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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by kneeslider, Oct 22, 2008.
Good to hear, thanks for the update.
I enjoyed the previous two "adventures".
I can't recall if it has been mentioned but Charlie did trips on his own titled "By Any Means" and while they were not strictly by motorcycle they had a similar feel since they had many of the same people involved.
I liked them and would recommend them if you can find them.
What about his Canadien tour? I used to follow him on Twitter...
I watched a few episodes... What is it? National Lampoon: Charlie's Vacation? He rides (when he does) without eye protection and randomly stops at attractions...
Both on Netflix
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There are plenty of worse shows on tv. Charlie is getting paid to ride and travel. Sounds like good work if you can get it.
Which if you ever meet the guy and ask him if the whole thing was two mates blag bikes and then get paid to have a jolly... he just grins and winks then changes the subject
First post after years of lurking. I'm not even a biker, although I wish I could be and hopefully will be when my young kids grow up a bit. So for now, I could be called an "aspirational biker".
It was LWR that caught my attention and drew me into the whole beauty of long distance trips by motorbike. Like Mr Dakar on this forum, LWR and LWD became obsessions of mine, to the extent that I have the complete series of both ripped and stored permanently on my computer's hard drive so that I can watch them any time I like, which is normally several times a year. Nothing can lift my mood and morale like watching those pre-trip planning episodes of both series, especially LWR, and I think it was a master stroke by the producers of the show to feature all the trip build-up in such detail.
Naturally, like so many others, I desperately hope for a LWU and regularly search the web for hints of its forthcoming fruition. That said, I don't expect it can happen until Ewan moves back to London, although I could be wrong. I just hope the falling out they had on LWD hasn't killed the chances of LWU ever happening, and certainly there have been crumbs of hope left from some of Charley's comments in recent years. Don't forget, they were talking about LWR for years before they actually got round to doing it.
Anyway, great thread and a great site.
Lurk no more, my friend! welcome to the crazy house..... and love every minute of it!
now that you've watched LWR and LWD 100 times, you need to start watching all the other amazing bike movies of which there are many; V Four Victory, The Road Racers, Cycles South!, Moto1, Moto2, Moto3, Moto4, Dust to Glory, True Champion etc etc etc and On Any Sunday if you havent seen it.... and never admit to not having seen it
(and if you havent seen it, quick watch it here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/79438 )
anyways, im a new dad too but Ive had bikes since forever. I CANNOt wait to get my kids out of tiny dirt bikes! Its going to be awhile but we will get there.
Have you owned bikes in the past? talking the wife into bikes, post babies is pretty tricky.... but a family that rides together.... stays together!!
Holy shit! That's the pot calling the kettle black to the eleventy billionth power!!
I'm big into the planning aspect too. You can have all kinds of fun right now while the kids are little planning and executing day hikes and even overnight camping trips with the kids.
The logistics of taking kids hiking rivals any long distance bike trip. And the skills directly translate to bike trips later on. So go for it. You might even turn one of the kids into a travel companion later on.
@ J Dakar: Yes, I am a fanboy (like you) - I even drove past Ewan's parents house a few years ago when in Scotland for a brief visit (I live in nearby Ireland).
@ eatpasta: Thanks for the list of other biking movies, I will look them up. And no, I have no biking experience and have never so much as ridden a quad bike; I did however cling on to the front of one as its lunatic driver drove me from an isolated ski resort down snow covered hairpin bends in Kyrgyzstan in early 2008, a moment of biting cold and terror rolled into one. I was there visiting my ethnic Russian wife's family.
@ Cafe Racer99: It's really astounding that you should post that, because such thoughts have been knocking around in my head for a while now - and yes, I am a hiker; I usually only hike here in Ireland, but have done it in the Alps and Scotland as well. The Mrs is insisting that she comes too when I finally bring the kids (they're both under 4 years old at the minute so it's a bit too soon), but my theory is she will see I'm sensible enough with them after one or two trips and then she'll be too turned off by the experience to tag along for later trips. The ultimate fantasy though remains to do a long road trip into the east with my son, maybe when he's a teenager.
have you not seen On Any Sunday yet?
Excellent! The whole experience of planning a hiking trip, even a simple day hike changes when you take your kids along. If it's you and a buddy, or just you, I think you take a lot for granted. If you don't bring enough water or food, or you get a blister, you just tend to suck it up and push through.
When it's your kids you will overpack food and water, you'll bring the first aid kit and extra rain gear, etc... Then you will learn to pare down the extra stuff until you strike the right balance. A lot of this translates well to planning for the long-distance, multi-day bike trip.
My experience with hiking and rock climbing with my three kids taught me a lot of great lessons in planning. And yes, now I've done a couple of bike trips with one of my now grown sons.
And for the record, and to get back on thread topic, I enjoyed both the Long Way books and shows. The more motorcycle related stuff out there the better. Hope they hurry up and do another.
@ eatpasta: No, not seen it yet. I've just watched some Dakar stuff and KTM-related videos; I saw a really good one on YouTube where 2 guys rode on KTMs from London to Sydney.
@ CafeRacer: I can very easily foresee the need for planning for many child-related contingencies when my two are old enough to hike. It's a major logistical operation at present just to bring them any further than a few miles in the car.
I like the scenery in the pic - somewhere in western USA? I'm a 2 day drive away from the Alps if I want comparable landscapes. I believe I'm the only person I know to drive to Austria from Ireland on a ski holiday (with the wife, pre babies), so that gave me quite a taste for long road trips - albeit by car. I can only dream for now of how good it would be to do a trip like that by bike and I'm certain there are many others out there who are in the same situation as me. I note that Charley Boorman is offering places on his next African trip for non-bikers, for the first time (they will go on 4x4s).
And yes, let's hope they hurry up and get LWU underway. To me, it would make the Long Way series complete, although I'd like them to do a second LWR, only from New York to London this time, back on the Road of Bones to see what has changed from 10 years ago!
Agree. I'm sick today. (Rare, but it happens) so I'm going through my moto video collection while I rest.
I can watch motorcycles or a bonfire for hours on end and not be bored.
That pic is western Colorado. The beginning of the road up to Engineer Pass, if I recall correctly.