He’s off once more: Belfast biker heads for Oz four decades after his first attempt – Geoff Hill

They say that as you become old, you get wiser – however nobody’s instructed Chris Donaldson.

He left Belfast in 1979 on the age of 21 to trip to Australia on a very inappropriate Moto Guzzi Le Mans, and though he by no means fairly bought there, the good ebook he wrote on the journey, Going the Wrong Way, is a finest-vendor with over 300 5-star evaluations on Amazon.

And now, four decades after he first set out, Chris plans to complete the job at 63, and on the identical bike.

“When I left Belfast, my original plan was to ride to Australia, but I never made it, ending up in Argentina nearly two years later,” he stated.

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“I rode throughout the Sahara, then via Africa to Cape Town, the place I hitched a trip on a yacht race again to Europe. I then went to the USA and rode from Canada south via Central America and South America to Buenos Aires.

“I’ve determined to lastly full the journey this year, 40 years after my return from South America, and take the identical Moto Guzzi to Australia.

Christmas Day - In Ecuador. Note the voodoo doll
Christmas Day – In Ecuador. Note the voodoo doll

“I’ll be touring with an outdated pal, Liam Lavery, and we’ll make the journey in phases, as we each have wives, kids and jobs. If all goes effectively, we’ll proceed to America and full the spherical-the-world journey.

“Liam shall be using a brand new Moto Guzzi V85, and it is going to be fascinating to see how the brand new bike compares with my 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans.

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“Otherwise we’ll be completely unsupported in our journey internationally.

“We’ll journey down Europe to the Middle East, earlier than heading east to Dubai. From there, we’ll cross Iran, Pakistan and India earlier than making our method to the Far East and Australia.

Nicaragua - Just after the revolution
Nicaragua – Just after the revolution

“Along with the standard political and geographical challenges, we’ll have Covid-19 in opposition to us.

“Under the banner of Adventure earlier than Dementia, we’ll be working with the British Heart basis to lift money and well being consciousness, particularly amongst the bike neighborhood, of whom many are reaching advancing years and have to look after their well being.

“We additionally need to remind the older technology that we must always not cease our adventures simply because we’re reaching retirement. Mental well being is a large drawback, particularly for males as they provide up work and different pursuits.

Ouch - The owners of this VW Combi who Chris met in the desert feared that this was its last stand
Ouch – The house owners of this VW Combi who Chris met within the desert feared that this was its final stand

“We will even work with numerous native charities who’re giving assist in their communities which might be being ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chris has labored within the household furnishings business, property growth, well being and health, and cellular apps in Dubai for eight years.

Great - Chris Donaldson's mad adventure is a cracking read
Great – Chris Donaldson’s mad journey is a cracking learn

Liam Lavery has run residential houses and day care centres, and has in depth expertise with the aged.

Chris’ web site is, and as I stated, his ebook is on Amazon and a cracking learn. It’s £13.99 in paperback, or £3.99 on Kindle.

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