Adventuring together for years, this Belgian couple decided to take their travels to the next level.
They decided to ship their Ural Gear Up to Cape Town South Africa and ride over 10,000km up the Western Coast to Dakar. Let the adventure begin!
Packing prep for months on the road.
Bike being crated and prepped to ship from Belgium to Cape Town.
Their last photo at home before heading off.
Bike arrived safe and sound, now let’s ride!
Field breakfast, the sidecar makes for the perfect prep area while off the grid.
Gas stop at the local village.
UDF (Ural Delay Factor) is very real, especially when traveling abroad 🙂 Prepare for the occasional crowds!
To make their way up the Congo River they hitched a ride with the local fishermen.
Upon arrival they realized there was no crane available to unload their bike. The boat crew quickly jumped to action and had the bike back on solid ground in record time.
The Gear Up’s on-demand 2 wheel drive was perfect for the African roads and mountain trails.
All smiles after finding a quick detour!
Success! After nearly 4 months on the road they successfully pulled into Dakar. Their bike traveled over 10,000km (6,000 miles), most of them off-road through every type of terrain imaginable.
Next stop Marrakesh Morocco!
Be sure to follow more of their adventures on Instagram at @africaoverland!
This week Mihai and his family visit Cappadocia in central Turkey. With an ideal climate and sprawling landscapes, this is one of the world’s most popular places for hot air ballooning.
Mihai’s son, Vlad, with the perfect view of Turkey from the 2,000 feet above.
Cappadocia is home to Turkey’s “fairy chimneys”, pointed rocks formed from volcanic ash that rained across the region millions of years ago. Today, many consider these rocks good luck with some measuring over 130 feet tall!
After the balloon ride they were off to visit friends and scout for tomorrow’s adventure!
Photos by Mihai Barbu
Mihai rode his 2WD Gear Up with his favorite co-pilots to explore the Caucasus Mountains, Black Sea beaches and some of the world’s most breathtaking back roads.
The trip started, like most, with a few hours of highway. Their sidecar was packed camping gear, spare tire, 2 passengers and his son’s toy sword; after all, you never know what you might encounter.
Soon Mihai and his co-pilots arrived in Ushguli, Georgia. Ushguli is Europe’s highest village sitting at 7,190ft. It’s home to just over 200 residents who brave 6 months of snow a year.
The adventure continued as they quickly discovered some amazing mountain roads just outside the village.
Charge! Mihai and his son Vlad tackling puddles with 2WD.
These mountains are rarely visited by tourists, making the trip free of lines and kiosks. It’s just the ride and pristine views.
The roads winding through the Caucasus range can be difficult to navigate but luckily they’re in relatively decent shape.
Afternoon picnic before setting up camp, drying off after puddle jumping.
Day 1 in the books! Time for a well deserved night under the stars.
Lena and Kristina loaded up their Gear Up and hit the road to explore California. They rode from Los Angeles, up the Pacific Coast Highway to explore Redwoods National Park.
“See those happy faces enjoying one of the top 30 drives in the US? That’s about an hour before we realized I left the backpack open on the back of the bike and lost a camera bag containing half of the trip’s shots. At least we have this…and our memories :)”
Entering Redwoods National Park! Established in 1968 the park is over 100,000 acres with the average Redwood tree being over 300 ft. tall!
Sidekick Odin, standing guard & waiting for a bite of roadside turkey sandwiches.
Trinidad, CA, an awesome beach town to AirBNB it then head off for daily adventures in Redwoods National Park & the Lost Coast!
“The town is small, clean, friendly, fairly priced, not crowded, and has super tasty places to grab lunch!”
We can never resist road side puddles in National Parks!
Meet Jon Taylor, the head of Ural Australia for the past 8 years. Upon his recent retirement, Jon handed over the reigns to his team and decided to hit the road.
2 weeks ago Jon and his wife Vicki flew from Australia to Alaska to pick up 2 new Ural cT’s from our Anchorage dealer, Alaska Powersports.
Together, with another couple, they rode over 4,000 miles, exploring Canada and the Cascades, with the plan to end in Portland, OR.
Each Ural was equipped with a 10L jerry can and spare tire (mounted between the motorcycle and sidecar).
“One of many highlights was meeting the occupants of a cabin next door in Dawson City. A group of retirees who as 20 year olds built a wood raft and floated down the mighty Yukon river for 12 months to the Bearing Sea. Their trip was a major article in National Geographic in Dec 1975!”
“We’ll be on the road for another month, so far so good! These bikes are purring.”
Learn more about Jon’s bike here!
Mike Escamilla is our kind of renaissance man. Hollywood stuntman, pro BMX rider, skydiver, dad, and full-time adventure seeker. He took full advantage of a rare day off, loading up his new Gear Up Sahara to explore California’s hidden trails.
After returning home, Mike’s daughter Luna couldn’t wait to take the reigns. Who will you share the adventure with?
Back in the cave, patiently waiting for the next weekend adventure.
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To celebrate their honeymoon Kim and Jericho decided to explore the Philippines, heading to the western island of Palawan. For their first adventure together as husband and wife, they chose a Ural Gaer Up to explore the hidden beaches and forests.
Photos by Jake Verzosa