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For those who have been following Bill and Janine's travels here on their trip journal.

Bill made an entry on their journal "PlanBMexicoMotorcycle" on February 18, 2010 – Currently - Traveling in Distrito Federal, Mexico. This would be his last entry.

Bill was in Veracruz. On Monday, February 22, 2010, he made his way from Veracruz and was traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico. He had talked that morning with his Father, Bill Atchison Sr., and was looking forward to taking a rented-car trip for two weeks with Bill Sr., who was expected to arrive later in the week in Oaxaca (February 26, 2010). He had said to Bill Sr., “Well I guess if I have to ride enclosed in a car for a few weeks, then I’ll suck it up and do it.” Bill so loved being on the open road on his BMW, it was his passion.

Sadly, Bill Atchison was in a motorcycle road accident while on his way to Oaxaca on Federal Hwy near Cuidad Aleman (city of German) at about 3:30 pm on February 22, 2010 and died as a result of the accident. Little information of the accident is available at this time.

If you wish to send messages of condolences to the family, please email Bill's wife Janine at: (please cut and paste this email address). The family will leave this trip journal up for all to enjoy the travels that Bill Atchison took over the last few years, and some of the travels he went on with his wife, Janine. Bill will be missed by friends of BMW motorcycle clubs and by all the friends he made over the last several years while traveling on his BMW.

Bill & Janine - Home base Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Welcome to our backroad travel website

If you are drawn to out of the way places and enjoy traveling backroads to get there, this site may be of interest to you.

Janine and I are based in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. We love to travel and since we retired we have unlimited time to do so.(Please refer to our Personal Profile link on this page if you would like more info about us)

Our favourite mode of travel is by motorcycle and backroads are always our preferred route. As well, if we can get from point "A" to point "B" without touching pavement all the better.

We often come across fantastic little towns, hidden locales and beautiful natural locations that most travellers never see. We also meet a lot of great local people who are away from the tourist industry facade.

We hope this website will be informative and helpfull to anyone that is interested in or planning similar trips. We update this journal frequently from the road. Click here to view my solo trip to Alaska during the spring of 2007 or Click here to view our trip over the summer of 2007, which took us across Canada exploring back roads from Alberta to Newfoundland and Labrador, over an 80 day period.

Our latest trip was a 6 month exploration of Mexico and Central America by motorcycle. Click here to view our this journey which we undertook from September 2008 to April 2009.

We had planned to start exploring South America begining November 2009 however poor Janine suffered an injury that forced a postponment until the fall of 2010.

I am currently on the road in Mexico solo while Janine recovers. The current trip journal is Plan B, Mexico + Motorcycle = ?

The motorcycle we have used for all our trips to date is a BMW F650GS Dakar which is classified as an adventure-touring or overland-touring bike.

What this means is that this motorcycle is at home on the freeway, on a single track cow path and everything in between. Please click here for detailed info on our F650GS Dakar motorcycle, the preparation and evaluations over the first 95,000 km.

In May of 2009 we purchased a new motorcycle, the recently released BMW F800GS, specifically for our trip to South America. It is similar to the F650GS Dakar with added power and weight capacity. For details on the F800GS preparation and evaluations please click here.

If you would like to receive update notices Click here then click "Request Updates" to receive an e-mail every 2 or 3 weeks as we update our journal from the road.

We enjoy receiving your comments and messages while on the road. To contact us please click "Leave A Message". We will get back to you if you have any questions however the places we explore do not always have internet access so don't expect quick replies.

Happy trails and ride safe.

 Map:  Western Hemisphere 
Map Western Hemisphere
Traveling in Distrito Federal, Mexico
Plan B, Mexico + Motorcycle = ? 

 Trip Journals 
Plan B, Mexico + Motorcycle = ?
F800GS Preparation & Evaluations
Mexico & Central America by Motorcycle 2008/09
Excursion to Merrit BC 2008
Mexican Backroads by Motorcycle 2008
Dash to Tucson 2007
Exploring Canadian Backroads Coast to Coast 2007
Motorcycle Expedition to Alaska 2007
F650GS Dakar Prep. & 96,000 KM Evaluation
South American Splendors 2006

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