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Long Way Down - Long Time Coming To Canada

The DVD's for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's trip from John O'Groats to Cape Town South Africa, some 15,000 mile journey, are still not available in Canada. You'll have to be satisfied with trying to find episodes from it's airing on BBC 2 in the UK, or reading the book.

Having been a fan of the Long Way Round, and Race To Dakar series' I had picked up a copy of the Long Way Down and seen the series as it aired on BBC 2. The trip had a bit of a different feel this time around. Mind you I still enjoyed it. It's interesting television to me and leaps and bounds better than most of the garbage that's on tv. The book gets into a bit more detail on some of the elements of the trip though so it's worth getting both.

Ewan and Charley have been criticized by many about their adventures and how they take the support crew with them and many other resources that most people doing the same trip wouldn't have such as sat phones, spare parts, fixers for helping with the borders, etc. etc. In watching and reading it there's still a lot of adventure taking place and if given the opportunity to go on that same support backed trip I think many people would jump at the chance! It is what it is - so if you think you'l like it, by all means check it out.

The book had some new interesting features this time. In the appendix in the back they've included trip information such as their route (countries & locations), date, miles travelled and the cumulative total distance for the time. It gives you a real sense of the scale of the journey.

They also include a listing of all the equipement they brought too such as the tools they took along, what spares they brought for the BMW's, spares for the support vehicles, camping equipment they brought, clothing, and details on all the photography equipment. They brought a lot of stuff! Course they did have to film a TV series along the way too.

Spoiler Alert!

Not much a spoiler really because based on the success of the trips it's no big surprise they're probably going to keep doing trips. They both mention that they'd like to do another trip but don't indicate where. Charley mentions he wants to give the Dakar rally another shot too. Based on this year's cancellation - we'll have to see what becomes of it.

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