This trip has assumed a life of its own. Not particularly noteworthy on paper it, by chance, featured several interesting features that together, would go to make it one of the better known of the thousands of round-the-world trips of the last fifty years. These were:
- It was the first recorded crossing of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia and Siberia making Mondo the first Europeans to reach Magadan post collapse of the Soviet Union.
- The first attempt on the Zilov Gap (a name coined by the Mondo Team).
- The full length of the American and African continents subsequent to the USSR making for a very long trip in 440 days.
- Unprecedented use of small (350cc) dirt-bikes for a 40,000 mile journey
- Unsponsored and unsupported. All team members quite definitely 'members of the public' with no expedition experience.
- Filmed on the brand new broadcast quality Hi8 format allowing a viable TV documentary to be made. However, super 8 heavily used which was relatively unusual.
- Ultra detailed diaries were recorded, a truly unique resource.
- Almost the last of the big trips that pre-dated mobile phones and the internet making for a quaint, almost 1970s level of technical support.
It's a naked man!
Chas Penty has a spill in Kenya
Map of Zilov Gap
Map of Africa
Ponchos in Ethiopia
Puncture in Samburu
Jordanian truck drivers sharing their ultra strong coffee
Leaving Irkutsk blissfully ignorant of the mud ahead
Austin Vince in a Kazakh wing mirror
By the Blue Nile Gorge
A charming policeman builds Anglo-Azerbaijani détente
Pop art Cosmonaut mural on the side of an Uzbek café
Clive being interviewed for Alaskan TV
Clive in the deserts of Chile with his superb 'rucsac' luggage