Des Easton :

Travelling by motorcycle is fun, exhilarating but pretty energy zapping. Travelling a thousand kilometres a day, day after day sounds exhausting, but that is what Des does .. for kicks!

Members of ‘Far Riders’ and the ‘Iron Butt’ groups set themselves challenges of long distance rides most bikers would not consider. But don’t get the idea that this is a dangerous undertaking. They plan and practice, sometimes for years, before attempting these feats, and travel strictly in accord with the law and speed limits.

Des explains the discipline and preparation which has allowed him to complete twenty thousand kilometres in twenty days. A challenge most of us wouldn’t even consider driving in a car. But he and his comrades love it.

He describes the routine required, from planning fuel stops to committing to a special diet. Your first thought may be .. “I bet they cheat,” but he nails that thought by explaining the protocols and confirmations riders have to complete for their trips to be formally recognised by their association.

Distance riding is certainly not for everyone, but if you are an experienced motorcyclist this is a new challenge, and a new group of slightly deranged fanatics you can hook up with. Even if you don’t ride, this is an absorbing tale of courage and endevour. And Des tells a really gross story about one of his exploits!!

Check out these websites :

Far Riders website :

Iron Butt Association website :

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