Saturday, 27 October 2007

¿es afectado usted por el síndrome x frágil y vivo en América Latina?

en primer lugar, por favor perdóneme cuando mi español de América Latina no está bien en este momento, entonces uso a un traductor de Internet.

por este gran viaje de motocicleta, quiero encontrar a la gente de países diferentes a lo largo del camino, que está implicada con el síndrome x frágil, si ello ser con una organización o tener a un miembro de familia con x frágil. Creo que en la reunión podemos crear algo global, algo que sólo puede ser un movimiento en una dirección positiva. en la llegada juntos podemos ganar el interés de los habitantes del barrio y los medios locales, extendiendo la conciencia a tantas personas como podemos.

tan si usted leer este y vive en América Latina por favor para enviarme por correo electrónico vía el chasquido de contacto en el lado derecho del derecho encima, debajo del viejo mapa y vamos a cosas arange desde allí. me he puesto en contacto con la gente en Norteamérica hasta ahora, entonces este viene todo juntos muy bien.

gracias para su tiempo y muchísimo tan la superficie inclinada espero a visitar sus países hermosos.

buena suerte todos

Saturday, 13 October 2007

big thank you`s !

I want to say on behalf of the Fragile X society & myself huge thanks to the following : Dirt Bike Rider monthly magazine, for covering the fragile x pedition on their website. DBR is a superb magazine covering all aspects of off-road riding. Get all the latest information on motocross, supercross & all things off-road. Covering key events, in depth interviews & expert opinions as well as the latest tests on new machines. A passionate bunch !

Thank you Motorcycle News. The quintessential motorcycling paper. For their section on the Fragile X Pedition. MCN the voice of motorcycling

And a big thank you to Geoff Hill, author of "The road to Gobblers Knob". A fast paced, compassionate, hilarious and inspirational tail of 2 men out there amongst it on motorcycles, riding the length of the Pan American highway, from the bottom to the top. Read this book and you will be out there amongst it also, without leaving your seat. Brilliant !. Geoff has kindly mentioned the FXPedition in his News paper. "The Newsletter"....
An immense thank you also, to Salvador, my Spanish teacher. Salvador has given me his free time and patience, with a number of one to one lessons as a donation to the FXPedition. These one to one`s do not come cheap. I strongly recommend Salvador as a teacher in Espanol. He is articulate, friendly, understanding and has the ability to bring out confidence and get the information untangled in heads, especially mine, which is a tall order ! I am now actually beyond just saying " Una ceveza por favor ". I recommend him without doubt, if you are considering learning Spanish in London. If so please contact me and i will forward his details. Thank you mate !

Thank you TRANSWORLD COURIERS for the very generous unconditional donation to the Fragile X Society. I have been working with Transworld for around 10 years now, sending all sorts all over the planet, from Jars of missed marmite to Australia, Extremely urgent cd-roms to the states, forgotten underwear to the far east and next day documents to every destination imaginable all for competitive prices and always on time. They deal with our impossible requests as easy as i ask them to. But what always gets me in their direction is the one to one personal, friendly way they do their stuff, not a 10 minute soul destroying automated nightmare chain on the phone. I have made some great friends with them , without ever meeting any of them. SO once again, Thanks Val, sonia, Daniel, steve, nick, and all at TWC !.........Please click and clock the TRANSWORLD COURIERS LINK ON THE RIGHT, whenever you want move ya stuff around the planet

Sunday, 7 October 2007

The Route - An early direction

I have always imagined that in these "civilised" times, anyone and everyone can access anywhere on earth that desire drives them to get to, via some sort of designed road. After hours of eye ache and the endless spinning of world globes scattered around the office, it struck me that i must be able to get from the top of the world to the bottom on a motorcycle without having to jump land for a ship. The Pan American highway. The Beaufort Sea, off Alaska - all the way down to the Drake passage, South of Chile / Argentina on land. It seems undecided to where the road actually starts and finishes. Some say it starts in Circle, a town just south of the arctic circle in Alaska and ends in Puerto Montt, south of Santiago, but not as far as Tierra Del Fuego. Some say it starts as you hit Latin America, heading south. It doesn`t really matter . All that matters is that i will find out and let you know, unofficially.

The Pan American looks like a single track down from prudhoe Bay, through Alaska and into Canada. At a place near where the yukon territory hits British Columbia the road crows feet off in all directions. Either take the south west direction towards and then down the western coast of Canada and the states or head inland and ride the fins of the Rockies. Both end up at the border with Mexico. Through Mexico, riding down the centre, zig zagging to either coasts at some point on the journey. Across the first; as they recon, testing border crossing, into Guatemala. Hit El Salvador, then slip into Honduras for a quick blast before entering Nicaragua, which then leads into Costa Rica and then the final Central American country of Panama. Bearing in mind the mudslides, hurricanes, pot holes, dead donkeys, the odd bandit massive and maps have all been kind to me (or i have payed attention when necessary). Crossing into Colombia from Panama is a worthy topic for adventurous discussions. The region is known as the Darien Gap. A 100-ish km,thick ,lush rain forest region, which is virtually impassable. Only the very , very hardy attempt this section. There are no built roads through here. Experts say that roads and busy transit will destroy this rich , biodiverse region. Also it looks like they are a bit scared of trying due to the criminal activity there. There seems to be two answers to this green wall and that is to fly over it to Bogota or jump on a boat (just a tad of a jump land for a ship) to Cartegena. We shall see what happens and what the options at the time evolve into. I will chase the option of a boat though , to sail us to the famous, colourful, Spanish main, city of Cartegena. After all that down, down through Colombia, listening carefully to the local friendlies as they advise where not to go, where maybe to go and where to definitely not go. Into Ecuador, Quito, up and over mount Cotopaxi, to the peruvian border. Up again into the sky along the Andes into Bolivia and her Salt Flats, stay in the sky for a few more wonderful rides. Down into Argentina. Slog over the Pampas, to wrestle with the eternal patagonian winds. Probably zig zagging again into Southern Chile and the commune of torres del paine, where some say god, ended up chucking all the beautiful stuff he had left over after the 7th day of creating everything... Then thats it, Tierra Del Fuego. the end of the road. Well i am going to have a look to see if i can ride any further anyway.

Its impossible to stick to a defiante route on an epic like this. We will end up heading down all sorts of different routes. Listening to locals with knowledge of wonderful must goto places way off the beaten track and then some more. Spontaneous situations will send us all over. Maps sometimes fib. Countries so fat you just have to follow the handle bars. I intend to have tasks on the journey also. Finding Fragile X organisations. Searching out Aon Group limited offices to say hello to. Mastering the tango on an Argentinian pavement. To sleep in a steam train cemetry. many things that haven`t even come to mind yet. All these things will take us on unintentional routes. To have an adventure spreading the word of the Fragile x cause.