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Offline Geelbek

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Long Way Down
« on: November 27, 2007, 02:02:27 pm »
I picked up a copy of Long Way Down yesterday. Written by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman of Long Way Round and Race to Dakar fame.

It is a great read....hope I can do something similar before clocking out one day. 

I read Long Way Round over the Chrstmas break in 2005 and ended up buyingmy GS shortly afterwards.

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007, 02:10:24 pm »
Almost through it - must say I enjoyed LWR more. It seems that in LWD there are gaps in the telling especially towards the end.  I assume it is to serve as a motivation to buy the dvd.
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2007, 03:18:58 pm »
I agree, they sucker me every time. I orered the DVD this morning from Amazon. I find I enjoy watching bikes more than reading about them....
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2007, 04:50:39 pm »
There bit torrents out there for the BBC series currently running on BBC. I think the 1st 4 or 5 episodes are out there already.
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007, 04:52:51 pm »
I must agree I enjoyed Long Way Round more. But it is always nice to read about any trips!
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2013, 09:36:38 pm »
Did a quick search and found some threads, so thought it better to revive an old thread than start a new one...

I just watched both series in 3 days and loved it. I would have loved more on the bikes itself, there is not much technical info in the series but I guess thats okay.
Impressive is how they stay possitive in difficult situations or after a fall. Also awesome friendship they got.
I see there is some negative feedback on the series, but I must say I liked it. I wouldve liked more footage of the last parts theyrode though
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013, 10:47:37 pm »
Still need to read/watch these!
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013, 11:48:34 pm »
There is a lot of guys who are all blah blah negative about them, but The Long Way Down is the reason why I got into long distance touring and inspired my Africa Trip. I loved the series.
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2013, 03:07:03 am »
There is a lot of guys who are all blah blah negative about them, but The Long Way Down is the reason why I got into long distance touring and inspired my Africa Trip. I loved the series.

Yip me too, never saw them all but the ones I saw looked like a few guys having a lot of fun. The folks who rip old Charlie off of course are mostly  seriously hardcore keyboard jockys with pristine, unridden bikes in their garages. ::)
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2013, 04:29:00 am »
Reckon the negative comments is more jealousy than anything else.

These 2 guys did UK - SA , around the globe + had a go at the Dakar.
Here is the good part.
They were given stunning brand new bikes + gear, they got 2 back up vehicles following them, they had BMW's support through it all and they are still making LOADS of money from the footage and books. In fact I think Charlie is still doing a thing on tv with motorbikes traveling all over the globe with a beemer. Is that any biker's wet dream or what.

Any two other guys that can organise that will have my respect also.
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2013, 04:36:08 am »
I watched the entire series of Long Way Round a couple of Sundays ago. I've watched it a couple of times & love it. I've got Long Way Down on DVD. It's currently with my brother in law in CT. Sounds like a good excuse to go & fetch it! ;D
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2013, 05:01:19 am »
I read the Long Way Down and decided to do my own.  http://mzee-jaki.blogspot.com/2009/10/everyone-has-dream.html
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 08:56:13 am »
If I ever had the finance or the opportunity to do that kind of trip, I've let it pass me by, so it's too late now.
That's why for me, the long way down means falling off my pig!
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2013, 08:58:06 am »
I hate both of the frikking videos!!!    It just makes you wanna ride.................and gets you thinking why you are doing a 9-5 job!!

Bloody assholes!!
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2013, 09:00:09 am »
Loved both series, do yourself a favour and get Ted Simon's book as well. Jupiter's Travels, that's another goodie.
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2013, 10:09:38 am »
Loved both series, do yourself a favour and get Ted Simon's book as well. Jupiter's Travels, that's another goodie.

Agreed, makes for a very good read.

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2013, 10:19:00 am »
Loved both series, do yourself a favour and get Ted Simon's book as well. Jupiter's Travels, that's another goodie.

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Read 'Dreaming of Jupiter' first and then read 'Jupiter's Travels' It tells the story better that way. Then to understand Ted Simon, read 'The Gypsy in Me"
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2013, 10:27:43 am »
Channel surfing last night, I came accross "Middle Kingdom Ride" on the Travel channel.
Two guys riding China on GS800 's.
Enjoyed it - but then again I'll watch almost anything bike related :)
 

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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2013, 10:38:07 am »
Tick tock - Waiting for the Boorman and BMW hate brigade ;)
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Re: Long Way Down
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2013, 10:39:47 am »
I picked up a copy of Long Way Down yesterday. Written by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman of Long Way Round and Race to Dakar fame.

It is a great read....hope I can do something similar before clocking out one day. 

I read Long Way Round over the Chrstmas break in 2005 and ended up buyingmy GS shortly afterwards.



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