Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman complete long way down
The motorcycle journey of a l i fetime reached its epic conclusion 4 August as television adventurers Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman were greeted by champagne, media and roaring motorbikes as they cruised into Cape Town to complete the final leg of their 3 month, 15,000 mile journey from the north of Scotland to the tip of Africa.
The adventure began in May 2007 in John O’Groats, Scotland and they rode their BMW 1200 GS Adventurer motorcycles through eighteen countries, including Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda. They encountered some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth and negotiated blinding sandstorms, searing temperatures, dodgy border crossings and extreme riding conditions.
Ewan and Charley spent three months planning the expedition, deciding which countries they should visit and preparing the bikes for the ride. It was important to Ewan and Charley that they explored parts of Africa that are less travelled including western
Ethiopia near the Eritrean border, Gulu in northern Uganda and western Tanzania close to the shores of lake Tanganyika. “The Long Way Down has been an amazing journey and it has been a real privilege to be able to experience these diverse and beautiful places. We’ve had the opportunity to see such different ways of life to ours and have travelled to remote places very few people have access to. The sense of freedom and exploration has been incredible.” says Ewan.
“We were both up for an adventure and Africa has certainly given us that,” says Charley. “There have been times when it has been unbelievably hard going but that has been countered by amazing riding and ex t raordinar y people. Africa is a continent full of undiscovered wonder and we both feel incredibly lucky we’ve been able to experience this together and to have survived with some brilliant stories to tell.”
Travelling with Ewan and Charley have been Russ Malkin of Big Earth and David Alexanian of Elixir Films, who are producing and directing a documentary of the journey, as well as three cameramen and a medic.
In an effort to raise awareness for CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland), UNICEF and Rider’s For Health, Ewan and Charley and the Long Way Down team visited sites for these three charities to raise awareness. In addition, Ewan and Charley, plan to host a charity event in November to raise money for these selected charities. Coverage of ‘The Long Way Down’ journey has been acquired by BBC Two and will be broadcast during Autumn 2007. The television series will air worldwide on National Geographic in 2008.
Sphere are delighted to be publishing the book Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. It will be out on 4th October 2007 in hardback, priced £20.00.
A DVD of the complete TV series to Long Way Down will be released on 3rd December 2007. Following the adventures of Ewan and Charley on their extraordinary journey from John O’Groats to the southern most tip of Africa, the two disc DVD will also include a number of previously unseen extras, photo gallery, interactive route map and much more.
Copies of the DVD can be pre-ordered by going to: