‘R5K made me ride to Kazakhstan’
Phil had the trip of a lifetime, riding his BMW R1200GS along the European route E40; a road stretching from Calais, France to Ridder, Kazakhstan, near the border with Russia and China.
“It’s a pledge to ride 5000 miles, so it seemed like a sign. I came across the route on Wikipedia about ten years ago. It takes you through lots of exotic places in around 5000 miles, so it would have been rude not to. But there was a whole list of people I had to convince about the trip before leaving and I may face many years of payback,” Phil said.
His biggest scare came when the bike got a cracked rim and flat tyre, leaving him stranded on a desert road near Beyneu in Kazakhstan. Thankfully, with the help of some resourceful locals, the wheel was welded and a new inner tube installed, allowing him to continue. Tempting fate, Phil joked: “Two botched welds and an inner tube later, off we go again. What could possibly go wrong?”
Ah, so that’s what an R1200GS looks like when you rip it apart Locals of Kazakhstan came to Phil’s rescue, welding up his cracked rim