The Time Everything Went Wrong

The Time Everything Went Wrong

December 31, 2015

The dilemma was to move Stu’s motorbike from Los Barriles in the south of Baja, 2,000km to Los Angeles where it would be shipped to Europe. However, after the accident Stu was unable to ride. In addition his bike had a serious oil leak and wasn’t in a state for anyone else to ride it to California. So the decision was made to truck the bike to Tijuana where it would be ridden the last 200km to Long Beach. In theory it was simple, but events needed to line up for this plan to succeed. And by succeed we mean boarding the Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship from New York to England on the third of January that would transport us and the girls across the Atlantic Ocean knowing the motorbike was with the shipping company in LA ready to ship. We were in San Diego when the large car carrier semi-trailer with a full load left La Paz on schedule with Stu’s bike on board. It left early in the morning and was expected to arrive the following day at which point we would collect the bike from the depot in ...

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Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

December 26, 2015

Maybe it was an error, but it was booked and paid for online, one way car hire from California to New York for under $300. We were picking up from and dropping off at out of the way shops so maybe this has something to do with the cheap price but it was a bargain we couldn’t pass, especially as the next best deal was well over a thousand dollars. When we walked into the car rental shop we fully expected to be told that an error had occurred and that we would need to pay substantially more. But this didn’t happen, they of course tried to upgrade us to a larger model car but we resisted. We drove out of the parking lot before anyone could stop us feeling like we’d pulled off the heist of the century.  We only had one commitment on this trip, to give a presentation in Dallas for a friend who’d been following us from the start. John had been excited about us giving a talk to the local biker community and offered his house as the venue. Due to Stu’s accident in Mexico, the presentatio...

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Janells Solo Ride through Baja

Janells Solo Ride through Baja

December 09, 2015

I left Los Barrilles on the 04 December, with my girls on board, nervous and thrilled. The alternative had been driving or flying out with Stu but I really didn’t want either of those options, I wanted to continue riding in Mexico for as long as possible, even if it was more or less back the same 2000km we’d arrived from Tijuana. Mexico is a beautiful country where I always felt safe and welcome. I had a really nice send off from everyone staying at Chris’s place then I was off with my dogs. It was a beautiful sunny day and I settled in to riding quickly. I was determined to enjoy the ride, I didn’t want to rub it in Stu’s face but this was an opportunity for some girl time and to run everything at my pace including stopping for photos whenever I wanted. The route was fairly straightforward, I stayed on the main road through Baja. I knew places to camp from our trip south and my friends in Los Barriles had arranged accommodation one of the nights with Martha and Kurt of Black Dog...

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Head On Collision in Mexico

Head On Collision in Mexico

November 26, 2015

Throughout the USA we had been using a forum thread called TentSpace on ADVrider.com to find hosts that would let us set up a tent in their yard for a few nights at no cost. The reality was, however, that we never once used our tent, the hosts were very welcoming and always had a spare bedroom for us and the girls to use. In San Francisco we stayed with Paige, a very experienced rider and very interesting person. She didn’t have a spare room, but she did have a 3-storey haunted house next door that was ours for a few days over Halloween. We spent a bit of time chatting with Paige and she convinced us to return to Mexico and ride the Baja peninsula. She even organised accommodation for us at the bottom if we made it, staying with her friend Chris in Los Barriles. Remaining always flexible and having such fond memories of Mexico we were easily persuaded. [MAP: 151112 | 151221 ] The ride down the 1700km highway was pretty uneventful except for some pre trials for the Baja1000 off-road...

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Maple Leaf Drive

Maple Leaf Drive

October 11, 2015

We were feeling very positive about the future of The Pack Track. Weeti was recovering well from her seizures and was slowly getting back to her old self again. It was only a few months now until we were to depart the America’s bound for Europe and we still had so much to see. Our voyage across the Atlantic would be in the Queen Mary 2, the only cruise ship in the world with kennels on board. We had so far booked a single kennel for both Weeti and Shadow, but having lost Cinnamon just after her birth and seeing how distraught Shadow became at this loss, we decided that she should keep her surviving baby. So we booked another small kennel, or more correctly we went on a waiting list but to our surprise we picked up a spot in only a matter of weeks. So our plan was now to have Weeti in a kennel by herself and Shadow and Maple sharing. But for now we were still in Wisconsin and heading towards northern Minnesota. We were slowly making our way over to Yellowstone while seeing as much o...

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