Hi, my name is Steve and I live in a fairly large UK city called Peterborough, not too far from Cambridge. I grew up here until I moved to Wolverhampton in 2004 to go to University where I was awarded an Honours Degree in War Studies. I then returned home and studied part time at the University of Birmingham where I was awarded a Masters Degree in British Second World War Studies in 2009.
I got my first proper bike in the winter of the same year. It was a beautiful red streefightered Suzuki bandit that I called Delilah and I soon developed a passion for motorcycling. It started with short rides to nowhere in particular and proceeded to a few overnight trips. After University and working in a boring government office job I realised I wanted to travel but I was too old and fat for backpacking so I decided to do it on a motorbike.
It was at this time that I became aware of Horizons Unlimited, a fabulous resource for motorcycle travellers. I went to one of their famous annual meets at Ripley and was completely inspired by the speakers and their tales of adventure. I had decided to travel across the US but my plans soon changed to something more unique and ‘adventurous’. The plan was now to ride round the world (RTW) or at least from Peterborough across Europe, Russia, Mongolia and Siberia to Magadan. Not a particularly grand plan by some elite moto-adventure standards, but for me, this would remain an ambitious and monumental adventure. Moreover it would take more time, more preparation and more resources. Conversely, the resources would go much further in these financially poorer regions than it would in the USA.
As a result, I sold the Bandit and bought something much more dirt friendly but still with the emphasis on overland adventure touring. I decided to buy the myself a 2008 BMW F800GS that I named ‘Hitch’. Now begins the task of modifying and adventurising it in preparation for an extended overland motorcycle ‘trip’. This is somewhat of a late reward for five long hard years of study as well as a chance to figure out what to do next with my life.
People often ask why I want to travel to such remote and obscure places and why I want to do it alone on a motorcycle? On my motorbike I am intimately connected with my surroundings. I really experience the places I am travelling through. I see a wider range of sights uninhibited by cage of a car. I am engulfed in a wide range of aroma wafting through my helmet. I sense every fluctuation of temperature on my skin and every subtle change of road surface through my hands and feet. The independence and freedom of the open road is something to marvel and the vulnerability of solo motorcycling makes me less threatening and more approachable. And the intriguing nature of this unique mode of transportation allows me to meet interesting people along the way. This is what solo overland adventure riding is all about.
The purposes of this site is to share with you my experiences on the road and the people I meet along the way. It is also a travel log for myself to reminisce in the dark days of old age. Traveling by motorcycle is a unique and special thing, peculiar to some, and understood by few. My goal is to bring snapshots of my travels to you through my words, photos and video. I hope you will join me on my adventure and experience it with me.