Old Catton couple set off an global motorbike trip

A couple who spent almost three years travelling 89,000 miles around the world on the back of a motorbike have set off again on another global adventure.

Nick and Lesley Poole, who live at Catton Hall in Old Catton, took to the road again on April 18 with the intention of motoring through Europe to Russia, Mongolia, Japan and the USA.

The former police officers, both in their 50s, are currently at Ventspils on the Baltic coast of Latvia and are regularly updating family and friends on their progress via their website.

Due to changing circumstances, including the prolonged effects of the Japanese tsunami and increasing fuel and shipping costs, they are often re-evaluating their route but expect to be back in the UK in September. They should cover about 16,000 miles by the time they hit Norfolk soil again.

In 2006, they decided to play celebrity motorcycle enthusiasts Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman at their own game by biking around the world for three years in what they dubbed The Real Way Round, with no big sponsors or back-up trucks.

After two years back at home, they turned to their trusty BMW GS1150 for another unforgettable experience.

They have been living in a rented flat but when their latest journey ends will move back to their old home in Wymondham, which they have been renting out.

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Mrs Poole said: 'The previous round the world ride whetted our appetite and we hadn't been home long before we wanted to be on the move again. We had such a wonderful experience and hope to regain the sense of adventure.'

She said that planning this trip had required more preparation due to the bureaucracy involved in obtaining visas to enter Russia, which had created a 'degree of nervousness'.

Mrs Poole also added that the couple were already missing their family back home, but that they had also met a wealth of interesting characters so far.

She said: 'It has been a difficult start with mixed emotions and has taken a while to get our travelling heads on. At this moment in time being away from family and friends has been difficult.

'Visiting new countries and experiencing new languages is always interesting and challenging.'

To follow their progress, visit www.pooleglobaltrek.com.

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