Talk about cutting it fine. It’s the day before I’m due to leave family, friends, home and everything I know for the round-the-world trip of uncertainty and I’m sitting here in a mild state of panic waiting for the postman. You see my Carnet de Passage still hasn’t arrived and I can’t leave home until it gets here. Passport aside, it’s probably the most important document I’ll be carrying, because I can’t get the bike into certain countries without it. Continue reading A rollercoaster ride of emotions
Well over a decade ago, I followed double Guinness World Record holder for endurance motorcycling Kevin Sanders on a section of a ride down to the Bavarian Alps for a BMW biker meeting. He wasn’t going particularly fast on his GS, but he kept on riding for hour after hour, without stopping. How could this be…? Continue reading This could save my arse, big time!
Don’t be fooled by the title. With just weeks to go before I set off on the RTW ride of my life, I’m definitely not ready. Visas, carnets, vaccinations and budgets are all being slowly and painfully dealt with, but fearing that too much paperwork would make me a dull boy, I traded a day in the office for a day on the saddle and booked an adventure bike training course in the wilds of north Norfolk… Continue reading Ready for the adventure?
Need to split a few logs for next winter and have also been advised to test the bike fully loaded, so why not combine the two activities on a beautiful winter’s day?
I can’t believe that it’s taken all of my motorcycling life until now to discover the joy of heated clothing. All the freezing rides, the frequent stops to jump up and down by the roadside and get the blood flowing again, the numb fingers – none of it was necessary. There was another way and I’ve finally had a taste of ‘the warm side’. Continue reading Why stop for winter?
For those who don’t like to read so much (under 18s mostly!) here’s a brief film explaining my motivations for The Marathon Ride. Enjoy!
As I continue my preparations for The Marathon Ride, I reveal why despite plenty of offers, I’ve decided to go it alone…
Surely overland travel is a lot less daunting if you share the moments, memories, decisions, responsibilities and costs with someone else? But how many chances do you get to be in complete control of your destiny, day after day, week after week? That’s why I’ll be riding solo on The Marathon Ride. Continue reading Flying solo?
Having decided that I’m going to ride around the world in 2017, competing in a marathon on every continent, I now have to figure out what bike to take on this ride of my life. Easier said than done of course… Continue reading Spoilt for choice ?
We’ve all dreamed of quitting our jobs and riding around the world but for many of us, it remains an elusive dream, continually dashed by mortgage payments, pension planning and the prospect of exorbitant college funds for the kids. I’ve decided to push all that to one side for a couple of years, hit the road and worry about it when I return. As I prepare for the longest journey of my life, I wonder whether an armchair traveller can become a true overlander…
I love a good logo, one that encapsulates what you are attempting to do, or what you are about. We’re playing around with a few here just to see which ones to go forward with. My problem is that I like them all. It would be great to have your feedback…