PLEASE NOTE:  This website relates to our Pan-American Journey.  For our latest exploits, please visit our new site at

Welcome to the website behind the Adventures in Yellow series of inspirational travel books! The story tells how we, Norman and Maggie Magowan, exchanged our routine nine to five existence to become biking nomads on an epic motorcycling adventure through the Americas. The journey spanned 35,500 miles from Chile to Alaska and is told in two great saddle yarns: Leprechauns in Latin America and Leprechauns in Alaska, both available from the Amazon Kindle store.

The motivation for this incredible and eventful journey came from the loss of several close family members to cancer. The trip itself is still a fund-raiser for the world’s largest independent cancer charity: Cancer Research UK.

This website contains the story of the journey as it unfolded at the time through the road trip journals and photo-galleries. It also contains detailed background and reference material.

The books were written after the event (with the benefit of consideration, hindsight and a lot of passion and research!) and their purpose is to both entertain and inspire the reader.

We enjoyed the ride; now we invite you to sit back and enjoy the read!

Norman and Maggie Magowan

A brilliant yarn, meeting triumph and disaster alike with unstoppable humour and an unbeatable turn of phrase.
(Geoff Hill, author of ‘The Road to Gobblers Knob’ & ‘Oz – Around Australia on a Triumph’)

I have a slight bone to pick with you about your book. I like Scotland well enough, but I was only supposed to be going to North Yorkshire to look at a bike. I was not impressed when I looked up from Leprechanus in Latin America and noticed I was in Edinburgh Waverley station!! In all seriousness though, great read, and I’ll pick up part 2 soon!
(Henry Nottage)

With excellent research and descriptions, Norman gives a real sensation of what overlanding is all about.
(Sam Manicom, author of ‘Into Africa’, ‘Under Asian Skies’, ‘Distant Suns’ & ‘Tortillas to Totems’)

Full of humour and personal insight, and laced with interesting historical background… an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable page-turner. It’ll make you want to saddle up and get out on the road to experience it all for yourself.
(Iain Harper, The Ted Simon Foundation)