My first overseas motorbike adventure was considered back in 2008 when my cousin “Paul” had returned back from the Pyrenees. Paul spoke excitedly of the French and Spanish roads and not to mention the Mountain scenery. In 2009, Paul and I planned to circumnavigate France and did so successfully. Wow!! we had an amazing time and the bug had bitten. From then on, if I wasn’t adventure motorcycling abroad, I was at home planning where to explore next. Adventure motorcycling had taken over my life.
My aim and “Dream” is to eventually explore the world by motorcycle, hence rtwdream.com. Unfortunately, to do this I need an income, therefore work commitments will intervine my adventures. As it happens, whilst I write this, I sit in a hotel lobby wishing my bike (and wife) was with me.
I currently work as a gas engineer providing a service to the gas and industry. In 2011 I was approached by channel 4 who asked to follow and film me for a week whilst I dealt with dangerous gas situations in and around London. You probably know the programme better as being called “Emergency Bikers”. The filming was a fantastic experience, though very nerve racking. The worst part was watching and listening to myself when the programme was aired. Anyhow, I couldn’t of been any good as they never asked me again, lol.
Since then, I decided that I prefer to keep my biking experiences separate from my place of work and have been planning my biggest quest yet which is to travel the length of Africa via West Africa. For me, the most difficult part of this trip will be leaving my wife for three months. I just cant imagine ever being without her for that length of time. Kerry also has her concerns but fully understands my ambitions – therefore thank her profusely for allowing me to go off on such daring adventures and Im sure that one day you will join me in my quest to explore the world nomadic style.
I recently read a book which was kindly loaned to me by a fellow South African explorer and would like to share some words I find true to myself. What better reason to travel to Cape Town than to return the book!
“begin to boldly do things which you may previously of never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism. All of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous man than a secure future. The very basic core of a mans living spirit is his passion for adventure. the joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
“back to the same situation which you see day after day after day.”
“Dont settle down in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon.”
“We just have to find the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”
“It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it.”
I really do hope that I see some of you guys out on a mountain pass and wish you all the best of look in following your dreams!!