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The Nick Sanders Pan-American Expedition is the toughest motorcycle expedition in the world. Riding his first expedition on his Super Ténéré, Nick is leading a group of riders from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and then north to Alaska in 9 weeks. This 24,000 mile journey crosses Argentina, Chile, the Atacama Desert, the Bolivian alto-plano, Lake Titicaca in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. It then continues across Central America and North America to Alaska before finally journeying along the Trans- Canadian Highway to New York.

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This is his biweekly account...

Blog 9 - 03/06/2011
The Pan American Expedition 2011 is now over. After Mexico we made it to Las Vegas where most of the riders decided to either ship or ride their bikes to New York. That week we lost in Ushuaia because of the shipping delay did affect us and even though we pulled back 2 or 3 days.
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Blog 8 - 19/05/2011
The back up vehicle is on its last legs. The head gasket has blown, and it took all of Jim's professional motoring dexterity to nurse it over this section of the Andes. This was bad luck indeed. I have a great crew and the riders are handling the challenges of the project superbly, but we need this crucial support vehicle not to fail. The Super Tenere on the other hand is taking this journey in it’s stride.
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Blog 7 - 06/05/2011
Copocabana is a small Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca and a handful of kilometres from the Peruvian border. The hotel we are staying at overlooks what is by volume of water, the largest lake in South America. When the sun sets here, it is so impressionistic, you almost forget to breath.
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Blog 6 - 25/04/2011
What an unbelievable end to what started out as an ordinary day (if you can call riding in Bolivia ordinary?) It started with breakfast in the pretty mountain town of Putres. Still in Chile and climbing across the eastern flank of the Atacama we were soon high in the Andes once again.
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Blog 5 - 13/04/2011
The road across the mountains from the Bolivian border at Villazon to Uyuni is without doubt one of the top three most exciting rides in the world. The 210kms from Tupiza to this small Bolivian town, made world famous by the adjacent salt lake, the Salar de Uyuni, is a twisting tale of heroic motoring not to be attempted by the timorous. This is a road that forms the metal of a great rider, a route that has few equals and the stories that creep out are really the stuff of heros.
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Blog 4 - 08/04/2011
Briefly we are in Chos Malal, a small dusty town in a semi-arid desert somewhere in mid-south Argentina. It could be Mexico but it is still only two days north of Patagonia. This journey to Alaska is still at the bottom rung of a very long ladder - the perfume section of a department store, a long lift shaft away from anything more substantial. Suddenly, the wind began to drop and the heat descended on top of us.
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Blog 3 - 30/03/2011
The wind that blew across our bows had the kind of strength that precedes a warm front. Gusting at 80mph our bikes leant so hard over that we were nearly riding on our rims. Only the previous day Phil Cairn, a nice sensible lad broke his own wind as he got into a high speed wobble and as he fell used his elbow and handlebars as a brake.
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Blog 2 - 28/03/2011
We’ve been stuck in Ushuaia 5 days, already 2 days down on the original schedule. A bit annoying because the containers holding the bikes had been loaded onto the boat in January and the shipping schedule across the South Atlantic allowed for 65 days when we only needed 42.
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Blog 1 - 21/03/2011
It read 10,093 kilometres to fly and an estimated 11 hours and 55 minutes time in which to cover this distance. The map on the television monitor aboard Aerolineas Argentinas 747 – 400 told us all the information we needed to know. The flight from Gatwick to Madrid had been uneventful and we hoped the long leg to Buenos Aires would be smooth and quick
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