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Mud and Knobblies, Around the World on British Motorcycles

EC CommunityJames Hipkiss

We are Matt and Liz Fox and over the last year we have been seeking advice and finding out all we can to help us get around the world by motorcycle and now we're 6 months away from our expected departure date of the 23rd September 2013.

We were due to depart in April 2013 however with Liz Requiring knee surgery we were delayed by 5 months and the weather window to carry out our original plan for crossing Russia was no longer available. We start by flying our motorbikes to the Americas where with the help of work and travel visas in Canada, we'll aim to raise some funds over the winter before exploring the Americas ending up in Argentina. Liz is the heroin of this adventure as she only passed her motorcycle test in June 2012 and coupled with the fact she is a manifesting genetic carrier of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy this adventure is quite a shock to her system. Her condition means that although she appears fit and healthy her Muscles are weaker than they should be for some one of her age and stature but her riding and her confidence on the bike is progressing well. Our chosen steeds are CCM SR40 motorcycles, we chose them after ignoring a lot of advice from people on here on the basis of seat height as Liz is only 5'3 with little legs, but also they look pretty awesome too.

We've had masses of help from Gabriel at Zen Overland in getting them ready for travel. Another great thing about CCM is that they're a British brand and we have tried to keep to this philosophy for the rest of our equipment including: Jackets, Trousers, Armour and boots. In October 2013 we were proud to be announced as member's of the Ted Simon Foundation and Jupiter's Travellers, an organisation that aims to use world travel to promote more understanding in the world by encouraging travellers to turn their adventure's into some thing that the world can share.

The foundation will be helping us produce a film of our adventure. Anyway we'd really like you to follow our adventures by visiting our website, www.mudandknobblies.co.uk, following us on Facebook or either me or Liz on twitter.