MUD-LIFE CRI­SIS

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Piers Ham­mond and Steve Hamil­ton are on the trip of a life­time hav­ing trav­elled over­land from the UK on their KTM ad­ven­ture bikes.

Dar­ryl and Scooter bumped into this pair of mad bas­tards at Mount Dare af­ter a failed at­tempt to cross the Simp­son unas­sisted. Af­ter a chat, they de­cided to tag along for the ride. They made it sec­ond time around!

Both guys are ex-RAF chop­per pi­lots and have seen ac­tive ser­vice in the Bos­nian con­flict and Iraq, as well as Afghanistan.

It made for some fas­ci­nat­ing camp­fire con­ver­sa­tion as Piers re­galed us with tales of fly­ing a Chi­nook with a fail­ing en­gine among other hair-rais­ing ad­ven­tures.

Their ride around the world is to raise aware­ness and money for a cou­ple of char­i­ties.

The John Egging Trust (JET) was es­tab­lished in mem­ory of a for­mer RAF col­league and Red Ar­rows pi­lot, John Egging who was killed in an air show ac­ci­dent.

The JET works to get young peo­ple out of their lounge rooms and into the wilder­ness and re­alise their po­ten­tial. Above and Be­yond was set up to sup­port pa­tients in the pub­lic Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS) sys­tem in the Bris­tol area.

By the time you read this, Piers will be on his way across the US while Steve has fallen un­der Aus­tralia’s spell for the time be­ing.

You can fol­low their trav­els at mud­dlife­cri­sis.com

These two mad bas­tards are cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the globe by mo­tor­cy­cle for char­ity. They’ve now ticked the Simmo of the list!

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