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london capetown youngest ever?

yo all welcome to my second thread, am planning this trip and had loads of questions but this site is so awesome i just havent needed to ask any. im currently planning on my own as i have no one to ride with and this got me thinking, what is the youngest person to do a solo, unsupported bike trip from the uk to capetown. im 24, and plan to leave next year, anyone here know of someone under 25 whos done it?

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I don't know off the top of my head, but I can almost guarantee the youngest is younger than 25. But who knows, I could be wrong. I guess going solo at a young age isn't as common.
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im 24, and plan to leave next year, anyone here know of someone under 25 whos done it?

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I'm sure there are plenty, including myself - I did it back in '78 on an RD350 across the Sahara when I was 23.
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And my girlfriend sat on the back of my XTZ750 all the way down to Cape Town a few years back and she was 24 at the time
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If age matters ,I met a guy in Dawson City ,Yukon last year who was riding RTW ,he was 19 yrs old .
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I rode lands end to john o'groats (on a bicycle) when i was 15 ;p
well..it was special for me ;p it's special no matter the age, just do it and don't worry about the age.
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thanks for the replies guys. was just throwing it out there really. certainly knocked me down a peg or two, and of course age doesnt matter, im just doing it for the crack, but round the world at 19! thats damn impressive, fair play to that man. At least if i do go solo, its reassuring to know people alot younger than me have done it on their own thanks again all
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It is an interesting observation though. Most people who do big bike trips are 30 and up. Average(mean) age is surely going to be somewhere in the late 30s at the youngest?

I did my first European bike trip when I was 19. Last years trip was to mongolia and back, age 23.


There is an obvious logic that older people have more money to spend through savings or higher salaries. Or maybe that they've lived long enough to realise that money doesn't matter so they're more willing to spend everything they've got traveling. However surely young men (in particular) are meant to be all about seeking thrills and adventure? What's happened to the 'spunk' of the youth of today?
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Sorry mate, you aint the youngest by far !

Still, it's a great adventure all the same ! I'm off there this year too
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I rode lands end to john o'groats (on a bicycle) when i was 15 ;p
well..it was special for me ;p it's special no matter the age, just do it and don't worry about the age.

Yes, that is certainly special, especially for a 15 year old
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I was 24 when I left (25 when I got there!)
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Oh just read the thread properly...I wasn't completely solo, travelled with 2 guys for the middle half after bumping into them in Mauritania. Tried to escape them for ages though (only joking Dan & Ed)!
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did that trip b4 joining the army in 1982 age 17 and would do it again but not on a cb400 wet dream/superdream... Those were the days you could go to somalia. It was a loverly country than and will be again one day.... Still have the cb400 so cant be that bad a bike, bloody cam chain a pain to replace......
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did that trip b4 joining the army in 1982 age 17 and would do it again but not on a cb400 wet dream/superdream... Those were the days you could go to somalia. It was a loverly country than and will be again one day.... Still have the cb400 so cant be that bad a bike, bloody cam chain a pain to replace......
Total respect to you !!

When I was 17, all I thought of was boobies and and a week in Spain.
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Total respect to you !!

When I was 17, all I thought of boobies and and a week in Spain.

STill did it but put some colour into my life....... saw many different colour boooooooooobiiiieeessssssssssss and other bits (also played with them) sorry at my age it still makes me smile... Why do kids these days have no get up and go????... we should have apge just for us over 40s to have a giggle at the crap and fun and the stupid things we did on bikes b4 we all became P.C. ( BRING BACK BSH ISSUE 1).

Will ask only one question and it is :- Do we ever grow up???? my answer is :- why and where has the scaletrics gone????? ;-)
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