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Luke Phillips


Nicaragua completed ✅ The locals aren’t the friendliest and the place is fairly touristy, but had the best time here. Met some awesome people and made some great memories. Finally made it to Sunday funday, released some new born turtles and rode around a volcano. 🌋🐢Now onto the next country 🇬🇧🇳🇮#anidiotabroad Zipping round a volcanic island on this beaut all week. 🌋 Not a bad way to run down the rest of my visa. Back on the road again and living the dream. An awesome week spent in El Salvador, before blazing it across Honduras to Nicaragua. Didn’t originally plan on going to El Salvador, but the riots, road blocks, violence and border closures in Honduras meant I had to detour south. It turned out to be such a beautiful country with stunning beaches and incredible sunsets and sunrises. An underrated gem in the middle of Central America 🇸🇻 Spent the last two weeks living and working on a sail boat. Fixing it up and learning how to sail in the process ⛵️ not your normal 9-5 but feels good to do some graft again and have a break from the outside world. For now though, separating with @lllyun_gatt again. Met 2 1/2 years ago in Vietnam, then just had an extended 5 week reunion. Safe travels bro it’s been a pleasure, hopefully I’ll see you again a lot sooner this time. #captainphillips #2dollarshirt #gopro ‘The mind is it’s own place, and in itself can make a heaven of  hell, and a hell of heaven’ (John Milton) - Reflecting on a bad last few days here before I press on regardless, back into the void. Just need to keep faith & this too shall pass, the only thing you can ever count on is that nothing stays the same for long. 📸 Two more cool Black & White photos taken by @vago_mx in Baja California Sur, Mexico. November, 2017. 🇬🇧🇬🇧 Unbelievable views on the descent back down from the summit today. 🇬🇹🌋 #gopro

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24 Year old motorcycle enthusiast, currently trying to travel the world on a budget.

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To Mongolia…


The Rally and its Roots

norwich mongolia

The Route 

Back in December, a close friend of mine mentioned Ewan Mcgreggor’s The Long Way Round. An incredible road trip where Ewan and his mate Charlie thrust the BMW GS range into legendary status, riding from London all the way through to the eastern tip of Russia. Being a keen motorcyclist I was instantly drawn in and it didn’t take long for this pipe dream to become a reality in the form of the Mongol Rally. Suggested by that same friend, it is an 8000 mile road trip taking you from London to Mongolia and then to Ulan Ude, all while supporting a charity of your choice. Due to time restraints we were unable to do the official start date, but nonetheless we quickly created a team and planned our own rally. The team consists of myself, riding my trusted Honda CB500x, then Josh, Luke, Will, Matt & Edd all driving an old VW Polo and an even older Nissan Micra. Our chosen charity is called MIND, a mental health charity that supports over 390,000 people across England and Wales.

Norwich to Mongolia

Again, due to time restraints we have an extremely ambitious time limit of just 39 days. The more research I do, the more i realise that this is borderline impossible. However, life’s too short not to try, especially when its in aid of a great charity.

The Journey begins in less than 2 weeks now, with a departure date of the 8th June (Depending on how a last minute Mongolian visa application goes) for myself and 11th June for the cars. I made the decision to leave early as clearly on a bike I am unable (and unwilling) to do shifts and spread out the ride distance. Therefore a few more days and a lot more pain will be needed to complete the journey.

Right now, we are all in the last stages of preparation. The two cars have been purchased and subsequently fixed, while my CB500x has undergone a bit of DIY from myself and some willing helpers. A german made Motorrad-Planet Sump guard has been fitted, along with a centre stand and a make-shift pannier rack made out of wood. I’m not expecting much of it to last the journey, but I’ll figure something more long term out en route. It is a budget trip after all and i wasn’t willing to spend the ridiculous £210 on a proper pannier rack.

Honda CB500x

CB500x with fitted H&B Engine Guards, bash plate and currently unsecured wooden pannier raisers. (Yes, surprisingly they actually work quite well)

If you want to follow our journey I’ll be posting on here as often as possible with updates along the way. If you check out the Gear section of this blog, I’ll also post ride reviews of kit that I’m using on this trip (It’s not all as bodged as the wooden pannier rack). You can also donate to our cause here. (100% of proceeds go to MIND)

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