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.