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Watch "Long Way Round" on Current TV, Tuesdays at 9/8c.

Long Way Round

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman met on the set of "The Serpent's Kiss" in 1997 and formed a strong friendship through their mutual passion for motorbikes, the freedom of the open road, and the adrenaline rush of an extreme challenge.

In "Long Way Round," they travel 20,000 miles through 13 countries -- riding from London through Eastern Europe and Russia, then flying to Alaska and continuing through Canada and the U.S. to end in New York City.

From being held at gunpoint in Kazakhstan to witnessing the majestic vistas of Mongolia, this series captures the spirit of friendship and adventure in a completely fresh way.

Watch "Long Way Round" on Current TV, Tuesdays at 9/8c.


 

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They also came out with "Long Way Down". I bought both DVD's when they came out. Great fun to watch."Cafe Racer" is on Discovery HDTV on Wednesday nights now. It looks interesting too.
Lot's of great motorcycle documentaries out there and I try to get all of them. That way, when I get too old to ride, I can sit around saying, I remember when I used to do that.
 

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They also came out with "Long Way Down". I bought both DVD's when they came out. Great fun to watch."Cafe Racer" is on Discovery HDTV on Wednesday nights now. It looks interesting too.
Lot's of great motorcycle documentaries out there and I try to get all of them. That way, when I get too old to ride, I can sit around saying, I remember when I used to do that.
and as you get even older your children / grand children will be able to tell you that you used to that :p
 

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I have the full DVD set for Long Way Round and Long Way Down. Excellent series! Love the Russian Segment from Long Way Round and the Rowanda segment from Long Way Down.

I bought my DVD sets in England and I have a zone-free DVD player at home - so no issues playing North America or Europe DVD's
 

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Thanks cmoreride, guess I'll get the dvd/download...we're too cheap for good cable...it costs us over 100/mo for basic cable and internet light.
The money we save pays for the odd dvd or rental:cheers:
 

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Personally, I haven't seen the video. I researched it a little bit a few weeks ago - when I found out they had a support truck tagging along as well as the film crew, and then water crossings on Russian trucks - that kind of took the wind out of the sails for me. Equates to Major League Baseball stats on Steroids - should they stand in the record books?
 

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Personally, I haven't seen the video. I researched it a little bit a few weeks ago - when I found out they had a support truck tagging along as well as the film crew, and then water crossings on Russian trucks - that kind of took the wind out of the sails for me. Equates to Major Baseball stats on Steroids - should they stand in the record books?
There is a kiwi guy and his wife who have been going around the world for a number of years, gareth and jo morgan. have read a few of their books and they talked about just missing crossing paths with the long way around entourage and said the same thing as you Tex about all the support crews, the Morgans road with other friends with no support or camera crews riding their bmw's.
http://worldbybike.com/worldmap.php
 

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The book was taken very poorly amid russian readers, they say. "Half the book they praise BMW, and the other half they whine and dwell on how terrible the conditions are". (c)
Similar responses all over the ru. net... But I'm thinking to buy the book, see for myself. I don't envision any discoveries though. Kazakhstan and Mongolia are quite the sh*tholes, really. Especially for those not accustomed to their traditional lifestyle. Which is - utter lack of such.
 

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Not done on a bike...but great fun and lots of jealousy to be found reading and seeing the pictures.
An old friend of mine who I have not seen since I lived in Italy when I was 21, Adrian Truscott, and his friends take a beastly adventure.

http://www.beastlyadventure.com/

The more I read the more jealous I am.:clap:
 

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As far as the "Long Way" series, you just have to watch it for entertainments sake. The two riders being actors first pretty much sets the theme for the rest of the show. However, I found myself having to watch the episodes each night after work because I wanted to see the areas they were riding.
I also own a bunch of other DVD's on every kind of motorcycle journey I can find. Those cold, rainy days, my wife and I drag them out and have a cold one, watch some weird documentary on motorcycles, while we dream about having that kind of lifestyle.
"Race to Dakar" is another one that is amazing too.
 

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I borrowed the DVD set, but have had a hard time watching it. It is excessively dry and boooooring so far. My wife and I took an 11,000 mile trip a couple of years ago and our entire trip took a LOT less time and money than just their planning did. We had no support vehicles or crews. We didn't have new BMW's. Just a poorly maintained 12 year old Bandit600 in dubious at best condition, and a better maintained but as it turned out in worse shape 7 year old Vulcan 750.
Our trip blog:
http://ctoons124.blogspot.com/
Our trip photos:
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/569728854ZMTScb
To be fair, our trip was entirely in the USA and mostly on good roads, but it still seems that they could've done a lot more with a lot less. I'm hoping disc 2 and 3 are a lot better than disc 1.
 

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I'm think they will be. I had the same feeling when I first watched it. As you know, a movie about motorcycle tirps won't replace your own adventure trips, but when your not riding, and your planning your next great trip, this beats watching regular TV.
 

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Deep down alot of us including me were envious. So we trivialized the show. What if someone came and offered a chance to do what they did but you have to have a support vehicle you would say NO??
 

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I would probably say " Look here, I think I have a better idea..."
Honestly, I've gotten more enjoyment reading some of the ride reports on this forum. (Particularly that trip through South America...)
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5141
Through the first three episodes the Long Way Round seemed more like a man-love thing than a motorcycle thing. I will, however, continue to watch when I've got absolutely nothing better to do in the hopes that it does get better.
 

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Hey guys, they called from 2004.
They want their TV show back.
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To be honest this show is what firmly steered me towards motorcycles and motorcycle travels.

From this point it seems like a lemonade when compared to real adventures and real travelers but back then I thought they were tough.

One should keep in mind that it's a reality-TV program and not real life.
It's a nice introduction to adventure-motorcycling.
 

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Long way round and Long Way Down are both on Netflix now. Don't know how long they've been available, but I just found them and am totally hooked. Really makes me want to get some Avon Distanza's (or similar) and crash bars and do some adventure riding.
 
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