Chapter 1: Shedding Our Skin

Whats the point in living in the rat race if it doesn’t make you happy? Travel is cheap, internet is fast and we are slowly killing the planet, so there has never been a better time to go exploring.

Once upon a time, many moons ago I was a full-time professional adventurer, storyteller and philanthropist (in the mental health and education space) for almost 10 years - sadly however, money was hard to come by, so I morphed into a full time strategic consultant - I got pretty good at it. 5 years ago, YouTube invited me to start a business to help them grow their footprint in APAC - and I started a company called Totem. An exciting moment in life. It was here I met Amelia - who saw me transition from a fitness psycho who rode motorbikes around the world to an overweight and greying middle aged stress ball working in an office 6 days a week.

Me in XXX 15 years ago

She struck me straight away with her quick wit, the way she challenged me, and of course - the fact that she was stupidly hot. I fell in love and after 2 years together I asked her to marry me. One of her main conditions of getting engaged, was that we go on an adventure together - I didn’t realise this at the time, but her challenge saved me. It was not an easy decision to modify our successful business and run a company from a motorbike, but it has been the best decision of my life. Thanks Amelia! You have made me a very happy man.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can buy time to experience life with people you love.

So now, Amelia and I are going to share a life on the road, before we settle down and pop out some kids. We are super thankful for our friends and family who have supported our decision.

You have to love the shit out of each other if you plan to spend 7 days a week and 24 hours a day together. Particularly if a majority of your waking hours are pressed against your partner while travelling 80 - 180kms an hour; across dirt and tar, through -20c to +50c degrees temperatures; and sleeping inside a crammed tent on a blow-up mattress. The biggest challenge of this trip is not maintaining a healthy bike, but a healthy relationship. We reckon that if we survive this trip, we will have woven a fabric of memories that will last a lifetime, and created an environment for our future kids to be the best version of themselves.

Preparing for a trip like this should take years; but somehow we managed to cram it into a few months. 5 days before leaving we hadn’t even started building our bike. It was getting mega stressful given we had over 100 bits and pieces to attach before hitting the road. Thankfully two of the best in the business, Nick Dole from Teknik Motorsports and Greg Yager from ADV Worx were up for the challenge (after 5 years not touching a single tool I was a pretty shit assistant - but successful in buying food and beer and occasionally screwing and unscrewing things). Amelia, who has now become au fait with adventure bike accessories was there to keep us all in line! 36hours later our commuting KTM1190R morphed into and an Adventure Ready Battlebike (now known as Wolf). Time to get this bad boy on the road!!! (although Amelia has insisted the bike is a girl - which I’m totally fine with).

We aren’t going to stop heading north until we hit the Arctic Circle without an aeroplane, and eventually New York. It's gunna take some time, and some crazy shit is going to happen on the way. Leaving your best friends behind. Saying goodbye to family. Regularity goes out the window. Every day is different.

So heres to our first leg. Bondi to Bali without an aeroplane!