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Wayne Caldow steps out of his comfort zone for African adventure

Edenhope's Wayne Caldow with Long Way Round author Charley Boorman.

Edenhope’s Wayne Caldow with Long Way Round author Charley Boorman.

By SARAH SCULLY
There are seven days in a week, but ‘someday’ isn’t one of them.
Edenhope’s Wayne Caldow believes too many people put off following their dreams, particularly when it involves leaving their comfort zone.
“People think about travelling and they think they don’t have the time, or the money,” he said.
“It’s easy to make excuses, or to think you’ll get around to doing it ‘one day’.
“If I can give any advice, it’s that people need to just do it.”
In 2004, Wayne’s wife Pam gave him a copy of the book ‘Long Way Round’ by Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor.
The book details the pair’s epic motorcycle journey through 12 countries and 19 time zones in 115 days. The experience not only tested their physical endurance, it also challenged the way they saw the world.
“I’m not much of a reader, but I couldn’t put it down. I also started reading a lot of motorcycle diaries, which continued to inspire me,” Wayne said.
Boorman and McGregor’s second expedition ‘Long Way Down’ started at the top of Scotland and finished in South Africa.
When Wayne, 57, discovered Boorman was hosting a ‘Long Way Down’ motorcycle tour of southern Africa, he decided he’d stumbled on the trip of a lifetime.

Wayne Caldow at the Cape of Good Hope at the start of his African adventure.

Wayne Caldow at the Cape of Good Hope at the start of his African adventure.


“One of the diaries I had just read was by someone who had ridden across the bottom four countries of Africa,” he said.
“It all just fell into place.”
Wayne said motorcycling was his passion.
“I’d done plenty of trips in Australia, but none overseas,” he said.
“Before Africa I thought my greatest adventure was motorcycling across Australia with two mates, from Queensland to the Northern Territory. When I got to Africa, riding along I had to pinch myself.”
Wayne joined a group of motorcycle enthusiasts, including Boorman, for an epic 5000-kilometre, 17-day journey from Capetown in South Africa through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, finishing at Victoria Falls.
“Each of us was given a brand new BMW GS 1200, a top-of-the-range, adventure touring bike,” he said.
“There were 14 of us, from Australia, the UK, the US, Canada and Chile. It was an amazing group with a sense of adventure.”
Wayne said he would encourage anyone with an interest in motorbikes to do the tour.
“It was very well designed,” he said.
“It was very safe, we had a mechanic and a paramedic with us. It was just a fantastic opportunity to see amazing country and amazing people.”
Wayne said he enjoyed the changing scenery.
“It was an amazing experience of subtlety,” he said.
“You go from the lush, beautiful area of Capetown and the Cape of Good Hope, up into a wine region settled by the French 200 years ago. Moving further north, it changes into mountains and wild country and lakes, a bit like Scotland.”
Wayne Caldow with his tour group.

Wayne Caldow with his tour group.

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Posted on Nov 26 2015

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