Category Archives: Pre-trip prep

A rollercoaster ride of emotions

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

Ready for the adventure?

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?

Flying solo?

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?

The Big Easy?

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…

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