Is this the most epic honeymoon ever! Newly-weds seven months into biking the americas!
A married couple who decided sun, sea and sand was not enough for a honeymoon have decided to travel the Americas on a nine month adventure of a lifetime. A married couple who decided sun, sea and sand was not enough for a honeymoon have decided to travel the Americas on a nine month adventure of a lifetime.
Travelling on a motorbike from Alaska 25,000 miles down to the most southern city in the world and now on their way back up- the newly-weds certainly are not ones for relaxing.
Tom, 31, and Lorna Broadway, 30, from Alveley, Shropshire, managed to find some home comforts in the most unlikely of places, tying an abandoned sofa to the bike.
Tom said: “We found it in Chile on the side of a cliff. It must have been dumped there previously but it was dry and light so we had some fun with it.
“It was for no reason really other than to have a giggle!”
“It has exceeded expectations in both the sights we have seen and the people we have met on our journey. The world is not as scary as people like to believe.
The Broadways tied the knot in Barcelona last April, and have been biking about on their honeymoon since July only to return next month.
The honeymoon which has taken them to some of the most breathtaking places on Earth is a far cry from the day job for construction consultant, Tom, and primary school teacher Lorna.
Currently in Santiago, Chile, seven months into their travels, adventurous Tom and Lorna and have stretched out their wedding celebrations a bit further than the usual one or two weeks.
Tom said: “We’ve never done a trip like it together before, although I have ridden motorbikes for over 10 years and Lorna has travelled extensively.
“I’m very passionate about bikes and she’s passionate about travel, so it’s sort of the dream honeymoon for both of us.
“The beauty of a motorbike is that you can go where you want, when you want – and you can forge your own path rather than following the guidebooks.”
They departed the UK on July 24, and plan to fly back from Rio de Janerio in February however other than the general direction, that is just about the only planning they had done.
By the time they return to the UK they will have clocked up over 25,000 miles, and visited 18 countries all over the continent on Tom’s 2008 BMW 1200GSA.
Tom bought the bike he has nicknamed, Terry, in 2005 and made just a handful of slight modifications before embarking on the trip of a lifetime.
Tom said: “We met the old fashioned way, in a bar, in Lorna’s home town of Worcester- two years to the day we later married in Barcelona.
“We both have a sense for adventure and a just do it attitude!
“I hope to try and encourage more people our age to take some time away from work as the benefits are huge.”
The Broadways have been spending their nights in a mixture of hostels and pitching up camp in the wilderness with civilisation many miles away.
Tom and Lorna were given a shock when they received a wake-up call from a towering grizzly bear- curious as to who his new neighbours were.
On one occasion in Canada the couple were woken up by a grizzly bear entering their tent.
Tom said: “It was pretty hair-raising when it came into the tent. We both lay perfectly still and waited for it to leave.”
“We were both terrified.”
The trip saw them start in Alaska before driving to the most southern city in the world, Ushuaia, in Argentina, at which point they turned around and will drive back north until they reach Brazil.
From swimming with whale sharks in Mexico to sailing the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia with the bike strapped to a sailboat- this honeymoon has had it all.