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  • 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 [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, on Monserrate looking down over the city of Bogota.

Beautiful Bogota

Now that I was reunited with my motorcycle, it was time to move locations to downtown Bogota to explore the city. It was only a short ride to my new hotel, but it was unreal! [...]

  • Iron Roamer's, Brian Thiessen's, BMW 1200 GS motorcycle in the Avianca Air Cargo warehouse in Bogota, Colombia.

Crossing the Border into Bogota Colombia Via Avianca Air Cargo

This was an unusual border crossing into Colombia as my motorcycle was entering via Avianca Air Cargo. I know I said in my last post that I was using Girag Air Cargo, and I did, [...]

  • Iron Roamer's, Brian Thiessen's, BMW 1200 GS in the Girag Air Cargo warehouse ready to be flown to Bogota Colombia.

Flying My Motorcycle to Colombia with Girag

Having done my sightseeing in Panama City, my number one priority became making arrangements for my motorcycle to fly to Colombia with Girag. Of course there was also the small matters of watching Sunday NFL [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, looking across the swinging pedestrian bridge over the Rio Chucunaque into the Darien Gap.

Riding to the Infamous Darien Gap

I debated for awhile about whether or not I would ride to the infamous Darien Gap. My hesitation was because it would be a two day easy ride from Panama City, or a one day [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, looking on at a small island in the San Blas island chain.

Touring the Panama Canal and San Blas Islands

For the first two days in Panama City I booked tours to the Panama Canal and San Blas Islands. Panama Canal History According to Wikipedia: The Panama Canal is an artificial 48-mile (77 km) waterway [...]

  • Iron Roamer's BMW 1200 GS at the forefront of the Panama City skyline.

Riding Into the Big City of Panama.

I really enjoyed Playa Venao, but it was now time to ride to the big city of Panama City. But first I would stop at another beach I circled as a highlight - Playa Blanca. [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, on the beach at Playa Venao.

Bat Crazy in Playa Venao Panama

Things got a little bat crazy during my stay in Playa Venao, Panama. As I enter a country I circle on a map all the places I want to see and visit. From there it [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, looking onto Parroquia La Sagrada Familia in David Panama before riding to Las Tablas.

David to Las Tablas Panama for Some R&R and Dentistry

After crossing the border into Panama I rode to the nearby city of David before riding to Las Tablas where I intended to spend a couple days of R&R and see if there was a [...]

  • Iron Roamer, Brian Thiessen, at the Panama border at Paso Canoas.

Border Run to Panama at Paso Canoas

With my time at Puerto Viejo finished 🙁 it was time to make the border run to Panama at the Paso Canoas border. San Jose Of course all roads in Costa Rica lead through San [...]

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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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