In July 2013, Buck Perley and Amy Mathieson began a kickass ambitious adventure across China by motorcycle. The couple’s mission was to cover more than 25,000 km (15,534 miles) in four months, crossing every of China’s 33 provinces, breaking the world record for longest journey in a single country while raising funds for charity along the way. Not to shabby for a little Asian adventure! And considerably longer than Mauro Anzideo’s tricycle China crossing…
And succesfull they were as 146 days later the Two kickass motorcyclists officially climbed into the Guinness Book of World Records breaking the record for the longest journey traveled by motorcycle within a single country. The Guinness website said:
“The longest journey by motorcycle in a single country is 33,357.15 km (20,727.13 miles) and was achieved by Buck Perley (USA) and Amy Mathieson (UK) who rode throughout China from 19 July to 11 December 2013.”
The duo’s journey took 146 days and took them indeed through each and every of China’s provinces. The motorcycle used was a Chinese CFMOTO CF650-TR.
The magnificently bearded Perley [inspired by Christoph Rehage and his LONGEST BEARD trip ON FOOT through CHINA maybe?!] first fell in love with China in 2006 after traveling to China with friends, returning frequently including a semester studying at Tsinghua University in 2009. He finally moved to Beijing after graduating from the University of Toronto in 2010.
Mathieson came to China in 2008 in an attempt to connect with her Chinese heritage, after growing up in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. And how she did connect during this kickass 146 day journey through every province in China.
“It was an amazing journey, one that took us from the 3rd lowest inland place on earth up to the Himalayas at Everest Base Camp. We experienced every type of climate, from the windy grass plains of Inner Mongolia to the dry heat of the Xinjiang desert, from freezing temperatures in the Tibetan plateau to the lush sub-tropics of southern China. We also met some amazing people and made some life-long friends along the way,” Perley said.
Aside from breaking a world record, Perley and Mathieson earned over 10,000 USD for the Chinese charity Free Lunch for Children which provides meals for students across 200 schools in rural China.
They extensively documented the journey as well using several GoPro cameras. Here is a great impression video of the trip. One that is supposed to be a sneak preview of a much longer documentary in the making.