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Great Reads – for the adventurer in you!

Great reads, informative articles or an exciting video is a great way to kickstart your overland adventure – and it’s much less difficult then you think. Reading Ted Simon’s book “Jupiters Travels” and watching Charlie and Ewan got me inspired – but I had no idea how to get started.

When I first thought about riding overland, I thought it would be impossible. Reading and watching the adventures of everyday people doing the stuff I’d dreamed of got me all fired up in no time. Here’s some great quality adventuring I’ve been following, which might get you all excited too. (If you have something you would like me to mention, get in touch!)

Websites

 

 

Michnus and Elsebie out of East London, South Africa are a pair of real adventurous souls – who tell it like is, no glossing over the facts. The PikiPiki website is quite in depth in regards to coverage throughout Africa, parts of Europe and North America.

To top it off there is some very useful informative articles on the website regarding medical insurance, preparation and packing lists, how to select the right gear, gear reviews, videos, galleries… you get the point right? A great informative website for people wanting to explore the world – overland!

 

The wandering wasp

 

Juvena is quite the adventurer, leaving Singapore for wherever the road wanders off to, along with her 20 year old Vespa (stylishly named Ebony Rogue). A real rider at heart, she’s achieved more then most and done some things that make me cringe at the thought of. She’s a real life braveheart. Have yourself a read and follow the adventure – she’s quite the inspiration.

 

Meet Asta and Linas riding from Lithuania around the globe. 60,000 km and 40 countries from start to finish. I always find these around the world feats pretty nuts, especially since I’m having a ball riding halfway across the world. After leaving in October 2016, they are rolling along smartly with some amazing pictures in their gallery, as well as in their personal blog. Stop by with a beer or a cup of tea, the writing will do the rest.

 

Words straight from Mike and Shannon – The odd escape weekend spent motorcycle camping in the mountains of Washington State started to morph; some exotic parasite was eating the parts of their brain in charge of security and stability.

Their trips got longer, the distance farther, until one day, after a month long haul to the Arctic Circle via the Dempster Highway, they returned home and, with hands on hips, just stared at our house from the street.

At that moment all either of them wanted was a hot meal and more gas for their bikes. The gypsy parasite had completed its lifecycle leaving them same-same but different. And like the earth’s magnetic poles flipping, or animals suddenly talking in English, everything had changed for them.


The most powerful antipsychotic to treat our new condition is money and time but strangely enough the more free time you collect the less money available. One of the universal truths I guess. And so began the austerity, the sequester, the rigor and the brown bag lunches. The sale of worldly possessions was now without sentiment or loss. The more crap we got rid of the happier we became. The catalyst for the whole plan was support of family and friends as no adventure can be had with the guilt of abandoning those who love us. We want to share this journey with our collective clan, not be resented for skipping out on the check so to speak.

In 2008, Danielle Murdoch completed a ten month journey through South East Asia, Russia and Mongolia all on a XR 250. Again, in october of 2010, Danielle left Brisbane, Australia with the idea to travel halfway around the world from Australia overland through countries such as Sri Lanka, controversial Pakistani, war torn Syria to get to Africa. Where in 2011 she started her African section of her journey. The blogs are there, the pictures are great and some great travel tips especially for lady riders!

 

 

A website (including a blog) written by Jo and Sofie. Here you will find a blog of their adventures on a pair of TR650 Husky Terra’s. Aside from the interesting stories they have to tell from Europe to Central Asia, you will also find a few useful articles on what they geared their Terra’s out with, and their other adventure gear including riding and camping gear. You will also find links to other inspirational websites. A good place to stop by.

Shots from the bar. This dude is a gnarly rider out of my home country – Australia. He’s just casually riding a Royal Enfield around Africa, you know, through the occasional rebel war and running away from militants. His writing is definitely most entertaining and written in a realistic manner, which is a change from the usual realities people tend to hide when they write. Enjoy!

Books

 

The tale of Will Wilkins and Kate Macdonell crossing from Wollongong to Woolwich. I’ve read the book back to front twice, and it sits in my right pannier, in a plastic zip lock bag.

Written with a down to earth humour, they re-tell their tales on a Suzuki DR 450 and a Yamaha XT250. Riding through places such as the mighty Karakorum highway in Pakistan to Khunjerab in China (before it was re-paved), mud roads in Thailand and navigating Nepalese traffic! There’s a few hair raising moments in there so have the dunny door open just in case!

Vlogs/Youtube

 

Adventurism

 

Another brave soul making her mark on the world, Nora is tearing it up on her Suzuki V-Strom from the Netherlands to Bali and beyond. Living proof that girls can travel the world solo, on a bike, and have a great time doing it. She posts daily videos at 7AM GMT +2 (sorry if I’m wrong Nora!). Check out the link, the videos are boss.

3 Comments

  • Brad

    February 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Hey, loving your trip πŸ™‚ Don’t know if you’ve read “Bearback: The World Overland” by Pat Garrod? Proud to call him and his wife friends (met them on one of their trips through Zimbabwe) – it’s well worth checking out.

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    • atthehandlebars

      February 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Hey Brad, glad your enjoying the ride too πŸ˜‰! No I haven’t read it, but I’ll be sure to get a hold of jt – trying to get my hands on as many overland motorcycle sources as possible. Thanks for the heads up. Keep it paint side up 🀘

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