We are Nat and Taylor from Australia.
How the idea became a reality - Taylor's version:
The inception arose back in early 2013 when we were living in Bournemouth, England and I light-heartedly suggested driving our car at the time, a Ford Focus hatchback, as far towards Australia as it would take us. This sparked the pilot light that burned quietly but continuously in my head over the next year. In mid 2014 the talk of a 'big motorcycle trip' ramped up between myself and a few mates back in Australia. I can't remember the exact point when I decided that it would be a good idea or even a possibility to dink Nat 30 odd thousand kilometres, but I do remember the first time I suggested it to her. She laughed. Not with me, but at me. I took that as a no, but didn't accept it. Over the next few weeks I drip fed her links to blogs and websites written by couples that have done similar trips, making sure she read the 'good times' parts first. I could slowly see her starting to share a fraction of the excitement of perhaps planning a big adventure. Eventually I heard the word "maybe" escape her mouth, so I went and bought us a motorbike. Since that day in July 2014 I have been possessed by planning. There have not been too many waking (or sleeping) hours when an aspect of the trip hasn't made its way to the front of my otherwise absent mind. I honestly don't know how Nat is still sane. A typical conversation would be..... Nat: "What do you feel like for dinner?" Taylor: "I think we need to upgrade the rear shock spring".
......and Nat's version:
I vividly remember the day Chappo suggested riding a bike back to Aus. I just looked at him and laughed as this was always something he was going to do with boys. For the next few weeks, he would just casually drop into conversation the different routes we could take and exposed me to a variety of blogs and websites- he didn't give up. After reading some blogs from travellers who had done some similar adventures, I started to think "maybe I could do this...maybe". However, 'maybe' in Chappo's mind was a clear YES! So before I knew it, I was on my way to the bike dealership with a wad of cash. I had finally gotten my head around riding through Central Asia (in the peak of summer) and the Himalayas but the thing that frightened me (and Chappo!) the most was telling my mum and dad. They took it surprisingly well! After 12 months of watching and trying to help Chappo plan, I'm actually really excited about it all!