February 2015 and my company were exhibiting at an international gift fair in Frankfurt. An English guy strolled into our booth and we get chatting and hit it off immediately. After 10 or so minutes Paul asked me how old I am. 49 I replied. What are you doing for your 50th he asked ? I don’t know. Maybe go to the pub ? No way mate. You have to do something really special to mark your half century. I’m 50 and went jumping trains in East Africa with 2 mates for a month last year. It was brilliant fun. Think about it. And off he went (without ordering anything the bastard ) Anyway the seed was planted and the decision wasn’t hard to make. I've been an avid follower of the guys from Offroad People both on You Tube and ADV reports. Along with Colebatch and Metal Jockey their ride reports are some of the most inspiring and awesome to be found. Their RR https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/offroadpeople-mongolian-cosmonauts-2013.946704/ blew me away. Especiallly this shot They called this place the Gate of Time. I know that I just had to get there one day. To mark 50 years of orbiting the sun, we were going to ride there.