Planning the Route
I had now got the inspiration and the team for the big trip, all I need now was a destination!
I had agreed with Jen that I would be away no longer than three months and so a round the world trip was way out of reach. I considered heading off for a particular destination but I have never been keen on re-tracing my steps and certainly couldn't afford to have myself and bike shipped back from a distant land. I decided I would try to work out a circular route.
I began by considering what I wanted to achieve. It was important to cover as many miles as possible, after all this was about adventure motorcycling, putting myself and machine through a daily routine of endurance (The inspiration was still coming from Mondo Enduro and now Austin and the Boys were at it again with Terra Circa, another round the world adventure) I also wanted to experience extremes, in terrain and temperature. I hit on the idea of Heading as far north as we could and then turning to head south. This would see us north as far as the Arctic and then hopefully head south as far as a Desert. Artic Camel was born.
We would ride from the most southerly point in Norway to the most Northerly taking us well into the Arctic Circle, we would then cross over into Russia and start heading south until we reach the Black Sea and then into Turkey and on through Syria, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco and then cross over into Southern Spain and head home via Spain and France. It was now Christmas 2003 and we had our provisional route planned, preparation was ongoing.
Posted by Dan Buckland at 11:26 AM
Inspiration for Adventure
Sometime in 2002 I was flicking through the cable TV channels when I happen to pause on the Men and Motors channel, I had landed in the middle of a program featuring a group of unlikely lads preparing their Suzuki DR350's for a world trip, within minutes I was hooked, I would wait with bated breath for the next installment of this epic adventure, Mondo Enduro.
Every week I'd watched as their adventure would unfold on the screen, the urge for me to do something a bit more adventurous than the odd wet weekend in Derbyshire now grew stronger. As the final episode of Mondo Enduro came to an end I turned to my wife Jen and said that I felt the need to do something similar. Jen was one step ahead knowing me all too well, she had seen this moment coming for weeks. I can't say her face lit up with glee but Jen's not one to stand in the way of adventure even if it wasn't going to be one of hers.
With the green light from Jen I wasted no time in recruiting my own team of 'wannabe adventurers' and first on my list was best pal Martin, ex-college friend Andy, ex-colleague Adam and Kayaking buddy Herman. At this particular time only myself and Adam held a full motorcycle license and so there was plenty of work to be done. It was now early 2003 and a date of June 2005 was fixed, this would coincide with my 40th Birthday.
Posted by Dan Buckland at 09:11 AM