Long Way Down

Long Way Down

An Epic Journey by Motorcycle From Scotland to South Africa

Book - 2007
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Eighteen countries. Five shock absorbers. Two bikers. One amazing adventure... After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. Inspired by their UNICEF visits to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth. And so they set off on their 15,000-mile journey with two new BMWs loaded up for the trip. Their route took them from John O'Groats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa. Along the way they rode some of the toughest terrain in the world -- and met some of the friendliest people. They rode their bikes right up to the pyramids in Egypt and visited Luke Skywalker's house in Tunisia. They met people who had triumphed over terrifying experiences -- former childhood soldiers in Uganda and children living amidst the minefields of Ethiopia. They had a close encounter with a family of gorillas in Rwanda and were nearly trampled by a herd of elephants in Botswana. Riding through spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet. With their trademark humor and honesty they tell their story -- the drama, the dangers and sheer exhilaration of riding together again, through a continent filled with magic and wonder.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781416577454
Branch Call Number: 916.0433 McG 3564
Characteristics: 341 p. [48] p. of plates :,col. ill., maps
Additional Contributors: Boorman, Charley


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Apr 24, 2018

An excellent read. After the success of the Long Way Round, actors Ewan Mcgregor and Charlie Boorman decide to do another motorcycle adventure. This time they go from the northern-most tip of Scotland to the southern-most tip of South Africa. A fun read, it's a must for travel buffs, motorcycle enthusiasts and anyone interested in Africa. Also, as with Long Way Round, there is a companion TV mini-series that goes with this book.

Apr 12, 2017

The book not only records an amazing once in a lifetime trip but also includes a backstory of history behind places visited or people met, from the pyramids in Egypt to a tribe of people who live on a diet of only milk and blood. Ewan and Charley take you along for the ride as they share the highlights (and lowlights) of their trip. As UNICEF representatives they help raise awareness for humanitarian needs and the efforts being made in the world today. Part travelogue, part diary, totally engrossing.

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