Touring Ted

2 wheels & no sense. My Motorcycle travel blog.

Well here we go. My first post on my new blog. Keeping with in the theme of my whole preparation, the blog is late, rushed and I don’t know really how to use it.

I was going to start writing my blog on the day that I landed in South America, but the last few weeks have been an adventure in their own right.
I started my preparation about a month ago really. I already had the bike and most of the gear so I thought all I needed to do was to book a few flights and drop the bike off at the packers. Simple!!


Planning for a long trip in a foreign continent is very much like DIY. You have a few ideas on paper and think it will be pretty straight forward. I mean, you’ve read a few articles and have seen the documentaries. How hard can it be?

In reality, it costs twice as much and you end up thinking its more trouble than its worth. That is until you sit back and prepare a nice streak in your new home made kitchen.

Well, I’m not that good at DIY, cooking or metaphors either, so here’s my preparation summarised into a few simple steps.

Step 1:

I signed upto the Horizons Unlimited website. This dedicated motorcycle traveller site will get you loads of responses by genuinely helpful people. A true god send!! I’ve learnt so mush on that site over the last couple of years. They host meetings world wide too. If you haven’t already signed up, do it !

Step 2:

I phoned a shipping company (Dynamic International) and told them where I’m going to. Paid my money and emailed them documents. Very easy and very simple… Almost too easy!! Something is bound to go wrong soon.

Step 3:

Book non-refundable one way flights to Buenos Aires.

Step 4:

I realised that my flights had a ridiculous connection window. 45 minutes. I booked another flight to try and make connection but that flight ended up invalidating my connecting flight. Bloody nightmare. Then I realised that I maybe refused entry without a return flight. I’m just going to have to turn up at the airport with a big smile, a bible and hope I just hope I make it through.

Step 5:

I hired van and drive bike 300 miles to the bike packers. Halfway to the packers I realised id forgotten my spare tyres and loads of other bits and pieces. It was 4.30am though so I’ll let myself off.

Step 6 (3 weeks before flight):

Realise you need loads of vaccinations which take 4 weeks to complete.. ooops ! Had to pay private rates  for a couple of them because the NHS waiting list was too long. I also realised (now the bike is gone) that my spare inner tubes are still in the post.

Well, that’s my first post over with. That took flipping ages. Wish I hadn’t bothered with this blog thing now 🙂

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11 Responses to “Preperation.”

  1. IsleOf  Says:

    Hey Ted, Glad to see youve got the site up and running now. Looking forward to reading your adventures. Keep us up to date as much as you can 😉 Hopefully ill be writing my own some time in the future.

  2. smokehouse  Says:

    Yo Dude at long last. I am sure the trip will be worth all the trouble and preparation and you will have memories to last a lifetme. I will check the blog each day for news that you are safe and are having a great time and hopefully you wont have been kidnapped by a lost tribe of Amazonian women who are hell bent on draining your seminal fluids and life force each hour!

  3. Blackvisor  Says:

    Good luck Ted, sounds like fun , hope to read more when youre on your way

  4. Braulio Suarez  Says:

    hi Ted i wish you good luck in your trip to my contry . if you are planning step by to cordoba, argentina plesase contact me if you need anything.we can get together and eat an “asado”.
    salutes from argentina Braulio

  5. Shells  Says:


    You’re doing it! You’re doing it!
    Man, it’s been a long time coming. Well done you!

    This travelling milarky is worth all the hassel though.
    … so when do you get to Oz gringo?

  6. Gedge  Says:


    The bike looks well sorted, and a great choice for such a trip.

    I wish I had the chance to do the same trip and wish you every success on the way…

  7. Ted Magnum  Says:

    Thanks for all the great comments. Really is nice 🙂

    I cant wait to go now. Only 5 days now woooooooo

  8. Ian  Says:

    Good luck mate

    Looking forward to reading your blogs. I can’t wait to do something similar myself.

    Make sure to post lots of pics!

  9. marlee  Says:

    go for it!
    wish i could come , the bike looks ready….. hope you are too!!

    good luck and keep in touch!!

  10. Danquart  Says:

    G·day Ted……·s the day !!!!
    God·s speed.
    Lots of love and sincere best wishes for a fantastic trip.
    Luca and Dan

  11. kevinhancock750  Says:

    go for it ted and hope you have a good one mate. 🙂

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