The Friday Review: Long Way Round

Some of you may or may not have seen this DVD, released in 2004. For wannabe travellers and travel enthusiasts  it’s a must see.

The idea for the show is Ewan Mcgregor and Charley Boorman travelling around the world from London to New York using their motorbikes. All in all they travelled 18,887 miles (30,396 km) visiting twelve contries , They started in April 2004 and ended their journey in July of the same year.Ewan and Charley on their bikes.

I had a great time watching the programme, you feel as though you are with them on the journey and it will give you the want to go travelling for sure!

The show also gives great insight into the different issues you come across when travelling, whilst filming Charley and Claudio von Planta (The cameraman who rode alongside Charley and Ewan) were both subject to thieves, which is a huge problem, it just goes to show even if your famous with cameras around you, you can still be targeted.

The 3 men had tons of trouble when crossing the swollen rivers in some of the remotest parts of Siberia and Mongolia and when they came to the Road of Bones they found a severe lack of bridges causing them to have some heart clenching moments whilst getting over the swift moving water on the huge trucks of some fellow travellers.

They used the trip to bring attention to the charity UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), during their trip they took time out to visit some of their work including an orphanage for children affected by the Chernobyl Disaster.

The men had training before they left too help them if they came into contact with any hostile environments and they also took first aid training (but brought a doctor along with them anyway). The whole journey they were trailed by their producers in off road vehicles along with an extra cameraman and the doctor.

Seeing as the trio sustained quite a few injuries along the way I’m sure they were very glad they had doctor help on the trip, For example Ewan somehow managed to get petrol sprayed into his eyes on two separate occasions causing him extreme pain.

The show ended well however, they made it to NYC with all body parts attached!

After the first show there have been a few follow ups including: Long Way Down (Scotland to Cape Town, again with the motorbikes), Race to Dakar where Charley participated in the Dakar Rally and he has also done solo trips as another TV series named By Any Means.

If you’ve never travelled to Europe before this is a great way to learn a little about it and maybe even get those wheels turning for your next holiday.

If you’d like to buy the DVD/Books then check it out over on Amazon where you can buy it for quite a cheap price.

If you’d like to find out more about UNICEF and the work they are doing all over the globe take a look at these websites.

http://www.unicefusa.org/ (US Website)

http://www.unicef.org.uk/ (UK Website)

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6 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve seen a couple of their journey on TV (forgot if it was on Discovery or NatGeo) but it looks like a very interesting journey they took and I’m so with you that it is more than just two guys riding their big bikes. The cultures and adventures are amazing 😀

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  2. This is the best series! They overcome so many obstacles, and have such an adventure!

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  3. I love that show! I wish I had the courage to do a similar trip!!

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