I’m an avid stud-yer of all things motorcycle traveling. Horizons Unlimited website is dedicated to motorcycle traveling and it will give you all the information you need. I learned along time ago that if you want to learn how to do something, find those who are the best at it. Horizons Unlimited is second none. If your thinking of doing riding like I do, then you have to start on their website.
That being said I also stumbled upon Overland magazine and they were holding an event in Oxford, England. It wasn’t planned to go to the event but the timing of rugby in Wales and my motorcycle trip, it happened to fall on the same weekend Rugby was ending.
I left Cardiff with a weird feeling. How am I going to top the absolute fun and madness I just left. Or do I need to?
I’m going to be back on my own. Back to trying to navigate the world and the people in it. When you wander and don’t have much of a reason to be anywhere, you have to create a reason. Or at least people expect you to have a reason. How come your by yourself? Is a common question. I like being a part of a group it always helps with assimilating to your environment. But I think I’m enjoying the challenge of traveling alone too!
It didn’t take me long to get to Oxford as I took the M-4 along with some back roads.
I showed up and road through Oxford university. It was beautiful day and the campus was incredible.
It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest university in continuous operation.
I continued on to the camp site, on a private farm (Hills End) where Overland magazine was holding its event and showed up to a place where everyone was camping and there was every adventure bike possible. I felt right at home as I pulled up, as everyone who is there is like me, a little crazy :)!
There were presentations from some of the first known riders to ride around the world. Like Ted Simon!
For most you who may not have heard of him, Ted Simon in late 1973, sponsored by The Sunday Times, began travelling around the world on a 500 cc Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle. For four years he travelled over 64,000 miles (103,000 km) through 45 countries. He’s gone on to write many books and has a website Jupiters Travelers for those who are passionate about moto travel like me.
Then there is this gentleman ….Sjaak Lucassen who decided he wanted to go into the extreme and do a polar Ice ride on his R1! it’s considered a sport bike more then an adventure bike. Certainly 12 steps ahead of the crazy I am. Not sure I’d ever consider doing something like that.
There was also this guy dylan Samarawickrama. Say that twice fast!!!! Click on his name and you find his documentary. An amazing story of someone who never gave up!
Who, when the roads were no longer, decided to create a boat using his motorcycle as the power to move it.
Ian Coates Hailing from Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, England, in 1999 left on a four month trip on his 1991 Honda Africa Twin motorcycle. 240,000 miles and 14 years later, 70 year old Ian finally returned home. He visited almost every country in the world, travelling solo on his motorcycle with no GPS. Ian Coates is absolutely hilarious! If you get a chance, listen to him on adventure rider radio.
The younger gentleman standing next to him is Joao. I met him and hung out with him most of the time. A fun loving guy, we both shared the passion for riding. As a matter of fact i’m not sure he’s stopped since the event. You can find him here at Joao around the world.
There was also Spencer Conway who is currently traveling in South America. A vibrant and adventurous guy. Who doesn’t seem to want to stop! He has an amazing story through Africa as well. Click on his name and check out his site.
There were many more stories of people traveling, and many like me, curious to know more. Its inspiring and motivates me to keep exploring our beautiful world. You never know whats around the corner. Of course I had many more pictures of the event, but do not have them anymore.
I stayed for one night at the vent and decided i wouldn’t leave England yet. I wanted to visit one more place as my cousins told me its great spot.
So I’m headed to Bath, England. You guessed it a place to Bath :). It sounds like just what I need!!!