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Magic Mongolia Blog – July 2018 – By Peter Grace – Part #2

Day 2 Mongolia It was a full-on day.  New bikes had been delivered, old bikes fixed, and the weather was cool but sunny. We left at 8.00am and got back to the hotel at 7.45pm.  We started by visiting the Genghis Khan statue.  It was enormous – the biggest horse in the world apparently.  We …

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Magic Mongolia Blog – July 2018 – By Peter Grace – Part #1

Peter Grace and his brother Dave have joined us on our inaugural Magical Mongolia motorcycle tour and Peter has kindly allowed us to follow along with their journey via his daily updates. I reproduce it here for you word for word without amendment. Many thanks Pete. Enjoy! Craig Compass Expeditions.   First day in Mongolia …

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London to Magadan – On the road with the Road of Bones Expedition 2018 #1 – by Allana Goldsworthy

CHAPTER ONE ISTANBUL Story by Allana Goldsworthy Images – Allana Goldsworthy, Azar Farahmand, Hugo Penasco, Bayne Morison and Dennis Grothues. This is the first of what will probably be a semi regular posting! Dependent upon WiFi access, computer skills, battery life and inclination! We are embarking on a trip that will take us through 16 …

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Spain, Portugal & Morocco – The Research Trip

We often get told “we are living the dream” and its times like these that we can only wholeheartedly agree that yes “we are living the dream”. Words and images by Mick McDonald Following is the ramblings of Veronica and Mick as we conduct a research trip for our new 20 day Spain / Portugal …

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Born to Ride – Asian Overland Story.

Our friends at Born to Ride Magazine have ran this great story featuring our new 104 day major expedition, The Asian Overland – Darwin to Beijing. The Asian Overland is a great long distance adventure that does not require you to have any off road riding experience as over 95% of the route is on …

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INNOVV C5 Motorcycle Camera System – Road Test Review

    The INNOVV C5 is a WiFi, Full HD, Remote Lens, Motorcycle Camera System.   Compass Expeditions was asked to test and review the INNOVV C5 Camera system on a couple of bikes in our motorcycle tour fleet. We sent one to our crew in South America and fitted the others two to our …

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Kyrgyz where?? – Adventure Rider Story

Kyrgyzstan at the very forefront of the “last frontier” when it comes to motorcycle touring, a place so new to tourism that Lonely Planet doesn’t have a guide book on it, yet! Deep within Central Asia this incredible country offers bikers an unparalleled diversity of towering snow-capped peaks, stunning alpine valleys, fast flowing glacial rivers, …

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It’s time to start planning for the 2018 Compass Expeditions Reunion.

Next year the dates will be 14th – 15th of April and will be visiting the wonderful NSW South Coast region, around Merimbula, wonderfully located halfway between Sydney & Melbourne, for some incredible riding, good company and great tucker. This reunion is open only to past Compass clients family & friends Lunch will be at …

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Happy 10th Anniversary Compass Expeditions!

Most thought we wouldn’t last a year, to be honest either did we!! Compass Expeditions was started more so that we could help raise funds for Friedreichs Ataxia Network, a support group close to our heart, than getting others to pay for us to ride around the world each year. It is exactly 10 years …

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INNOVV C5 Motorcycle Camera System Install

We recently received two INNOVV C5 cameras to test on our fleet off tour and rental Motorcycles in Australia. Our first impressions of the C5 units when we opened the boxes were that they are very solid and compact units. There is a camera, a recorder unit and a wiring harness along with mounting hardware …

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Charley Boorman – Cape Town To Victoria Falls – African Adventure 2017

Charley Boorman, Billy Ward and a great group of adventurous riders and pillions departed Cape Town in overcast conditions on the 29th of August. They were headed for warmer weather and an amazing and challenging African experience. Providing  logistical and mechanical support was the founder of Compass Expeditions, Mick McDonald, and our regular tour medic, …

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2017 Australia Encompassed – Part 1

One of the highlights for me leading tours, is meeting and riding with a diverse group of riders from all over the world and sharing great roads and attractions along the way. Our Australia Encompassed tour 2017 is no exception. Introducing the group we have Rafael from Spain, Miguel from Portugal, Paul from Norfolk Island, …

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True North: Alaska – The Research Run Gallery

Bayne, one of our trusted Compass Expeditions all rounders has just completed the research trip for our new True North: Alaska motorcycle tour. We had him hit the road following routes that we thought would be perfect for an amazing ride through this staggeringly beautiful landscape. Sometimes we were spot on other times Bayne was …

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Kyrgyzstan Explorer – The view from the support truck – Week Two

Click Here to read about WEEK ONE of the tour   Story by Ryan Heath Images by Mick McDonald The next day we are off the bikes but the adventure does not stop. Early in the morning we board two former Russian army trucks that transport us to the stunning alpine valley of Altyn Arashan. …

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Kyrgyzstan Explorer – The view from the support truck – Week One

  Story by Ryan Heath Images by Mick McDonald   It is fair to say that when I told people I was travelling to Kyrgyzstan the most common reaction was, “you’re going where?” I think there was an assumption that any place that ended with “stan” was not a travel destination of choice. People seemed …

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South America 360 Expedition – The finale!

Back into Argentina form Bolivia, to Santiago, Chile, and then the 360 is done. Tupiza, Bolivia into Humahuaca, Argentina. A generally difficult border went very well, much quicker than anticipated. The twisty mountain roads of Bolivia turn to flat and straight again in Argentina, but not for long. We soon hit the beautiful hills and …

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South America 360 Expedition – Welcome to Bolivia!

Welcome to Bolivia! In this instalment of the South America 360 blog, we cross the border from Peru into Bolivia and head towards La Paz. La Paz to Uyuni,  a long day, with a lot of kilometers. We left very early because of a predicted protest. They locals had just finished 3 days of celebrations …

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South America 360 Expedition – Nazca to Puno

May 28, Nazca to Puno, June 9, marks the end of our visit to the wonderful country of Peru. We continue from Nazca to Puerto Inka, a great short day of Riding along the moon scapes of the western shores, with nothing but ocean, desert and huge dunes, with a magically constructed road leading through …

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Compass Expeditions – Patagonia Relocation Motorcycle Rentals – December 2017

Compass Expeditions – Patagonia Relocation Motorcycle Rentals – December 2017 December is the perfect time of year to ride in Patagonia and we have a motorcycle rental deal that can’t be beaten. If you have ever dreamed of riding independently in this spectacular part of the world, this is your chance to do it and …

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South America 360 Expedition – Mancora Peru to Nazca, Peru

May 18, Mancora Peru to Nazca, Peru, May 27 Mancora. A beautifully scenic beach town on the coast of Peru. The group meets up again after the long separation, we spend a short day and night at the comfortable beach bungalows. Then are straight back on track to the scheduled itinerary. Heading out again the next …

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“The biggest mistake of our lives” – The birth of Compass Expeditions

“The biggest mistake of our lives”, a book written by Compass Expeditions founder, Mick McDonald, is now in its second print run and we have a couple of 100 for sale. Purchase your copy now In 2005 four novice bike riders rode Honda Transalps from London to Vladivostok, primarily to raise money for a tiny Australian …

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South America 360 Expedition – Justin of the Jungle reports

The group separates. I go one way, from the coast of Brazil to the coast of Peru, transporting the bikes and the van. The rest of the group goes on to explore Columbia and Ecuador. Definitely not the ideal situation, but it had to be done this way. The troubles and dangers and the crazy …

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South America 360 Expedition – Praoi do Pipa to Manaus – Crew Report

Felix and Justin…somewhere A good riding day leaving Pipa, traffic, sun, rain, sun, late afternoon arrival to a great place called crooked canoe, Quanoa Quebrada, to stay at the Hotel California, such a lovely place. This will be my second stay at a hotel California, once before in Mexico, that they say was the original …

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South America 360 Expedition – Rio to Praia do Pipa – Crew Report

Rainy and twisty. Long kilometers for the first day leaving Rio. Second day, long day again with very slow traffic and even slower towns and villages, and pouring rain, did, I mention the rain… Getting into Oro Preto next. It is a beautiful town with very tight and steep cobblestone streets. A great town to walk …

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