Charley Boorman has completed a 10-week adventure, criss-crossing the United States of America on a BMW R1200GS for his new series Extreme Frontiers: USA. Along the way, Charley’s adventures included braving the frozen Alaskan wilderness for hostile environment training with the US Army, diving in Pearl Harbor to see the wrecks, and flying a replica of the Wright Brothers’ fabric and string glider at Kitty Hawk.
Extreme Frontiers: USA, the third in Boorman’s latest travel series, saw the BMW-riding adventurer make his way from Hawaii to Alaska, via New York, Utah, Montana and California – and many more states and cities across the length and breadth of America. Charley and his producer/fellow adventurer Russ Malkin traveled around the USA on a pair of new 2013 R1200GS motorcycles, the same model Charley has back in the UK. The duo rode over 5,000 miles (8,000 km) on tarmac, desert, gravel and dirt, putting the adventure bikes to the test in some of the most challenging – and spectacular – locations in North America.
Charley’s knowledge and skills earned from over a decade of motorcycle adventures, including the Long Way Round TV series and his Dakar race experiences, proved to be invaluable as he battled through swamps, rivers and sand dunes. Their latest trip was made even more memorable by once-in-a-lifetime events, including flash flooding in the driest place in the world (Death Valley), being battered by storms while sailing a tall ship out of Boston Harbor, even flying high above the New Mexico deserts in a hot air balloon. Charley also fulfilled a long held ambition to ride on the beautiful and vast Bonneville Salt Flats, home to countless land speed records through history. Here Charley and Russ got to meet and ride with the racers who call the Salt Flats home.
Towards the end of the epic journey, the pair were joined by a convoy of more than 100 motorcycles and riders for the final stretch. Friendly local bikers escorted Charley and Russ on the last few miles to the famous Venice Beach, wrapping up an amazing ten-week adventure.
“Extreme Frontiers: USA was an amazing trip and I had the most incredible adventures along the way,” said Charley “Once again, I had the opportunity to ride a BMW R1200GS which made the trip even more enjoyable. The bikes coped with everything from deserts to floods, ice to mud and they made our journey that bit easier. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to see the new Extreme Frontiers series on TV – I hope they have as much fun watching it as Russ and I had filming!”
Russ Malkin added, “Both BMW 1200 GS bikes went faultlessly over 7,000 miles, which meant we could enjoy the trip and adventures, as we knew they wouldn’t let us down. They are engineered to perfection.”
Extreme Frontiers: USA will be broadcast later this year. To see photos, videos and to read a blog from the trip, visit www.bigearth.com/extremefrontiers/usa/.