DONE! 27,000 miles 28th August 2011 – 25th Feb 2013! 6 chains, 6 front sprockets, 4 rear sprockets, 8 oil filters, 20 lites of 10w40 Castrol, 2 batteries, 1 idle regulator, 1 drowned bike, 2 jump starts, 8 pairs of tyres, 2 punctures, 2 new indicators, countless bulbs, 2 water pumps, 1 clutch cable, 2 steering head bearings, 4 spark plugs, hundreds of cable ties and miles of duct tape, oh and 2 rear shocks!.
At some point in one’s life, you ask yourself, ‘what is all this about?’ For us, it seemed that life was running away with us and we were living to work, not working to live.
In July 2010 we tied the knot, knowing it was a life changing event. But both being of the same mind, we needed something more, something that really would give us that ‘something to tell the grandchildren’. Our honeymoon to Cambodia took us on a mini adventure into the wilderness, and what better way to travel through the undergrowth than on two Honda 250 cc motorbikes!
Upon our return, we knew we had found the way to travel – motorbikes can get you everywhere. When it’s too far to walk, you can get there. When it’s too narrow to drive, we could zip through. Ancient civilizations and long-lost temples suddenly seemed accessible.
And of course there was the burning desire to do something amazing – something that would allow us to see some of the World, experience other cultures, learn new ways of life and most of all, live.
In January 2011 we took the plunge; we quickly settled on South America, being a continent of ancient civilizations, ruined temples (Take 2) and the Amazon rainforest. Beyond the jungle was the New World of real life and modern architecture. Beyond that again was Canada – a Scotsman’s back garden but a hundred-fold bigger – and Vancouver, one of the most vibrant cities in the World.
Thus, an idea had formed. We began our preparations by booking a cargo ship that would set sail from London in late August 2011, headed for Buenos Aires in Argentina… the long road up to Vancouver lying ahead.
So having booked the ship, at this point, we thought we had better learn how to ride motorcycles…!!!