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Ecuador Freedom’s Andes, Amazon and Pacific Coast Tour

Ecuador Freedom co-owner Court Rand (left) and the author get a refreshing shower along the Waterfall Route near Baños.

From the hot, humid Amazon rainforest, where we floated down the muddy Rio Arajuno in a motorized canoe and fed sugarcane to monkeys in Puerto Misahuallí, we began ascending the eastern slopes of the Andes. Soon conditions started to deteriorate. First came pelting rain, then came bone-chilling fog and finally our convoy of motorcycles got split in half by a ...

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MotoDiscovery Motorcycle Tours

MotoDiscovery motorcycle tours

MotoDiscovery has several tour options for 2016 that will take you to some of the best motorcycle roads on Earth, including routes in Mexico, India, Turkey, South America, Greece, Croatia and Italy. The tours last a minimum of seven days, with most running around two weeks in length. Among the tours offered are Baja & Copper Canyon Road, Copper Canyon ...

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The Best of the Canadian Rockies on the Icefields Parkway

One can easily see why this is named the Valley of Ten Peaks; of course you need a clear day to find all of them.

You’ve heard of the legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Well, the Icefields Parkway, aka Highway 93 north in Alberta, Canada, is it. The scenery is so awesome between Lake Louise and Jasper you will do a double take at every turn. Riding my Moto Guzzi Breva with my friend, Andy, on his Yamaha Super Ténéré, ...

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Québec Adventure: Striking Gold in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

The T.E. Draper operated from 1929-1979 and is the last surviving boat used for log drives.

Unpainted asphalt with the texture of a Parmesan cheese grater twists and undulates through the mist-shrouded spruce forest. This is prime moose country, and we’d seen only one sign of human habitation since turning off the Trans-Canada Highway in Mattawa, Ontario, Canada onto Route 533. Our destination is the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec, a vast territory owned by the Hudson ...

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Edelweiss Bike Travel’s Pearl of the Adriatic Tour

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As our jetliner began its lumbering descent over Dubrovnik, Croatia, I noted from the window the contrast between a modern suspension bridge hanging by threadlike cables, and the Old City fronting on the Adriatic Sea, its blocky buildings with red tile roofs centuries old. While this mix of old and new was my first “Wow!” moment on Edelweiss Bike Travel’s ...

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Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

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I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right, blocking my view. I kept the faith, knowing ...

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Mototouring Italian Factories Tour

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Mototouring is the Milano, Italy-based outfit that has been delighting novelty-seeking riders in places like South Africa, Vietnam and all over Europe since 1994. It is the creation of Eligio Arturi, a roguish, rumpled Milanese with a taste for good cigars, aged Grappa, great Italian roads and vintage Italian motorcycles. I meet Eligio, Italian guides Ricciardo and Davide, and my ...

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