I have done four adventure trips to date, Australia in 2008, UK in 2015, Portugal in 2016 and Morocco in 2017. With the exception of Australia each has got a little more adventurous. Bearing that in mind Australia was an organised affair, despite travelling alone the company I used booked everything for me, so in effect that was an easy thing to do.
2015 saw the first adventure trip on my own, organised by me. It was little more than a shake down to test my bike, camping equipment and self. I did take some tech but had not considered a blog or site at that time.
In 2016 I got braver and again travelling alone rode to Portugal for an event. Then onto Oliana to compete in a navigation event, however it all went very wrong and was described in my blog. A blog that won me second place in a new overland travellers competition. You can read that blog from this link, click here
In 2017 I went to another continent. The big plan was to ride my bike in the Sahara. What eventually happened should have made me quit, but…..
2018’s trip was hastilly thrown together and executed, but saw me tested to my limits again.
The first bike used for any kind of adventure riding was this rather damp looking Honda Dominator NX650. I used it for the UK ride which lasted 10 days and saw me ride to Bath, up through Wales to The Lake district and then across to The Peak District and to a Horizons Unlimited meeting at Haggs Bank before riding south to return to work. I had owned the bike for just a few months and she was so good for that kind of journey.
This picture was taken whilst doing some training rides on Salisbury Plain with my friend Mark. We were training for The V.I.N.C.E in Spain. I made several modifications after that weekend and turned her into a very capable long distance bike. If anyone was ever looking for a bike to hop on and ride the world I would recommend the 18 year old Dommie. After 2016’s trip I started to plan the ride to North Africa. I lavished the Dommie with new wheels, tyres, bearings, exhaust, and numerous goodies. However there was a niggling doubt about her weight, moreover my ability to dig her out of the sand alone. This niggle pestered me to the point that I purchased a new bike. It was a very sad day that the Dommie was loaded into the buyers van and taken away.
The replacement was the Honda XR400. This is how she arrived into my care from Peter the previous owner. A great guy who has several other bikes and I am sure will miss the buzzy little beast. This picture does not reflect the current look of DJ (her name).