Check out this mad man making his way around the world on his motorbike. Crazy!
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In the beginningâ€¦
Back in 1991, during a sabbatical from Road Racing, I got involved in Mountain Biking.I read about two guys who cycled over theÂ Karakoram HighwayÂ fromÂ ChinatoÂ Pakistan. The KKH claimed the lives of over 400 men during itâ€™s twenty year construction and finally opened in 1986. Another story involved a solo cyclist travelling the length ofÂ South America. Whilst cycling acrossÂ PatagoniaÂ he would look out of his tent to the horizon; across a flat, featureless landscape. Every day he cycled and every day he would awake to the same view; and so it would be for 2weeks! I could not possibly imagine this and so decided I would have to see it all for myself. Before long though, I had returned to Road Racing and all my travelling plans got shelved. Eventually, some 15 years later, an off-the-cuff remark from Danny Burroughs whilst MTBing inÂ North WalesÂ led to the following planâ€¦
– To ride around the world on a pair of BMW F650â€²s.
Our planned departure date isÂ 14th March 2006. After a quick blast acrossÂ Europewe will slow down when we meet some warmer weather! Hopefully, this will be somewhere inÂ Croatia. We will then proceed via The Balkans andÂ BulgariaÂ toTurkeyÂ and the Moto GP atÂ Istanbul. Following a detour intoÂ SyriaÂ we will crossIran,Â PakistanÂ (ShandurPass,Â Karakoram HighwayÂ etc),Â IndiaÂ and on toÂ Nepal. From here we will airfreight toÂ BangkokÂ before touringÂ Cambodia,Â Laos, back intoThailand,Â MalaysiaÂ and ontoÂ IndonesiaÂ before shipping toÂ Australia. We plan to spend approx 4 months riding fromÂ DarwinÂ to Uluru,Â Cape YorkÂ (right to the tip!) then down toÂ SydneyÂ before shipping toÂ New Zealand. Here we will arrive in winter and so have a break from riding. We will be shiping our snowboarding gear to a friendâ€™s parents nearÂ DunedinÂ so that we can spend 3 months snowboarding and celebrate my 40th birthday. When the spring breaks we will overhaul the bikes and tour the islands, working our way back toÂ AucklandÂ for shipping toÂ Chile.
InÂ ChileÂ will spend a week or so in language school before heading south toÂ Tierra del FuegoÂ and the New Year (2008). We will then wind our way north across PatagoniaÂ toÂ Brazil,Â Bolivia,Â Peru,Â EcuadorÂ andÂ ColumbiaÂ where we will arrange to fly over theÂ DarienÂ gap and intoÂ Panama. From here we will ride through all of the Central American countries exceptÂ El SalvadorÂ before crossing fromÂ MexicoÂ to the Baja peninsula. Riding up the peninsula we will enter theÂ USAÂ and work our way up toÂ CanadaÂ viaÂ Yosemite, Yellowstone etc. At the Canadian border itâ€™s crunch time. We will have been on the road for 2.5 years. If it is time to go home we will head east toÂ BostonÂ and a plane home. If not, and we can earn some money, then thereâ€™s the possibility of a winters snowboarding in Canada before returning via Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan etc.However, 2.5 years is far more than anyone can plan for and the return home will remain open-ended until it is in sight.
UPDATE: After 5 months in New Zealand Danny decided to stay on whilst I decided to ride on. Hence, since October 2007 Iâ€™ve been ridingÂ solo.
Why â€˜Shortâ€™ Way Round?
Danny and I are both 5â€™4 and follically challenged. That makes us short on legs, short on hair and short on cash! Thanks to Ian Cobby for that one â€“ genius!