Monday 29 August 2016

I set up this blog in 2010 to record my 'round the world' motorcycle trip. In 2010 and 2011 I travelled from Alaska to Panama and then South Africa to Kenya. Mainly on my own but my wife came out for some of it. I also did some volunteering along the way.

That blog evolved into a book - Gone Riding, which is available in Kindle form here

Since returning to the UK I have spent my summers exploring Europe by bike. (Norway and Sweden 2013; Romania 2014; The Balkans 2015; Poland, The Baltic and Finland 2016; Pyrenees and France 2017; Ireland 2018)

My bike has now done 112,000 miles -  68,000 of it with me. We've been to over 60 countries.

I sold my bike in January 2019.

I now no longer post regularly on here, using my Gone Riding Facebook page instead. 

So, please use the links to get a copy of my book and/or take a look at the facebook page. You can, of course, search through this blog to see the 'raw data' of my trip and lots and lots of photos! 

Ride safe and explore. 


Thursday 14 July 2016

Here comes the summer...

In two weeks time I'll be off on my annual bike trip. The map shows where I've been for the last three summers - this year it's the Baltic. Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Kaliningrad (hopefully).

Tracy will fly out to Riga and back from Helsinki. If she's lucky I'll pick her up and take her, otherwise it's a hell of a walk! 

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Out for a ride in the Midlands, late April. Starting to plan my summer trip. - The Baltic this year!

Saturday 20 February 2016

Often people ask me how sales of my book are going. I'm not quite sure what they mean by this (numbers or responses?) but for me it's clear. I didn't write a book to make money or sell huge numbers. I wrote it to encourage others to follow their dreams. 

EVERY time I get a response like the one below I feel proud to have written GONE RIDING

Thanks Sunit.

Posted on on my birthday.

Of all the motorcycle touring adventure ever written... This one is by far the most brilliantly narrated... Much much better than Ted Simon books or the other guys... Entirely from my perspective are my opinions

Thursday 3 December 2015

Thanks 'Jacob.'

 Lovely review of Gone Riding posted on Amazon today...

Excellent book about Dom Giles' gap year.I picked up this book because it's got a nice picture of a adventure bike on the cover but this book is about more than motorcycling.

Dom seems to be having some kind of mid-life crisis,gives up his respectable job and buggers off around the world on a big,heavy motorcycle.,with little or no mechanical apptitude.

Dom writes in a easy style with a gentle sense of humour and although this book isn't a laugh out loud read it did make me smile.He did express that the trip had restored his faith in humanity and his story has encouraged me if not to ride around the World,to take my eleven year old son to Spain on the back of my v strom next year.

Wednesday 11 November 2015


Tom passed away yesterday. He lost his long battle with life and is now at peace.

I'm so glad I met him and rode with him in Africa. He lived a full life, helped those worse off than himself and loved travelling. A bloody good track record in my opinion.

Cheers Tom, ride safe.

Sunday 8 November 2015

Ted Simon Foundation house!

What a worthy cause.

Help Ted Simon and the Foundation buy a house in France to help people write travel literature.


Sunday 4 October 2015

A tribute to Tom

Tom is dying. 

I met Tom in South Africa and we rode together for a few weeks up to Malawi. If you have read my book you’ll know that I’m not always complimentary about the man but deep down I knew he was a kind hearted person and I only wish I’d got to know him better.

We kept in touch sporadically and earlier this year I found out that he was dying. He’s very open about it and now probably only has weeks to live.

I wrote to him recently and he replied saying he’d just read my book (the last book he’s going to read!) and he liked it. That was certainly a relief. 

I think in ‘Gone Riding’ I wrote about his somewhat cavalier attitude to motorcycle riding and how he kept on talking about her was going to die. In his last email to me he wrote the following which really resonated with me and I’d like to leave it here as a sort of tribute to a lovely man.

“I have a different sense of my ritual “today is a good day to die” mantra which I started saying out loud every morning shortly after setting out on my first motorcycle adventure down the west coast of USA a few months after getting my first bike and license eleven years ago when I was 62.
As a boy, I loved being the Indian when playing Cowboys and Indians. I eventually learned a bit about the Iroquois and that particular saying. It wasn’t the cry of a warrior off to battle looking for blood and making light of the threat to his own life as I had thought. Rather, it was what one said whether going into battle or off on any unusually risky adventure. It was an acknowledgement to yourself and the great spirits that today you were starting out aware of being fully alive and traveling on the edge of the precipice. Those days were worth living. Ordinary days (the one’s presumably not good for dying) were spent shuffling along through the routines with relatively low risk to life and limb – the boring day to day of existing. Who would want to die when the blood was meandering rather than pumping hard? Where a Cowboy (and a motorcyclist too) would rather die with his boots on, an Indian would rather die on “a good day”.   

No regrets – well,……. maybe a few. 

Glad I got to ride with you even though we didn’t really get to know each other around the evening campfires. I would have enjoyed that for sure. 

And now it’s over. They tell me I should be dead in a few weeks. As the saying goes, all good things come to an end. And for me, it’s been grand! 

Take care and keep doing it while you still can.”

Tom Richardson

Saturday 26 September 2015

I'm at the Overland Adventure Show at Stratford Race Course this weekend. Book signing, sitting around and chatting with fellow travellers. Great way to spend the weekend.

Friday 28 August 2015

San Marino

Well, I was well enough to get up, get on the bike and ride 170 miles to San Marino. Then collapse in my hotel room for an hour before going to see the world's fifth smallest country.

It was worth it. I suppose I wasn't expecting much, after all as it's such a small country what could it offer but essentially San Marino is a medieval hilltop settlement situated at759 m. It has commanding views.

Looking east towards Rimini and the Adriatic

At the top is the Citta do San Marino, the walled city now full of tourists, restaurants and shops. Bizarrely ( at least I think it's rather bizarre) lots of the shops seemed to be selling guns and knives and medieval swords. Rather odd.

But essentially,  it's a beautiful place, which also happens to be a country.

I found these 19th century drawings in the castle prison. 

So that was San Marino.

The world's oldest Republic (301 AD) 
The world's oldest surviving sovereign state
5th smallest country

I'm still not feeling well enough to be overly enthusiastic about anything at the moment. Sorry. 

I've got 375 miles to do tomorrow to get to Germany and then 350 miles the day after to Belgium. Then on Monday I get the ferry to the UK and will go and see my friend Justin in Brighton. ( If you've read 'Gone Riding', Justin is the guy I mention at the beginning who bought me a copy of Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels - starting me off on this whole motorcycle travel palaver)

In the next few days I'll post some final thoughts and facts and figures. But thanks for reading my blo.