Good morning to all our readers and followers across the planet. It’s been a while since we updated you on what’s going on in our world, so we better change that. We’ve got new tours, new recce rides, the tour season in South East Asia is underway and perhaps most importantly Anna saved a tortoise!
So, let’s get on with the news
FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR A MASSIVE SUCCESS
Yes, we’ve done it and it was fantastic! At the start of October, the very first of our South Africa tours rolled out of Cape Town and we’re pleased to report that it was a resounding success.
Although Toby, Julian and Laurie had ridden much of the route earlier in the year, with Toby and Anna fine tuning the details on a second trip in August, this was the first full tour with customers. A fearless and select band of riders had stepped up to the plate for the Maiden Voyage and be the first to thoroughly road test the route, the hotels and the amazing sights in the Western Cape. And the smiles on the faces from sunrise to sunset said it all – this one knocks it out of the park.
From watching whales during breakfast in Hermanus, riding alongside elephants in Baviaanskloof or tackling the infamous Road to Hell in Swartberg this was a truly epic tour that we’re immensely proud of. The elite band consisted of three Aussies Alex, Cameron and Yogi who last rode with us in the Himalayas in 2017 who were joined by Kiwis Scott and Deb. All of them took on the amazing 2000 kilometre journey on the awesome BMW R1200GS, just the tool to take on the BIG landscapes in South Africa. Tour leader and Ride Expeditions Head Honcho Toby was on his new toy – a rather lovely KTM 1090 and Anna took the air-conditioned option in the support truck because she’s the boss!
Here’s just a selection of the stunning images from the tour and there will be a new video coming very, very soon
JOIN US FOR THE NEXT DATES
So, if you missed out on the first SA tour then don’t worry – it’s more good news! Because we’ve got three more tours lined up for the early part of 2019 with more planned for the end of the year. Here’s the dates
February 19th – March 3rd 2019
March 12th – March 24th 2019
April 2nd – April 14th 2019
Click here for full details – this one you don’t want to miss.
MONGOLIA IN THE PIPELINE?
So not content to simply be launching brand new and epic tours in South Africa, Ride Expeditions are once again looking to the Far East for the next tours and it looks like Mongolia could be next on the calendar.
This amazing country sits between Russia and China high on the Asian subcontinent and although it covers over a million and a half square kilometres there’s only a tiny three million people there – that’s a lot of free space to explore on motorcycles. We’ll ride the across massive plains, stay with nomadic families, ride horses …
We’ve said too much already – keep an eye on the website and newsletters and we’ll release more details as soon as we have firmed things up.
But if this is something that really butters your parsnips, you could drop us an email to register your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and put MONGOLIA in the subject line. We’re looking at running the first Pioneer tours as early as May 2019 and we need some intrepid riders to join us …
OK so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here, but we are also looking at tours in South America – we’d love to ride there so think you would too.
To research the possibilities, Toby yet again called on his brother Laurie to bite the bullet and set off across the Atlantic and find out. Laurie bravely put up with day after day of incredible riding in the stunning scenery of Colombia’s mountains aboard a trusty Royal Enfield, sometimes having to stop smiling for over a minute just to eat.
With a host of information and photographs from Laurie’s trip to pour over, we’ll be looking at how we can build Colombia into the ride calendar for 2019 and beyond.
HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA
With the winter firmly gripping the UK and the South African adventures done for the moment, the Ride Expeditions team have bounced straight on to start the Cambodian tour season. From his palatial offices above the workshop in Phnom Penh, Toby will be checking through all the arrangements for ‘The Tough One’, the first in the list of our tours in this stunning country. The riders will be taking everything from fast sweeping dirt roads and impossibly tight single trails to tiny bamboo bridges and nadgery climbs deep in the jungle.
There are rumours that Toby might even have invested in new riding kit, but until we see photos, we’re sceptical.
BLOGS, BIKES AND TORTOISE RESCUE
OK so away from the tours, Julian has been busy with his blogs, taking on Indian riding Etiquette, the New Triumph 1200 Scrambler and the BMW G310 GS, not to mention changing chains and sprockets, repacking exhausts and fitting crash bars. Check out the latest blogs right here. He’s even had time to ride the Hard Alpi Extreme Tour in Italy on his Yamaha Tenere and get stuck in the middle of a Mediterranean typhoon in Greece.
But the big news for November, and maybe the year is that during the recent South African Tour, Anna fearlessly stopped a local tortoise from becoming an unattractive pancake on the road. Putting her own safely to one side, our heroine got out of the truck and transferred the hapless chelonian from the road to the verge in an instant. And what did the little fella do to show his gratitude – it peed on her, quickly halting any plans for Anna to adopt him and take him back to a life of luxury and lettuce in Cape Town …
Laters People ….