The Trip 6


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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6 thoughts on “The Trip

  • Tony Herd

    Hi Steve and Janette,

    I absolutely love it when a couple just get out there and ‘do their thing.’. I have subscribed to your blog and really love what I see so far.

    Back in the early ’80’s (WAY pre-Interweb) some dear friends of mine, Ron & Lynne Fellows shipped a ’76 Gold Wing LTD from here in Sydney Australia to North America and spent 5 years IIRC on the road. All the way North to Faribanks Alaska right down into Honduras. Like you Janette & Steve, Lynne is a keen photographer and their images were stunning.

    Then, at the ripe old age of 68, Ron shipped his antique 1911 FN (‘Effie’) 500cc four cylinder motorcycle from Brisbane to Kathmandu in Nepal, and proceeded to ride her back overland to the factory in Belgium, on his own. Ron and Lynne’s book ‘No Room for Watermelons’ tells of his intrepid journey.

    I am ’62 vintage and new to the Triumph party, having just bought my 3rd ever new bike, a spanking new XRT 800 (called Truman) two weeks ago. I can only describe me as totally smitten with the new big pussycat in my garage. I also have fun keeping ‘Cybil’, my classic ’78 Honda CBX alive and well. Now the first service is completed, I look forward to doing the same to Truman.

    I love the fact you are doing all the work on the bike yourself and also your pro-active approach to keeping Tigger.purring happily.

    My wife Sue and I live 20 mins from Sydney airport and there is a comfy bed and (perhaps of more use given you have family in Sydney already?) a fully kitted out garage & tools at your disposal as and when needed. You would be most welcome to avail. yourself of this when you come ‘Down Under’

    Thank you both for your inspirational stories and exquisite photos – they are an absolute joy and your writing style is very engaging.

    Ride well, stay safe and continue to enjoy this life changing experience.

    Kind Regards…Tony & Sue.

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      Hi Tony and Sue, I love to hear of other peoples journeys, especially from decades ago. Today we often think that adventure motorcycling (whatever that is) is a relatively new thing. Your story about Ron and Lynne proves otherwise. I have to admit though, I have no idea what a 1911 FN (“Effie”) is.

      Tigger is my first Triumph and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Have you any trips planned for Truman? I’m sure you’ll get on really well together. They are great bikes. I remember the CBX being launched by Honda. I was still at school so not old enough to ride and was in awe of that massive engine. What colour do you have?

      I enjoy working on Tigger and find it very therapeutic. I’m lucky that I have the aptitude and ability to do it. I’d hate to subject Tigger to some of the “mechanics” in this part of the world.

      We definitely plan to arrive down under at some point. Janette has a sister in Hornsby Heights, maybe not far from you? We really appreciate the invite and will make sure we meet up.

      Stay safe, have fun.
      Steve and Janette

  • 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.