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Created: 01 July 2015
|Tagline:||Britains Best Routes for Bikers|
|Review copy:||Book Depository|
|Published:||December 1 2013|
I actually bought this before the trip that eventually took us through the Balkans in 2015 because our original plan back then was to do the British Isles.
That fell through because of the lack of space on the DFDS ferry but it turned out alright I think and I still got some use for it on the 2017 trip.
The book contains 70 routes and tours in or through England, Wales and Scotland and is written by the Editor of Ride Magazine, Simon Weir.
I painstakingly transferred all these routes into Basecamp with the intention of including them fully or in part in my own routes.
In the end I didn't end up using more than parts of a couple of routes.
The routes seem nice, they are well documented and there are even directions if your a hundred years old or just a luddite.
There are even tips on what to see and do in the area of the routes.
It was just not very useful for me.
The routes are for the most part loops where you start and end up in the same place and thus are more oriented around a nice Sunday or weekend ride out with your friends and not towards cross-country travel.
This will most likely be more appealing and helpful to UK residents than visitors to the country.
Created: 01 February 2015
|Title:||Horizons Unlimited Presents: Road Heroes|
|Tagline:||Motorcycle Adventure Travel Tales Part One|
|Length:||2 hours 11 minutes|
This DVD features presentations by four travellers. Dr. Gregory "Greg" Frazier, Tiffany Coates, Peter & Kay Forwood and Rene Cormier.
Greg has done 5 RTW-trips by motorcycle and clocked in 1000 000 miles behind the handlebars.
Tiffany "Tiff" Coates had on the outset planned to do a four month trip travelling by her second hand BMW R80 GS but picked up the travel bug along the way and just kept going, her trusty GS has now clocked more than 211 000 miles.
Peter & Kay Forwood has travelled through every country in the world recognized by the UN on their Harley Davidsson Electra Glide purchased new in 1994.
They have ridden 610 000 kms on that very same bike!
With a $25 a day budget Rene Cormier spent five years travelling through 41 countries covering 154 000 kms.
For me the most interesting part of the DVD was without a doubt the interview with Peter & Kay, had I based the rating solely on that feature this would get a solid 10/10.
In a matter of fact kind of way they tell about crossing war zones like the war-torn Congo where because of the road conditions Kay who was the pillion passenger pretty much walked through the whole country.
It's still absolutely amazing what they managed to do on a Harley with road tyres.
Created: 01 January 2015
|Tagline:||Around the World with Jim Rogers|
|Published:||9 October 2013|
This audiobook was definitely not for me.
First of all the narrator kind of draws out every word as he finishes a sentence like ro.oad instead of road.
It makes it a bit annoying to listen to but it doesn't really matter as no narration would be able to save this.
I almost got the feeling that Jim headed out on this journey just as an excuse to write a book about his world view and geo-polical ideas.
He fires off a plethora of pretty wild and in my view pretty outrageous ideas and I can't help feel that the scatter gun approach is just so in the off chance that one of them actually goes through he can say, I knew that would happen, I wrote it in a book.
The claim that he wants his trip to be completely serendipitous is pretty wierd as he always just happens to stumble upon people who mirrors his exact views on everything.
What are the odds of stumbling upon a soon to be capitalist in Soviet communist Siberia who that same day is resigning from the communist party?
And what exactly was Jim doing in a Moscow kindergarten where he "serendipitously" happens to meet a dissident from a labour camp who prophesied the fall of the Soviet Union?
After a few of these supposed random encounters you really start to question the credibility of this publication on anything but Jim's own views and opinions.
I finished the book although I really don't know why as I was annoyed most of the time.
I personally did not enjoy this book at all, if you are some kind of ultra-capitalist with leanings towards the very right of the policical spectrum you might find some enjoyment from this.
Created: 01 January 2014
|Tagline:||One man, one motorbike, one planet|
|Published:||First published 1979|
This is truly the be all end all of adventure travel books.
The inspiration for Ewan and Charley's Long way round/down journeys and probably countless others.
Ted quits his job as a journalist and heads out on a four year and 63000 mile journey around the world and as this is taking place in the 70's it is a vastly different world out there than the one we have today.
Or as he himself so eloquently puts it in a passage in the book: How was I to know the world was about to change, I hadn't been there yet.
As a full-time cynic the quasi-philosophical parts of the book makes this a bit of a hard read at times but as it was written in the late 70's I guess you can't really blame him for being a child of his time.
An inspirational epic journey and must read for any aspiring motorcycle adventurer.
Created: 01 December 2007
|Title:||Long Way Round|
|Tagline:||Chasing shadows across the world|
|Length:||7 hour 19 minutes|
|Price:||£12 (Standard Edition) @longwayround.com|
|Producers:||Alexis Alexanian, David Alexanian, Charley Boorman,
Russ Malkin,Ewan McGregor,Cori Abraham
This gets a pretty mixed bag in the adventure riding community, you either love it or hate with the hardcore purists leaning heavily towards hating.
I don't really understand why.
Sure they're given bikes and a bunch of gear but I wouldn't say no if someone were to give me stuff.
And then there's the support crew, oh my god the pure hatred in the adventurer's eyes when they talk about the LWR support crew.
Who cares? They did it their way and credit to them, the exposure they've given the adventure motorcycle creed is completely astronomical and if it makes a bunch of posers having a mid-life crisis go and buy a brand new fully kited adventure bike just so they can ride in style to Starbucks on sunny Sundays then so much the better.
Eventually they'll hit the second hand market and get in the hands of someone that'll actually ride it.
I really don't think there's anyone who has found this webpage that doesn't know what this is but still:
This is a documentary series about two actor friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman who set out on a journey from London to New York due east, four months and 22000 miles through western Europe, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and across the pacific to Alaska through Canada and America.
It takes them across Siberia and the notorious Road of bones.
At that point of the journey they are really starting to struggle which has given many the hardcore adventurer a reason to go there and prove how to really do it.
It starts out a bit slow but picks up nicely and has such a great mix between the pure travelling and entertainment aspect and the motorcycling that you can watch this with someone completely disinterested with motorcycles (I've heard there are such people out there) and they will still enjoy it.
The production is amazing with the true hero of the series being Claudio Von Planta who shoots the footage in a way that makes you almost feel like your there, riding with them.
The extras don't really add much to the story so when I bought it new I guess I could have saved myself a few quid but as you can now pick up a used copy on eBay for <£5 you might as well get the SE for a bit more insight into the production that you get from just watching the series.
Despite all the hate I absolutely loved this, it's a completely epic series and a must-have in the DVD-collection of anyone even remotely interested in motorcycle travel.