Shaun’s Blog

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

I’d been warned that the Russian border crossing could be the longest and after nearly 2 hours just getting out of Azerbaijan i wasn’t looking forward to it. Fortunately neither of us are called James Bond so getting into Russia was pretty quick at just … [read more]


Azerbaijan…mad dogs and unwelcome companions

Azerbaijan...mad dogs and unwelcome companions

With finally getting the transit visa for Azerbaijan to enable us to finally carry on we were up at 5 am for 6 o clock start, leaving our new mate Jamie Duncan from Bike magazine who is riding a Suzuki V Strom from Istanbul to … [read more]


Georgia the more gentle side

We contemplated hanging around Batumi for the next nights entertainment but opted for heading for Tbilisi the capital of Georgia to meet up with Lyndon and Lukas who are on their 2 year round the world trip. Makes our 2 month mission seem a bit … [read more]


Georgia, gang brawls and stabbings

Entry into Georgia was swift and painless though once through the officialdom the crowd looked like a set of James Bond villans with the odd Alexi Sayle thrown in. Money changned into Lari then off to downtown Batumi which is a starnge mix of very … [read more]


Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

We both loved Turkey ….once we got through the border. We got to the border as it was getting dark, took our helmets off and were attacked by swarms of mosquito’s. Before Ian could get the mossie repellent out we were bitten to death. The … [read more]


Bulgaria

Bulgaria was remarkable for being unremarkable as we just flew through it in a hurry to get to Turkey. Probably the only place we didn’t interact with the locals in any way apart from one nice guy in a petrol station and 2 Brits in … [read more]


Germany calling.

Germany calling.

Time for a quick catch up as everything has been so hectic since leaving. Each country has it’s own character, Germany was despatched cleanly and efficiently with it’s good motorway network and super clean service station toilets.  The first night was spent on a great … [read more]


Random ramblings on the road

Random ramblings on the road. Time to leave the corporate head at home These are the thoughts of two guys with two months on the road en route to Mongolia. Life in the fast lane, life in the dirty lane and even life in the … [read more]


KTM 690RR, the choice for the trip

KTM 690RR, the choice for the trip

The bike I will use is a special built by Lyndon Poskitt and is based on a 690 Rally Factory Replica but with many different modifications and changes to make it more suitable for adventure ridng instead of rallying, and replace my faithful old Honda … [read more]


Europe was a blur

Europe was a blur

Arrived in Turkey last night after 4 days on the road. A 650cc single cylinder off road bike doesn’t make the best motorway machine especially witha seat that like an instrument of torture. Into Asia now and it feels like the real starts here, although … [read more]


Big big problem….

Big big problem....

Latest news from Shaun….. “Big big problem. The one bottle neck on our route is Georgia The road through has been closed by a major landslide is they reckon at least 3 weeks before it opens. Not good news” Ground control (Speed’s long suffering Ops … [read more]


Last minute preparations……

Last minute preparations......

  Speed HQ was a hive of frenzied activity today as our intrepid MD made final preparations before departure on his 10,000 mile motorcycle ride from Manchester to Mongolia on behalf of Cancer Research UK. Accompanied by Ian Wray and Lydon Poskitt, the fearless threesome … [read more]


Just giving link for donations to Cancer Research

Just giving link for donations to Cancer Research

Thanks for taking the time to read this post……. I’d be even more grateful if you would consider showing your support for my nominated charity – Cancer Research UK – and visit my JustGiving page. Shaun.  


Adventure bikes

The choice of bike for this trip seemed so obvious, but things don’t always go as planned. My choice of bike for adventure travel isn’t the large and overweight BMW 1150 or 1200 GS as used by Ewan McGregor and Charley Borman in the Long … [read more]


Many thanks to the following people/organisations

Special thanks to the whole team at SPEED COURIERS who will be holding the fort whilst I’m away.   LYNDON at LYNDON POSKITT RACING for creating 2 wheeled works of art. www.lyndonposkittracing.com   PAUL HAYES for his first aid and medical training which obviously we … [read more]


The Team

SHAUN MERRICK I’ve had wander lust since I was a young kid. I’ve always wanted to know what was around the next bend or over the next hill. Always had a thirst for adventure. In the early 80’s i worked as a motor cycle courier … [read more]


Visas, visas and more visas!

Visas, visas and more visas!

Part of the essential planning and expense of the trip is getting all the neccessary visa’s. One of the applications has various questions with YES/NO answers and if YES give details.  One of the questions is “Are you or have you ever been a terrorist?”