North America Road Trip
Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, SD
September 28, 2004

After several days of driving through cornfields (and believe me, all cornfields look alike), the Black Hills of South West Dakota were a very welcome sight. Somewhere between the cornfields of Iowa, we did manage to find a ballpark and the ‘Field of Dreams’ movie site. Today we visited Crazy Horse Memorial, which they have […]

Family & Friends
Greetings from London – part 2.
September 23, 2004

I am currently in Putney, London, spending my last couple of hours in an internet cafe – of course. In a few hours I’ll make my way to Heathrow to board a plane to Chicago. Can’t wait to be with Stephen again!!!! My visit to London was absolutely fabulous – thanks to all my friends. […]

Bolivian Experience
Mt Illimani – Success!!!
September 20, 2004

Just back from 6 days in the mountains, where we successfully summited Mt Illimani (6,438m/22,354ft). It was a long day involving 8 hours and 43 minutes to get up and 4 hours and 35 minutes to get down. But made it up and down safely (and with no blisters!). Now relaxing in the La Paz […]

Family & Friends
Greetings from London!
September 20, 2004

Just a quick one to let you all know that I am in London at the moment. Have had a great time so far catching up with friends (Silvia & Wayne, Heleen, Annemie, Kristin) and wandering around. And I’ve got more catching up to look forward to (Dan & Lisa, hopefully Pete, and Bruce)! I […]

Offa's Dyke
Greetings from Llangollen!
September 14, 2004

I know it’s been a while, but internet access in these little hamlets I’ve been staying in has been non-existent. The one place that did have a library with a connection I hit on the weekend, so the library was closed. So no, the cows haven’t eaten my maps and compass yet! So this is […]

Offa's Dyke
Where is Caroline?
September 13, 2004

Just spoke to Caroline, and she is doing extremely well on her long-distance-foot-path adventure. A few blisters, but apparently nothing to worry about. I am sure Caroline will give a full update once she gets to an Internet terminal. Which apparently has been quite difficult from the little villages and hamlets that she recently passed […]

Bolivian Experience
The Training is Over
September 11, 2004

Just back from a week in the Cordillera Real mountain range. We completed High Altitude training and acclimization. So we are ready to tackle Mt Illimani. It is wonderful to get out of a tent and into a hotel room with a shower. Signing off from La Paz.

Offa's Dyke
Hay-on-Wye at the foot of the Black Hills.
September 6, 2004

Finished my 5th day of hiking and ‘conquered’ the Black Hills! Yep, I know, they are only hills and not mountains, but for me – and doing it on my own – it was quite something! I actually had to walk up twice as that was how my accommodation worked out. My last 3 days […]

Bolivian Experience
The Bolivian Experience has Started
September 4, 2004

Like Caroline a quick post to let you know the adventure in Bolivia has started. Landed after a reasonable flight and getting a reasonable amount of sleep. La Paz airport is at 4,000m (the highest major airport in the world). So was a little breathless just dragging the luggage to the Taxi. The first day […]

Offa's Dyke
Started Offa’s Dyke
September 3, 2004

Hello all! A short update as I am in a free-internet cafe and don’t want to take up all the time. Arrived safe and well in the UK, albeit exhausted after no sleep on the flight from Chicago and a long trip from London Heathrow (where BA almost had lost my hiking poles, but luckily […]

North America Road Trip
Chicago, IL
August 31, 2004

First visit to Chicago for both of us and we liked it a lot! The architectural mix is intriguing and impressive – even a bit surreal every now and then. Made me think of some of the drawings of ‘Schuiten en Peeters’. The transport system that runs above the roads in Downtown gave us the […]

North America Road Trip
Relaxing in Madison, Wisconsin
August 27, 2004

After 10 days of solid driving (we left Anchorage, AK on Aug 15th and arrived in Madison, WI on Aug 25th) we made it to Madison. It was a long 10 days and the drive through the prairie-lands actually got a bit boring. But what does one expect after spectacular scenery in Alaska. So now […]