We were all sitting around the other day after getting all fat and happy on some very excellent turkey, and Paul whipped out on a documentary type show with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman called Long Way Round.
The deal is, they hopped on 2 BMW motorcycles, had only another camera man following them, and the decided to ride those bikes all the way around the planet. It’s a great show, and it was surprisingly riveting. I was a little skeptical just simply because anytime you get a huge star involved it has the chance to go so far to the left that I just simply gets ridiculous; fast. This was exactly the opposite though. Ewan and Charley were reduced to normal men on a really long journey that turned out to be insanely hard at times. Traveling by motorcycle through Mongolia; not something I would recommend unless you know how to ride a bike – great googily moogily! They were in the dirt just as much as they were on their wheels.
It must be a genetic amle thing, but we were just talking about doing this too the other night. I would have to…. oh, I don’t know…learn how to ride a bike first, or would it be buy one first? I dunno. But I have never have ridden a bike for more than 2 seconds, so it would take a few classes and some major prep in order to get me comfortable on it. I mean, it can’t be that much different from road ridding or mountain biking right? I have raced and ridden bicycles for about 20 years, so I think I could figure out how to handle it, but I’m not that naive, a motorcycle is a lot different than even the nicest mountain bike.
It’s a intriguing idea, and it would most certainly be fun. So if you want to get sucked in to this show too, see if you can find the re-runs, get the DVD, and don’t forget to donate to Unicef.