hello’…well with a little time on my hands, as Lisa’s been ill so can’t travel, I thought I start a thread. We were introduced to this forum only recently when we were helping Nick Sanders with web stuff re Parallel Worlds. Nick great on a bike, not so much with forums:D
Anywho…It had been a long time coming. For years we’d laughed off our throwaway comments of chucking everything in and riding off into the wild blue yonder to explore exotic lands. But how could we do that? How could I just walk away from a telecom company I’d built from scratch? How could Lisa throw away the great sacrifices she had made to earn a computing degree as a mature student and say goodbye to her new career as an IT analyst?
We were just starting to earn good cash, but were plagued by the nagging sense that there was more to life. Every so often, after a bad day at work, we would open a bottle of wine (or 3;))and explore this travel fantasy. We’d allow ourselves to consider the idea. Hell, why not? We’re capable, self reliant, determined. Surely we could… Then the real world would flood in: what about work, the mortgage, pensions, career paths, insurance, blah, blah, bloody blah. More important, how could we afford it?
Over the years, the topic raised its head with noteworthy frequency. Finally it became clear that this was more than just an idea. We gave ourselves a month, 30 days, to seriously think about it before making a final decision. D-day arrived on a cold, wet Monday morning, midsummer in the UK. After a few deep breaths, we agreed. We’d sell everything and make our dream a reality. There is a side note to that. Lisa cheats…yep. We’d aggreed to both give our yes/no answers at the same time to make sure one wasn’t infulencing the other. “OK, so after 3, ready”? “one, two, three…YES”!!! I yell, grinning, hands in ther air like I’m doing the mexican wave. Lisa’s silent, not a murmur, her expressionless face quashing my schoolboy excitement. Oh ****??? It took her all of 30 seconds (which is a bloody long time) to finally crack a monster grin, say ‘yes’ and start making fun of me. Yeah, yeah, apparently my face was priceless.
…and so after selling everything, and yes we mean everything, we named my R1100GS Tinkerbelle (it’s a Julia Roberts thing) and Lisa’s F650 GS…Tarzan (it’s apparently a good looking, naked, muscled man thing) addorned them with lots of adventurest style goodies and set off a full year before Ewan & Charley left for the ‘long way round’.
Well, here we are 5-years later (currently in Mexico), still on the raod and on the same journey…broke, slightly mad and grinning like we’ve been dipped in chocolate and thrown to the lesbians.
I’ll post a few photos but here’s a video clip made by the ‘Beeb’ back in 2006.
cheers for now.
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