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Africa in 2017 Ride with me… Book now!

Have your own Long Way Down with me August / Sept and have the ride of a lifetime from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and onward into Zimbabwe, Botswana and back into South Africa and Lesotho.  Ride from Johannesburg over into Lesotho and down the infamous Sani Pass, and the Garden Route back to Cape Town – or do the whole lot – Cape Town to Cape Town. This is our regular double trip and its getting better and better! Mica, from the USA was one of about 25 who joined our Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip a while back and with nice helmet cam and digital camera, he’s crafted some pretty cool pieces and also ran a trip blog.You can check out the video here http://youtu.be/p4GTmh91tRE and the blog account here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=725446.  Another couple of riders created youtube bits – here are a few:

John and Val – Photo Montage http://youtu.be/ITJvz8dKh1w

Peter and Mick – clips http://youtu.be/dlcbOdrOoBM and more http://youtu.be/aFBzP2n-Fqc

Hope you like them guys. Thanks for doing them – I think we’ll all remember those trips for a long long time! I’ve just finished the 2015 trip – which was an incredible feast of riding, socialising and discovering – a great bunch of people and a fantastic adventure yet again.

We enjoyed the life on the road and stayed in some awesome lodges – sometimes way out in the desert or on the banks of the Zambezi river and some right in the swamps – surrounded by crocodile, hippo and lion.

The trip starts in August and will cover around 5,000 kilometres and 4 countries,  in about 16 days through Africa’s most amazing countryside.  Across open plains, through dense bush-land, rain forest and barren desert – this is a truly awesome journey, the first leg ending in Victoria Falls – on the Zimbabwe side.

The second leg starts just a few days after and heads South through Zimbabwe, sneaking into Botswana through a tiny little bush border and then back into South Africa’s thriving city, Joburg.  Leaving Johannesburg we cross another border into Lesotho – Known as the ‘Kingdom in the Mountains’ before enjoying the famous Garden Route of South Africa back into Cape Town. The trip uses TriumphBMW bikes – a combination of 1200’s, 800’s or  GS 650’s. Nobbly tyres and Garmin Zumo GPS’s and we’re off.  We will also have room for partners or family who would rather be in one of the support vehicles – or you can just rent one of our 4×4’s and not even ride a bike at all. This means that sometimes family can get ahead of the riders and laze at the pool or explore till the riders get in.

If you want to come – but worry that it’s too hard – it’s certainly not an enduro – it’s sometimes challenging, but well within the reach of most competant riders. Remember, it’s an Adventure Ride – it’s about culture, travel, sights, fun and riding, all wrapped into one!

To find out more – about Africa in 2017, get your name on the list with Compass Expeditions – Contact Jerry jerry@compassexpeditions.com and view the Compass site here www.compassexpeditions.com

IF THE TRIP IS SOLD OUT PLEASE GET YOUR NAME ON THE WAIT LIST – EITHER FOR THIS YEAR OR FOR 2018

Famous and Fearless guys – Watch Channel 4

Hi guys, I’ll be on Channel 4’s ‘Famous and Fearless’ show on the 2nd of January. Will be great fun and good entertainment for all.  We are 8 people from the media competing in all sorts of dodgy scary petrolhead type races!! It’s hosted by Chris Evans and beemed live to Channel 4 TV from Liverpools Arena.   (more…)

Join me and my family in London with UNICEF…

Me and my family are taking part in ‘Step Into The Night’ to raise money for UNICEF’S education work in Rwanda.  UNICEF and its corporate partner Barclays are inviting thousands of people to take part in Step Into The Night:

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Track Charley’s progress in Africa

Charley is currently leading a whole bunch of bikers on an incredible journey from Capetown to Victoria Falls. We’re tracking them as they make their way across Africa. (more…)

Spring is here eh Charley?

Charley talks about Spring and getting the bikes out…

Hi Guys, Charley here with a quick hello and update on life the universe and bikes here in London in May. The weeks are flying passed and at last we’re seeing signs of better weather to come – which for many of us may even be the beginning of our bike season. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, some of you have an all year season, with your heated grips and winter underwear, you’ve been getting out there and doing your stuff through hail rain snow and the gritters. Well fair play to you! I very rarely drive through London and my BMW GS 1200 sits outside the front door ready for action and gets it, most days. I often get surprised looks as people recognise me – in the rain, when I’m parking up. No, there aint no better way to travel around London – a bike is the answer. It’s nice to think that the bike wins on so many fronts – convenience, fuel consumption, fun and even saving the planet!

I’m not long back from a break in Ireland staying with my dad – John Boorman. Our family home was in Wicklow, not too far from Dublin. I’ve got strong memories of riding my Yamaha DT100 around the hills often for hours at a time, only coming home for dinner and a check in. The bike is still there, and my two daughters both ride it when we’re there for holidays. I really like that, the whole thing going full circle. I love the idea that my girls are enjoying the same things that I did – all that time ago.

My wife Ollie has recently done the Simon Pavey Off Road School in Wales. We all went for the Easter weekend to make a little holiday out of it. Staying down in the beautiful Welsh valleys with my girls and being surrounded by bikes – what more can a man ask for! We even went out on an Easter egg hunt through the valleys – yes, on bikes! Ollie had a great time and improved her skills and her off road confidence – so maybe she’ll come with me on the next trip….? 🙂

Ride with Charley to Victoria Falls this summer…

Have your own Long Way Down with Charley this August / Sept and have the ride of a lifetime from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (more…)