Chris Donaldson grew up in
Belfast during the troubles and this left him determined to escape and see the
world on his Moto Guzzi Le Mans, probably the least suitable bike in the Guzzi
range. Perhaps this childhood gave him the resilience to keep moving on and
deal with the seemingly insurmountable problems that beset him along the way.
The arrogance of youth also helped. Various closed borders determined his route
through war torn and poverty stricken countries until illness and exhaustion
made him end this odyssey.
Chris writes with total honesty and a lack of
false bravado. His humour and flowing style made this a real page turner. His brief thoughts about why he started his trip, what he learned along
the way and what he has learnt about life and himself as a result of it made for an enjoyable read.
Chris decided to finally
complete the journey this year, 44 years after his return from South America and
took the very same Moto Guzzi to Australia. He started traveling with
an old friend Liam Lavery and made the journey in stages, as they both have wives, children and jobs. Along with the usual
political and geographical challenges, Chris had Covid 19 against him. The bike is now with
friends in Brisbane, where he will re-join it in March to ride to Teo Lamers
Cathedral of Moto Guzzi Festival outside Melbourne to complete his Australian
Adventure before Dementia:
"There were other
interesting aspects to the journey. When I left in 1979 I was
21 years old, so the trip turned into a ‘coming of age’ story. Now at 64, I
will have more in Common with Don Quixote, and a coming of OLD age story! I have also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and have various
other aches and pains associated with old age! We also connected new
with old in other ways. My 1977 Guzzi had to keep up with Liam’s 2021 bike, and
it was interesting to see how the new technology has improved.
decided the risks were not worth the rewards and gave up in Greece. Other things are just the
same. Iran and the west are still falling out. Israel is still at war and the
same old arguments still go on in Northern Ireland, albeit without the guns and
About the author & Liam:
"I am 64 years old and
have worked in many areas. Retail furniture,
property development, health and Fitness, and recently mobile apps in Dubai for
8 years. I am now a published
author with my book, Going the Wrong Way regularly on Amazons best sellers
Liam Lavery has worked
extensively running residential homes, and day care centres, and has extensive
experience in the elderly."
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