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Backblocks America

A motorcycle tour through the USA, Canada and Alaska

Riders: Gareth Morgan, Jo Morgan, Dave Wallance, Mike O’Donnell, Roger Clausen
Motorcycles: BMW R1200 GS
Distance: 22,096km
Countries: United States, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada

Trip description: A journey of discovery from the Rio Grande to the Yukon, Bimini Island to Death Valley. Gareth & Jo tour through USA, Canada and Alaska sticking to the backroads as much as possible.


Blogs from the trip


Yukon Canada

well the mid summer here is unppredictable weather wise and we have had mornings of 2 degrees, but the air smells so sweet and reminiscent of central Otago. Now in Whitehorse and had a night with Roger’s sister, Judy, and Gordy her Yukon man, steak and baked potato and carrot cake,,,, so great. Lots of […]

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Reflections on a week on Canadian roads

First things first – the Canadian Rockies kick ass. The scale, the granduer the light – these fellas beat the American Rockies that I have seen, hands down.  And the wildlife is astounding – to date we have seen (some pretty damn close) around 30 bears, plus Elk, Moose and Caribou.  And yesterday Dave saw […]

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The Beartooth Highway

40 years ago a bloke called Pirsig penned a novel that most publishers laughed at. But one took a punt and within three months “Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was on the NY Times best sellers list. As well as turning on a whole generation of folks to the concept of “popular philosophy”, […]

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A little handgun action

A little handgun action

We finished the servicing in the early afternoon and after getting lost in the mountain borough of Bozeman, managed to find the Jermunson estate. Karl and Neil had done us proud, setting out a buffet of handguns for the World By Bike crew to sample. We started with .22 Revolvers and Automatics. Feeling confident we […]

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When the going gets weird, Wallace is King

Some say he is the lost love child of Wonder Woman and Oscar the grouch. Others say he was found under a Motul box and brought up by a Formula 1 tech team. We just call him “Dave”. And Dave was at his indefatiquable best in the normally sleeply little mountain town of Red Lodge […]

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The good guys out back

You find out pretty quickly that there are two sort of motorcycle stores here in the States. The first has lost your booking, gotten in the wrong parts and generally couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. The second are people who immediately understand the spiritual significance of the world by bike journey and […]

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Another Oil Change etc.

We are in Boseman, a pretty little Montana town and I’m waiting in the lobby (of a nice modern hotel), waiting to join the others and go with oil and filters to do the almost 20,000  service. That is apart from Gareth who is staying here today to get his business and writing commitments sorted. […]

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The Ones Left Behind

The Ones Left Behind

As always when doing a trip such as this one there is a lot of planning before leaving and of course friends and family left at home. Joanne and Gareth are away from their house and business,children and that very special grandchild as well as both their mothers back home,Roger leaves his wife,children and grandchildren […]

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Report from Montpelier

We are in the state of potatoes Idaho. We are cold and the ride yesterday through the high foot-hills of the Rockies was a battle with gale force cross winds and sleety rain. We are camping in Yellowstone National Park tonight, it is 7am now and very chilly but looks clear. Last night we went […]

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National Parks

National Parks

It took us 2 months before we were offered a Park Pass allowing access into any of the Parks for $50, luckily it was before the expensive Grand Canyon and we have covered our costs already. We are pretty canyoned out as this part of the country is a spectacular place with rock and land […]

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