Where did you head to after Israel?
From Haifa, I caught a boat to Greece and carried on across the final leg of my adventure through Europe which I know so well.
What is your favourite country or moment?
Crossing the Andes was great. I crossed it five times during this trip, and it wasn’t just a linear route where we just travelled in a straight line.
Patagonia is just wonderful. When you go down the Magellan Strait you enter a historical theatre. Every round-the-world traveller would have used the Magellan Strait in their own adventures, creating and naming these countries. It’s a privilege to be a part of that historical procession of world travellers that go to places that have already been found.
El Salvador was also great. It used to be quite a dangerous country, but it didn’t affect me.
Every time I travel to faraway places, it always feels the same. The fields, the fences, the roads. But, as soon as you switch off the engine and listen to the sounds, it’s like being in an alternate reality. It’s not the same at all.
The trip overall highlighted riding the Ténéré 700. You’re riding and suddenly you’re in a desert get that wow feeling. I think every motorcyclist gets this of course because we’re nature lovers! We like looking at the scenery, stopping and smelling the flowers. That’s why we ride our bikes. We are geographical travellers and I’ve not met a motorcyclist who doesn’t like looking around.
Did you have any dramas or sticky situations during your trip?
I consider myself almost a boring traveller because I’ve reached a point where, after eight times around the world and one million kilometres, I’ve gotten better at it. So, I can sense and smell difficult situations that might come up and do my best to avoid them. Nothing dramatic happens to me because I avoid it!
Things do crop up though. I didn’t know how to handle a bike in the sand, for example, but I learnt how to tip the bike over and wiggle it free to carry on! For a lot of people, this would have been a problem but when you’re on your own, you just deal with it.
How did you find the Ténéré 700?
It’s a Yamaha. I changed the oil once!
In the old days, you had to check the spark plugs, clean out the sump, check the points, and at the time, that was part of the fabric of the story. Half the journey was keeping the bike going. But it’s not like that now.
Yamaha is the leading range of machinery that you can rely on. I’ve been on Yamahas for 20 years, so I know what I’m talking about!
Yamahas don’t break down, and I can testify to that because, on my trips, they haven’t broken down. What this allows you to do is focus on the job at hand so I know the bike is going to get through the day and start up in the morning. What a bike! What a precision tool that lets me time travel all across the world!
Having completed the last leg of his trip, Nick finally made it back home in May 2022. He travelled over 34,000 miles on board his Ténéré 700, across five continents and through countless countries. He weathered the storm of Covid and managed to complete his mission.