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Posted by: Sirharles
« on: September 02, 2020, 10:39:11 AM »

Yes, he got caught boning his Fargo co-star.
Posted by: nacho
« on: September 02, 2020, 09:26:56 AM »

So I had asked if the wives were coming along to fucking ruin the series and you told me no and...you're right! In fact, McGregor and his infinitely annoying wife had a nasty breakup. So maybe he'll spend this trip crying about that.
Posted by: Sirharles
« on: September 01, 2020, 03:22:06 PM »

Long Way Up!

Posted by: nacho
« on: December 04, 2010, 01:24:02 AM »

Watching Terra Circa now... And it's also awesome!  Their stated goal is to show us that we can do the trip too -- and they go into step by step planning.

Terra Circa is just London to Magadan...and the goal is to actually do it without relying on the railroad.  To stick with the bikes the entire way...

Posted by: nacho
« on: November 30, 2010, 04:18:21 PM »

And, also, let's plan our own bike journey, guys!  Because here's the idea that seems to be the only logical course -- for these stretches where there's no road (that defeat the Mondo Enduro guys and the Long Way Round team ten years later), why not just follow the Trans-Siberian?  They all end up having to take it... But the line will be clear of all that shit.  No swamps and bogs and horror.  Probably an access road most of the way. Seems like that would be the thing to do on bikes instead of, you know, meandering along a trackless steppe a week away from civilization.
Posted by: nacho
« on: November 30, 2010, 03:44:42 PM »

Kicking this thread back to the top... Charlie and Ewan have since driven this franchise so deep into the ground I flinch whenever a new spin-off series is announced...

But, today, I stumbled across something fascinating...

Mondo Enduro:

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Mondo Enduro was a round-the-world adventure motorcycle expedition in 1995-1996. Team members Austin Vince, Gerald Vince, Chas Penty, Bill Penty, Clive Greenhough, Nick Stubley, Mark Friend and Louis Bloom set off to go round the world by the longest route possible in the shortest time.

Their route took them from London, through Central Asia, Kazakhstan and Siberia; then from Alaska to Chile and finally from Cape Town through Africa and the Middle East back to London.

The expedition was filmed and was subsequently made into a 2 part TV series. Shown on Discovery Travel and Adventure Channel over 40 times, this has since reached cult status amongst biking and adventure travel fans.

The real difficulties in the expedition came in the Zilov Gap, the 400 mile roadless section in Siberia. The team got bogged down here and eventually ended up taking the Trans-Siberian railroad and then river barge to circumvent this problem.

As well as a cult TV show and DVD, the expedition diaries (ISBN 1-904466-28-1) are a fascinating account of a round-the-world expedition done on a shoestring, with rough camping the order of the day.

http://www.mondoenduro.com/

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This was then followed up by a full on series (six 40 episodes) called Terra Circa:

The Mondo Enduro round the world motorbike expedition attempted but did not cross the Zilov Gap in Central Siberia. In 2000 a follow-up expedition, Terra Circa, was organised by Dave Greenhough, brother of one of the Mondo Enduro team members. It was the first motorbike expedition to cross the infamous Zilov Gap.

The route went from London across Europe, western Russia and Siberia to Vladivostok. The team then embarked for Japan and returned to Europe crossing the United States. It took 7 months and they drove 20 000 miles.

The members were: Dave Greenhough (organizer), Austin Vince, Charlie Benner, Gerald Vince, Joe MacManus (until Turkey), and Matt Hill (until Turkey and then from Russia). Dave Greenhough had to leave early because of a knee injury, and Matt Hill jumped in again (he had left the expedition in Turkey with Joe MacManus) to finish with the others.

Like its predecessor, Terra Circa is a shoestring expedition with rough camping the order of the day and has a cult following amongst adventure motorcyclists.

The expedition was filmed and made into a six part TV series, shown on British cable channel Men & Motors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_Circa



Mondo Enduro is really awesome.  It's far too short... But these guys are sort of blindly going through what was (in 95) a very bad part of the world without any real preparation, support, or research.  None of this year's planning and the best experts that money can buy like we saw in Long Way Around.  They just set off on this batshit crazy lark.
Posted by: nacho
« on: November 28, 2010, 09:37:09 AM »

Kicking this thread back to the top... Charlie and Ewan have since driven this franchise so deep into the ground I flinch whenever a new spin-off series is announced...

But, today, I stumbled across something fascinating...

Mondo Enduro:

Quote
Mondo Enduro was a round-the-world adventure motorcycle expedition in 1995-1996. Team members Austin Vince, Gerald Vince, Chas Penty, Bill Penty, Clive Greenhough, Nick Stubley, Mark Friend and Louis Bloom set off to go round the world by the longest route possible in the shortest time.

Their route took them from London, through Central Asia, Kazakhstan and Siberia; then from Alaska to Chile and finally from Cape Town through Africa and the Middle East back to London.

The expedition was filmed and was subsequently made into a 2 part TV series. Shown on Discovery Travel and Adventure Channel over 40 times, this has since reached cult status amongst biking and adventure travel fans.

The real difficulties in the expedition came in the Zilov Gap, the 400 mile roadless section in Siberia. The team got bogged down here and eventually ended up taking the Trans-Siberian railroad and then river barge to circumvent this problem.

As well as a cult TV show and DVD, the expedition diaries (ISBN 1-904466-28-1) are a fascinating account of a round-the-world expedition done on a shoestring, with rough camping the order of the day.

http://www.mondoenduro.com/

Quote
This was then followed up by a full on series (six 40 episodes) called Terra Circa:

The Mondo Enduro round the world motorbike expedition attempted but did not cross the Zilov Gap in Central Siberia. In 2000 a follow-up expedition, Terra Circa, was organised by Dave Greenhough, brother of one of the Mondo Enduro team members. It was the first motorbike expedition to cross the infamous Zilov Gap.

The route went from London across Europe, western Russia and Siberia to Vladivostok. The team then embarked for Japan and returned to Europe crossing the United States. It took 7 months and they drove 20 000 miles.

The members were: Dave Greenhough (organizer), Austin Vince, Charlie Benner, Gerald Vince, Joe MacManus (until Turkey), and Matt Hill (until Turkey and then from Russia). Dave Greenhough had to leave early because of a knee injury, and Matt Hill jumped in again (he had left the expedition in Turkey with Joe MacManus) to finish with the others.

Like its predecessor, Terra Circa is a shoestring expedition with rough camping the order of the day and has a cult following amongst adventure motorcyclists.

The expedition was filmed and made into a six part TV series, shown on British cable channel Men & Motors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_Circa

Posted by: nacho
« on: October 21, 2009, 09:51:11 AM »

That's always nice.
Posted by: Sirharles
« on: October 21, 2009, 09:28:03 AM »

Oh ho!!  Marathon at Nachos!  We can have the women make us snacks and feed us.
Posted by: nacho
« on: October 21, 2009, 08:02:30 AM »

By Any Means season two!  Sydney to Tokyo, with insane stops along the way to eat birds and turtle testicles.

It's a lot smoother than the first season.  Feels more like the old Lonely Planet travel show (which I loved), except that Charley is insane.
Posted by: nacho
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:46:10 AM »

Yeah, up to episode four now.  Should have five this week.  Come on by Friday after work!

LWD's a shitfest.  Even mute won't work, because the good parts are dominated by Charley complaining.  I guess it's worth watching just to see how wrong they went.  Ewan breaking his leg in the first episode, the mad dash for the last ferry to Africa, Ewan somewhat miffed that people don't recognize him when they visit the New Hope sets, his crying fucking wife who can't ride a bike and is defeated as soon as she starts, the team breaking up, the team constantly rushing like mad to make checkpoints... Oh, god, it still pisses me off.

Once we finish By Any Means, we'll do Race to Dakar.  A very different format (interviews with fellow racers, etc), but still cool because Charley's cursed.
Posted by: Sirharles
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:35:03 AM »

Long Way Down is finally coming to DVD next week.  I'll have to check it out.  Maybe just hit mute whenever Ewan speaks.

Nacho...got anymore episodes of By any Means downloaded?  I'm anxious to see more of that.
Posted by: Nubbins
« on: September 22, 2008, 09:53:51 PM »

I need to see this, for sure!  I caught an episode of Long Way Down (well part of it anyway) the other night and thought the motorcycling looked really cool... I didn't see any bickering between the two, but I did get the impression that they were breezing through Africa without really checking anything out besides hippos and lines of ants running through their camp.
Posted by: nacho
« on: September 21, 2008, 08:17:07 AM »

Two episodes in and it's awesome.  Charley's insane, Russ is really tired, and their proposed trip is impossible.  Sirharles was annoyed by the constant ticking off of modes of transport, but I found myself oddly addicted to it in that MST3K amusingly terrible way.

Otherwise, the trip itself is fun.  I'm glad Ewan's gone.  I want Russ and Charley doing all sorts of lunatic things from now on.

Noted highlights in the second episode is that they appear to steal two vehicles, and cross borders with hidden cameras in an attempt to not let on that they're a little mini-film crew (and thus avoid the endless trouble from the two Long Way series).
Posted by: Cassander
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:12:34 PM »

i need this!