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Ian Coates-World Traveler


One of the many pleasures of working at a Visitor Centre is meeting incredible people with a unique story; those who have traveled the world and seen many faces. My name is Erin and I I have been interviewing visitors to Dawson Creek all summer. This is the story of Ian Coates, the Dawson Creek VC staff had the pleasure of meeting on a beautiful July day.

Rarely can an energetic and adventurous man like Ian Coates be found. Coates has been traveling around the world for more than 10 years, and is still riding. Around sixty years old and a native of West Yorkshire, England, Coates has traveled thousands of miles on his trusty Honda African Twin motorcycle. Coates has visited every corner of the world and is currently making his way to Siberia via Alaska. After spending some time traveling Africa, Coates set his sights on Siberia and decided Alaska was the way to get there. As a result of a life on the road, Ian and his wife, Judith, have seen each other only six times in eleven years. Judith plans on flying to Canada to be with Ian while he waits to go to Siberia. Needless to say, Judith’s visit will not only be a sight for sore eyes, but the highlight of Ian’s trip. Ian does not depend on financing or support from others unless it is from those he meets in his travels. With no support vehicle, Ian has to depend on himself and the goodwill of others to get him through tough times. Beginning in 1999, Coates decided to tour the world, but did not set a date for when he wanted this feat accomplished. It seems as though Ian is perfectly content being a world traveler for now. Those who are curious to know how Ian’s travels are going can see many of his adventures on YouTube and Google.

Good luck, Ian, and happy trails to you!

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Taken on July 21, 2009