Intro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the beginning…

Back in 1991, during a sabbatical from Road Racing, I got involved in Mountain Biking.I read about two guys who cycled over the Karakoram Highway from China to Pakistan. The KKH claimed the lives of over 400 men during it’s twenty year construction and finally opened in 1986. Another story involved a solo cyclist travelling the length of South America. Whilst cycling across Patagonia he would look out of his tent to the horizon; across a flat, featureless landscape. Every day he cycled and every day he would awake to the same view; and so it would be for 2weeks! I could not possibly imagine this and so decided I would have to see it all for myself. Before long though, I had returned to Road Racing and all my travelling plans got shelved. Eventually, some 15 years later, an off-the-cuff remark from Danny Burroughs whilst MTBing in North Wales led to the following plan…

- To ride around the world on a pair of BMW F650’s.

Our planned departure date is 14th March 2006. After a quick blast across Europe we will slow down when we meet some warmer weather! Hopefully, this will be somewhere in Croatia. We will then proceed via The Balkans and Bulgaria to Turkey and the Moto GP at Istanbul. Following a detour into Syria we will cross Iran, Pakistan (ShandurPass, Karakoram Highway etc), India and on to Nepal. From here we will airfreight to Bangkok before touring Cambodia, Laos, back into Thailand, Malaysia and onto Indonesia before shipping to Australia. We plan to spend approx 4 months riding from Darwin to Uluru, Cape York (right to the tip!) then down to Sydney before shipping to New Zealand. Here we will arrive in winter and so have a break from riding. We will be shiping our snowboarding gear to a friend’s parents near Dunedin so that we can spend 3 months snowboarding and celebrate my 40th birthday. When the spring breaks we will overhaul the bikes and tour the islands, working our way back to Auckland for shipping to Chile.
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Chile will spend a week or so in language school before heading south to Tierra del Fuego and the New Year (2008). We will then wind our way north across Patagonia to Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia where we will arrange to fly over the Darien gap and into Panama. From here we will ride through all of the Central American countries except El Salvador before crossing from Mexico to the Baja peninsula. Riding up the peninsula we will enter the USA and work our way up to Canada via Yosemite, Yellowstone etc. At the Canadian border it’s crunch time. We will have been on the road for 2.5 years. If it is time to go home we will head east to Boston and a plane home. If not, and we can earn some money, then there’s the possibility of a winters snowboarding in Canada before returning via Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan etc.However, 2.5 years is far more than anyone can plan for and the return home will remain open-ended until it is in sight.

UPDATE: After 5 months in New Zealand Danny decided to stay on whilst I decided to ride on. Hence, since October 2007 I’ve been riding  solo.

Why ‘Short’ Way Round?

Danny and I are both 5’4 and follically challenged. That makes us short on legs, short on hair and short on cash! Thanks to Ian Cobby for that one – genius!

 

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15 Responses to Intro

  1. Claudio says:

    Hey buddy
    still going strong? We finally made it ocer to South Africa and will be spending the next few months on the roads over here.
    Take care and Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year in South America.

    Claudio

  2. Hi Adam,

    Happy New Year from Canada. 2 feet of snow in Vancouver, a first in a few decades. Going stir crazy from not riding but just returned from Mexico for a week of sun.

    Hope South America is fun … see you in a year or so up here!

  3. Stephan Sitzler says:

    Hi there…

    saw u guys at the start of the dakar in bs as! BIG UP!!!! doing this without any support vehicles is hmmm brave, or loco, or whatever!

    may the racing god be with you!

    TAKE CARE!

  4. Hi Adam,

    Very briefly chatted with you today in Coyhaique, strangly enough we are launching a travel site later this year so keep in touch it would be cool to have a roving reporter!!

    Perhaps we can have an email chat about the idea at some point.

    Best regards
    daniel

  5. Werner says:

    Hi Adam!

    Hope you had a nice christmas happy new year and a GREAT Dakar!!!

    Your site is looking nice! We try to get our site working this year…;-)) too!!

    Greetings from Perth Werner+Claudia

  6. Moran Gad says:

    Hey Adam,
    Got your web site from Sunny and Cecilia.
    I´m ridin a KLR and looking for a partner at the moment, got sick of traveling alone.
    So if you wanna´ join me…
    I´m in coihaique, chile and going south today to Rio Tranqiulo ( or maybe a bit more to the north).

    Write me back telling where you are, if you wanna´ meet, and we´ll find the way to meet.

    Adios, Moran.

  7. Irwan says:

    Bro, remember me i was at performance motor in singapore and shake your hand. the tall tanned guy… gd luck bro and ride safe.

  8. Geraldo says:

    Hey!
    I saw you today (April 16) in the middle of the traffic in São Paulo, Brazil. I’m visiting your website because I got curious to know who was the crazy guy riding that bike with two huge boxes attached to it.
    Good luck with your trip, hope you enjoyed São Paulo.

  9. Schneider says:

    Bonjour,

    I’m french and have read your article:

    http://shortwayround.co.uk/2009/05/06/chapter-18-south-america-south/

    I’m one “cousine” of Pierre-Emeric.
    Do you know that he is disappearance in Aconcagua?
    Sorry for my english…

    If you can talk about this informations,
    THANK YOU

  10. Anton says:

    Hi Adam

    Just thought you might like to know we made it into Peru yesterday (through the Desaguadero (sp?) border). We parked up on the Boly side and Wendy stayed in the car. I managed to do Boly immigration and customs, then went to the other side and got Peru immigration and customs no worries (for W too, without them sighting her!). The customs were both very accommodating. So we thought we were all good to go, and drove straight through, but no…

    Just crossing over the Peru side, and there´s a Police post as well that we were meant to visit (and sign our vehicle into a book). Yes, we´d done an ¨infraccion¨ because we had driven 2m in Peru without insurance (shake heads in disbelief!). They said I should have bought international insurance in Chile, but I said we´d asked and it was only valid in Argentina, so it wasn´t possible to buy before Peru, and where could we buy it? Oh, nowhere in Peru…

    The 3 police including the boss were all in on it, and they were going to impound our vehicle, all the rest of it. They said there was a new law for transiters, but I said I´d heard stories of this from friends, and unless they showed me the law I wouldn´t believe them, at which they shook their heads again in disbelief.

    Long and short of it is they didn´t show me the law, and over time it changed to having a festival for their virgin in a month or so, and would I like to collaborate? I told them it was illegal, and they said I misunderstood, it was just as friends – if I didn´t want to, that was fine. I said I didn´t want to, but where could we buy insurance. Eventually yes, we could buy from a place in Puno or Cusco, and thankfully were on our way.

    Thankfully haven´t been stopped again (yet).

    Only other thing to note if you cross that border is there´s a clown sitting by the boom with what looks like an official ticket book trying to sell you a peaje – I´m pretty sure it´s not official, so I called his bluff and he didn´t pursue it. Mainly that was because I saw a certain grin in his eyes to his mate when we came along.

    Don´t know if you´re crossing that border, but hope it helps anyway.

    Anton

  11. Denise Peter Lowe says:

    hi Adam finally got email drop us a line we are in Townsville seeing our new grandson just beautiful its starting to warm up a bit so don’t know where to from here hope you are well and still travelling safe keep in touch
    Denise and Peter xxx

  12. John Fields says:

    Adam, Hows it going I am going to do a bit of reading but it sounds like you have had an amazing time. Joe gave me the website it is good to hear from you and see that all is going pretty good from the sound of things. I actually work for Triumph now my email is john.fields@triumphmotorcycles.com been here for about 12 years now so been a long time. Email me let me know how things are going. Thanks,
    John

  13. Larry says:

    Adam, I’m the gringo with the camera at Bruno’s, Rio Dulce. How can I get pictures to you?

    Great pictures on your site!!

    Larry

  14. Sean Deany says:

    Dear Adam,

    Good to see that your still on the road and having an experience of a lifetime. I met you at the Guesthouse in Georgetown and a second time in Bangkok, while on my bicycle tour from Singapore to Spain. Once again great photos and hope to see you if your in Melbourne sometime in the not too distant future.

  15. Adam,

    Your blog is very inspiring. It gives hope to people who do not have sufficient resources, but have that fire inside for adventure.

    Keep it up.

    Cheers,
    Smruti

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