Neil’s Big Adventure

10th April 2015

Neil is about to embark on an adventure to Morocco and has written a few words about his plans and the inspiration for his trip:

“Ted Simon published “Jupiter’s Travels” in 1979, telling the story of his four year journey across 45 countries, travelling 64,000 miles on his Triumph motorcycle. At the time he never imagined that  he would be the inspiration for hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals to undertake their own amazing journeys.

I was enthralled by Ted’s book and for many years have been curious about what it would be like to go on an extended journey overland by motorcycle.  Well now I am about to find out!  On Monday 13th I fly to Malaga where I will collect my motorcycle, which has been transported by the efficient and personable Chris Hathaway of

The bike is a 10 year old Yamaha XT660 – I have dubbed him Rocinante, Rocky for short, after Don Quixote’s horse who, like the Don, is awkward, past his prime, and engaged in a task beyond his capacities!

NWB Bike - after

From Malaga I head to Algeciras and embark on a ferry to Morocco – a country which was described to me as “the closest faraway place”.  I will tour for the best part of a month.  My journey will take me from the snow-capped mountains of the High Atlas to the sand dunes of the vast Sahara desert, travelling through the palmeries of the Draa valley and visiting an array of souks and medieval kasbahs.  If technology allows, I will be posting some blogs and photos from the trip.

My trip is nowhere near as challenging as Ted Simon’s (his book can be found here) so if all goes well I hope to be able to go a little further next time.

Rest assured that, while I am away, normal service will be maintained by my wonderful colleagues.  Clearly they will miss me terribly, but have no doubt that they will bear my absence with their usual Fortitude.”