What started as a 6 month backpacking holiday led to a 3 year sojourn around all parts of the world including this 15 month motorcycle trip . It started out with me going through a painful marriage breakup and discovering I had been ‘setup’ over a period of years. I wasn’t angry with her as much as I was with myself. I was blissfully, stupidly, ignorantly oblivious to her tactics.
When I first made the decision to go backpacking for 6 months, I guess I was escaping, but I didn’t just pack my bags and go. I spent 6 months working as hard as I could to accumulate as much cash as I could. I had travelled around Europe before, so I had a fair idea about what to expect and I knew backpacking for that long would be expensive.
This story isn’t about the backpacking trip, though the trip was absolutely incredible and inspired the motorcycle leg. My favourites at that time was Morocco and the Czech Republic. It was looking out the windows of trains and busses that convinced me I needed to do this again, but with my own wheels. I started to think of ways I could achieve this. For me, the motorcycle was a no-brainer. I had been riding bikes most of adult life and I had owned about 70 bikes over the years. At the time, I had a BMW R1100RS and an XR600. I had previously owned a Honda CX1000 6 cylinder, CX500, 750-K4, Goldwing 1000, a Suzuki GS1000, a Yamaha RD350LC and a Super-Tenere 750, a Kawasaki KL650, plus dozens of trials and motocross bikes including Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, CanAm, SWM, Bultaco, Montessa, Husqvarna and for some reason a Vespa. Riding was a significant part of my life.
This website was originally done ‘live’, IE I was writing and publishing it as I travelled. As I re-read it, I cringe at some of my comments, but I am slowly working through it and edit where necessary, while trying not to lose the original message. The trip started in June 2000 and finished September 2001. In 15 months I covered 70,000 kilometres and saw over 40 countries. The experience can be described as ‘an adventure that filled me with memories that will endure a lifetime’. Yes, there were low points, some element of danger including getting drugged and robbed, crashes and having a rifle barrel jabbed in my forehead by an angry Kurd, but the memories are irreplaceable and is a trip I’ll always remember. I plan to do it again one day as a grey wanderer. I’ll probably try the Americas next. I’m inspired by Ted Simon of ‘Jupiters Travels‘ fame. I’ve run into Ted a few times and at the age of 87 is (I think) still riding.
My hope for this site is to provide inspiration to others to do something bold, outrageous and challenging. Something you will remember for the rest of your life. Whether it be on 2 wheels or 4, horse, pedal, foot, sail, whatever. There are plenty of publications on travel by public and commercial transport, but very few on travel under your own steam. I hope that by what I write here, I can help inspire you to do something similar, but with your own flavour.
This web site is being maintained by myself, and whilst I am a computer professional, web sites are not what I do. I’m sure by now it is obvious I am not a professional writer, but I am hopeful my stories will be interesting.
I am now 63 years old and live on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia with my second family, Felicity and our 2 beautiful boys, Sam 9 and Jesse 11. My oldest son Dean has made me a grandfather twice, while for my second son Matthew, it is still work in progress. I still ride. I have a Suzuki DRZ400e for the dirt and a DL650 for the road. I’m not a wealthy in dollar terms, but I am rich in experiences.
Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
John Lennon: ” Life is what happens to you while are busy making other plans”