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Mcn Festival – An Adventure Weekend

MCN Festival was a success!!

Touratech Sponsored the MCN Festival Adventure Zone and what a fantastic weekend we had.

Major Highlight of the weekend was David Knight’s Skill in riding the KTM Adventrue 1190 R over the Extreme Sprint Enduro course check out the video belowDavid Knight Ktm Adventure 1190R

With the festival gates open the crowds entered in their masses to take in everything on display, Touratech Adventure Zone was one of the biggest display areas of the show. Touratech had three sections of the Display area

  • Triumph off road test ride
  • Touratech shop display
  • Touratech speakers stage

Each section of the Touratech stand had high volumes of customers throughout the day. The touratech bike display had a lot of attention especially Nick’s own Touratech GS 1200.

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Triumph Test area had a fantastic turnout with over 75 riders on the saturday alone which provided entertainment for riders and spectators alike. There were a few crashes throughout the day but everyone left with a smile.

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We would like to thank the guest speakers Nick Sanders, Chris Scott and Nathan Millward for their fantastic presentations. Nathan even brought Dorothy the little CB110 for the Sunday which was fantastic to see knowing how many miles Nathan has travelled on it.

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The Trade area was busy throughout the weekend with customer interested in the Touratech helmets “Aventuro” and touratech Suits “Companero”.

There were some fantastic events taking place at the MCN Festival including the Extreme Sprint Enduro and the Transatlantic Cup

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Touratech Adventure Zone

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MCN Festival Of Motorcycling May 16th – 17th

The Travel Event has finished, now its up to Peterborough. Touratech UK are the proud sponsors of the Adventure Zone at the MCN festival of motorcycling.

Touratech will be there with a full display over the weekend including:

  • Touratech Helmets
  • Adventure Suits Worldwide and Boreal, A range of sizes will be available to try on.
  • Garmin GPS, Garmin Virb Camera and the all new TomTom GPS
  • Wide range of our other products and bikes

Come along for a talk, and feel the quality products. Why not try on our suits. We are doing the same deals that we had on offer at the Travel Event. If you missed out, now is your chance to take advantage.

As an added bonus, there is free postage on all orders made at the adventure zone this weekend, and for those that are unable to attend there will be free postage online all weekend.

But wait there’s more, we are also hosting the Touratech Adventure Stage, where guest speakers including Nick Sanders, Chris Scott and Nathan Millward will be sharing their experiences.

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Triumph Test Arena

At the MCN Festival Adventure Zone you’ll have the opportunity, under the watchful eye of an off-road riding expert, to try a Triumph 800 adventure bike in its natural environment – off-road.

There’ll be no pressure as you learn how to lift and manoeuvre a big bike, ride at slow speed, ride standing up and tackle some simple obstacles.

All you need is to bring along your full motorcycle license. Limited kit is available for this short course designed to give you a feel for what a modern adventure bike is like and to improve your riding confidence.

Extreme Sprint Enduro

Enjoy the spectacular action, ‘up close and personal’ as the UK’s top Enduro riders compete head-to-head at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling.  Hopeful challengers, including ex-World Champion David Knight pit themselves against one another and the clock, along a specially constructed 100 metre long course, set in the heart of the Touratech Adventure Zone.  Accelerating into the track , four at a time, riders will take on; ‘up-turned’ skips, huge boulders and other obstacles associated with Extreme Enduro.

Definitely something you do not want to miss. Up for the challenge and want to enter Click here

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David will also be featuring aboard a new KTM adventure bike. A display demonstrating the performance and ability of the KTM 1190 in the hands of one of the most successful off road riders in the world.

Want more information on the MCN Festival Of Motorcycling Click here

Touratech Travel Event 2015

Thank You for Attending Touratech Travel Event 2015

We hope you had a fantastic time at the 2015 Touratech Travel Event and took full advantage of what we had on offer, although the weather wasn’t on our side we hope you had a great time and are ready to mark the dates 29th of April to 2nd of May 2016 for next years Travel Event.

 

check out some of the images we have from the weekend

Its competition time and we want your photos. we are giving away a trio of Rhino Goo for the best photo sent in. send in your pictures via facebook or to Marketing@touratech.co.uk nick will be chosing his favorite image so make sure you enter for a chance to win.

Next year we are hoping to be bigger and better and we need your help to do this. Fill in this short survey and we will try our best to accommodate you next year.

 

Touratech Travel Event Plan and Information

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Unit 14 Woodlands Business Park, Ystradgynlais, South Wales SA9 1JW

Click here for directions to the event

GPS

N 51 46.200’

W 003 46.370’

With the event starting tomorrow Touratech UK are on full steam getting everything planned into position.

Travel event timetable below for you to plan your days which is going to be action packed. 

enduro displays, “How To” demonstrations by Nick Plumb and ride outs throughout the day its is going to be a very busy weekend, make sure you visit the shop as there will be offers and discounts on all products over the weekend for you to grab a bargain.

To be able to take part in activities at the Touratech Travel Event you will have to sign in to receive a yellow band. if you do not have a yellow band you will not be able to enter Walter’s arena or go on the  guided tours

For a bigger version please click the Image, Please note this timetable can change 

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Camping is going to be limited on space this year with over 340 tents booked for the event already. When pitching your tent try to be as close as possible to your neighbours tent, you will have access to toilets and showers throughout the weekend and the bar is open until 11pm every night. Due to the number of people attending can was ask you fill in this simple form so we can gauge how many of you are arriving when. Event Plans

Friday Curry Night  

Chicken Rogan Josh or Chicken Korma served with Seasoned rice, poppadom or Nan Bread and mango chutney.  A bargain at £4.25 and the bar is open. 

Activities 

Breakfast available from 8 o’clock, double sausage and bacon at £2.00 other options available.

Walters Arena Off Road Adventure Ride’s start from 10am and an will last 90mins each to book in click here. The GS Trophy boys will be there to give slow riding hints and tips. There is a catering van going to be up walters on both days and burgers starting from £2.50 and tea and coffee at £1.00 .

The unmanned Ride is available all day and will be a 2+ hour ride and test your map reading or tech ability. 

Guided ride outs will be every other hour from 10AM these will include beautiful area’s in the south wales and even a little off roading, Taking you places only known by the locals.

Nick Plumb will be doing “how to” demonstrations and will be getting the audience and their bikes involved. For the more adventurous riders nick will be doing a hard off road ride between 2pm and 4pm in Walters Arena home of the Dawn to Dusk Enduro.

Action/Ride side of the day will be finishing around 5 o’clock for you to fill up on high quality foods from the BBQ

  • Jerk chicken, plain chicken or smokey BBQ flavor served with a fresh mixed salad and rice £4.50
  • 4oz Grilled sirloin steak served with a fresh mixed salad and rice £5.50 

Speakers

We have arrange for some fantastic speakers with big stories to tell. 

Graham Hoskins – Adventure Bike TV 

Graham has made his name in the adventure motorcycle market by coming at adventure from an every day perspective. His TV series Motorbike Diaries was designed to show what real adventures you can do in just two weeks holiday from work, and without any backup truck or supply dumps

Nathan Millward – The Long Ride Home – www.nathanmillward.co.uk

There’s probably more to say about the bike than the rider, but I’m someone who rode bikes, on and off, from an early age. In fact, I’d not owned a bike for over ten years before I bought the bike in Australia and eventually rode home on it.

David And Sally – Newbie speakers talking about their 10 month trip traveling far and wide across most of continents check out their blog it gives some fantastic advice for first time travelers 

Evening’s

Guest speakers Nick Plumb and Llewellyn Pavey will be discussing their experience of the Dakar Rally. You will have have a chance to ask questions to nick about Dakar and touratech, Llewellyn will be answering questions on Dakar and the release of his magazine “Brake Magazine”

Monday is pack up and Good Bye day, all facilities will be available including the breakfast bar and Touratech shop until 1 o’clock.

Whether you’re joining us for the first, second or third time, are an experienced adventure traveller or are new to adventure riding, we’ll have plenty on offer and lots of new information. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with a few old friends and hopefully make some new ones too.

Touratech Travel Event 1-4 May Update

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Camping is going to be limited on space this year with over 250 tents booked for the event already. When pitching your tent try to be as close as possible to your neighbours tent, you will have access to toilets and showers throughout the weekend and the bar is open until 11pm every night. Due to the number of people attending can was ask you fill in this simple form so we can gauge how many of you are arriving when.

Friday Curry Night
Chicken Rogan Josh or Chicken Korma served with Seasoned rice, poppadom or Nan Bread and mango chutney.  A bargain at £4.25 and the bar is open.

Activities

Breakfast available from 8 o’clock, double sausage and bacon at £2.00 other options available.

Walters Arena Off Road Adventure Ride’s start from 10am and an will last 90mins each to book in click here. The GS Trophy boys will be there to give slow riding hints and tips. There is a catering van going to be up walters on both days and burgers starting from £2.50 and tea and coffee at £1.00 .

The unmanned Ride is available all day and will be a 2+ hour ride and test your map reading or tech ability.

Guided ride outs will be every other hour from 10AM these will include beautiful area’s in the south wales and even a little off roading, Taking you places only known by the locals.

Nick Plumb will be doing three “how to” demonstrations and will be getting the audience and their bikes involved. For the more adventurous riders nick will be doing a hard off road ride between 2pm and 4pm in Walters Arena home of the Dawn to Dusk Enduro.

Action/Ride side of the day will be finishing around 5 o’clock for you to fill up on high quality foods from the BBQ

  • Jerk chicken, plain chicken or smokey BBQ flavor served with a fresh mixed salad and rice £4.50
  • 4oz Grilled sirloin steak served with a fresh mixed salad and rice £5.50

Evening’s

Guest speakers Nick Plumb and Llewellyn Pavey will be discussing their experience of the Dakar Rally. You will have have a chance to ask questions to nick about Dakar and touratech, Llewellyn will be answering questions on Dakar and the release of his magazine “Brake Magazine”

Monday is pack up and Good Bye day, all facilities will be available including the breakfast bar and Touratech shop until 1 o’clock.

Nick Sanders CROSSING THE ANDES – part 1

CROSSING THE ANDES – part 1

P1020531 (1)There are a number of passes which take you from Argentina to Chile. Some in the south such as the Paso Rodolfo Roballos approaches the slopes from Bajo Caracoles (that lonely hotel in Patagonia) and is reputedly beautiful. Further up there’s a crossing to Chile Chilo but the road doesn’t extend further. The route from Alto Rio Mayo to Cohaique joined me mid way along the Carretera Austral and had a surface comprising hard unyielding piste, large pebbles skewering the steering, wheels stuck in a rut of piled up stones. There is another crossing at Rio Frias from the Argentine side and Estancia Lago Verde further north which I also didn’t know but entering the western edge of Welsh Patagionia from Chile via Futaleufú, one of the premier whitewater rafting destinations in the world, was a crossing I did know and once again, the piste alternated from a hard stony environment to dirt.

 

The next crossing from San Carlos de Bariloche, a beautiful city bordering Lake Guitterez that tentacled deeply into the mountains would take you to the south Chilean city of Osorno. Instead I decided to cross at Puerto Tromen, starting the ascent from Junin de los Andes. It was a tiny frontier, manned by two people on the Argentine side and maybe five officers in Chile. Lesser known and formerly impassable by road thereby necessitating taking a ferry to sail around the cliffs. Traversing yet again these magnificent mountains you see vast forests, clear blue skies through which stir an infinity of peaks. There, very high up there is a dehumanised landscape inhabited only by condors, llamas and guanacos. When you cast your mind back, there, you see pre-Hispanic territory of ruined civilisations that can only be reconstructed in the mind, the detail of which goes back 4000 years. The Andes are the longest running mountain chain on earth, the name reputedly buried in the darkness of past ages. It is said, and I have stood beside my bike many times thinking this, that no landscape other than maybe the Sahara Desert, so mercifully exposes one’s own insignificance.

 

P1030010The Andes have always inspired fantasy, mythological happenings and a sense of awe. My own epiphany occurred when biking to La Leona in the south, I saw Mt Fitzroy in the distance across Lake Viedma. The mountaineering history of this peak is extraordinary but it was reminiscent of how I imagined Tolkien’s evil empire Mordor to be.

 

Ruta 5 from the south Chilean city of Temuco to the countries capital Santiago is the countries transport hub, it’s north-south axis the only one that connects the verdant south with the arid north. Here, it was thick with fast, dense traffic making it typical of a route that allowed little choice to get to where you needed to go to.

P1030072 In Santiago I met up with my sponsors Touratech, they have an agent there called Mototechnik. Willi Linzmayer ran the shop which unsurprisingly looked like Nick Plumb’s Touratech place in South Wales – gleaming aluminium product parts sitting on shelves like bits of engineering art. Willi kindly supplied me with a new set of Conti’s, a TKC 70 on the back with a more knobbly TKC 80 on the front. It was an uncontroversial mix of tread but particularly favoured the front wheel to handle sand should it arise. I stayed a night and then rode out of town with Willi leading me to Los Andes and then Portillo before the palaver of customs formalities at the top of the Pass.

 

This, the Paso Internacional de Libertadores is the most major crossing of the Cordillera south of Bolivia and at the top, at 10,000ft, there is aP1030060_2 (1) small hostel housing walkers and the occasional motorcyclist, all with an interest in the highest mountain in the Andes, the nearly 7,000 metre Mt. Aconcagua. I stayed the night and realised the following morning my fuel was registering 40kms into reserve, so freewheeled down the Andes alongside the Rio Mendoza until I reached a gas station at Uspallata, 100kms away.

 

P1030046For several days I rode across a swathe of the Argentine. No longer looking at the dry tissue thin faces of Andean people, their mask of life was left far behind me until in time I had to cross this mountain range once again. I had chosen the northern route from Salta to climb over the Paso de Sico at 16,000ft, dropping down into San Pedro de Atacama.

Husqvarna Test Ride at the Travel Event

Husqvarna Test Ride at the Travel Event

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Tourtech are happy to announce the full range of Husqvarna enduro range will be available to test ride at the Travel Event. The enduro loop is going to be held at the Iconic Walters arena and is going to be a “must do” at this year’s travel event so make sure you book in early as it is on a first come first serve basis.

Motoxchange will have the full enduro line up available to test ride from the 125 up to the big 501. There will be a full Husqvarna team representatives  and mechanics available to answer any questions.

Each test ride will be roughly 15 mins long and cost £25 on a set course at the iconic Walters Arena in South wales.

To book your test ride please click here 

First Time for a Travel Event

First Time for a Travel Event?

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So it’s the first time you and your bike are going off on a adventure?

You might been on day trips with friends or just use your bike for the regular day to day use of getting to and from work.

Your first trip is something you will need to be a little more prepared for.

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  • You’re bike

Adventure bikes come in many shapes and sizes and chances are, if you’re reading this you already own one. But if you don’t, remember that a motorcycle is a personal thing and just because your buddy rides something doesn’t mean that’s the bike for you. Some bikes are built with better road performance in mind, while others are geared towards off-road performance. Some bikes do everything pretty good, but nothing great and others don’t. Ride your ride and you’ll be happy with your choice.

 

  • Clothing

If you plan on adventuring in the UK a quality-riding suit is a must. As we all know the UK weather is unpredictable, so a suit that is waterproof is a must but at the same time it must be breathable for when the sun comes out. A Well-made, sturdy riding jacket trousers and helmet will keep your skin and skull intact. Most jackets and pants are vented and you can always cool off when you stop, so don’t skimp on the armor.

  • Socks, Socks and more Socks

I cannot stress to you enough bring plenty of socks, cold wet feet is the beginning of the end to you day. What could have ended in happy smiles at the bar or camp fire talking about what you saw on the journey has now turned into sad faces and the comments of my feet are numb. As well as socks think about your boots, Are they waterproof? Having a boot that provides protection and flexibility is important, also factor in being able to walk and ride when choosing a bootPanniers

  • Pack it up

If you’re riding to an event obviously you need to get your gear there. Camping equipment, tools, clothes, food and anything else you need have to make the trip. How do they get there? Panniers: The motorcycle version of the car’s boot. There are a lot of motorcycle luggage choices out there, but Touratech’s Zega Pro and Zega Mundo pannier systems are the standard. Durable, waterproof and dust proof these boxes are used by world travellers and weekend warriors across the globe.

  • Sunscreen

Do not forget sunscreen even in the UK.

  • Hydration

Usually there is plenty of water available at the event venue, but you definitely want to have hydration with you on your rides and there are some great hydration systems available for riders.  You have to be sharp when you’re riding, for your safety and the safety of others.

  • What to eat

Many travel events will have food available to purchase, some include breakfast and dinner and some in the cost of attending the event. There are some events that will not have food available onsite. Some riders will arrive at camp set up making sure there is much room in panniers as possible and leave for the nearest store. If you are out on extended rides try to remember to take extra water, protein bars, fruit and nuts.

  • Protect those fingers

Catching a rock or a tree can make a enjoyable ride in to painful experience pretty quickly. Hopefully you have a protective set of gloves you wear when riding but this doesn’t always protect you enough when going off road. That’s when hand guards with spoilers become and advantage and for a added bonus they protect your leavers as well.

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  • Keeping the light intact

Once you have gone off road and in a group on occasion stones can and will be kicked up from a spinning rear tyre. This is the most common method to a damaged head light. Head light guards are easy to install and will save you money and time down the road.

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  • Where are we

Many travel events provide GPS tracks, these are riding routes that most of the time do not use roads. You have to follow the GPS system correctly to navigate to where you need to go. Your motorcycle should have a GPS unit and mount

 

General Tips

  • Turn up ready to ride
  • Ask questions
  • Challenge yourself
  • Ride the rides you feel confident with
  • Don’t worry about keeping up with you mates
  • Listen and take on-board what the speakers say
  • Ride safe
  • Enjoy

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Now we have given you all the information you need for a travel event now its time to attend one. Touratech UK are holding their annual Travel Event from the 1st to the 4th of May. Click here for more information. Did I mention this event is FREE!

Touratech Aventuro Carbon

Touratech Aventuro Carbon

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Touratech has released the new Aventuro Carbon a lightweight and versatile helmet that can be converted between street, adventure and off road.  With no shortage of helmets on the market, but surprisingly very few good choices for adventure motorcyclists. Some of the most popular helmets still feel relatively heavy, has a high noise level and are limited to configurations. Because of these limitations Touratech main aim was to create the ultimate helmet that is versatile enough for adventure touring. Touratech has to start with using strong carbon fibre to create a new lightweight helmet that fills both European and US safety requirements.

Touratech Aventuro is designed for motorcycle travellers, this is clearly evident in its design.

No-Drag Visor

The visors on most helmets tend to grab passing air, which limits your range of motion and puts strain on your neck. The helmet’s No-Drag Visor is designed with massive ports that allow air-flow to pass through the base of the visor. Like a pressure release valve, it dumps air to reduce pull on the head reducing strain and maximizing rider comfort. In sunny situations, the tip of the visor can be extended with a quick pull on its adjustable end. The Aventuro Carbon has been sculpted to cut through the wind with less turbulence and noise for the rider.

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Like a Transformer, the Aventuro Carbon helmet can be converted between street, dual-sport, and off-road modes on the fly with no tools. The visor can be removed for a long ride on the tarmac and installed quickly for a few days of riding adventurous roads in the mountains. The shield can also be removed completely to accommodate goggles for dusty riding or full-blown, off-road racing.

Whether it’s a street bike day, adventure ride or single-track weekend in the woods, the Aventuro Carbon can do it all in light-weight comfort while providing the highest levels of protection.

 5 Different Versions

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Key features:

  • Crafted from lightweight, carbon fiber for increased rider comfort
  • No-drag airflow visor reduces wind grab and strain on neck & body
  • Transforms between street, dual-sport to dirt configurations with no tools
  • Easy-open, easy-close vents designed to keep rain out
  • Pin-Lock ready shield included
  • Pin-Lock insert included (Clear)
  • Intercom system ready, with speaker cavities
  • Ergo padding system
  • Washable, hypo-allergenic, Coolmax lining
  • Emergency cheek pad removal system
  • Liner cut away to accommodate glasses
  • Designed for goggles with quick-strap ready embossments and strap-lock shape
  • Includes action camera mount surfaces for top and both sides
  • Extra long chin strap allows removal of helmet without completely unfastening 2DD buckle
  • Exceeds all DOT and ECE 2205 standards for helmet safety
  • Weight: Small 3.00LBS (1363g), Medium 3.03LBS (1375g), Large 3.22LBS (1463g), XL 3.26LBS (1483g), XXL 3.28LBS (1488g)

 

Range of helmets in stock and selling fast call us now or visit the Web Shop

 

Nick Sanders – SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE WAY I WAS GOING

SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE WAY I WAS GOING

I was a bit nervous riding on a near knobbly on the front but there was no steerage issue at all. They offered me an oil change but the bike didn’t need one; the sounds from the engine were smooth and in any case, it was changed in Ushuaia by Moto Pablo. Having friends, not just sponsors, in a place is invaluable when a trip is moving as rapidly as this one. Hard though I might try to slow things down, as nature abhors a vacuum, when there is extra time to think around a situation, I fill it up with more “stuff.” Quick though this is, it’s slow by comparison to my 2012 solo “Incredible Ride” record when I rode the first version Super Tenere. Because large parts of my journey would not have dealerships stocking Continental Road Attack tyres, then I had to carry 2 sets for much of the way. The pass over to Aconcagua was covered in snow and I was immeasurably more tired than I was now.

This time on the 2014 model, the ride across the Andes was simple enough as was the ride up the central part of Argentina to Villa Union, after which I was continuing north, towards Bolivia and all that afternoon I rode through the Valle de Calingasta, a marvellously fertile green strip of land west of San Juan. Fields of alfalfa, onions and maize with the snow-capped Sierra Mountains as a back drop. What could be more perfect for such a sunny day when by days end I arrived at one of my favourite small hotels in the whole of Argentina, Hotel Canon Talampaya. The next day I left the hotel with the plan to arrive at the closed part of Ruta 40 as about the time the restrictions were to be lifted. Barely 30 miles from Villa Union I stopped the bike by a small wooden sign saying “Rest-Bar Posada – 10kms Aicuna.” The sign pointed down a narrow dirt track with a brown colour that was leavened with red. Turning down this track, I rode with the sun behind me and broad leaved acacia stood without movement, next to the cacti as the strong wind had now calmed. The nearby Talampaya Canyon along with the Parque Provincial Ischigualasto further south in San Juan have both been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, and I am ashamed to say I didn’t visit either. Entrance into the parque was dependent on hiring a guide and that meant leaving the bike behind. In Argentine terms it’s like riding past the Grand Canyon with barely a glance, except that because we have our own transport, we bikers only go where our bikes are allowed to take us.

The geological formations seem to have been created as part of some surreal Gothic cathedral and yet, not much further away and crowding down on me as I rode my bike along this track, brightly coloured song birds flitted from tree to tree. Two more grey foxes swept alongside me, their tales brushing in the dirt and I spied an Armadillo lurking in the undergrowth. You imagine, set amongst the edge of magnificence, echoes around here would really set the Condors flapping.

In the posada, a lovable and round woman says her name is Milarus and that the name of her dark curly haired husband is Dante. The beef was from the Vicuna, part of the Llama family, along with “papas frites,” which is not, but always comes with. I didn’t care, I hadn’t eaten since breakfast.

Music was constantly being played, pan-pipes predictably, but followed by a fusion of South American contemporary jazz by a famous Argentine musician called Sekou. Interesting how an man so famous in his field, revered in Argentina to the point of idolatry, and at the same time obsolete in the minds of those who have never heard of him.

The next day the journey continued, twisting and turning on Ruta 40, sometimes long straights would signal the end of the bends when suddenly you would be surprised by yet another set of curves that set your heart beating faster. Somewhere on the map I got lost after a place called Farmacita, should have stayed on the 40 but ended up at the village of Capanas, run down but functioning with a quiet plaza and small church. I was heading to Belen along a narrow desolate road forcing me to ford ever deepening water crossings so turned around to search for another route.

I am now not only at the edge of the piste in Argentina but at the edge of a way of life as I know it. As I leave this hamlet so many miles from Salta, from Tucuman, from Buenos Aires I see couples collecting plums in their orchard, inspecting small groves of walnut trees and oblivious so it seems to a world outside of their own. For 200 kilometres more I ride along a straight rode with only occasional bends, olive plantations perfectly spaced for the whole distance, millions of well tended fruit trees stand in line across the flat river plain to creep up the gentle slope to the base of more mountains. As the sun began to set, shadows lengthened almost to the Sierra. Clearly there were many parts of these slopes on which a human had never stepped on top of which sat a rising moon. As night fell all I could see was the road ahead and for the first time ever had my Touratech lights on full beam and they turned night into day, really.

Riding into the town of Andalgala I looked around for the middle eastern influence which the guide books claimed. Immigrants from Syria and the Lebanon are supposed to have settled in the area but I saw none. My only thought was that this was a small town never visited ever I think by foreigners. It has to be the place you end up if you get lost.

I found a small hotel and worked late into the night. The words were flowing but the pictures were not. Of all the images I had tried to capture, all that was worth saving were close-up photographs of my 100,000 mile boots. Oxford gave me the boots three Pan American Highway and two world journeys ago and hard as I tried to wear them out, it was only along this valley road did they finally decide to die. My toes protruded through the front like snail heads wearing hats and were were perfect for growing feet. This is the area where all my body odours drain, and it was these boots I had to thank for allowing the free-flow of my all day stink to so efficaciously, dissipate. Plastic bags kept out the rain and acted as a barrier to the buffeting wind and winter cold but out here the dry air circulated around the soles leaving the things that stand on my foot-pegs feeling refreshed.

Breakfast was two dry biscuits and a cup of instant coffee. The hotel owner didn’t look quite the ticket, so no point asking for jam and butter. I left happily enough though but at the edge of town on the back road to ?????, merely ???kms to San Miguel de Tucumen, a chap told me the road was closed and impossible to pass. He said I could give it a go, when several taxi drivers crowded round and concurred that I’d not get through. The rivers had washed away everything, they said, and that I must retrace my route to Catamarca which took me an afternoon to complete the day before.

I set off, back along the millions of neatly laid out olive trees. Hills that were to my right were now on my left, tiny sandy coloured tracks fingering off to disappear to some unimaginable isolated habitation. The bike roared quietly. It did everything I asked it to do. In the way it was impossible for me to understand how people can live in these hills, there was complete incomprehension how such a motorcycle not for a second under-performs.