October 16, 2004 GMT

Patrick was born in Edmonton, Canada and moved to Australia from Canada in 1987 in search of a walmer climate. He rediscovered motorcycling in Australia as he sold his last m/c in Canada after travelling 350km at -30C in heavy snow.

Patrick and Belinda met in Cairns, Australia, a tropical town next to the Great Barrier Reef while working together in the Real Estate Industry and were married in 2000 and travelled locally with their 1990 Super Tenere they called their freedom machine.

Belinda was born in the Southern Australian city called Adelaide. As a teenager she rode scooters and small enduro bikes, but now leaves the driving to Patrick.

Pats first long distance trip was from Canada to Mexico and return over a 2 month period with a 650 Triumph. In Australia he joined a m/c group that toured the Outback annually on 3 week long trips ranging from 8,000 - 10,000km each. This experience gave him the knowledge he needed to prepare himself and his Super tenere for Patrick and Belindas first big trip.

In 2002, 14 months in Latin America would take them from Mexico down to Terre De Fuego, Argentina , covering 38,000km.

It took Pat nearly a year to talk Belinda into agreeing to this long trip in such a strange land. With the help of a motorcycle travel website: www.horizonsunlimited.com , Belinda could read diaries from similar couples travelling in South America and thus reduce her fear of the unknown.

At the end of this trip, Belinda said that this was the best year of her life and that motorcycle travel was the only way to go. They both enjoy the freedom, the comraderie of other m/c travellers and the approachability the local people felt toward us as they too use m/c as a main source of transport.

Winding our way through mountain roads, through small villages or along the beach we had the feeling of having a "magic carpet" under us and with the wind blowing in our faces, we knew we were on a freedom-adventure trip.

Many times we were invited by the locals to eat and stay in their homes. A number of motorcycle shops refused payment for services done to our Super tenere.

We work as a team in the real estate industry in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia ( LJ Hooker Edge Hill - PH: 0418873760 ) and annually we swap our jobs with Belindas brother, Paul Davis and his wife Jacqueline, thereby travelling every second year for a year at a time.

Having picked up a little Spanish in South America we thought our next trip must include Spain and as many of the Meditteranean countries as we could fit in.

Our second trip (2004) the Super Tenere was shipped from Australia to England by ship and from there we went through France, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and back to Spain to store the m/c for 14 months until the next trip early 2006.

Our next trip 2006 covered all countries considered safe in North Africa and across to Croatia again to visit many Eastern European countries, such as Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey and we stored the bike in Greece.

2008 saw us travelling from Greece, Turkey, Georgia, up to Romania for Dominiks christening, then back through Turkey again to Iran and then to Dubai to store the bike for another year.

2010 we picked up the bike in Dubai, drove to Oman, shipped the bike to Zanzibar and drove south through Africa to Johannesberg, where we stored her for 6 months (winter). We flew to Europe to pick up Miss Adventure III in Romania and drive around Europe til October 2010, then fly back to Africa for 6 months of driving with our children following on a KLR650.

Many people ask us if what we are doing is dangerous and we always tell them that we have never had a bad experience with no robberies, confrontations or break downs. Choosing a dependable motorcycle and making only a few touring modifications and performing preventative maintenance, we have not had as much as a flat tyre. We are now doing our fourth year long trip around the world, with many more to come.

If you need to contact us while we are travelling, sms on our phone is the best way on +61 419309309 sms ONLY as its too expensive for you and us for you to call.

Advice for other people: "dont think about it too long, just do it!!"

Posted by Patrick Peck at October 16, 2004 09:03 PM GMT

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