Well my names Edward Hely. A bit of a mouthful so you can just call me Ted. I’ve also been know to answer to Knob ‘Ed’ , thick ‘Ed’ and many other unmentionable things.
I was born at a very young age in Liverpool, England and have now accumulated nearly 30 years on Planet Earth. I live on a peninsula called “The Wirral” which is on the other side of the famous River Mersey to Liverpool. I like to think of myself as a laid back, easy going and generally care free individual. I’m blessed with many great friends and through my wish to travel by motorcycle, I have gained many many more.
So… Why am I quitting my job and sanity and disappearing to foreign lands ??
I think this seed was initially planted in 2003. I was 23 and had almost finished University. Like most, I was pondering what to do with my life. It was then that I had an head to head confrontation. Kawasaki ZX6R vs Ford Fiesta…. The Car won !!! . I was ok apart from a broken ankle but the my ZX6R was a write off.
If I recall correctly, I was lying in bed all bandaged up with with my (at the time) girlfriend. We were channel hopping and flicked onto an interview with Ewan Mcgregor talking about the “Long way round”.
We were both the adventurous type and within a few weeks we were shopping for an Africa Twin and planning an adventure through Europe with my compensation money and her savings.
I wont go into the specifics of our Continental adventure apart from that I was truly bitten by the bike travel bug. Sadly, the ex wasn’t so happy after a few weeks without a hairdryer and living out of pannier case so when were were down to our last credit card, we decided it was time to go home.
The next couple of years were spent like most people. Working boring jobs, going to the same old places and generally “going through the motions”.
I’ve always been someone who gets bored very easily and I find it hard to settle into anything. This general boredom coincided with the breakup with my long term girlfriend. I now had no girlfriend, no house and no ties !! I started planning a small trip around Europe to cheer myself up but then thought it would be a little bit too easy. Europe then turned into Australia but again that seemed too simple. I don’t know why I eventually chose South America, it just seemed like the the logical thing to do. Extreme scenery, foreign languages and a large diversity of cultures, climates and wilderness.
Rock n’ Roll