On July 30 Umberto Marinello (do you remember Mongolia in Vespa?) will leave for a trip that will take place between Malaysia and Vietnam (under a lot of rain…).
The trip is also a humanitarian project: it aims to raise funds for cambodian children affected by AIDS. Thanks to Dino Pozzato the project has already collected
10.50010500 15000 euros so far.
With a minimum offer of 15 euros you can get the official Did I Miss Saigon t-shirt on the travel blog www.dims.com.my.
The proceeds will be entirely donated to New Hope for Cambogian Children.
During last week-end, as much as 27 riders found death. Definitely too many deaths: numbers like this make you wonder if you’ll be the next one.
Before conceiving possible solutions that are plainly wrong (see this particulary dumb one), we need to understand HOW the riders die on the roads and WHY motorcycle accidents do happen. As far as I know, detailed statistics are not available. The only reliable source of information, police reports, is too often incomplete as is often lacking details allowing comprehension of accidents dynamics. Also, seems that nation-wide statistics about motorcycle accidents are not available as of today.
Solutions proposed before understanding WHERE is the problem are undoubtly pointless - bad roads? edgy guard rails? Blind car drivers? While these solutions do not spot the problem they are also potentially dangerous as they do lead to think that the problem at stake has been addressed correctly and “better protection for the rider” has been obtained – that’s not true! As a matter of fact, mandatory protective dresses for motorcycle drivers and passengers can lower the injuries in case of accident, which *is* different from preventing the accident itself!
Few days ago Dennis Hopper left for his last travel, below the original route followed during the shooting of Easy Rider
Taken from Easy Rider route
“Africa, Vita e Gioia” (Africa, Life and Joy) is the last project of Georges Dal Santo to circumnaviagate Africa, “the intent is to see children smile” says the Georges.
Georges usually travels alone, but for this long and dangerous expedition (about 40,000 km), he’d like to put together a group of 3 or 4 riders and a support van.
He’d also like to include a charity mission for his travel.
Georges is looking for team mates with at least 100 days available (and eager for adventure) as well as a charity organization that wants to entrust a mission to George’s team.
The departure is scheduled for November (back in February), the route is not yet finalized, but the intent is to minimize the number of border crossings and make the most of the available time.
Ivan Pisarenko is a young lawyer who, once graduated in Argentina in 2005, decided to try the adventure of the trans-americas, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The Americas are less dangerous that Africa and the borders are less difficult to cross than Asia, and the travel should have last 9 months.
Meanwhile a lot of things happened and, after 5 years, Ivan is still hitting the roads.
In Mexico he bumped into robbers but he had no money, once told the story and where he was coming from, they let him go but not without buying him a drink.
In Colombia he stumbled upon local police searching for marxists and drug dealers, he convinced police just because of the hundred of stickers that apparenlty were holding the bike together. Police was sure that no one would use such kind of multi-color bike for drugs dealing.
In Equador he drove into a SUV, he spent 6 month recovering from a broken hips and several months trying to fix the bike.
When he came back to Argentina, the custom police inpounded his motorcycle, apparently there’s a law the forbid to spend more than 180 days abroad for an Argentinian bike. Thanks to the press and the followers of his website, the motorcycle was returned to Ivan.
Likey Ivan has not the organization behind Long Way Down and is not travelling for “charity” but his determination is really admirable.
Gourav is an Indian filmmaker and Rinding Solo is his film, travel reportage from tra Mombay and Changthang Plateau, near China’s border. The film trailer is quite long and makes me feel like jumping on my bike and leave.
This travel hasn’t expensive gears, 4×4 following the biker, extreme and fully equipped motorbikes or any charity mission: just Gourav and his 350 cc motorbike (with a drum brake…)
Here is the website Dirty Tracks Production to buy the DVD.
In this BBC show we find Ewan trying to cross a jungle. We don’t have any motorbike here, just some useful hint on how to camp in the middle of a forest.
Beside this, every time I see Ewan McGregor I can keep from thinking to Long Way and leave, destination doesn’t matter.
Watch Ewan McGregor on Babelgum Trips Money Can’t Buy a Road Less Travelled.