Press story: Grant and Susan Johnson, "A hog wild ride"
Press story-Grant and Susan Johnson, and their 11 year motorcycle trip around the world
Grant and Susan Johnson found themselves in L'Agulhas, the southernmost town in Africa, during their 11-year motorcycle trip around the world.
A hog - wild ride around the world
Reporter Dana Gee continues her series with the Johnsons, who took an 11-year motorcycle tour
Described by a guide in Libya as "modern Bedouins," the Johnsons' only permanent address was their e-mail.
What few possessions they owned inhabited a storage locker.
"There was a woman at a rally in Denmark who couldn't believe we didn't have a chesterfield or microwave," laughed Grant, 49. "She just looked at us blankly and walked away."
"You stop each other and talk, exchange information."
Susan, who has been married to Grant for 13 years, had never been on a motorbike before but wanted to travel.
As for highlights, they have saddlebags full of them. But, if pressed, they point to Ecuador and Namibia as favourites. On the other side of the scale was Egypt. Apparently, trying to bring a vehicle into the area is as easy as building a pyramid.
During their odyssey, the couple hooked up with those back home via their laptop.
"Back in '87, it was pretty tough to get online," said Susan.
"But now you can go into a small town in South America and there's an Internet cafe. It's unbelievable. You can stay in touch everywhere."
And staying in touch is paramount when it comes to safety. "Oh, yeah, we have a great idea of what's going on in the world," said Grant.
"You need to know what you're getting into and what to avoid. You have to in order to stay safe."
The Internet kept them abreast of world news.
Advisories from the U.S. State Department were also a part of the travellers' information diet, although they took the advice with a grain of salt.
"They're so conservative," said Susan. "If one American is killed somewhere, the area is automatically unsafe. It's funny, though, because Americans are killed in America all the time."
The most reliable source of information came from others who had been there.
"The motorcycling community that is travelling around the world is very small - everyone has heard of everyone else," said Grant.
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