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Title: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means & Mondo Enduro
Post by: nacho on May 12, 2005, 08:32:30 PM
Now with Long Way Down stuff on page two.

9/16/08 -- By Any Means on page three.


Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman set off with veteran cameraman Claudio for a journey from London to New York...the long way around.

20,000 miles, 115 days, 12 countries.


http://www.longwayround.com/lwr.htm

Even with modern equipment -- GPS, satellite phones and a support team never more than a few hundred miles away -- Ewan, Charley and Claudio are driven to the breaking point as they take on the impossible (and so is the support team!).

A must see for anyone who enjoys adventure traveling, or if you're a motorcycle enthusiast.
Title: Re: Long Way Round
Post by: Nubbins on May 12, 2005, 11:50:31 PM
Quote from: nacho
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman set off with veteran cameraman Claudio for a journey from London to New York...the long way around.

20,000 miles, 115 days, 12 countries.


http://www.longwayround.com/lwr.htm

Even with modern equipment -- GPS, satellite phones and a support team never more than a few hundred miles away -- Ewan, Charley and Claudio are driven to the breaking point as they take on the impossible (and so is the support team!).

A must see for anyone who enjoys adventure traveling, or if you're a motorcycle enthusiast.

Once episode one gets another seed, I'll put up episode two.  Seven in total.  These are TV rips from Sky TV in the UK, but they're good quality.  DVD is not released in the US.



Oh!  So cool!  If you're a fan of this, you should check out Faster, the MotoGP documentary narrated by Ewan... one of the best sports documentaries ever made... a MUST SEE!  :)
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: nacho on May 12, 2005, 11:52:28 PM
Oooon the list!
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Cassander on May 16, 2005, 12:56:27 AM
just watched ep 1...oh my god!  i have a new mission in life.
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: nacho on May 16, 2005, 06:38:34 AM
Quote from: Cassander
just watched ep 1...oh my god!  i have a new mission in life.


People were telling me I was a retard, or they didn't like it, or they didn't have the attention span to watch it.  I'll get back on episode two and seed, then.


edit: episode three and four will be up in a few minutes.  So you can just hop on the next when you're done.  Seven total.  If we have time before I leave, we'll do John Safran vs. God, which will also inspire you.  Though you might be more a John Safran's Music Jamboree guy... We'll see.

http://www.johnsafran.com/

The guy's way out there.

Love the path Long Way Roung takes though... Harder and harder.  It's inspired me to do the same, though.  Bike across Mongolia?  Sure!  

If you want even more inspiration for this plan, pick up:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0965478521

That's the book that inspired Long Way Around, and it's insane.  Basically, Simon says the same thing you just did -- "I have a new mission!"  He takes off six months, heads out all happy... Four years later, he completes his trip ranting to himself that he had become a god, screaming at random people, worshiping trees and attacking invisible hobgoblins.

Simon has a long series of self published books, not all of them on Amazon, and now wanders the world writing them (Ewan and Charley meet him in the far outskirts of Mongolia or Russia in a later episode).  Simon does this because, as his second book discussed, when he got back and recovered from his four year round the world stint, he just couldn't cope.  He went back to normal life and, within a year, he was horrified... The job, the apartment, his old friends, America.

Anyway -- let's go!  The two of us.  Assuming I'm still speaking to you in September, you cunt!  Oh, and we should have an off-roader who knows what he's doing like Charley Boorman... Except Charley's over-emotional, quick to anger and, well, NOBODY can handle trekking across Mongolia.  The SAS couldn't successfully bike across Mongolia even if they had helicopter support.  And I have a crippling nerve injury that couldn't stand the pressure.  And...
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Cassander on May 16, 2005, 11:35:26 PM
pfff. you tart.

there's no way you'd get me to motorbike across russia.  but i would drive it.  we'll start small...australia!  they speak english, love americans, and the entire country's like a big biodome. you got your mountain ranges, your tropical forests, your desert, your big breasted koala-lovin sex kittens...

gold!
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: nacho on May 16, 2005, 11:38:01 PM
Actually, driving it in the those jeeps the support crew uses would be great.  I'm up for that!

There's a site somewhere about a couple who drove their land rover in every single country over 10 years or something.  Mongolia almost broke them, too.

Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Nubbins on May 16, 2005, 11:47:44 PM
Quote from: Cassander
pfff. you tart.

there's no way you'd get me to motorbike across russia.  but i would drive it.  we'll start small...australia!  they speak english, love americans, and the entire country's like a big biodome. you got your mountain ranges, your tropical forests, your desert, your big breasted koala-lovin sex kittens...

gold!


Trust me... Americans on motorcycles are going to be much more successful in the sex kitten department as opposed to 3 Yanks piled into an aging Ford Taurus.
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Tyson on May 16, 2005, 11:47:45 PM
I was planning on biking accross the country if my "Europe Post-graduation Freak-Out Tour" fund dried up by the time I graduate.

But none of that namby-pamby motorbike stuff, I'm talking about bicycles. Start in San Luis Obispo, hit 30 states or something, and wind up in New York with condoms on my feet and war paint on my face.
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Nubbins on May 16, 2005, 11:50:02 PM
Quote from: Tyson
But none of that namby-pamby motorbike stuff, I'm talking about bicycles. Start in San Luis Obispo, hit 30 states or something, and wind up in New York with condoms on my feet and war paint on my face.


That's right... ding the gay bike bell while I rev my chopper and adjust the oversized horns on my Viking biker helmet... we'll see who the Aussies flock to.

"That's not a bike..... THAT'S a BIKE!!!!"
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Tyson on May 17, 2005, 12:01:39 AM
Quote from: Nubbins
Quote from: Tyson
But none of that namby-pamby motorbike stuff, I'm talking about bicycles. Start in San Luis Obispo, hit 30 states or something, and wind up in New York with condoms on my feet and war paint on my face.


That's right... ding the gay bike bell while I rev my chopper and adjust the oversized horns on my Viking biker helmet... we'll see who the Aussies flock to.

"That's not a bike..... THAT'S a BIKE!!!!"


One can pump all day, the other can only kick a starter then has to sit all day.

ooOOOOoooo! BURN!

 :violent3:
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Nubbins on May 17, 2005, 12:03:45 AM
Quote from: Tyson
Quote from: Nubbins
Quote from: Tyson
But none of that namby-pamby motorbike stuff, I'm talking about bicycles. Start in San Luis Obispo, hit 30 states or something, and wind up in New York with condoms on my feet and war paint on my face.


That's right... ding the gay bike bell while I rev my chopper and adjust the oversized horns on my Viking biker helmet... we'll see who the Aussies flock to.

"That's not a bike..... THAT'S a BIKE!!!!"


One can pump all day, the other can only kick a starter then has to sit all day.

ooOOOOoooo! BURN!

 :violent3:


hahahaha... easy there tri-athlete! :)  There's more to it than mere pumping!  You'll find that out someday... I have faith! :)
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Tyson on May 17, 2005, 12:26:11 AM
Quote from: Nubbins
hahahaha... easy there tri-athlete! :)  There's more to it than mere pumping!  You'll find that out someday... I have faith! :)


Oh, don't worry. I had a few hundred times to figure the workings with my last gf.

There's hope for me yet!
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Cassander on May 17, 2005, 12:44:30 AM
stupid sexy nubbins.
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Cassander on May 18, 2005, 05:56:24 PM
this show is great!  but we've got a change of plans, nacho.  this is where we should go next year.

http://www.hillmanwonders.com/antarctica/index.htm#_vtop


we'll hit all the hotspots!
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: nacho on May 18, 2005, 05:58:28 PM
Buy Big Dead Place, you'll love it.

A friend and I are planning on Germany next year, perhaps some World Cuppage.  If you want to be included, throw your name in the mix.  June 2006 is the travel period, I'm taking the whole month off.  Honestly, I'm probably going to ditch the German idea and go a bit further out there.  Asia or Africa.  Anywhere, really.
Title: Long Way Round
Post by: Cassander on May 18, 2005, 08:04:52 PM
put me on tentatively for whatever....i'll save up.  that's easy to say now because the future is one big question mark.
Title: Re: Long Way Round
Post by: nacho on April 08, 2007, 07:36:10 PM
Necro-bump!  Long Way Down:

http://www.longwaydown.com

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Long Way Down is the title of the latest motorbike adventure being undertaken by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. It is a follow-up to the Long Way Round trip in 2004, where the pair rode their motorbikes from London to New York via Europe, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Canada and the United States.

For Long Way Down, they will ride from John o' Groats in Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa. The journey is planned to begin in May 2007 and they will again be accompanied by cameraman Claudio Von Planta. No route for the trip has yet been made public, and it has not yet been announced whether BMW will again supply the motorbikes.

As with their previous trip, and Boorman's Race To Dakar, Russ Malkin and his production company Big Earth will produce the series. The television series based on the trip is due to be broadcast by the BBC in September 2007.
Title: Re: Long Way Round
Post by: nacho on May 14, 2007, 06:57:19 PM
The Long Way Down site now says "coming next week"... But everywhere else says September is the air date. 
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on May 14, 2007, 07:11:31 PM
And I missed the Dakar rally

http://www.racetodakar.com/html/rtd.html

Can't seem to find it now.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on May 25, 2007, 12:36:45 PM
The BBC's keeping an eye on them, with a daily sort of blog thing.  Day 14 right now:

www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/

The route:  www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/map.shtml

Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on June 29, 2007, 11:37:32 AM
Currently in Ethiopia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/journal/entry37.shtml

I'm really looking forward to this, even though I know it'll be more polished than the first.  They've learned their lessons.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on July 23, 2007, 04:58:41 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/journal/entry56.shtml

2200 Miles to go with, as usual, a manic Charley and a depressive Ewan.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on August 06, 2007, 11:30:51 AM
They made it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/journal/entry69.shtml

So we'll get to watch this fall.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: Cassander on August 07, 2007, 01:26:12 AM
outstanding!  still haven't read the first book.  any chance charley and ewan were able to stamp out the last stages of apartheid while in South Africa?  or possibly contract aids in the Inner Congo? 
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on August 07, 2007, 04:19:30 AM
More like they just ran out of pavement and had spent too much time together at the halfway mark so Ewan cried for a bit while Charley became perversely optimistic.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on October 16, 2007, 08:13:12 AM
Finally announced!  We start the trip on October 28th.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on October 25, 2007, 09:01:06 AM
Nice!

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Hi everyone,

The wait is almost over!

Long Way Down hits our screens this Sunday at 9PM on BBC2.

If you can't wait till then click on the Members Video section on our website to check out a new exciting promo of the 6 part series. This is just a sneak preview of Ewan and Charley's new adventure so make sure you tune in on Sunday night.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on October 29, 2007, 09:49:53 PM
Episode one!  Amazing stuff... So I want to do this. 

They start out saying Long Way Round was too much so they want to do a shorter, easier trip.  But for those of us who have been reading the blog, we know that a shitstorm is coming their way.

"We're going to Africa and he crashes at Shepherd's Bush!"
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on October 29, 2007, 10:16:22 PM
Haha... And a complaint/review.

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Old Cylons = awesome.


New cylons = written to be absolutely retarded. Hai guyz, we have a super seckret spy onboard disguised as one of you, so why don't we just have an unarmed clone of her follow our invading cylon boarding party for no good reason besides to show you that we have super seckret spies onboard disguised as one of you!
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on November 28, 2007, 09:32:27 PM
So...I don't get it.  Ewan and Charley are acting like typical white tourists who have never left the UK.  There's all this wide-eyed ooh and aah stuff.  Guys, we all watched you kill yourselves driving around the world.  What gives?  They're treating Africa like it's a little romp to just wind down.  They're also fighting like bitches because half of the trip is them putting in dawn to dusk riding days trying to make their mark.  Partially because Ewan's wife is joining them for a week right after the halfway mark, so they're operating on a clock and not really exploring.  Half of the show is them chewing up miles and hating it and the other half is ooh, look at the elephants and hugging each other.

I think one thing lacking is that there's nothing to prove.  The cool thing about Long Way Round was that everyone said they were crazy and they were always about to give up.  This time, everything's handed to them and they're not really doubting the outcome.  Five episodes in and we finally get a hairy spot with a minor river crossing.  But it's nothing like the shit in Mongolia and along the Road of Bones.  It's just a muddy stream that bogs down the cars. 

That's the other thing -- the support team is with them about 90% of the time.  This is because, supposedly, Africa is dangerous.  Except, for the parts that are dangerous, they have an armed escort.  The rest of the time is just them going through towns and staying on the tourist trail.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2007, 07:23:21 AM
So after this strange, uneventful, detached, rushed trip, the final episode is Ewan meeting his weepy French wife who joins them for the third leg of the trip in the final episode, and it's really terrible.  This great male bonding experience is suddenly Ewan and his wife with Charley and the entire team sort of bringing up the rear.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down)
Post by: nacho on December 06, 2007, 02:09:45 PM
Among the damning reviews of LWD, I ran across this comment (responding to people sticking up for Eve's inclusion) and it sort of summed up my feelings. 

Really, LWD suffered from Charley and Ewan fighting all the time -- complete with them separating in the last episode so Eve could motor on the easy roads. 

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I'm sorry to piss on all you Eve fags, but if you had just spent the last two years looking forward to a big cycle trip with a friend and finally managed to get all the pieces in place only to have that friend drop on you that they want to take their wife along two months before this years-in-the-making trip, you'd be pretty cross too. Especially as Ewan pushed for more and more time with his wife, a novice with no interest in cross country cycling beyond being with Ewan on "his trip". Hell, Ewan seemed to have a raging hardon for shoving as much of his family as he could into this one. And those 'cute' little side trips of his to unrelated places like the Moto Guzzi factory or every fucking Unicef pity-generator across the globe don't help the series either.
Oh, you're a celeb with a cause du-jour? Fantastic, but could we please see more of the fucking country you're supposed to be traveling through... and cut that "JUST LIKE SCOTLAND" shit please, it got old after the first episode of the last series.

Honestly, at this point if there ever was a 3rd "Long Way Wherever", I'd enjoy it more if it was simply Charlie and Claudio. Maybe then it would be a travelogue of offroad fucking cycling and not six hours of Ewan's family, safe tarmac with the French killjoy, and wasted film where Obiwan belittles the town/city/country he's in by showing no knowledge or interest in where the hell he is or what he's looking at.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar
Post by: nacho on January 07, 2008, 09:26:13 PM
So Long Way Down was a serious disappointment... I've gone back to the spiritual sequel to Long Way Round -- Charley Boorman's 2006 Race to Dakar.

Boorman, severely bitten by the travel bug after Long Way Round, decided to do the Dakar Rally and keep a video diary.  Same format as the Long Way shows, really.

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

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

It's really amazing.  Kind of what Long Way Down should have been.  No weeping wife ruining the trip, no suddenly gay and arrogant Ewan McGregor, no constant arguments. 
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2008, 08:02:02 AM
Nice, get rid of whiny Ewan:

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With Charley gearing up for his new adventure, he has sent out an open invite to anyone with a motorbike to ride with him on a short leg of his new trip. Charley's new adventure, By Any Means, will take him from Wicklow in Ireland all the way down to Sydney, Australia. Unlike Long Way Down and Long Way Round, this time he will be using a huge mix of transport to get himself across three continents, pitting himself and the machines against a variety of tough and beautiful environments. We couldn't persuade him to leave out his bikes entirely so he'll be cruising through England on a custom made British motorbike.

At 8.30am on Tuesday 15th of April, Charley will be joined by an open convoy of motorcyclists, at junction 10 on the M40, and lead them to the Ace Café in London. Once there Charley will be ditching 2 wheels and boarding a Routemaster bus to get his four month expedition underway - so why not be there to wave him off? If you have a bike and are interested in joining this incredible biking experience, just be at the south-bound junction 10 of the M40 at 8.30am, on the 15th.

See you there!

Race to Dakar was fun.  I think Boorman's the real talent on shows like this... So looking forward to By Any Means.  Not just another road trip, but getting him off the bikes!
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post by: nacho on September 16, 2008, 07:03:46 AM
By Any Means is finally airing.  Downloading the first two episodes now... Can't wait to get it in me.

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

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After Long Way Round and Long Way Down, Boorman and producer Russ Malkin conceived By Any Means in late 2007. Travelling across 24 countries, Boorman will use modes of transport native to the area he is in. The crew will comprise only Boorman, Malkin and a cameraman, Paul "Mungo" Mungeam.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post by: nacho on September 19, 2008, 03:31:58 PM
By Any Means is awesome.  Russ is joining Charley, but not as producer...as sidekick.  So instead of Charley and Ewan it's Charley and Russ and a cameraman (not Claudio). 

I've always liked Russ, because he's not a weepy whiner like Ewan so, when Charley gets crazy, Russ is just like, fuck you.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post by: nacho on September 19, 2008, 03:40:18 PM
Also, Nubbs, Charley has a bike custom built for this one.  Though the idea is for them to take the "traditional" transport in the countries that they visit -- from riding yaks to little weirdo lawnmower engine taxis in Cambodia.  And, without Ewan, they're able to pick an insane and dangerous route through the worst of the third world.  It's cool.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post by: Cassander on September 20, 2008, 10:12:34 PM
i need this! 
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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).
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post by: nacho on October 21, 2009, 09:51:11 AM
That's always nice.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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:

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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

Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means & Mondo Enduro
Post 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...

Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means & Mondo Enduro
Post by: Sirharles on September 01, 2020, 03:22:06 PM
Long Way Up!

Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means & Mondo Enduro
Post 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.
Title: Re: Long Way Round (and Down) & Race to Dakar & By Any Means & Mondo Enduro
Post by: Sirharles on September 02, 2020, 10:39:11 AM
Yes, he got caught boning his Fargo co-star.