On the starting line were 65 others, there to ride in convoy to Paris. All were stickered with the U.K. Modern Slavery Helpline number and had their fingernails painted fluorescent yellow in honor of Unseen UK’s “Let’s Nail It” campaign. That day was a brilliant start to achieving our goal of raising awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking, one kilometer at a time.
A few days later, the convoy departed and we continued south. Before planning the trip, we had never ridden a motorcycle, had no idea how a scooter worked, or how to repair one—completely clueless. But we ventured south anyway. It was to be a baptism by fire.
Cut to a couple of months later, it’s New Year’s Eve, and we’re broken down in the middle of the Sahara with something mangled hanging off the sidecar’s wheel. With no idea how to fix it, and the sun setting, we’d given up for the day just as a local guy pulled up. He, along with the local police, arranged for a recovery truck that deposited us in the town of Hurghada on the coast of the Red Sea. Although completely knackered, we managed to stay up to watch the fireworks before crashing in a dodgy hotel. The following day, New Year’s Day, was spent learning what a wheel bearing was.
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THE YOUNGEST TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD? JACK GROVES
In the age of electronics, hyper-communications, and convenience, it’s untrue that the world’s youth have lost the taste for adventure. There will always be an element within the human spirit that demands and grows from new life experiences—an instinct as old as Mankind. And you don’t have to look far to find it.
Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar
Motocross boots have evolved considerably over the last 20 years, but that hasn’t been the case in the ADV segment, and we often have to sacrifice proper protection for dry feet. Meet the new Alpinestars Tech 7 Drystar enduro boot. We’ve been waiting for a boot like this for quite some time and, to this day, it still boggles my mind that it took so long.
SLIDING FOR ADVENTURE
For the last 25 years I’ve been riding off road on everything from a 450cc lightweight to a heavily laden 1200cc adventure motorcycle. Although I was usually able to handle anything through rough terrain at slower speeds, I struggled at higher speeds on loose surfaces. And the biggest pucker moments occurred while approaching tight turns on gravel roads at high speed—barely navigating them safely.
National Cycle VStream Sport Windscreen for Honda Africa Twin
There are many ways to improve motorcycle rider comfort, covering everything from bar risers to footpegs. Having done almost all of them, I decided to switch out my stock windscreen to see if it made a difference, especially on long trips.
TIN CAN TO TIN CUP A LONG OVERDUE TRIP
Long before the modern U.S. highway system was built, with rest stops, 24-hour fuel, and every imaginable packaged food choice on hand, there were the “Tin Can Tourists,” the original American motorized overlanders. As early as the 1900s, these wanderers faced many of the same challenges we live with today. But life was far simpler for the Tin Can Tourist traveling dusty, rutted tracks in meagerly powered vehicles, camping off roadsides in canvas tents, and eating cans of beans over Sterno stoves. Fifteen months ago, we sold our house to join this rambling lifestyle.
R&R for an RN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
A mid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, I needed to find the quiet serenity that comes on two wheels. As a nurse educator in a trauma-based tertiary hospital, I’m deep in the trenches, responsible for disseminating information and implementing health regulations to frontline workers. Inundated with fear from global news, increasing numbers of the infected, lack of resources, and a palpable universal panic as the world began to shut down, I needed to be away from it all for a while.
RAM Tough-Charge X-Grip Waterproof Wireless Charging Motorcycle Mount
RAM Mounts were first introduced in 1995, and over the last 25 years their ball and socket system has become the most ubiquitous way to mount devices wherever you need them. Recently they increased functionality to include Qi wireless charging with the Tough-Charge line of mounts.
HOW TO SURVIVE an Adventure Ride
I’m no expert endurance rider or a professional fitness instructor, but what I can do is ride my motorcycle continuously for five long days and feel physically content at the end of the trip. Okay, maybe after the celebratory beers, I might not feel as good on the morning of the sixth day, but at least my muscles will be relaxed. So, what can you do to prepare for an upcoming off-road adventure to stay strong, enjoy the ride and be able to dismount at the end of the day without calling friends over to pry you off your bike? Here are a few tips from personal experiences that will help you succeed.
Touratech Aventuro Traveller Carbon Helmet
Touratech has a long history of taking great helmets and adding their own features to make them stand apart. Their newest offering, the Aventuro Traveller Carbon, is no different. It’s built upon the Nexx X.Vilijord, a helmet not sold in North America but one that sits at the pinnacle of the Portuguese brand’s line-up. The Aventuro Traveller becomes its own with a full carbon shell, signature Touratech look, and easy accommodation for just about any communication system available.
2Up and Overloaded
Chicago to Panama
Apocalyptic Scenarios and Inner Worlds
A Conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel
FIGHT TO DEATH WITH ESCOBAR'S COCAINE HIPPOS!
Drug king’s escaped pets have bred and are now threatening Colombia’s swamps
Caribbean Coral Reefs in Danger of Extinction
“Te world's coral reefs, one of the ocean's most beautiful marine habitats, is in danger of extinction because of dramatic increases in coral diseases caused by climate change and warmer waters”.
hungry hungry hippos
IN 1981, NOTORIOUS drug lord Pablo Escobar imported four hippos from Africa to his estate near Medellín, Colombia. After his death in 1993, the herd meandered into the nearby Magdalena River.
SHOWCASING WHAT YOU BUILD & FLY
An Introduction to Bypassing Locks in Situations Where Your Life Could Depend on It
The Minerals Of Pre-Columbian America
Examining the appeal and prevalence of gold and jade story
Allure Of Cartagena
Discover the Caribbean charms of Colombia’s coastal city.
Lorena Sarria is an emerging actress from Colombia whose early experiences performing in multinational films are helping her expand into the American movie and television industry.
El mundo en 5 sabores
Sonoma, rutas culinarias. Manila, delicias agrias. Bayona, el arte de hacer chocolate. Papas fritas alrededor del mundo. Colombia, el poder del café.