• Steel Horse Tour is on the Road

    Posted by Murray on January 6, 2011

    The bikes fired up, comms plugged in, Argentina punched into the GPS, helmets jammed on, gloves up, a nod to each other…… the Steel Horse Tour has begun!!!

    The 4th morning of 2011 started early and with building excitement and anticipation we strapped on the waterproof bags, closed the panniers and wheeled the bikes out, ready to commence a journey of a lifetime. As we pulled out onto the street and accelerated south thousands of screaming fans and sponsors lined the streets throwing wads of cash and confetti…….. oh, no thats right, actually the streets were empty because it was below zero degrees Celsius with crusted snow on the ground and most sane people were inside asleep.

    Stopped briefly for some photos of the clean bikes just before the border, I dropped my bike (good one Larry) due to an interesting combination of acceleration, mud and ice. 15mins into a 4 month trip and the first repair job was underway. Nothing a rubber mallet didn’t fix.

    Crossed Border No.1 (Canada/US) no problems celebrated that victory with a weak coffee and some french fries at the back of a forlorn car park just over the border whilst stamping our feet like senile cows to shake off the cold.

    The next 4 hour were spent cruising south on the I5 Interstate with temperatures ranging between 0 and 3 deg C which for most part, was fine. I made a mental note to add another thermal layer tomorrow as after a few hours things started to cool down. Meanwhile Loren was bleating on the radio about his heated vest and how he was having difficulties getting to the control to turn it down.

    After a few necessary stops at Ride West BMW in Seattle – the manager took some photos for the monthly newsletter (thanks for your help and well wishes guys) and Touratech, also in Seattle, we pulled up for the night.

    The first day is complete, 116 to go!




5 Comments | Leave a Reply

  1. Tim Price on January 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Have a safe trip, and be mindful of your clutches with that extra weight.

    • Loren on January 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      thanks, yet another thing to be mindful of with all that weight, dropping the bike being top of that list

  2. Craig and Allie on January 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this incredible journey it sounds like an experience that is not for the faint at heart you guys will do great keep safe.

  3. Geoff Stokes on January 9, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Hi murray & loren

    did u do anything re tires for the bikes when you visit us here in Colombia…? I could look into if u want as I will be In bogota next week with time to get some if you need them ??
    Safe travelling, guys, Geoff

    • Murray on January 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Geoff – may be in the market for some tyres in Bogota. We may get them shipped to the BMW dealer there so will let you know if we need assistance. Maybe if you are are passing by you could ask them if ok to ship some tyres there. See you in Feb