Showing posts from October, 2013

World Leaders

An interesting map of what each country leads the world in...

It might be a good time to travel to Argentina... but not for the best of reasons

It might be a good time to travel to Argentina, but not for the best of reasons.

Argentina is an amazing country to visit for its culture, beautiful natural areas and friendly people. But it might be a good time to visit for another reason... the Argentine Peso is devaluing relative to the US Dollar.

Okay, traveling to a country to take advantage of currency fluctuations is probably not the best of reasons to travel. However, if you previously thought that it might be too expensive to travel to Argentina, you might be able to take advantage of a Peso that has weakened 32.5 percent this year in the unofficial market and is now more than 70 percent weaker than the official rate of 5.8533 per dollar.

According to an article from the news source Bloomberg...

The Argentine peso tumbled in the black market to the weakest since May as demand for dollars surges on speculation the government will clamp down on access to foreign currency after Oct. 27 congressional elections. 

The peso fell 1.5 …

National Parks of North America - The Movie

Visit some of the most beautiful and majestic places in North America. This documentary film takes you on a visit to a number of National Parks including - Banff, Bryce Canyon, Canadian Rockies, Cascade Range, Colorado Plateau, Death Valley, Denali, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic and Yosemite. Check it out on YouTube or right here. (52 minutes)

Ten Things I Have Learned From Riding In Foreign Countries by Kevin West

When I was riding my motorcycle in Latin America, in the town of Chiclayo, Peru, I met a fellow adventure motorcyclist named Kevin West. Kevin and I just happened to pull up to the same hotel at the same time. He was riding a green Kawasaki KLR650 with some custom made cases. We immediately started talking and hit it off. Kevin had an amazing story. He served as a US Marine for many years, but was now retired. Not content to sit around and play card games, he decided that he would take the journey of a lifetime and ride his motorcycle solo from his home in Windsor Heights, Iowa to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. We spent a little time together in Chiclayo and then we each went our separate ways. However, we have kept in touch via Facebook.

The other day Kevin wrote a post about, "Ten Things I Have Learned From Riding In Foreign Countries". I thought that his list was both humorous and accurate. Also, I thought that it was worth sharing on my blog. With Kevin's per…

The Greatest Places on Earth - The Movie

This documentary called The Greatest Places highlights seven amazing places on earth to visit. Are they the greatest places as the title claims? Well, you be the judge. The film covers Madagascar, Tibet, the Amazon, Iguazu, Greenland, the Namib and the Okavango. A little inspiration to travel.
This film is available on YouTube or right here (40 minutes)

A History of Motorcycles

I came across this documentary about the history of motorcycles produced by the History Channel. It discusses the origins, usage and the many styles that are involved in the world of motorcycles.  It is now available on YouTube or right here. (90 minutes)

The 2014 Honda CRF450 Rally Motorcycle Revealed

Honda released the first pictures of the new 2014 CRF450 Rally motorcycle which will be used during the 2014 Dakar Rally. The Dakar prototype is based on the commercial competition CRF450X moto. The 2014 Honda CRF 450 Rally retains the PGM fuel injection, but numerous updates have been added to the new machinery. Honda will have the 5-rider team announced earlier this year consisting of Helder Rodrigues (Portugal, 34), Sam Sunderland (UK, 24), Javier Pizzolito (Arg, 33), Joan Barreda (Spain, 29), and Paulo Goncalves (Portugal, 34).  Check out the bike promo video. Check out the bike in action video.
Now if they would only produce a CRF450L for the rest of us.

Thoughts on US Foreign Policy

The world is a big place, but getting smaller all the time.

I recently came across this program on PBS called Great Decisions in Foreign Policy. The full length programs are excellent at describing current trends in geopolitical events. They have posted short videos online that are pretty good too. Check out the videos on YouTube or right here.

La Motocyclette (The Girl on a Motorcycle) - The Movie

La Motocyclette (The Girl on a Motorcycle) film, also known as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French film starring Marianne Faithfull, Alain Delon, Roger Mutton, Marius Goring, and Catherine Jourdan.

The film follows newly-married Rebecca as she leaves her husband's Alsatian bed on her prized motorbike—symbol of freedom and escape—to visit her lover, Daniel, in Heidelberg. En route, she indulges in psychedelic and erotic reveries as she relives her changing relationship with the two men, before crashing into a truck at the film's conclusion.

I consider the film to be part of the neo noir genre of filmmaking. The director borrowed some stylistic elements from film noir, but instead of using dark elements, it incorporated more psychedelic visuals and story lines. Rated R for adult content.
The complete film is now available for viewing on YouTube or right here. (1:27 minutes).

Comparison of the Old vs New BMW R1200GS

The venerated BMW R1200GS motorcycle is often thought of as the Godfather of adventure motorcycles due to it's heritage as a Dakar Rally motorcycle and as the choice of RTW travelers such as Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman as seen on the documentary Long Way Round
In 2013 BMW updated the BMW R1200GS. This video is perhaps the best review that I've seen that compares the old air cooled R1200GS and the new water cooled R1200GS. Check it out. (16:34 minutes)