FATHER of the bride Rob Booth is taking the long way home from his daughter’s wedding – 15,000 miles from Bridport to New Zealand on his motorcycle.
The 46-year-old globetrotter is hitting the road solo on Saturday for the journey to Upper Hut in Wellington in aid of Dyslexia Action.
Rob settled on the challenge after his daughter Christina Booth announced she was getting married to Roger Wareham in their home town of Bridport.
He has bought a BMW GS1200 Triple Black adventure machine from CW Motorbikes in Dorchester and is kitting it out with lots of gadgets and cameras so people can keep track of his travels.
Rob, who is originally from Bridport but has lived in New Zealand for four years, said: “It’s going to be an amazing adventure of thousands of miles, new faces, many languages and it could take me nearly five months, “I'm sure I’ll need a hot bath and a cold beer at the end of it.”
Rob is riding on his own with no support team and is funding the trip himself but would welcome sponsorship.
He is aiming to become one f the few bikers to reach Mount Everest’s base camp.
His route will take him from Plymouth docks, through Europe, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.
Lifelong motorcycle fan Rob said that when he was at school, dyslexia wasn’t recognised.
He said that he was never offered any help and was labelled difficult or disruptive and left school with no qualifications but that it never stopped him from doing anything.
Rob said: “I’m supporting Dyslexia Action on my trip to raise money and awareness for an amazing charity and prove that being dyslexic should never hold you back.”
He added: “It’s been hard at times, really hard.
“Thankfully, dyslexia is now recognised and Dyslexia Action do an amazing job helping and supporting people and their families.”
Rob will have a camera on his helmet and handlebars to video his trip but is also using a GPS system so that people can follow him on spotadventures.com. His tag is 1man2wheels.
He also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Robs-way-round.
Visit justgiving.com/1man2wheels or text UKNZ80 followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70070 to sponsor Rob.
ROB’S plan is to leave Bridport and head for Plymouth docks where he’ll catch the ferry to Spain.
He will ride across the Pyrenees into France, then Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey and on to the Iranian border at which point he’ll have to turn back.
Due to the unrest in the Middle East he will be unable to ride the majority of the Silk Route, but will pick it up in Nepal after a flight from Greece to Mumbai in India.
Once he reaches Nepal, Rob hopes to become one of the few riders to make it to base camp, Mount Everest.
Then he’s on the home run into Tibet, China and down through Laos, Thailand to Singapore where he’ll catch a ferry to Perth, Australia and then head north to Broome.
At Darwin he’ll turn right and head off to Alice Springs across the outback and then on to Melbourne and finally Sydney where he’ll fly to Auckland, New Zealand and home to Upper Hut.