Thursday, 13 January 2011

Hero's of the motorcycle travel world

Sam the man Manicom RTW biker and writer of some fine travel books. His latest Tortillas to Totems carries on his long long trip around the globe. I am in the middle of it..... so more later.
Under Asian Skies my fave' so far.

Here at the NEC Motorcycle show Birmingham earlier on this year.
If you want to ride the world or just learn a bit about life, visit http://www.sam-manicom.com/ also on Facebook.




Post Christmas fat Guy is me........ back on the diet after seeing this picture.
Talking of old gits !!!!!! (He won't mind)


Simon Gandolfi (right) another 'veteran'. At 72 years old he decided to ride a 125cc bike through South America. Old Man on a Bike, his 11th novel shows that age, bike and fitness don't matter.
What matters is determination.
Why I am sat on his knee.... is another story,

Travel, politics , religion, laughs...... all there.

Additional reading
Ted Simon and Jupiter Travels, & Jupiter Returns. The Bibles of RTW.
Lois Pryce, Lois on the Loose and Red Tape, showing that ladies can do it too.
Dan Walsh, . These are the days that should happen to you. One of my faves.
(RTW one of my shortened phrases, Round The World. Also see M/c as Manchester, and R2M need you ask?).
There are many more good travel writers that have done the 'Biker Thang' , sorry if I missed you out.
You may notice I haven't mentioned Charlie & Ewan and the Long Way Round/Down teams.
Well YES they have been an influence, and YES they get slammed for having support team, and multi million dollar backing.
Despite this, they produced a great series that put pictures to many places mentioned in the books above. They gave Charley Boorman a career, and Ewan another £m or so.
After only watching the whole series 10-15 times.......... I am a fan, and lets face it. ALL those that lampoon their methods, would have swapped places without hesitation.
As the Mercat says: "Simples"*****

















1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Pete,
This sounds like a brilliant trip. I'm sure you'll have a ball out there. The US is great to explore. We had a ball there. Plenty of surprises too and quite amazing scenery!!!
Good luck buddy.
Sam