Welcome. I don’t use this much blog anymore, but there is still some good content here from back in the day, and I still travel a lot. Now though I just share on my Facebook and Youtube channels and then share that content here.

Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala (video)

Below is another one of my super fantastic videos, this time of a traditional Semana Santa procession in the backstreets of Antigua, Guatemala. Enjoy, then read on, then comment… [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nobDIHRx2E0?rel=0] Most people would try to come to one of these far off places for

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How to kite a paramotor wing (video)

As you might know, my Blackhawk Paramotor blew a hole in the piston. This of course sucks for a number of reasons, one being money, another being not knowing why, and a third being that I am grounded until the parts get here to Guatemala

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My Paramotor career comes to a stand still (video)

  No more Powered paragliding for this fella. Check out the video below and then have a read as to why. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDWn6WU2IXA?rel=0] I have blown a hole in the piston of my Paramotor. After a total of about 3 hours flying, at about 100

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The real cost of travel: Poo bins

Here lies the first in a potentially long line of the “true cost of travel” series posts. Before you break out in a sighing fit and indulge in thoughts of “Not another one…”. This post is not about the financial cost which is delightfully available

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Paramotor Training in Guatemala

  So now we are in Guatemala I am lucky enough to have found a trainer for Powered Paragliding. I say lucky because although I had a few great sessions with my paramotor trainer Joe Cruz at the Blackhawk Paramotor Ranch in California, I only

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Playa del Carmen to Antigua, Guatemala. The drive!

So we made it. We drove about 900 miles in the end, touched 3 countries and crossed 2 borders, and things went almost perfectly well. I say almost perfectly because any time you cross borders it can be a little frustrating, and despite having our

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Rainy day in Puerto Morelos, or Parawaiting

A few days ago I magically received my Paramotor wing / paraglider through the Mexican postal system, and have been excited to get kiting the thing. For those who don’t know, kiting is where you fly the wing without actually leaving the ground. It is

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Building my Blackhawk Paramotor

So the other day I took the beast out of the box and did my best to assemble a paramotor for the first time, more or less direction free (partly because I don’t like asking for directions, and partly because there is no manual for

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Training is over, now I’m really scared…

Below is a video of the last two days of training, which also happen to be the second and third day, which means I only had 3 days of training! And now I am solely responsible for a little airplane thingy which straps to my

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When you can’t fly, you…

Despite the fact that we had traveled around 5000 miles to Valley Springs, California to learn how to fly a paramotor, and despite the fact that the area was experiencing a severe drought and hadn’t seen rain for quite some time, after our first day

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Training and first Paramotor flight video

As promised, here it is, video proof that I actually got in the air with nothing but a paramotor on my back, a wing above my head, and an extra layer of underpants! [vimeo 86800702 w=800 h=450] The training ended up being around 3 days

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I can fly! New heights of travel adventures await

I am shortly going to be putting together a video of my time at the Blackhawk Ranch in Valley Springs, California, but until then I wanted to share with you the amazing thing which has just happened, my incredible foray into the heavens. Goin’ Up!

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Just a few more days

So we were walking to Ah Cacao this morning to get the obligatory ‘start the day coffee’, and Sarah says something about when we leave on Monday. I was like, “Monday? What’s today?” And she was like “Friday.” And I was like “Holy shit…” It

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No Longer a Dream, I AM going to fly!

You may very well have seen my last post about wanting to follow a long-held dream and take to the skies like a bird (albeit a bird with one giant parachutey type wing and a motor on its back). Well after that post I started

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What would eighty year old you do?

I had a thought this morning. I was in that state where your eyes are opening and closing every few minutes, where you know the day has started but you are not quite ready to join it, and my mind had started ticking over and

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Perfect weather for new tires

You may have heard, but if not let me be the first to tell you, it is raining a lot in Playa del Carmen at the moment. I don’t mean like a day hither and thither, I mean like it is raining (or at the

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How the hell is 2014 going to compete?

Last night as the clock struck twelve and Sarah and I wished each other a Happy New Year, I was struck by a rather odd thought. Odd only because it is one I have never had before. “How the hell is 2014 going to compete

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EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS!!!

You may have gathered by the title what this little post is about, if you haven’t let me enlighten you, it is mostly about my EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS over the last week. In my last post I mentioned that I was now on a diet

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Lots of broken stuff

I haven’t written a post for awhile because I have been fixing lots of broken stuff, some of it biological and some of it technological. THE BODY After about two weeks of waiting for the hospital in Cancun to send my results through to Playa

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