Setting off

Bexley, Kent, UK. 23rd April 2014.

Well, here I am writing the first post to my blog, a little under 24 hours before I board the ferry for France. By tomorrow afternoon I should be in Ypres, the first stop on my journey to Russia and beyond.

So who am I? My name is Geoff Keys, I’m 62 years old and am starting a motorcycle journey that will ultimately take me several years and to all seven continents. My plan for the first year is to travel across Europe to Russia, visiting Kazakhstan and Mongolia as I head east to Vladivostock. A short ferry ride will take me to Japan and South Korea and a much longer plane journey will take me, and Doris, my Suzuki DR350SEX, to New Zealand and Australia. No firm plans have been made beyond that. In fact the only firm plan as I write this is a booking on a ferry to France and a hotel in Ypres for Wednesday night. After that everything is uncommitted and unknown, surely the best way to start an adventure.

Why undertake such a journey on a motorcycle? Those of you who know me won’t need an answer to that question – there simply isn’t any other way that I would contemplate. But if you’re a casual passer by it’s worth considering the advantages of a motorbike to the traveller. Briefly, it’s got an engine so no strain on my 62 year old muscles, you’re not isolated from those around you, it has luggage carrying capacity, you’re completely independent of timetables, you’re in the fresh air (yes, and rain) and it’s just simply the most sustained fun a human being can have. You may want to disagree but you’ll struggle to convince me otherwise.

My apologies for not having set up this blog sooner nor making it look pretty, but all that will follow in due course. This short introduction at least gets the ball rolling – more to follow soon.

Me and Doris, eager to get going. Photo by Sam Manicom

Me and Doris, eager to get going. Photo by Sam Manicom