FINAL UPDATE: Time to ride and write!
What People Are Saying:
"he's the real deal - Hemingway would smile" - Jay Chubb, Nest Coworking
"A story of adventure and escape, just what the soul needs after a long weekend." - Mark Reimer
"Forget horses, this is all about a man and his motorbike... three years of travel across the globe alongside his two-wheeler girlfriend of a bike, also known as Farlap....this is a biker's exhibition if there ever was one." - Time Out Melbourne
"All about the excitement of adventure." - Ewen McRae, Melbourne Times
"We are inspired (and) look forward to reading the book!" - Bella, JetStar Airlines
"Highlights include recieving a Masai cloth from a Warrior King (to) being rescued from the Sahara Desert...Jurassic Park for real." - Tessa Hoffman, Herald Sun Leader
"If you’ve ever considered what’d it’d be like to ditch the 9-to-5, hop on your motorcycle, ride beyond the edge of society and live off the kindness of strangers, here’s a chance to review one heck of a case study." - Cory Wilkinson, Good Spark Garage
What Makes This Story So Awesome?
I just finished riding and walking 60,000km solo across the world. I trekked deep into the Balkan Mountains with a horse, rolled along the banks of the Nile River by motorcycle, and rode head-on into Africa - imagine riding a motorcycle through Africa - dirt roads with truck-swallowing potholes, Monsoon rain, jungle rebels and real life-and-death adventure. It was awesome.
To survive I found work as a stable boy, lived with monks and warriors, slept rough, hunted for my dinner, stealth camped near lions and got back in touch with the real, important things in life. I became a hunter, farrier, fisherman and a great storyteller. Five years after leaving my middle-class suburban upbringing in the dust, I've returned.
It's time to write the book.
So what happens in the adventure?
When I was twenty one, I was like most other young people I knew. I got up late, made a business of chasing girls and studied business at University. I was a misfit but it was cool to be different. And like most people I knew, I was struggling against the confines of society, and frustrated at the pressure of success and money. The aim of making more money seemed empty and most of all boring. Like most of the people I knew, I wanted to break free. This is considered normal for the age.
Two years later I disappeared. My mother put out a search for me on the "missing persons register" because she had not heard from me in a year.
I had run away.
I had gone walkabout. I had left on the back of a motorcycle. With a few belongings and very little money, I had gone to find out what was on the other side of the safe, comfortable life I knew. No luxury; cold showers, no bed, sleeping in the rain, no back up, alone and completely free to protect myself. I wanted to ride my motorcycle around the world. Europe. Africa. America. Asia. I dreamed of feeling free and good and real. I wanted to know what it would be like to be in a fight for my life, to face death, to find love and to let go of everything and really be free.
You, dear reader, may have dreams of being some kind of adventure hero just as I did when I was a boy. But I am no hero. This is not some grand odyssey, oblivious to reality. This is just what happens when you run away. It is like an account of "the other side." It is what I brought back. I feel it will be relevant to people who sometimes wonder what it would be like to be free, if for only some time.
The first chain-driven single-cylinder motorcycle ever made by BMW, the F650 Funduro classic was originally designed for women. Farlap was named after Australia's wonderhorse "Phar Lap" which refers to the Thai world meaning "lighting flash," but that doesn't mean she's fast. The fact is she runs like a tractor, she leaks oil, has a malfunctioning rear suspension and doesn't like river crossings, blind corners or wet roads.
Spook is an old, short, black, fat, grumpy Greek rig. The doctor somehow missed a testicle when trying to castrate him, which makes him part stallion, and he's blind in his left eye. He was born on the mountains of Epirus, at the edge of the Vikos Gorge, land of the "black departers." His mother was a red mare who was killed by a pack of savage wolves when Spook was just a baby foal. He survived and was originally named "Karas" which means "Black" in Ancient Greek. He enjoys apples, he snores, kicks while sleeping and loves a new pair of shoes.
That's me. I got given this name on the road and it has stuck. Well before I was Max, or ever dreamed of riding a motorcycle around the world, my two first teeth grew out right at the front, inspiring my father to affectionately refer to me as "ferret." By the time I am twelve I had been expelled from school for peeing in the holy water, beaten up for playing with the girls on the monkey bars, played guitar in my first rock band and scared my mum by having posters of the Hell's Angels and biker chicks from my dad's biker magazines all over my room. I was told to take them down, do my homework and stop listening to AC/DC.
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So why do I need to raise $11,000?
Well it's a start. When I came home, I started frantically writing everything, it was an obsession. It was kind of all I did, every morning at 5:30am I was up writing for ten hours a day until my journals were all typed up. I was so determined to self-publish. I was like "up yours big town publishers! I am Max, and I am going to write a book!"
Then I needed to take a day job milling lumber. Shorty after, I realized how difficult it was to self publish or get a serious book deal in the "real world." I was bushed from work and demoralized carrying this long Eeyore expression on my face.
It was almost over, it seemed that the 9-5 had finally won. But then I found Kickstarter, which changed everything. And I looked more like Frodo Baggins all full of hope and twinkly eyes.
Now, Lets stop there and sit down a minute and have a serious talk. The $11,000 I raise from Kickstarter will be all but gobbled up by print editing, typesetting, designing and final printing and shipping. Its a modest amount for a lot of hard work and professional input no?
But hell, my friend, If I have learned anything from my worldly adventures, living on the edge of society, by the kindness of strangers, it was that I could overcome anything by the sum of my hard work and the support of people and friends from around the world.
So, with a little less sleep, the $11,000 will mean that this book will get from my typewriter to your doorstep if just by the skin of my teeth. And hopefully without getting fired from my job. It's a matter of caffeine.
You can also help by doing any of the following:
1.) Share this project with your friends and family.
2.) Subscribe to my blog - farlapandmax.com/blog
3.) Follow @farlapandmax on twitter
4.) Like Farlap and Max on facebook
Risks and challenges
The real life-risk involved in longriding across the world's most dangerous continents is nightmarishly high, but the challenges involved in stitching together a reading experience that narrates the excitement of that journey itself requires a different kind of alchemy.
Obviously I have found my inner Indiana Jones and now it's a question of getting in touch with my inner Paulo Coehlo. No, I am not going for a million dollar best seller here. But the content of my storyline is fertile and rich for narrative development - and the more chiefly editors I can employ to guide me to success, the better chance I have that it will be an incredibly un-put-downable book.
Timescales may go overboard. Ahoy! But you will be the first to know in advance, these stories are golden and I won't be releasing a book that I wouldn't be happy to sit and read myself. I'm kind of obsessed with writing. It's like all I do. So I'm pretty confident this will be awesome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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