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Go Pro is finally fixed so I have all my photos and videos back! Here's a screenshot of the ride through the Russian Altai. Easily one of the best roads in the world. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ #gopro Finally had time to (almost) catch up on my blog posts. A new informative post about the Caspian Sea crossing and a post covering my journey across Kazakhstan๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ and Mongolia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณhas been uploaded. Follow the link in my bio. [photo๐Ÿ“ท: @lookerthroughthelens] #ThisCantbetheroad #Caspiansea #Honda #revit While my bikes in transit across the Pacific I thought I'd pop home to grab my degree ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘€ delighted to be graduating with a high 2:1 in History from the University of East Anglia. ๐Ÿ“š It was lovely to see the parents for the day too. #sunsinoureyes #UEA #graduation #freshofftheplane Absolutely exhausted but made it to the Pacific coast! ๐ŸŒŠ Fresh out of the desert, slammed 2500 miles in 4 days. Crossing Siberia and East Asia, I'm now just 40 miles from North Korea๐Ÿ‘€. It's been pretty grim with constant rain, riding through the night (+ having to sleep against the bike in a layby). However the landscape has been undeniably beautiful (photo is back in Kazakhstan because my camera is now dead) and the very few Russians I have came across, have been some of the nicest people in the world. Going well out of their way to help me. Generosity which I genuinely will remember forever. 
Saying a temporary goodbye to the bike as it's crated up ready to be shipped across the Pacific ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ For now though I'm gonna have a day off finally and try to regain some body weight. But more importantly I'll pack up my life so I can go meet Herbert as he lands in the new world in 6 weeks time, where we can continue the adventure. (At a much slower pace) ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿšข๐ŸŒŽ. [Photo๐Ÿ“ท: @williamvickerss]

#11000miles Finally defeated the Gobi Desert and made it to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ8500 miles completed through the worst roads and hideous conditions. ๐ŸŒ…Despite all the warnings from locals and anyone who has ever rode a motorbike, I completed the Journey on small road tyres and paid the price. I've came off the bike more times than I can count, but somehow no broken bones and more importantly, the bike is still pretty much intact. It's been an absolute hero this whole trip and It's reliability has definitely saved my life in the desert.
So here's a photo of me and Herbert (my bike๐Ÿ) having a little time out in the middle of Mongolia, shortly after one of many sand related crashes. Thank you to everyone who's donated so far, it means the world to all of us and will help the charity so much. There's still time to donate at www.gofundme.com/norwich2mongolia [Photo๐Ÿ“ท: @williamvickerss] #roundtheworld #motorcycle #norwich2mongolia #mongolia #honda Stormy Russian sky. Shame I was photobombed by the lightning โšก๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐ŸŒฉโ›ˆ[photo๐Ÿ“ท: @dexter94]  #gopro #norwich2mongolia #motorcycle #altai #revit #schuberth

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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

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. While official Journeys end will be Ulan Ude, I've made arrangements to store my bike there for 6 weeks while I return home and tie up some loose ends, packing up my life ready for 12-18 months on the road. Therefore this journey acts as a sort of rally stage to my world trip, covering 1/5 of the distance in 1/14 of the time.

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

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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