The Longest Ride around the World on a Motorcycle!

Posted: October 13, 2010 by BlogMaster in Other Stuff
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When it comes to amazing adventures on motorcycles there are a number of names that spring to mind.  Ted Simon started it all with Jupiter Travels, then Ewan and Charlie with their Long Day Round, and Long Way Down.  From New Zealand we had Des Molloy on his Last Hurrah and the many adventures of Jo and Gareth Morgan, but have you heard about Emilio Scotto?

Emilio Scotto began his professional life as a pharmaceutical salesman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  But a long simmering dream to travel the world eventually got the better of him,  In 1985, with $300 in his pocket,  he set out on a c journey around the world that would last a record-setting 10 years.

In this time Emilio traveled 735,000 kilometres.  Used 42,500 litres of fuel, 1,135 litres of oil, 86 tyres, 11 batteries, 9 seats and incurred 15 traffic fines.  We came under gun fire twice, was robbed 5 times and suffered 3 major illnesses.  He was also imprisoned 6 times, visited 279 countries and went through 13 passports.

If he was refused a visa a border or embassy he would just sit, for as many days as it took, at the border until the authorities relented.  He even managed an audience with the Pope and was confirmed as a Muslim so he could get into Saudi Arabia.  He was unlucky to be in Mogadishu when the conflict started and was one of the first motorcyclist to be granted a permit in a number of countries.

He rode through the Amazon jungle along Indian walking tracks, crossed the Sahara, over the top of Tibet, through China, across India and also visited many islands along the way.

And, if all the above was not an amazing story in itself, it was his choice of motorbike that will totally surprise you.  It wasn’t a Triumph or BMW but a Honda, and not a Dominator either but a huge Honda Goldwing weighing over 300 kg.

So, if you are keen on reading an amazing story and an amazing journey then I suggest you grab a copy of his book called The Longest Ride, and the author is Emilio Scotto.


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