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A few years ago, some things happened that changed my life forever:  I fell in love and married a girl who rode motorcycles, I left my career in aerospace and I got a job in the motorcycle industry. I've never been happier! My wife, Brayde and I make it a point to go on at least one ride a year and we've explored most of the Western United States, Canada, Northern Mexico, Baja and Europe in the last 4 years. 

 I ride a 2006 BMW R1200GS and Brayde rides a 2007 BMW F650GS. They're perfectly matched bikes for traveling together and this fall we’re going to finally take one of our dream rides: Seattle to Tierra del Fuego.

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Day 5 of the 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy was the first time the competition started and finished in the same place: Kootenay Lakeview Lodge. The ride was loop of approximately 200 km, offering what the competitors unanimously agreed was the best mix of riding so far this year. 

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After three consecutive high-mileage days, the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy riders today were allowed some respite, with a stage distance of 230km it was set to be less a strenuous day. Only it wasn’t! The day again featured a ‘black run’ to properly test the riders’ technique and ended with a suitably physical Canadian theme – ‘The Logger Games’.

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Day 3 of the GS Trophy consisted of nearly 200 km of off-road adventure. 150 km of scenic paved mountain passes with three special challenges. The day started early – with a 6am wake-up call – but yesterday's rain and mud soon became a distant memory as blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the early risers. 

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Team CEEU (Central Eastern European Union) continue to lead the 2014 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy after a tough second day of competition in Canada, which saw France and newcomers Korea emerge as joint day winners. 

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When Hank Arriazola (MotoHank) mentioned his dream of turning over 500,000 miles on his R1100GS somewhere in Africa, Touratech-USA offered to help make the dream come true by sponsoring his trip. 

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Today we woke up to a choice: Juan and Skip would drive the support truck up the western coast along a scenic highway to Ensenada; Chicon would ride off road to Coco’s Corner, then up along the eastern side of the peninsula and over the mountains to Ensenada.

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This morning, we woke up early to go whale watching before crossing the Baja peninsula to Bahia de los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez.

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We make our way from the east coast of the Baja Peninsula over to the west coast. Given that our ferry left a day earlier than anticipated, time is on our side.

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Today started off with an historic tour of El Fuerte with Ivan, then we made our way to Guaymas to catch a ferry to Baja.

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