When the stresses and strains of work get too much, head to South Amer­ica.


Suzanna, where are you both right now? We’re in a vil­lage called Puerto Perez on the east­ern shore of Lake Tit­i­caca, which is the world’s high­est nav­i­ga­ble lake. You de­cided to re­ally go for it – two years on the road! Has that been dif­fi­cult to or­gan­ise and what about real life get­ting in the way? We’d planned a one year trip, how­ever we were able to ex­tend it to over two years by way of care­ful plan­ning. Al­though I’d rid­den since I was 18, I’d never been bik­ing abroad be­fore I met Kelvin in 2012. We went to events such as the Ad­ven­ture Travel Show in Lon­don (where we at­tended a sem­i­nar by your­self and Austin Vince), HUBB UK and The Over­land Event, in­spir­ing. to and be rented granted which We out were ca­reer were our all house. for­tu­nate breaks Amer­ica? Kelvin and Why Mon­go­lia, wanted did you to how­ever choose go to Rus­sia South we de­cided be­cause on you South can pick Amer­ica up visas as only you one go main along lan­guage and there – is Span­ish to learn. – which I was keen Had you ever done any­thing like this be­fore? In 2012 we went to Spain to­gether and the mo­tor­bik­ing travel-bug set in. We then did a two week trip each year in Europe. Kelvin had pre­vi­ously done lots of off-road­ing, how­ever I’d only been on tar­mac. I joined the TRF (Trail Riders be­fore con­fi­dence Suzuki are The renowned and of Why kit they DR650 is with­out big Fel­low­ship) leav­ing, do DR650S far­ing? enough you for off-road. or its be­ing ‘Bush-pig’ use to re­li­a­bil­ity and build to a older year too carry how my big. is lots We wouldn’t which parts and needed prob­lem for we in break could South bikes di­ag­no­sis the find that Amer­ica bank, spare didn’t re­quire DR650 Ours are ticked a 1996 com­puter. all mod­els these The and boxes. we were DR650SE’S for­tu­nate within to find six months two of each other – they cost about £1500 each. I got mine first and we took it on a two-week ‘test-run’ to Italy. I wanted to see if I’d get on with it, and I loved it. Kelvin left the bike choice up to me be­cause I’m phys­i­cally the smaller. And, wisely, he wanted two iden­ti­cal bikes to make life eas­ier in terms of con­sum­ables and tools. What lug­gage are you us­ing and is it work­ing out for you? We wanted to use dirt roads as much as pos­si­ble and so we knew we’d both drop our bikes from time to time. So to min­imise the risk to our­selves and the bikes we went for soft lug­gage. Al­though they are ‘univer­sal’ and there­fore not quite so easy to take on and off the bikes when we need to do repairs, clean the air fil­ters etc, I wouldn’t change to hard lug­gage. We’ll look into bet­ter racks or Kelvin will fab­ri­cate some­thing, as some point.

So what’s go­ing to hap­pen when it’s all over and you have to re­turn to re­al­ity? Well, we’ll have to go back to work. How­ever, our goal is to save our money and change our life­style so that we are able to travel much more. If we can find ways of work­ing re­motely, life on the road will be­come much more of a reg­u­lar thing. The next con­ti­nent in our sights is def­i­nitely Africa. to­gether re­la­tion­ship? How has af­fected trav­el­ling Any your tips for other cou­ples think­ing of hit­ting the road to­gether? To be hon­est we have ac­tu­ally en­joyed be­ing able to spend more time with each other. Be­fore this trip I was out the door by 6.30am and Kelvin of­ten 7pm. sched­ules So, wouldn’t un­for­tu­nately, meant be qual­ity home our un­til time to­gether was re­ally lim­ited to the week­ends only. The key is com­mu­ni­ca­tion. If you are hav­ing a par­tic­u­larly bad day, are tired or anx­ious, just tell them. That’s not to say it’s all plain sail­ing, we do get a lit­tle im­pa­tient with each other at times, but I think that’s prob­a­bly nor­mal when you’re to­gether 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I rec­om­mend trav­el­ling with your part­ner. ad­ven­tures Fol­low Suzie at… and Kelvin’s, @avvi­da­cyril on In­sta­gram and Face­book and other so­cial me­dia. Suzie also writes a phys­io­ther­apy based blog for trav­ellers. Find this at avvida.

Phys­io­ther­a­pist Suzanna and gov­ern­ment project man­ager Kelvin, not physio-ing or man­ag­ing ‘Our goal is to save our money and change our life­style so that we are able to travel much more’

Suzuki DR650S: easy to ‡x on the goSo lug­gage: less of a threat to limbs and sub­frames

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