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Long Way Down: McGregor and Boorman ready
to drive their BMW R1200 GS through all Europe and Africa
The motorcycle journey of a lifetime is
back. After the sensational success of Long Way Round Ewan
McGregor and Charley Boorman are now starting off for the
adventurous Long Way Down, this time travelling through Europe
and Africa. 2004 they decided to ride around the world on their
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycles. From London to New York -
accompanied by a camera crew keeping these unique impressions
for the fascination road movie Long Way Round.
In May 2007 the iconic
motorcycle adventure rides again. Their 15,000-mile journey on
two BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycles starts at John O'Groats,
Scotland and finishes at the most southern point of South Africa
- Cape Agulhas.
The tour will take 20 spectacular
countries in total, covering Libya, the Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda,
Rwanda, Tanzania, Botswana and the wilds of the Namibian
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman have
carefully planned their route to visit those countries and
several UNICEF sites which they feel will provide inspiration
and power to themselves and others.
"I can't imagine not ever thinking
about some adventure," said Ewan McGregor. "Long Way Round
changed us all - it bonded us all together and made our dreams
come true - and it's not often something like that happens. Long
Way Down is something you can not only daydream about, but
Regarding his exploits in the "Race To Dakar"
last year, Charley Boorman has been eager to return to Africa and see
more of this amazing continent. "A few weeks after Long Way Round we had
maps out already for the next big world journey - and Africa seemed like
the obvious choice."
Long Way Down is being produced and directed by
Russ Malkin of Big Earth and David Alexanian of Elixir Films, who have
witnessed and documented Ewan and Charley's previous Long Way Round and
Race To Dakar adventures.
Ewan and Charley will be supporting UNICEF,
CHAS and Riders for Health on their travels and the www.longwaydown.com
website will keep fans updated with all the latest information on the
trip, including the opportunity to view unreleased footage and pre-order
copies of the book and DVD. The Long Way Down television series will be
shown on the BBC in Autumn/Winter 2007.
All Photos: BMW
(May 8, 2007)