Long Way Down by Ewan McGregorEighteen 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 couldnt shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit 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. Joining up with producer/directors Russ Malkin and David Alexanian and the Long Way Round team, their route took them from John OGroats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa.
Riding through spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet. With their trademark humour and honesty they tell their story - the drama, the dangers and the sheer exhilaration of riding together again, through a continent filled with magic and wonder.
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Over the course of four months, between April and July, the pair wound their way east from London, through Europe, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, then travelled the Bering Strait for the final leg of the trip through Alaska, Canada and across America to their final destination, New York City. Along the way, they had enough adventures to last them a lifetime.
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Sign in. Passing by Khartoum, the boys have been riding for a while and see the aftermath of a car crash and pull over to the roadside. One of the drivers explains he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his Leaving the romantic city of Rome they head down the Amalfi Coast as they make their way to the edge of Italy, ready to catch the ferry over to Sicily. After a days rest and new tires on the bikes
In addition to his acting career Charley is a very experienced bike rider having participated in the Paris-Dakar Rally in
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The journey started on 12 May and finished on 4 August They also decided to travel with medic Dai Jones, cameraman and security officer Jim Foster, and various "fixers"—local guides and interpreters. The television series began broadcast on BBC Two on 28 October ,  with clips also shown online. The team travelled from their base in Shepherds Bush, London to John o' Groats at the northern tip of Scotland to begin their journey. The start was nearly delayed after Boorman, frustrated by an official at Gatwick Airport , made an off-the-cuff comment regarding bombs and was detained for questioning. After being released without charge, he took a later flight to Inverness and the journey began as scheduled.
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