The Trip 4



This Round the World trip was originally inspired by Long Way Round in 2004. Ewan and Charley’s adventure really inspired us and subsequent visits to Horizons Unlimited meetings further inspired us to embark, one day, on a trip of our own. Other inspiration came from meeting Sam Manicom and reading (well, Janette reading) his excellent adventure motorcycle travel books. I’m told they’re a must read, maybe I’ll find the time on this trip 🙂

Now I know that in some circles the mention of Ewan and “thingy” will bring people out in a cold sweat. My view is quite simple, if in some way they have managed to inspire people like us to get out there and live their dream then I consider that to be a good thing. Who cares that they had support vehicles, fixers, motorcycles that were too large etc etc? At least they did it.

Our plan is there is no plan 🙂 Well, not quite. We will start our adventure by flying ourselves and Tigger (a 2011 vintage Triumph Tiger 800XC in sexy orange) to Anchorage, Alaska from where we will ride north to the Arctic Circle and, depending on weather/road conditions, up to Prudhoe Bay. We’ll then head south to South America and then onto Australia or New Zealand and beyond. We have no idea how long this will take us. We plan to travel slowly and take in as much as possible along the way. We’ll only be forced to move on due to impending inclement winter weather, expiring visas, famine, flood, war or we simply don’t like the place. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.


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4 thoughts on “The Trip

  • Steve

    Hi guys,
    Hope every thing is going O/K, I also have a Jan 2011 XC (best bike I have ever owned and ridden in the past 49 years), now in regards to your trip planning “down under” I can offer you guys a comfortable and secure “pit stop/base camp” for when you travel down this way, I am situated on the eastern seaboard on the mid north coast of New South Wales about 20 k’s from a nice beach!
    Enjoy your travelling and stay safe you lucky so and so’s!
    Regards Steve

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      Hey Steve, great name by the way, everything is great with us and we’re looking forward to venturing into Central America in about a week having spent almost a year in Mexico. The Tiger is a great bike, ours is holding up well, and we anticipate many more fun miles ahead of us with Tigger (I wonder how many other Tiger 800’s are called Tigger). We’d love to meet up when we finally make it to Australia. Janette has a sister in Sydney so we will definitely make it out to your part of the world. Not sure when that will be as we reckon on another 2 years to make it to Patagonia, then onto New Zealand, then Australia. Keep enjoying the Tiger and hope to meet up one day.
      All the best
      Steve and Janette

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      Hi Rob, work is very much overrated. Thanks for the compliments on the blog. I just wish I could apply a little more discipline in getting it done as Janette keeps reminding me just how far behind I am.