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  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen is going to Albania as pictured on this map of Eastern Europe.

Iron Roamer Goes to Albania?!

Yes, it is true, I'm going to Albania to work as a Law Enforcement Development Officer with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). While there I hope to get lots of motorcycling [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, pictured at Christmas with his family.

Home in Vancouver Canada for Christmas

I was really looking forward to going home for Christmas to visit family and friends. Buying Spree One of the first things to do was go on a buying spree for not only Christmas gifts [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, looking at the Christmas light in Park 93, Bogota.

Back to Bogota Colombia and Park 93

It was time to ride back to Bogota and Park 93 to get ready to head home for Christmas. I say Park 93 because when I was in Bogota the last time, one of the [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, on top of a hill overlooking the town of Salento.

The Andean Town of Salento Colombia

Upon the recommendations from people on my coffee plantation tour in Manizales, I decided to ride to the Andean town of Salento. It was a really short ride as you can tell from the map [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, looking on a couple posing in front of the waterfall at the Termales Santa Rosa, Colombia hot springs.

Termales Santa Rosa Colombia Hot Springs

Another place I had heard lots about were the Termales Santa Rosa hot springs. From Manizales, Santa Rosa was only a short ride away through the mountains. Santa Rosa I arrived in Santa Rosa early [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, looking onto a coffee plant at the Hacienda Venecia coffee plantation in Manizales.

Hacienda Venecia Coffee Plantation in Manizales Colombia

I left Jardin to go to Manizales, Colombia, where I was really looking forward to taking a tour of the Hacienda Venecia coffee plantation. But first my self induced bad luck continued. As I was [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, looking onto the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jardin Colombia.

Jardin – Small Town Colombia

My next stop after Guatape was Jardin. I was hoping my luck would turn as I was feeling a bit grumpy. But it didn't. Well ... sort of. Jardin turned out to be an amazing [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, in Guatape Colombia looking onto the church lit up in pink at night.

Colorful Guatape Colombia

My month in Medellin was amazing, but it was time to move on to colorful Guatape Colombia, a short ride to the town through the countryside. Penol Guatape Before entering Guatape is Penol Guatape. My [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, at a park overlooking Medellin as part of his sightseeing in the city.

Sightseeing in Medellin Colombia

After a week of catching up on my blogs it was time to do some sightseeing in Medellin. Medellin Metrocable High on my sightseeing list was the Medellin Metrocable. The Metrocable was in the opposite [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, walking to Starbucks in Medellin along a tree lined road.

Working Away in Medellin Ville

After exploring Bogota, it was time to get back on the road and ride to Medellin, Colombia. Once there I would spend a month in an Airbnb I rented. The reason for spending a month [...]

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  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, with his BMW 1200 GS motorcycle parked at the Deals Gap parking lot before riding the Tail of the Dragon

Which Bike Should You Take on an Adventure?

Which bike should someone take on a travel adventure is one that seems to generate a lot of passion, and sometimes contempt, among motorcycle adventurers. Just check out the Horizons Unlimited Bulletin Board on the topic. I [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, tenting at the KOA campsite in St. Petersburg Florida.

19 Items to Take Motorcycle Camping.

Thinking of Motorcycle Camping? Below are the 19 camping items I am taking on my round the world motorcycle adventure, and one item I am surprisingly [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, celebrating his 18th birthday by blowing out the candles on his cake.

Once Known, Long Since Forgotten

“Once known, but long since forgotten.” I have pondered these words many times since motorcycle adventurist Alex Chacón said them at a Horizons Unlimited travel event in [...]

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