Thursday 21 September 2017

Sean revs up for trip of his life

Eoin Hahessy

HOLLYWOOD movie star Ewan McGregor had a €20,000 BMW motorbike to travel across the world -- but Sean Dillon is doing it on a Honda 50 that he bought on eBay for €700.

The Wexford man intends to drive it from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego at the southern-most tip of Argentina -- a trip of 20,000 miles.

McGregor had a convoy of support vehicles when he and Charley Boorman made the motorbike documentary 'Long Way Round'.

In contrast, Mr Dillon has one tent, a sleeping bag, a mobile phone and some tools if things go wrong.

"I am calling it the 'anti-long way round' and intend to camp and couch-surf my way from the Arctic Circle, through America, Central America and then on down to Argentina. I am going to try make it as close as I can to Antarctica," he said.

Friends and family thought the 34-year-old was crazy when he left his job as an environmental engineer to pursue this adventure.

"My mother thought I was nuts but now she is super excited and wants to do the same journey, but by train and bus."

He began his journey in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 22 and is now heading for the Arctic Circle where he will turn around for the long journey to Argentina.

Despite one puncture so far, the bike is holding up well, and he is loving life on the road.

Meltdown

"Instead of thinking of deadlines, rent, bills and financial meltdown I am thinking tyre pressure, petrol and cereal bars."

Inspiration for the trip came from the 'Motorcycle Diaries', the 2004 film about the journey of a young Che Guevara when he travelled across South America on a motorbike in 1952. Already the journey has attracted the attention of Honda 50 lovers throughout the US.

"The Honda motorbike clubs across America got in touch with me and have offered me a place to stay and some are going to come out and join me on part of the ride," said Sean.

The Honda 50 is the most popular motorcycle in the world, with more than 60 million sold. The bike was launched in 1958, and quickly became a hit.

To follow Sean's journey, log on to hondavstheworld.com.

Irish Independent

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