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« on: May 14, 2007, 11:23:45 am »
Most hate them, others worship them; I'm indifferent:

Ewan and Charley left Scotland yesterday. Going via Eastern Africa route aiming to do it in 3 months.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/
http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=17738
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007, 11:30:57 am »
Great stuff, looking forward to keeping up to date on their progress.

Those two GS's certainly look better prepped for this trip. At least they've learned to pack light.  :?

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2007, 01:18:10 pm »
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*snip*At least they've learned to pack light.  :?

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Dit kan jy weer s√?¬™ !

As jy kyk die twak wat hulle laaskeer saamgery het,  is dit 'n wonder dat net die subframes gekraak het ...


Sorry for the international dudes - I'll translate:

That you can weather say !

If you look the tobacco that they last time ridden with had, is it a wonder that just the sandwich frames cracked had.


There...
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2007, 02:26:46 pm »
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Quote from: "Hermanator"
*snip*At least they've learned to pack light.  :?

Lawrence


Dit kan jy weer s√?¬™ !

As jy kyk die twak wat hulle laaskeer saamgery het,  is dit 'n wonder dat net die subframes gekraak het ...


Sorry for the international dudes - I'll translate:

That you can weather again !

If you look the tobacco that they last time ridden with had, is it a wonder that just the sandwich frames cracked had.


There...


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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2007, 02:37:29 pm »
Wonder if Charley is moaning and cursing allready ?
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2007, 05:09:00 pm »
Ek dink dit sal cool wees, al dink ek hulle is spoiled bikers  :D


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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2007, 07:10:25 pm »
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Wonder if Charley is moaning and cursing allready ?


He is a better off-road rider than Ewan.  Let's see what they are going to do in the sand.  Kazakstan is going to look like a highway.
 

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2007, 07:48:32 pm »
Ek laaik Charley Cooper meer
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2007, 08:35:35 pm »
I did see Claudio there as well - he's my favourite.

Having said that, I still cannot believe that Ewan didn't sock Charlie when he squirted some petrol into his eyes. TWICE !

I would have socked him hard...
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2007, 08:50:37 pm »
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I did see Claudio there as well - he's my favourite.

Having said that, I still cannot believe that Ewan didn't sock Charlie when he squirted some petrol into his eyes. TWICE !

I would have socked him hard...


Probably wanted to, just couldn't see where to place the 'sock'... :D  :D
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2007, 10:19:09 am »
McGregor saddles up for 15,000 miles of motorbike marathon

The Scotsman 14 May 2007 RAYMOND HAINEY FILM superstar Ewan McGregor set off yesterday on his latest motorbike adventure under a veil of secrecy.  

McGregor, 36, best known for his role in Star Wars, and friend Charley Boorman, 40, son of movie director John, set off from Scotland's most northerly point, John O'Groats, early on Saturday morning on a 15,000 marathon bike trip to Africa.

The pair - who three years ago travelled 20,000 miles across Europe to America on another televised trip - decided they wanted to keep the start of their latest trek as low-key as possible.

Only a few trusted friends and family were told the exact time they would be heading off.

Ewan's father, Jim, and fighter pilot brother Colin, who is based at RAF Leuchars, were there to see the pair set off on their three-month trip, which will be filmed for a BBC series.

One John O'Groats local said: "We had heard Ewan and Charley were leaving from here but nobody was sure when.

"The whole thing almost got off to a false start after Charley had problems with his bike and they were delayed for an hour.

"Ewan's dad and his brother were there to give them a big send-off and Ewan and Charley looked really up for it."

McGregor's mother Carol last night maintained the low-key approach to her superstar son's latest adventure, to be televised as The Long Way Down.

She said: "I just don't want to say anything about it at all."

The journey will see father-of-three McGregor and Boorman bike down through Europe and into Africa, ending at the continent's most southerly point, Cape Town in South Africa.

Trainspotting star McGregor's wife, Eve, is expected to join the pair later this month for part of the bike ride.

Like their first trip, they will use their journey to publicise the work of UNICEF, visiting several of the organisation's projects along the route.

The duo will travel through as many as 20 countries including France, Italy, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. They expect to arrive at their destination sometime in August.

But it is when they reach African danger-spots such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda that they expect to encounter the most problems.

The pair have decided not to use hi-tech satellite navigation systems but rely on old-fashioned maps instead.

Motoring giant BMW supplied the two R1200GS Adventures bikes the pair are using for the journey.

A BMW spokesman said: "The bikes are totally standard - we've fitted some crash bars and some luggage holders but other than that, they're the same as you would see in the shops."

He added: "The boys have had the bikes for two weeks to get used to them."

Three years ago, McGregor and Boorman travelled 20,000 miles across the globe on their first bike journey, filmed as The Long Way Round, driving through eastern Europe, Mongolia, Siberia and Alaska, before eventually arriving in New York.

At one point, the pair were held by gun-toting militiamen as they crossed into the Ukraine. The border guards failed to recognise them and refused to let the pair go until they produced relevant documents.
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2007, 10:25:14 am »
I wish them well  8)
hope they make it safe and sound thru the Africa hot-spots
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2007, 10:25:31 am »
A nice link to follow their progress and posts:

www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/
 

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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2007, 05:50:26 pm »
I, like Bojangels, wish them well.  I admire the fact that someone who could just be a spoilt star like so many of them are is out there doing stuff, evenif he is whingy and whiny.....

Go Ewan and go Charley.  I hope that maybe, if the forum can wangle it, we get them to hold a talk in Joburg, Durbs and Cape Town for Wild Doggers and friends?????????????????????

Yes, maybe, please, perhaps - I am sure with some work we can do this !!!!!!!!!!????????????
 

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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2007, 09:55:57 pm »
Yes, they could have gone to some luxury resort, but they chose to do a trip down Africa, and also do some work for/with Unicef.
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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2007, 07:36:48 am »
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I, like Bojangels, wish them well.  I admire the fact that someone who could just be a spoilt star like so many of them are is out there doing stuff, evenif he is whingy and whiny.....

Go Ewan and go Charley.  I hope that maybe, if the forum can wangle it, we get them to hold a talk in Joburg, Durbs and Cape Town for Wild Doggers and friends?????????????????????

Yes, maybe, please, perhaps - I am sure with some work we can do this !!!!!!!!!!????????????


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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2007, 06:27:20 pm »
These oukes are cashing in big time. Check out the sponsors.

http://www.longwaydown.com/
 

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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2007, 07:58:39 am »
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These oukes are cashing in big time. Check out the sponsors.

http://www.longwaydown.com/


Good - the charities that are getting the bucks deserve it and do good work.
 

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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2007, 09:48:39 am »
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McGregor saddles up for 15,000 miles of motorbike marathon

The journey will see father-of-three McGregor and Boorman bike down through Europe and into Africa,
ending at the continent's most southerly point, Cape Town in South Africa.


 :shock:

I assume that Gulp suffers from morbus computicus copypastus and copied and pasted without verifying contents.

This is punishable by copying & pasting the following at least 100 times:

Cape Town is not Africas Southernmost town.
L'Agulhas is Africas Southernmost town.
The Cape of Good Hope is not Africas Southernmost point.
Cape Agulhas is Africas Southernmost point.

Authors and editors of the copied article of course also qualify for the same punishment.  :cheers:

Will the two actually go to L'Agulhas or realize on arrival at the wooden sign at the Cape of Good Hope that they went the wrong way down :roll:

Or will they finish on the cordoned off car park of the Table Bay :scratch:
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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2007, 09:51:27 am »
What I'd like to know is whether they know to avoid the N1 South between Pta and Jhb between 6 an 9 in the morning  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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