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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride electric motorbikes across South America in ‘Long Way Up’

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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman journey electrical motorbikes throughout South America in ‘Lengthy Method Up’

It was 1996 when Trainspotting launched the world to a suave Scottsman referred to as Ewan McGregor.

Whereas the movie was a success, it was his function as Obi-Wan Kenobi within the Star Wars trilogy that actually put him on the map.

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From slinging a lightsaber to singing alongside Nicole Kidman, Ewan confirmed us his vary within the Oscar-winning Moulin Rouge.

Whereas there’s not a lot he can’t do, the star’s newest function could also be his hardest but.

Lengthy Method Up is a three-month journey by means of a few of the hardest terrain in South America – and is a follow-up to McGregor’s earlier adventures with Charley Boorman, Lengthy Method Spherical and Lengthy Method Down.

“There was much less off-road driving on this journey,” McGregor stated.

“Within the first journey, there was plenty of standing in Kazakhstan and all of Mongolia, far-eastern Russia and Siberia – there was plenty of grime tracks and pebble roads.

“After which in Africa, we needed to cross the Sahara, so there have been plenty of sand tracks and blistering warmth, and plenty of standing up on the bike for these off-road sections.

“However this one was simpler on the physique.”

Difficult logistics

Regardless of the space, Ewan says there have been solely two challenges alongside the best way.

“The primary problem that hit us was the chilly,” McGregor stated.

“We left a bit of too early, and it was nonetheless winter. We acquired down there and it was brutally chilly.

“We had the chilly, after which we had charging the bikes – and each evening, we needed to have these bikes plugged in someplace – we didn’t know the place – or else we wouldn’t have the ability to stick with it within the morning.

“There have been a few instances the place we had them plugged into somebody’s outdated toolshed or some farmhouse or one thing – wherever the place we might discover a plug and somebody didn’t thoughts us taking the electrical energy, which we supplied to pay each time, I want to add.

“However a couple of times we got here down within the morning and we switched the bikes on they usually had been precisely the place that they had been the evening earlier than. These had been the robust moments.”

One other memorable journey

These sorts of journeys are not any simple process – and for Ewan, it’s all concerning the cultural expertise.

“In 2004, we rode from London to New York, and that was a 20,000-mile journey in 4 and a half months,” McGregor stated.

“It was simply a tremendous expertise. It was every thing we needed it to be.

“We met essentially the most unimaginable folks out of the best way in the midst of nowhere – folks you’d by no means meet in any other case.


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