Final Prep

Posted by Patrick in Dublin
04 May 2012

 

After 2 and a bit years of talking over the phone and e-mailing, myself and Frosty finally got to sit down and tool around with the bikes. We had a new set of Renthal Highbend Dakar handlebars to fit to his bike and we had to route/wire the heated grips to fit them. I had done the same job some months ago on my bike and decided at that point that I didn't want to machine a hole in them, they were bought for their durability so it seemed counter productive to drill them. A huge amount of gear had also arrived in the studio a few weeks before from Touratech so we were both fairly keen to open, smell,…

One week out

Posted by Patrick in DUBLIN
02 Jun 2012

pmul and frosty, having a sing
 

"the night's busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere..."

It's been 887 days since myself and Kieran first spoke about the trip. A trip that's been imagined by many but enacted by quite few. Being honest I never really thought I'd be here. I never really thought it was actually going to happen and I was ok with that. It peppered the dull days in Dublin and gave me an excuse to sit out in the shed, work on my bike and all the while dream of the barren Mongolian steppe. But now here I am, 7 days out from the start, far more terrified than I would have ever imagined and utterly delighted with this great adventure that lies in-front of us. I'm done talking…

At long last…

Posted by Kieran in MONTREAL
13 Jun 2012

 

On the road at last.

After a long flight we touched down in Toronto and headed for the customs department to clear the bikes. The warehouse was not open until the follow day so at least we could get the paper work in order. Customs was really easy with both of up looking at one another and saying "was that it". Into Toronto to look for accommodation and my god the heat was cruel. We got the bus into town from the airport and after wandering around looking for accommodation we found a hostel. It was far from nice but a bed is a bed. We were both pretty tired at this stage and got some…

Humble Beginnings

Posted by Patrick in ELGIN
17 Jun 2012

on a whim and a prayer
 

Right, first post from the road, sorry it has taken so long...

It feels like I should produce something of worth here, stories of great hardship or fortune but alas, the trip is young and the territory civilized so instead I'll embellish liberally. Almost a week in and we`re beginning to get all our ducks in a row, we had a list of items we had to pickup over here and with the purchase of a laptop yesterday afternoon we`re finally able to give the blog a good deal of attention, apologies for the scarcity of posts during the first week, just to confirm we are both alive and well.

The first week has flown by, Kieran has already gone over the first…

In the rear with the gear.

Posted by Kieran in Alexander
18 Jun 2012

 

Sunday 17th June,
Here we go again, first things first, I don't know who is riding who at this stage. That scene from Dumb & Dumber rings to mind when they ride into Aspen and when they get off the bike they are frozen together, that is something similar to how my ass feels. I think I can also speak for Paddy as he is in a pretty bad way as well. 500 miles today and for the last 200 I think I was numb form the waist down. My god it was rough. We will have to harden up and quick, as a friend once said "put some cement in your weetbix and harden the f**k up". Moving swiftly along we are held…

Badlands

Posted by Patrick in ALBERTA
20 Jun 2012

broken down
 

A biker we bumped into along the way asked me to keep something in mind when writing this blog. He told me that 'nobody cares how I FEEL'...

Having spent the last four days traveling 3,200km through somewhat unremarkable terrain I'm going to disregard that and tell you all just how I feel. Ha. We left Elgin, Illinois early on Sunday morning, one week in and we were beginning to find a rhythm, the miles were seeming shorter and the bikes far more familiar. We passed through Illinois and Minnesota without much ado, huge highways lined by pine trees and what I can only assume was the entire population of deer lying crooked and dead by the side of the road. We had been given warnings of deer by a number of harley drivers, all seemingly…

Rockie Mountain High

Posted by Kieran in Mc Bride
23 Jun 2012

 

Tuesday 19th June.

We landed into the town of Brooks just 175km outside of Calgary. The day was spent battling through storm after storm. It was like entering into an abyss and hoping to come out the far side in one piece.One town in particular called Medicine hat was crazy, thunder lightening and pouring rain. Passing an eighteen wheeler in this is scary stuff, hold on and pray. Paddy's bike was booked in Blackfoot motorcycles to get the front fork seals fixed on Wednesday morning and we would easily be able to kick that into touch in the morning and be there for 11am.The motel was…

Bump in the night

Posted by Patrick in FAIRBANKS
29 Jun 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip Alaska Siberia Mongolia BMW F650GS
 

Hoi hoi, still both alive and well. Finally made it up North to Alaska after another few long days in the saddle across the northern part of British Columbia and the Yukon. Enjoying a day off getting new tires put on the bikes before taking on the Dalton Highway tomorrow into the Arctic Circle and on to Deadhorse/ Prudhoe bay. Anyway, picking up where Kieran left off we rode out of Lake Lousie heading north with no real plan - we thought we would see what Jasper was like and maybe stay there, we had time and no place to be. The drive through the Rockies was spectacular and we were delighted to…

Dawson City and the Dalton Highway

Posted by Kieran in WHITEHORSE
03 Jul 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip Alaska Siberia Mongolia BMW F650GS
 

Dawson City.
Right it has been a good few days since our last blog and lots of stories to tell. On the way to Alaska in a small town called Bell 2, I picked up a book called the 'Saga of the sour toe". It was about a guy called Captain Dick Stevenson who in the summer of 1973 found a human toe pickled in a jar out in the woods about 100 miles from Dawson City. He had just bought the cabin and I suppose he was having a look around and found this pickled toe in a jar. Later that summer he came up with the idea of the sour toe cocktail where the toe is dropped into a shot of Yukon Jack whiskey…

Big Push to Vancouver

Posted by Kieran in Vancouver
09 Jul 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip Alaska Siberia Mongolia BMW F650GS
 

Man we really did not give ourselves enough time in Canada, we just did not realise how big the place is. After the Dalton Highway and collapasing into bed after one of the toughest days I have ever had on a bike we arrived back in fairbanks at close to midnight. One thing about getting to Deadhorse, you then have to go all the way back again. The road was much easier as it was dry. I think the road could be rated the same as a river. Grade 3 if dry and a solid 5+ if it is wet. We stayed at the university on the way back and got out of the flee bitten motel we were in before hand. Dan our new found…

It’s hard to name these

Posted by Patrick in SEOUL
13 Jul 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip image BMW F650GS
 

Right, continent number two, we've both landed safe and sound in Seoul and by doing so have gone against the one piece of advice that was noted in every source we looked at during the research: don't ever leave without your bikes.

It really is common sense but as it transpired it was easier said than done. So, as I sit on the floor in some strange and splendid Korean home my bike sits across the pacific in a warehouse monitored by a pervert. Ok, he may not be a pervert, but he did look like one so I'm taking the liberty of joining the dots. Despite our fairly loose plan in Vancouver regarding crating and accommodation we had confirmed a space on Tuesday for our bikes to fly. This meant they would arrive in Seoul with us on Wednesday afternoon with ample time to clear them from customs (2 working days) un-crate, assemble…

From Russia With Love

Posted by Kieran in Ulan-Ude
25 Jul 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip Siberia BMW F650GS
 

Right here goes, first of all it has been a while since the last post due to lack of Internet and wifi and we have been pushing hard for the last 6 days or so. We arrived into Vladivostik on the boat from Korea and on the boat we met Andrew and Frank from Ausrriala who are on a bike trip to istambul and then Andrew is traveling to Amesterdam. They offered great advice on the customs clearance in Russia and also advised of a fixer called Uri who could help with clearance. We also met a Japanese biker called Akira Yokota who we have christened the "Dominator" as he rides a Honda Dominator 650. He…

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