Welcome to a windswept, cold and rainy February. In the UK the temperature refused to budge from ‘bloody cold’ for almost two months, but elsewhere in the world there are no such issues. Our Cambodian tours are in full swing with Toby leading hordes of eager trail riders across the country in a variety of colours of mud.
They’ve floated down rivers, camped on remote islands, eaten a bewildering range of delicious food and maybe sampled a few of the local beverages. It’s a tough gig but Toby and the riders have struggled through bravely ….
THE RAIN IN CAMBODIA IF FAR BETTER TO RIDE IN
It has been a busy time in our world, with new offices, new staff and new tours in the planning. And of course the blogs have been entertaining the troops across the globe.
So, let’s get on with the news.
SPITI VALLEY IS ON
We’re delighted to say that our brand new Spiti Valley tour is now on sale. After an intrepid band of travellers joined Toby, Julian and the gang for the recce tour back in July, we can now offer the same experience to our customers. If you’ve already ridden our Himalayan Heights tour, this is the ideal follow up ride and if you are new to Ride Expeditions – this is a tour that will truly astound you.
THE SPITI VALLEY IS EPIC, JUST EPIC
Starting out from our Northern Indian base in Manali, the Spiti Valley Tour follows a wide anti-clockwise route towards the west of the region, heading over towards Tibet. Stopping in stunning hillside villages like Sarahan or the bustling towns of Kalpa and Kaza to luxury camping in the achingly beautiful and peaceful village of Nako, a green jewel in the heart of the Spit Valley this is one of the ‘must-ride’ routes in this stunning part of the world.
BIG LANDSCAPES AND BIG ADVENTURES – THAT’S WHAT WE DO
As with our Himalayan Heights tours, this is an inclusive tour so the price includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, support team – the whole nine yards. All you have to pay for after that is flights, entry visas, beer and souvenirs – fantastic.
The tour has already featured in magazine articles from the UK to New Zealand – the appetite for this tour is simply massive. You can read the article from Dirt and Trail in South Africa here
Contact our office on [email protected] to book your place – but be quick!
CAPE TOWN OFFICE OPENS
Now having mentioned both the office and South Africa, we can make a seamless segue into our next big news! Man – it’s like we really thought about this …
With Ride Expeditions continuing to grow, the team needed more space, so we’re pleased to announce that we’ve set up a brand-new office in Sunny Cape Town. Toby and Anna have set up camp in the cool suburbs overlooking the sea, and the new office is just a stone’s throw away. And with new premises comes new staff, so we’d like to give welcome to the frighteningly efficient Nawaal who is running the Admin side of things and the slightly more laid-back Devon who’ll be doing all manner of clever stuff with computers and marketing widgets. Glad to have you on board guys!
OUR HELPFUL STAFF ARE READY TO TAKE YOUR CALL
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Our tours have not only been getting articles written about them in magazines, we’ve also been featured in full-on all action films – Toby is feeling like a younger if slightly less well-known Ewan McGregor!
OK so we’ve not quite got a full series on Sky or a part in Star Wars, but the stunning film by Eamonn and the guys from Full Moto Films in Australia gives a great sense of the fun and excitement of riding with Ride Cambodia, Ride Expeditions partner company in Cambodia. It’s stylish, atmospheric and beautifully made like a particularly fine craft beer – we like it a lot
BLOGS, BLOGS AND MORE BLOGS
While the Cambodian team are busy pounding the trails, Julian has been bashing away at the keyboard. In fact, his trusty Mac had such a hard time on its trip to Nepal that if finally died and had to be sent to laptop heaven.
JULIAN’S LAPTOP DIED IN NEPAL – IT’S WHAT IT WOULD HAVE WANTED
Armed with a worryingly expensive but identical new model, he’s been busy putting out a host of blogs, from Tips for Group Riding to stop you being ‘that guy’, lists of things that make motorcycle adventures immeasurably better to stunning video compilations on the recent Dakar rally. Add in reviews of an LS2 Helmet, TCX Boots and even a stupidly expensive electric dirt bike and it’s like a full-on magazine in there. Get over to the BLOG section of the website and learn yourself some stuff.
ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED IN OUR BLOGS
COMPLETE CAMBODIA TOUR
If you watch the video and think – I need me a piece of that action – then we could have the perfect solution. Our Complete Cambodia Tour heads out on the 14th November and will take in landscape and trails every bit as stunning as the Full Moto film. But this time you can be riding it rather than watching it! There are just five – yes five places left on this exceptional tour which promises to be one of the high points of our year.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – THE BOYS GET RELIGIOUS IN CAMBODIA
Click here to find out more and then fire us an email to get booked up. What are you waiting for?
HORSE TOURS ARE GO
So, if your ‘significant other’ is maybe not into bikes quite as much as you, what are you going to do? Well the answer may be our Horse Trek Holidays, running along much the same lines as our excellent motorcycle tours, just with slightly more natural horse-power!
THATS A MARWARI HORSE THAT ANNA IS RIDING
It’s the dream project of Anna, Ride Expeditions co-owner and the first tour will take place in Rajasthan from the 6th November to the 17th. Riding the beautiful and extremely rare Marwari horses with their cute curly ears and promising stunning scenery and excellent riding every day, this is a tour for the true horse lover. Go to the website for more details or email [email protected] and let Anna know you are keen.
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER REDUX
The December Newsletter didn’t reach everyone as intended, so if you didn’t receive our end of year round up, you can catch it here. There’s details of out recce ride to Nepal, updates on the tours, news on the blogs and a picture of a man with a Teddy Bear. What’s not to like there?
NEW TENERE IN THE GARAGE – TIME TO GO PLAY
OK so that’s all. We’ve got a new bike to ride so we’re out ….
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