IoM Adventure – Canada 1

06 Sep 2008

Its hard to imagine that we’ve been on the road for three weeks, but we have, & have the pics to prove (sp?) It! In Fort Nelson BC as of last night, had hoped to be close to Blain by now, but the fifth tire overhaul (I’ve earned my GM good wrench merit badge!) yesterday in Watson lake (not a nice place, with not so nice people)has meant a little slow going. We changed our route back, in case of more mechanical issues, to a “little less” remote (remeber the road crew camp & all the bears road), and actually started out bummed about it! The funny thing is, we saw great NEW scenary, and lots of wild life-a herd of Bison, moose, a young eagle, deer,and a bear-ALL in the same day! It all works out the way it should, great day, great ride!-unlike the two guys we saw in Watson Lake that rented a truck to haul their PERFECTLLY fine BMW & KTM “adventures” home to socal =( – different strokes I guess! Looks like Blain by Monday, where Frank & I are going to part ways, he’ll cont. home straight away, & I’m going to hit the pause button, fly home, and cont. my trip later. We’re looking forward to picture night (read PARTY night) as soon as we get home, bbq pizza’s @ Marks house!!!!Until then…….Cheers from the road! =)

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Kara S.
Bummer about being sick…. sounds like work makes you sick, better head out on the road again soon =)

10 Sep 2008
Kara S.
Mark.. you are so funny with the picture of my dad standing next to his bike in one piece, haha. What a great adventure you guys had…. I’m sure this is only the beginning of more trips to come =) , cool pic of the bison (buffalo”). Hope to see you soon the next time i’m down from SF.

10 Sep 2008
carol
Mark,
I am glad you are home but sorry to hear you are sick. I am really looking forward to hearing the stories you and Frank have to tell and seeing more of your wonderful pictures. See you soon. Carol

10 Sep 2008
Keith
I guess I shoudn’t have asked about Frank………………

04 Sep 2008
Little Brother
You goofy bastard! Looks like you are having fun, glad to see Frank is still functioning, sounds like it has been a bit of a tough trip for him. He must have pissed off someone in a past life. Ha Ha! South Africa huh” I like it, riding along side the elephants, tigers, and dingos! Anyhow, call when you can this morning.

04 Sep 2008
Carol
OMG,you guys are amazing. Enjoyed the pictures, glad you met a kindred spirt to spend some time with and plan your next trip.

04 Sep 2008
Greg
Hey buddy:
Just rode the 1100 home shitfaced after drinking with the pit crew for Bush, (DEI). Neighbors, and just kids making six figures working 3 day weeks. When you visit I should be able to take you on a pretty good tour of the shops. Keep safe and enjoy. Hope the rest of the trip is good.GregO

04 Sep 2008
Paul
Hey, it sounds like your having a great time. If you take a couple more side trips and stop to look at the purple cows maybe I will see you in Washington. Tell Frank we can have some fish and chips. Ride safe and enjoy.

03 Sep 2008
Keith
Sorry about your wheels.
How is Franks 650 doing? In fact how is Frank doing?

02 Sep 2008
Little Brother
Wait a DAM minute, my brothers bike breaks down and he is not fixing it himself? What kind of self respecting shade tree mechanic are you? Ooh well, that is why they call it a journey. Looks like everything everyone says it is. BEAUTIFUL! Stay safe, cheers for now.

01 Sep 2008
Little Brother
Wait a DAM minute, my brothers bike breaks down and he is not fixing it himself? What kind of self respecting shade tree mechanic are you? Ooh well, that is why they call it a journey. Looks like everything everyone says it is. BEAUTIFUL! Stay safe, cheers for now.

01 Sep 2008
dkfunk
O.K., despite the computer failure you seriously look like you are having a good time. Love the contrast between the nice posed picture and the nasty message to BMW shot.

01 Sep 2008
Mom
Sorry to hear about the bike. I hope it’s a simple fix. The pictures are beautiful. I can’t wait for picture night. Love, Mom

30 Aug 2008
Chet
Sorry I haven’t written sooner but had lost the link to your travelblog. When you see the birds flying south it’s probably time to turn around and head back. My dad was glad to get your phone call the other day. I think he’s going to need more help with his model train when you return.

28 Aug 2008
jeff
Hi Mark> I’m really enjoying your updates from the road. Or can you really call them roads? Keep the journals coming. stay safe brother and lets have a beer when you return.

28 Aug 2008
Keith
Mark,
This is from our man in Anchorage,

Make sure they eat at the TOK Diner.

Excellent Caribou Burger!!!!
In Tok Alaska, On the ALASKA Hwy. At the tee where they will turn on the TOK to Glenallen Hwy.Do they have a MILE POST TRAVEL Book?

28 Aug 2008
Dennis
damm nice pic makes me what to go fishing look out for the bears and ride safe looked like frank was doing the rain dance lol have fun

28 Aug 2008
Kara
Eating a piece of smoked Gouda Cheese and thinking of you…. a trip to the german deli will be mandatory when you return! love you dad!

28 Aug 2008
Cheryl
Sounds like you are having a wonderful ride! Keep safe, warm and stay away from the volcano…

27 Aug 2008
Kara Spurny
Dad and Mark….. well, well, well…. pictures are stunning! Enjoyed reading the journals about your travels thus far as well. Watch out for the canadians, ehh, ha haha (who wouldn’t be impressed by your packing- just remember to roll your shirts to save space). And as for the rain dance…maybe you should have purchased a rain stick from the Indian as well =) . Looks like you two are living large on your vacation and don’t have to eat wild berries like the bears do. stay warm, and travel safe. Just got back from ireland yesterday…today will involve doing research for farms where I can go horseback riding and (just like you) explore the wilderness. My next journey will be riding on horse power consisting of four legs…true horse power that is that isn’t necessarily under the hood =) enjoy your adventure Dad and Mark!!! ich liebe dich Vater, vermisse dich!

25 Aug 2008
Dennis
nice pic frank stay on 2 wheels have fun guys and ride safe

25 Aug 2008
Cindy
Don’t hit a Moose while watching the pretty sites! Have you seen any women? Cuz Alaska is 9 men to 1 women…less distractions from the beautiful sightseeing! Have fun & be safe driving, you’re not missing anything in Mission Viejo-stay awhile!

23 Aug 2008
dkfunk
How is the local cuisine or are you delving deep into MRE’s” Please look out for a great dessert recipe and ask for a copy for me….think of it as unselfish research:)-

21 Aug 2008
Keith
Having fun boys?

21 Aug 2008
Carol
Still watching the Olympics here and no BMX yet! It sounds beautiful. I can’t wait to see some pictures. Take care. Love, Carol

21 Aug 2008
Jeff
What an awwwwsome adventure! Mark be safe, check your six and when in doubt gas it! haha. oh ya fyi I was born in Anchorage(Elmendorf Air force base)Take lots of pics> Ride on!

19 Aug 2008
Jen
Find me a moose! Can’t wait to see pix 🙂

19 Aug 2008
Mom
Ride safe and have fun. Take lots of pictures. Mom

19 Aug 2008
Keith
Our guy in Anchorage is Don Taylor=907-242-3664

18 Aug 2008
Deborah
Thanks for the update

10 Aug 2008
Nanci & Stephen
Hey Frank! We are back from India and looking at your photos. The scenery is beautiful and we want to say the same \’bout you and Mark….Keep taking photos and we will keep checking. You have a long way to go before you match our 2500 photos from India. Hurry home so we can show you ALL of them!Cheers, Nanci and Stephen

09 Jul 2008
dkfunk
The pictures of Crater Lake are absolutely phenomenal. It’s hard to believe that there weren’t hordes of people vying for the same photo op.

09 Jul 2008
Dennis
nice pic looks beautiful have fun and ride safe

08 Jul 2008
Jeff
Good stuff. Hope you’ll be taking the Sea and Sky highway north from Vancouver. It’s one of my favourite drives, especially at dusk, with the sun setting over the ocean. You’ll have to mind the road, though. It’s easy to lose yourself in the scenery and find yourself in oncoming traffic! Happy trails and keep the pics coming. I’m jealous…

08 Jul 2008
henry
Looks like you guys are having a great time beautiful pics

08 Jul 2008
Carol
Mark-I miss your emails updates. You must not have been able to borrow any computers lately. Maybe you will come across an Internet Cafe soon. It will be hot when you return.

07 Jul 2008
April
I just googled Ashland since I have never been to southern Oregon and WOW……….am I surprised. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Old town with the river and mountains. Hopefully, you had time to see Lithia Park and enjoy dinner at one of so many nice restaurants for such a small town (or at least it seems to be). It looks like you missed the big 4th of July parade and celebration. Darn it. 🙂 Like everyone else, can’t wait to see some photos. Safe travels and have fun! April

07 Jul 2008
Mom
Have fun and be safe. Can’t wait to see all the pictures.

05 Jul 2008
Carol
Happy 4th to you both. Enjoy your ride today, Ft.Bragg is ready to welcome you for dinner and some good times.

04 Jul 2008
dennis
mark & frank have a great ride and happy 4 damm that bear

04 Jul 2008
Jen
Happy 4th of July! I’m looking forward to pix & they better not be all of the bike 😉 ~ Stay safe & have fun!

04 Jul 2008
Henry
Stay safe watch for the wood rats when you get to the north end of the state and beyond

04 Jul 2008
jeff w.
Have fun on your adventure. wish i was along for the ride. look forward to updates and pics. Happy forth of july bro… be safe. jeff

04 Jul 2008
Diana
May your travels make you smile and dance just like Matt.

04 Jul 2008
dennis
hey have fun and a great ride

04 Jul 2008
Veronica
Have a great trip ! ! !

03 Jul 2008
Keith
ENJOY!

03 Jul 2008
Dennis
get going have fun

19 Jun 2008
Deborah
I’m ready. P.s. I have my own helmet, and isn’t Solvang on the way to Alsaka?

19 Jun 2008
mhesford
Hi there, still working on the pictures =)~ Talk to you soon.

28 Jun 2007
Kim
Well once again, WELCOME HOME! One can never have enough of those! Enjoy your morning walk with your poochers!Kim:)

25 Jun 2007
Frank
Perhaps you need to up date the computer in your brain to the new Map Quest 2007. Did you bring back any samples of mad cow disease or English Ale ? Frank

24 Jun 2007
DAD
SAY HI TO MOM

24 Jun 2007
Jennifer
Oh Good ~ now my blog withdrawal has been cured! Ride carefully 🙂

23 Jun 2007
Kim
Hey, those aren’t crickets I hear or is it” I’M STILL HERE! Wasn’t sure if the blogging days were over. Your journey isn’t over yet. Be safe!
By the way, do I win anything for still checking the MHESFORD TRAVEL BLOG””””

21 Jun 2007
Greg
Welcome back pal. 🙂

19 Jun 2007
Bob
Welcome back Mark!! Looks and sounds like you had an excellent time. can’t wait to hear more about the whole trip.
Bob

17 Jun 2007
Mom
Well Darlin, just remember it’s the way it’s supposed to be. Just go with it. I can’t think of anything better than sleeping in your own bed tonight. Besides, you will be all fresh for movie night. I can’t wait. See you Tuesday.BTW, it doesn’t get any better than this. Sitting on your deck watching all the boats go by….
Love

16 Jun 2007
Kellylee
WOW, your pictures are great, and you look very handsome in that tux by the way! I am glad you had such a wonderful time and are making it back home safe and sound.

16 Jun 2007
Shelby
Mark ,I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog each day. Have a safe trip home 🙂

15 Jun 2007
Jen
Mark ~ I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventure! I’ve been checking your blog each day and it always makes me smile. I’m really going to miss it. You’ve made me feel like I’m on this journey with you! I can’t wait for you to post more pix since I can’t be at picture night. I’m hoping I’ll still get to see all the photos and that there are lots of pix of you. Stay safe!

15 Jun 2007
Cindy
Im gonna miss all of your friends and loved ones comments! You are truly blessed to have so many supportive people in your life…maybe you could just keep it going and reflect on all the cars you saw today! Yeh, you may lose your audience on that one! See ya soon, travel safe, and keep taking photos til the end!

14 Jun 2007
DAD
MARK DOES THIS MEAN THAT YOU WILL E MAIL ALL OF US EACH DAY WHEN YOU GET HOME .IT HAS KEEP ALL OF CLOSE TO YOU AND EACH OTHER .READING EACH OTHERS E MAIL . LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND THE STORIES OF YOU TRIP.
DAD

14 Jun 2007
Keith,Beth,Ryan
Are you dying for a soda with LOTS of ice in it????

14 Jun 2007
paul
I too am looking forward to you coming home, the blue room is already for you, buck wanted that room but settled for the yellow room. Your bed is made and your cakebread bottle of wine is calling your name, the cigars are on the table and we cant wait to hear your stories, see you friday night. your northwest house keeper

14 Jun 2007
Todd
Hey you bloody wanker, get ready for some photos you say” how about get ready for some sleep! Since you’ve been gone, i think i have gained 10 pounds, have not worked out once, and i think the stress is causing what is left of my hair to fall out!
Just kidding, i could not be happier or prouder of you that you have had the stones to follow threw with this, and the fact that you had a great time is just a bonus.
Enjoy the last few hours there reflecting on your journey
Late

14 Jun 2007
Mom
Mark,I think many dream of traveling thru Europe…you did it! I’ve loved the travelblog and looked forward to it each morning. I always knew you were safe and having fun. Not many reading this (except Pam) will understand, but Kody senses you’re coming home…Love

14 Jun 2007
Frank
You better rest up in the English country-side before you come home. You’ll have to show us how an international traveler parties. If you have any parting left in you. Frank

14 Jun 2007
Greg
Mark,
I have been up every morning @ 3am feeding the boy and telling myself I should call you – but then all I want to do is crawl back in bed so I can do it again @ 6am. But the blog helps & I’m still hanging. 🙂

14 Jun 2007
Dennis
hey looking forward to you coming back glad all is well see you

13 Jun 2007
paul
looking forward to picking you up in vancouver friday night. can hardly wait to here about your trip in detail. I hope you have a safe flight and see you then. If I dont answer my phone just leave a message

13 Jun 2007
Bob
Hey Mark, do you think you will ever come down off this vacation?
I am glad you are having a Great time.
Bob

13 Jun 2007
Cindy
Straight away…Bloody hell…Brilliant…tea??? What have you done with Mark and how many euros do you want to get him back? By the way. going to London is posh- Going to Liverpool is a real British experience,gritty!Take it all in- You’ll be back slummin it in M.V.soon mate, no more Rock Star status!

12 Jun 2007
DAD
I SAY THERE MATE BE BLOODIE GOOD TO SEE YA.

12 Jun 2007
Keith,Beth,Ryan
Mark,
Its not the spelling,its the bloody English that you’ve picked up!
Also not many people go to England for a tan…………… perhaps a Black and Tan………..

12 Jun 2007
Mom
Mark,It’s the Cotswolds. Check them out, Bill said you’ll love it. Wonderful and quaint villages.Enjoy London.
Love

12 Jun 2007
Pam Musburger
Hi Mark,
I have really enjoyed going on this trip with you through your blog. Thanks for including me. Once you’re back home I will
along with your mom Thank God for the wonderful safe trip and rich experience you enjoyed. Cousin Pam

12 Jun 2007
todd
By the way, go back and take a look at some of your entries to your journal. We will work on your grammar and spell check capabilities when you get back.

11 Jun 2007
your bro
Could get use to the “rock-star” life style & status. Let’s review here shall we. I am currently doing my job, your job, part of our mothers job, (what ever it is that she does that we pay her for – Ha Ha Mom, i know you are reading along)and today, 2 of our estimators jobs. Stay longer, i don’t think we will be extending your vacation request any time soon!
Just kidding, hope you got to your hotel safely, and finally got a nice warm shower. Keep the wind to your back, and the sun on your face.
Enjoy Bro
BIG t

11 Jun 2007
Keith,Beth,Ryan
Enjoy the STATUS!!!!!!!!!!

09 Jun 2007
Greg
Awesome Bro!

09 Jun 2007
Dennis
SOUNDS LIKE WAY TO MUCH FUN HAVE A GREAT TIME BE SAFE AND HAVE A GREAT TRIP

09 Jun 2007
Bob
Mark glad to see your having a good time and keeping good company. Keep the updates coming.
Bob

08 Jun 2007
Keith,Beth,Ryan
HAVING FUN-WISH I WAS THERE!

08 Jun 2007
Mom
You’re being awfully quiet…You must be having too much fun. We need an update.Love

08 Jun 2007
Mom
You’re being awfully quiet…You must be having too much fun. We need an update.Love

08 Jun 2007
Kim
Hello……. Where oh where are those pictures” You’ve spoiled us now. It’s been days and we’re going through withdrawals. We need to see more country, more scenery, more… well, just more! Hope to hear from you soon. It was great talking to you the other day. ENJOY!

08 Jun 2007
Lisa
Wow, boxes and passangers, thats pretty bad! It sounds like the Germans
are true Hot Roders. What was the coarse like” Look foward to more pictures. Take care of yourself. We love reading your thoughts each night.

07 Jun 2007
Bob
Hey Mark,
You are having way too much fun. Love the updates almost like being there. I smile everytime I read this.
Bob

06 Jun 2007
Dennis
sounds like you are having way to much fun keep it up hey your old office looks good good work Tod

06 Jun 2007
Frank
Mark what interesting food have you come across over there? do you eat? or just have fun 24/7. Hope you enjoyed New Castle. How’s the bike holding up or should I say how’s Mark holding up! Frank

06 Jun 2007
Cindy
I’ve been asked to redecorate an office, But the shops been closed for a week. I actually have all the parking spaces for once…The mice will play while the cats away!Hope you’re having fun!

05 Jun 2007
Greg
$50k & a plastic GM creation? :)~

05 Jun 2007
paul
mark it seems to me that i am also going to have to extend my trip to washington, so i can pick you up in vancouver.should we say friday the 22nd same time.. just kidding…i think your brother and your mom miss you and want you back home… the employees may differ.. see you on friday the 15th.. have fun ride fast….

05 Jun 2007
Mom
I heard a rumor this morning that the plan is to dress up the Indian. Dockers and buttondown shirt. Rules are rules and he needs to be dressed like everyone else. You know if memory serves me, I seem to remember one day coming into work to find an Indian standing in the corner of what used to be my office. Signed,
The former ceo of mvac

05 Jun 2007
BIG t
I honestly do not think i sensed enough ass kissing to warrant an additional week off. Although i am sure we can come to some sort of arrangement. Actually i am not sure what you are going to come home to. I have completely moved into your old office, and i have an interior decorator scheduled for this week with some great ideas. What’s that old saying, move your feet, loose your seat.
Ha Ha
Glad to see that you are having a blast, that is what life is all about! You may leave Europe behind, but the memories will be with you for the rest of your life.
Good Times,
Late

05 Jun 2007
Cindy
I’m living vicariously thru you, but could you stop in a shoe shop and try on some heels and drink some wine,so I’d feel like I’m really there!Sounds like you’re having a blast, can’t wait to see the pics!

04 Jun 2007
dad
Glad to see you are having a great time.DAd

04 Jun 2007
Greg
Hey Mark,
I’m still hanging. Glad your haveing such a great time. I’ll call you one day when I’m up up @ 3am feeding Brandon. The pic of the MBZ museum was cool; isn’t the inside amazing? I called Todd and bid $600 on that black foreign thingy he has for sale. I guess it’s worth it. 😉

04 Jun 2007
little BRO
Hey. i just figured out how to go back and read your previous updates, and i have an update for you. Fox News broadcast is reporting some psycho red head was terrorizing the streets of Amsterdam on a yellow WinneBago on two wheels. Ha Ha. Glad you had fun, i will forward the proceeds of the auction of all your personnel belongings to your new address in Amsterdam. James has all ready offered $500 for the Pantera, so it should go quick!
Late

04 Jun 2007
Your Brother
Hey Bro, sorry it has been all weekend without an update. Replaced the deck on the house this weekend with Simko. 2 full days and no I am not done. Hope all is well, and that you did not get into too much trouble in Amsterdam. Well actually i don’t care if you got into trouble, just as long as you didn’t embarrass America. Don’t think of it as half way home, it’s just another part of the journey.
Home sick yet” Shouldn’t be with all of the new things you get to see and do.
Good times Bro!
Love ya, Late!
Big Z, Little j & there parents, Erin & Todd

04 Jun 2007
Lisa
Mark – Germany looks amazing. I can not wait to see all your pictures and most of all hear all of your stories. Totally awesome journey. Look foward to reading about your daily adventures each day. We love you.

03 Jun 2007
Frank
Hey Mark!
I’m following your travel, and still green with envy! All the places you visited in Germany I’ve been to and had a good time. Looks like you did too. Less the rain on the bike, but it is an experience of a lifetime for sure! Can’t wait for the updates and the pictures from Englang and the Isle of Man TT. Good luck for the rest of the trip!

03 Jun 2007
Dennis
hey glad you guys made it take lots of pic the call was not from me lol have a great time

03 Jun 2007
Mom
Mark,Your updates make me smile each morning! I’m anxious to hear about the Isle of Man and to see more pictures! Love

03 Jun 2007
Keith,Beth,Ryan
Just stay on the WRONG side of the road now!

03 Jun 2007
paul
mark, your trip sounds great.. the pictures are awesone..please continue to keep all of us updated. Have fun see you saturday the 15th ride carefully

03 Jun 2007
April
I agree……..this travelblog is great. Each day, I look forward to reading of your daily adventure and viewing the pics. Safe travels and have fun!!!

02 Jun 2007
Dennis
hey send that pic to my email that we talked about ok enjoy

02 Jun 2007
Dennis
hey looks and sounds like way to much fun be safe and you do have to tell all about it Tommy said to say hey and have a great time

02 Jun 2007
Bob
Hey Mark, Looks like you are having a great time you even found New York Steak house. Keep up the pics.
Bob

02 Jun 2007
Shelby
Glad everything is going good. Your updates are fun to read, nice self photo=)

02 Jun 2007
Jennifer
Love the updates and your pictures are so beautiful I even added a few of them to my screensaver! Love that there was a pic of you in there too… Have fun and stay safe!

02 Jun 2007
Dennis
damm talk about long winded have some beer hey have a good day

01 Jun 2007
Laura
Remember Mark, rain is just Gods way of cleansing the road you travel on…

01 Jun 2007
Kellylee
I am so happy the weather is getting better for you. I so enjoy reading all your updates. Kellylee

01 Jun 2007
Todd
Hey, drunkie! Do not embarrass the United States by running around the streets of Europe drunk and or naked! As far as i know, Germany is still an allie. Anyhow, forget the weather, at least the beer, food, and new friends are bountiful. Especially the afore mentioned beer!
Enjoy your journey, your mind and soul are bound by nothing,
Dam i should have worked at Hallmark
Late

01 Jun 2007
Keith,Beth&Crash
Here is the latest on IOM:
The following is from Honda…
Some of the biggest names in motorcycle racing will be converging on the Isle of Man for this year’s Centenary TT Racing Festival – among them will be the sporting icons Giacomo Agostini, Carl Fogarty, Phil Read, John Surtees, Phillip McCallen and Charlie Williams, all taking part in parade laps, while with the modern day heroes will aiming for special place in the sporting annals by taking race victories on this special milestone for the 37.73 mile Mountain Course. Leading the entry is the eleven times TT winner and outright lap record holder John McGuinness, riding the powerful HM Plant Honda Fireblade, and eager for an action replay of his successes in the two ‘big-bike’ events, the opening Superbike TT (Saturday 2 June) and the prestigious finale, the Senior TT (Friday 8 June), both decided over six gruelling laps of this public roads course that winds around the Island, through towns and villages, and over the heights of Snaefell Mountain. The Lancastrian dominated them both, winning the Superbikes at an average speed of 124.76mph, and then in the Senior shattering the outright record with a remarkable lap of 129.45mph, and a race record speed of 126.17mph. “I didn’t think that was possible, and some say the speeds are insane but I felt that I had a bit in reserve on the Superbike. Last year the conditions were perfect.” McGuinness recalled. “People are going to push on this time because it is such a special year – we are there for 100 years and won’t be back for the 200 year celebrations which is why everyone will want to win. It is going to be intense. The riders are better, the teams stronger, the tyres improved and I am certain that the racing will get faster. “If the conditions are good, the 130mph lap will be broken. It is going to happen and I will just be concentrating and enjoying it. There is pressure but once you put your helmet on it is me, the bike and the road, and it will take a good man to beat me,” said a confident McGuinness who is gunning for his fourth consecutive Superbike victory and third Senior success.” He concluded. Ian Hutchinson rides the second HM Plant Honda while Ian Lougher, aiming to take his first ever ‘big-bike’ victory on the Island rides a Honda in Stobart Motorsport colours while Guy Martin riders for Hydrex Honda, Cameron Donald is aboard the Robinson Concrete backed Honda and there is Mark Johns Motors Honda for Ryan Faquhar. The Honda mounted entry will face stiff opposition from several-seasoned road racing specialist who have all tasted success around the formidable circuit. Michael Rutter returns to ride the event for the first time in seven years aboard a Kawasaki, as does Raymond Porter, while Adrian Archibald and Bruce Anstey are on Suzuki’s but Paul Hunt and Steve Plater, who makes his debut on the Island are aboard Yamahas. McGuinness, again riding in HM Plant Honda colours, will be bidding to end the two-year reign of Anstey in the Superstock TT (Monday 4 June). Then the rider whose love affair with the event began as a schoolboy when he accompanied his father on trips from their Morecambe home to watch the races, rides a Honda CBR600RR, in Padgetts colours, as he bids for a repeat of his victory in last year’s Supersport TT, (Wednesday 6 June), again over four laps. The entry for both of those events mirrors that for the two feature solo events. Sidecar racing has always been key to the Tourist Trophy races and it is a Manx rider who is again favourite to add to his record tally of victories. Dave Molyneux, passengered by Rick Long, rides the HM Plant Honda Windle outfit, engineered by the driver, against a strong field that includes last year’s Honda powered double race winners, also Isle of Man residents, Nick Crowe and Daniel Sayle. Former World Champions Klaus Klaffenbock and Christian Parzer are back for more aboard their Honda powered outfit while long time campaigners Roy Hanks and Dave Well rely on Suzuki power, with Yamaha driving the hopes of Steve Norbury and Scott Parnell. They have two races, each over three laps on Saturday and Wednesday. Around the races, there is time for nostalgia with a TT Lap of Honour, led by Jim Redman, riding a 1964 250cc Honda and a TT Centenary Parade of Champions on the closing afternoon of the festival. Practice begins on Saturday 26 May, with further sessions daily from Monday 28 May through Friday 1 June, with the race programme beginning on Saturday 2 June with the Superbike TT over six laps and the first of the two sidecar races over three laps.

01 Jun 2007
Kim
Good Morning my friend! I’m glad you are having such a wonderful time!
You’re pictures are really breathtaking and some look even professional(that’s modern technology for you… Anyone can look like a pro) ha! ha! Anyway, it’s really cool to be on almost every step of the way of your adventure with you. Thanks for the opportunity and we will continue to sit back and enjoy the ride. I do agree that there needs to be more self portraits!
Keep safe and ENJOY!!!!!!!!0

01 Jun 2007
me
that’s because I talk to you on the phone

01 Jun 2007
Mom
Todd says that he wishes he was there with you so that he could wake you nice and early in the morning.Love

01 Jun 2007
dENNIS
HEY HAVE FUN AND RIDE SAFE GOOD HEARING FROM YOU

31 May 2007
Bob
Hey Mark see any cool cars over there that we don’t have here? This whole travelblog thing is cool! I love the updates and the pic’s.
Bob

31 May 2007
Dennis
hey nice pic it sounds like you are having way to much fun did you find that 3rd italian

31 May 2007
Keith and Beth
Here comes the SUN!

31 May 2007
The Peanut Gallery
Love the self portrait ~ I want more more more! Love all the pix and blog. Your updates make me feel like I’m getting away too which I really need! Cheers ~ Jen

31 May 2007
Shelby
The picture’s are great! Sounds like your having to much fun.:)

31 May 2007
Greg
Hey buddy:
Talked with Chris this morning. Sounds like Jim made it by the skin of his teeth. YOu will here the saga. Stay alive, i have to run.GregO

31 May 2007
Mom
The pictures are wonderful. Can’t wait to hear all about them.
I’m so glad the weather is finally cooperating.
Love

31 May 2007
Lisa
I smiled the entire time while reading your blog. I hope everyday is better then the one before, from the sound of it, it would have to be a hell of a spectacular day. We look foward to your comments everyday, I feel like we are traveling with you. Love the new pictures.
xxoo
Lisa

31 May 2007
Lisa
I smiled the entire time while reading your blog. I hope everyday is better then the one before, from the sound of it, it would have to be a hell of a spectacular day. We look foward to your comments everyday, I feel like we are traveling with you. Love the new pictures.
xxoo
Lisa

31 May 2007
DAD
YOU KNOW THAT I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO AMSTRDAM .ENJOY ALL THE UP DATES
DAD

31 May 2007
Laura
Simply amazing! What wonderful photos… what a wonderful experience! 🙂

30 May 2007
Bob
Mark you are having too much fun. 🙂
Bob

30 May 2007
Jennifer
Although the bike is gorgeous, I see I need to teach you the art of taking self portraits! 😉 Glad you are having a great time on your adventure. Love the pix and blog!

30 May 2007
Dennis
nices pic

30 May 2007
Adrian
Thanks for the updates> How are you adjusting to time/zone ?? Have a blast keep the blogs a commning.Your friends @ ford. p.s. Paul wants pics from Amsterdam.

30 May 2007
Dennis
sorry for the wake up call goog to hear from you hey you got to see the sun come up and no rain

30 May 2007
Dennis
sounds like you are having a great time pic party

30 May 2007
paul and deb
mark, deb and I are happy to hear you hooked up with sata for that vip tour. we hope you enjoyed your diner with mr. bunk. try to stay dry your washington connection paul and deb

29 May 2007
Kendall
Thanks for sharing this adventure with all of us. It sounds exciting. Don’t let the rain get you down. Enjoy each and every moment!

29 May 2007
Keith and Beth
SO NOW ITS A BUSINESS TRIP!
SMART GUY!

29 May 2007
todd
Bro, i could not be happier or prouder of you. All of us want to take journeys like this but few of us have the cajones to step into the unknown, especailly by our selves. I am glad you are having a great time! Good news, the shop burnt to the ground yesterday so do not hurry home! Bad news….just kidding! Ha HA! The kids are great and every one is happy and healthy. Remember, don’t be rigid on your plans, do what makes you smile. Let your eyes be your compass! Have a blast
Love ya, your little bro

29 May 2007
Greg
Hi Mark,
I’m follow along – sounds like a great time so far. 290kph = 180mph. Brandon is doing good, but he sure eats a lot! Yesterday the Z06 got Piaa’s & aluminum pedals installed. 🙂

29 May 2007
Lisa
Mark,
What a trip of a life time. We love reading about your adventures, almost
imagine being there. Is it scary to drive in the rain”” It sounds like the people in Germany are wonderful. We think of you every day and hope you are safe and having a great time. XX00
Lisa

29 May 2007
Keith and Beth
It can’t be colder than the ride to Kernville-WARPED TOUR-Can it?
Glad you are in a DRIVING element of the world. I bet they aren’t yaking on cell phones at 200+KPH,are they?
Had fun at RIVER. THANKS!

28 May 2007
Bob
Hey Mark,
Sounds like you’re having the time of your life.
Bob

28 May 2007
Mom
These updates are great. Sure helps the mom in me.

28 May 2007
Jeff
Best wishes from down under! Yes, there are even people in New Zealand who envy you. Hope you’re having a blast. I’ll keep following your travels. Cheers.

28 May 2007
deb and paul
glad to hear you got there safe…. hope the lunesta worked…. it’s 2:pm here so i’m hoping you got your winnebego on the road… be safe and have fundeb and paul

27 May 2007
Mom
I’m so glad you arrived safely. Can’t wait to see pictures. Have a wonderful time Sweetie.Love

27 May 2007
Dennis
hey good to hear from you have a great time and send more pic
Dennis

27 May 2007
Shelby
Hey Mark, sounds like everything is going good .This is a really cool site!Can’t wait to see more pics:)and hear more up dates.
Shelby

27 May 2007
Bob
Hey Mark,
Have a great flight, I cannot wait to hear the latest update.
talk to you soon.
Bob

27 May 2007
Deborah
Hi Mark!Drink lots of good beer in Germany!

25 May 2007
Jennifer
Hi Mark ~
Love the pix, can’t wait to see more! I’m glad to hear the adventure is off to a great start.
Jennifer

25 May 2007
Ellen
Hey Mark, can you egg my ex-inlaws while you are up there in Vancouver BC? I can send you their address…..
Can’t wait to hear more from you as your trip progresses. Of course, they’ll let anyone OUT of the country…it’s getting back in that can be tricky………. 🙂

24 May 2007
Bob
Hey Mark,
Looks like your having a Great time and you havn’t even left the ground yet. This travelblog is great.
Bob

24 May 2007
Cindy
Hey Mark- Hope you’re lovin every moment! I thought you should know, I think I just saw Greg drive by in your Pantera…By the way Thanx for coming to my rescue on Monday and picking up Sparkys car! You’re the best!

23 May 2007
DAD
MARK I WENT DRAG RACING AT MEDFORD .SURE IS GODS COUNTRY L.Y.S. DAD

23 May 2007
Keith
Ashland is the dope smoking capital of Oregon!
Mostly Berkeley drop outs>>>>>>>>>>>>

23 May 2007
Kim
Mark have a blast! You are most deserving of this special time in your life by far. I’m proud of you for making it come to life and not letting it be just a shoulda, woulda, coulda thought and then realize the time is gone. God bless and you’re in our thoughts and prayers always:)Kim

23 May 2007
Greg
Mark, your Pantera just called me….. She’s says she is lonely….. She needs attention….. A man can only resist for so long until he must help out. 😉 *** Have a blast & keep in touch ***

23 May 2007
Lisa
Mark – Do what you dream to do! I know this will be a trip of a lifetime. I am confident you will come back with many stories about all your adventures.We will keep you in our thoughts daily. Be safe and have FUN.
Remember to only think good thoughts and good things will follow.
We Love you and look foward to your safe return.
XXOO
Lisa

22 May 2007
John hesford (Dad)
Mark have a safe trip ,enjoy,be careful …..be aware of whats around you and you will be o k ! I”ll call before you leave
l.y.s. Dad

22 May 2007
Laura
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
Miriam Beard

21 May 2007
Cindy
Best of Luck and Have FUN!!!Remember to smell the roses (or exhaust) and watch all the sunsets (or the girls butt in front of you)These are the memories you keep forever (unless you get alzheimers later in life)
We cant wait to see your pictures (or postcards)!I’ll be watching!
God Bless! Cindy
next door at Wallpapers To Go, Home Decor & More

21 May 2007
john hesford
to cool Dad

21 May 2007
April
Ok, question………can everyone read my comments and I can read theirs? If so, didn’t realize it. Oh well. Hope you are having fun!

21 May 2007
April
Mark, This is a cool site. I wanted to chat before you left and wish you well. 🙁 It was this evening that I was thinking that you were leaving on the 20th but then when I spoke to you again I thought you said the 21st. Then after rethinking, I think you mentioned leaving Vancouver on the 21st. On this lifetime adventure, I wish for you a fun and safe trip. Can’t wait to check your daily updates. Love, April

21 May 2007
Mom
I know you will have a wonderful time. Have fun. I love you Darlin….

20 May 2007
KA Mosley
I wish you safe travels. I hope this adventure you are embarking on is amazing. Keep in touch and enjoy yourself.

19 May 2007
Bob
Hey Mark this is too cool.
Bob

18 May 2007
Laura
This in interesting 😉

18 May 2007
well
well

21 Jan 2007
me
hi

21 Jan 2007
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