IT WAS a dream accomplished on a road least travelled, using motorbikes least thought off, with the least budget and crossing terrain least desirable.
That is how three Penangites who straddled humble 125cc motorcycles described their journey from Downing Street in George Town to Downing Street in London.
They announced on their Facebook page that they arrived yesterday at 1.45am Malaysian time (6.45pm in London) after travelling four months, 11 days, eight hours and 45 minutes.
“Total land distance rolled over was 18,290km, burning 365.8 litres of petrol ranging from RON80 to RON96 with a total fuel cost of RM1,825,” the team’s tech man Timothy Wooi added on their Facebook page. Including their trips on ferries and passenger ships, however, the team had crossed about 40,000km.
Originally, nine of them scooted off from Penang on May 9.
Team member Lee Hang Chung, 53, however, died tragically in an accident with a lorry between New Delhi and Pakistan.
Two of Lee’s friends in the team decided to return after that, leaving four of them to carry on the journey.
On reaching Europe, the most senior member, Frankie Cheah, 69, returned.
Only team captain B.K. Lim, Wooi and Eric Lim finished the ride.
B.K. Lim’s son in Penang, Yun Jing, said he found out they only reached there yesterday morning when he logged into Facebook.
“They are resting now. I will call them tonight and find out how the last leg went.”
The team’s Facebook page ‘Touraride Downing St. Penang to Downing St. London’ contains thousands of photos showing the exotic places they passed, including the old Silk Road and the Karakoram Highway, one of the highest paved roads in the world at 4,923m above sea level.
The team described this highway as one of the most challenging rides, through 120km of rain, snow and icy cold wind.
They travelled through Thailand, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Iran, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and nearly all of Europe.