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The journey begins…   5 comments

Never had I thought that the last weeks before departure would be so emotional. To be incredibly excited about the trip was what I expected but the love and the caring  shown by my family and friends were just overwhelming.

I had a wonderful ¨Send Off¨on 6th August with friends coming from all over the country – from as far as Benson (400 yards) to the Wirral (180 miles).


Send off at the Chequers

During the remaining ten days before I set off to Buenos Aires, friends and relatives kept calling, sending lovely messages, commenting on my blog and visiting me in Oxford – it was very humbling and I am very lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. Apologies if I haven’t been able to reply to everyone in the appropriate depth but there were still thousand and one things to do.

On 10th August we delivered the bike to James Cargo to be crated and shipped to Argentina.

Giles from James Cargo

Ready for take-off...

Then I spent a few days with Steve’s side of the family in Kent for good wishes and big hugs. I promised that I wouldn’t be doing anything (too) silly…

On 17th  August I then followed the DRZ to Buenos Aires.


Sharing the last cake with Possu at Gatwick


Leaving the British summer behind…


Hasta luego, Inglaterra...

There was a three-hour stop-over at Madrid where I was lucky enough to snatch the last sandwich before the Bistro closed. The Duty-free shops were open the whole night though…

Although I had booked my window-seat four months in advance, they gave me an asiento right in the middle at the rear of the aircraft on the day – no Madrid by night, illuminated Canary Islands, Amazonian rainforest or the Iguazú Falls from the air, boohoo. But, crowded as that flight was, I should probably count myself lucky that they took me to South America at all.

Going south, very, very south


A brief glimpse out of the crew compartment showed that I hadn’t missed a lot anyway.


South America from the air

After 13 hours we finally touched ground at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires. The sky looked similar to the English one but it was warm! Expecting the equivalent of February in the northern hemisphere in Argentina, I was accordingly dressed and too hot already while queueing for immigration. However, it didn’t cross my mind for a second to complain… 😉


Welcome to Buenos Aires

The ride on the excellent Manuel Tienda León shuttle bus and the subsequent transfer to the hotel (5 Argentinean Pesos extra – less than a pound!), gave me a great introduction to the local traffic conditions – even the cars are “filtering” here and “lane-splitting” means that up to five cars/trucks/buses/motorcycles share three lanes. I was already looking forward to joining this chaos on my own bike the next day.

A great mixture of architecture can be seen next to the motorway into the City Centre.


Autopista into Buenos Aires

Occasionally I could only hope that the slip roads were sign-posted appropriately.


Interesting traffic routing...

Eventually arriving in one piece at my hotel in San Telmo, I was looking forward to meeting my friend John from the UK who is currently residing in Buenos Aires.

Let the sight-seeing begin…

Posted 19 August 2010 by Pumpy in Argentina, Preparation

Saying “Auf Wiedersehen”…   Leave a comment

Hello Everybody,

Hope you are all well and enjoying the British summer.

My foot has healed nicely, the plaster came off last Thursday and I’m now officially discharged. Still hobbling about with a Samson boot but down to one crutch and doing loads of exercises. Thus I can now focus on the important things in life, such as my imminent departure to Buenos Aires, which is less than a month away!

So I would love to have a little get together to say ‘auf Wiedersehen’ to my friends on –

Friday 6th August 2010 from 17.00 hrs onwards


The Chequers Inn

Berrick Salome



OX10 6JN

The pub has a nice garden with outdoor seating, a children’s play area and really good food if you want to stay and eat. I will also have my adventure DRZ with me – handcrafted by my wonderful personal mechanic and fully equipped – to look at and drool over…  😉

I know that it’s a Friday and for some of you it’s a long ride to Oxford. However, it would be great if you could make it before the bike and I disappear to South America for four months.

Hope to see you before 2011!

Posted 29 July 2010 by Pumpy in Preparation

Hello world!   1 comment

This page will eventually be the travel blog for my four-month trip through South America starting on 17th August 2010.

‘’ should have gone live a lot earlier but the preparations didn’t go exactly to plan:

The pleasures & pains of trail riding...

At the end of May I broke my foot whilst trail riding on the local lanes, which has put quite a dent in my overall schedule.

So please bear with me while the site is still under development…

Posted 8 July 2010 by Pumpy in Preparation