, Delhi to Kathmandu Shelly left early this morning at 2:35 am. I'm on my own now for another 5 weeks. Finally I get a good nights sleep... just kidding. I am exhausted though. This past week has been very tiring - lots of driving, lots of castles, forts and palaces, and meeting many great people. So I have a few days in Delhi to relax before flying to Nepal. Saturday Oct 30 I am staying at the famous Imperial Hotel . It was highly recommended by my friend Phillipe, as a "must do" experience. It is amazing, with incredible artwork and historical pieces, but it is a little overwhelming. After a good nights sleep, I treated myself to a full English breakfast, read the paper, and got caught ... read more
November 1st 2010
Delhi Rajasthan Tour - Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2010 Friday, October 22 - The Next Stretch - Hyderabad to Delhi This is the day we fly to Delhi. It's just over an hours flight, barely enough time to finish the amazing lunch they provide. The service up to this point here in India is world class. We're greeted at the airport by Kan Singh, our guide who sweeps us away in our hired car and the driver, Rakesh. We're right away wondering how we'll get through the week not staring at his wolf like ears with 2" hair. It's hard not to be distracted, but as the hours pass by, we realize Kan is a very gentle, intelligent and friendly guy. As we talk about the next week, the information has come from he himself. ... read more
October 23rd 2010
Rick Shaw Challenge Oct 12 - 22, Chennai to Hyderabad Oct 14, 2010 _ Chennai India - 33degrees Celsius We safely arrived in Chennai just before midnight without any problems! The flight was smooth, the food was amazing and of course having the advantage of going Business allowed us to be well rested! Arriving in Chennai, we already sense the chaos that will await us outside the airport. We immediately recognize the "Crazy Canucks" sign and welcoming team, Princley and Ahmed who take us straight to our hotel about 20 minutes away. We've been booked into Comfort Motel in Egmor, a sub-burb of Chennai. Clean and welcoming. October 15, 2010 Up and ready to welcome India! Because we drove in at night to our hotel, we both anxiously looked outside the window to take it in. ... read more