“Sydney to London on a moped. I wasn’t sure if it had ever been done before but the more I thought about it the more it sounded like a terrific idea. I was already in Australia, my visa was coming to an end and I already had the bike. I’d bought her off eBay for $1500, an old postman’s delivery hack nick named Dorris. Flat out she could do more than 80km/h and after just a week of ownership it was clear her bottom-end was already about to fall out.
Could I really ride her up to Darwin, through Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and on to England, home? How long would it take? How much would it cost? And how the hell was I going to make it the 4500 kilometres up to Darwin and across to East Timor in the fortnight immigration had just given me to get out? After two days to pack and plan, there was only one way to find out…
Blazing out of Sydney with the throttle wide open and Dorris loudly screaming, we had no clue what hurdles we would have to leap along the way. They would be high and frequent – visas, shipping, foreign tongues and exotic borders – that much was certain, and yet for the all this blind ambition and faith in something foolish, deep down we knew we could make it.
After nine months of failing to make jobs and relationships work in Sydney, this was our time, our one big moment in life to draw a line in the sand and scream fuck you. We will make a stand, succeed in this voyage of discovery and prove to ourselves and to all those who doubt us that we aren’t the absent-minded day-dreamers they think we are.
Was I out of my depth and ill-prepared? Of course I was. For footwear I had Converse, for storage a milk crate, for accommodation a tent, for finances my two good friends Mastercard and Visa. But I’m a firm believer that where there’s a will there’s alway, obsolutely, a way. Besides, we did have the prime minister of Australia’s signature on my helmet. I spotted him in a Sydney bookshop the day before we left and pounced before his security guard could shoot me. ‘Best of luck, Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister’. he wrote upside on the back. We were chuffed, even if I don’t vote Labour.”
Funny video giving you an idea of what a character he is and what a mission it was.