Hello and welcome to our website! We are from Sydney, Australia, and after years of planning and saving, in February 2014 we packed up and sold up to travel around the world on motorbikes with our dogs. We bought two BMW 650 GS’s in Texas, kitted up then headed south for the adventure of a life time. We've been going for 7 years now and have travelled all across North and South America, circumnavigated the African continent and explored parts of Europe. Coming up next we'll be crossing Asia and completing our adventure with a tour of all 7 states and territories of Australia. Well, thats the plan anyway!
We are tracking our story with regular blogs and videos as well as almost daily posts to Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. So please have a look around our site, leave comments, contact us with any questions and we hope you enjoy.
Stu started life in London with his parents, two older sisters and younger brother but moved to Australia when he was five years old. He had a fairly normal childhood but he was never going to a normal adult. He left school at 16 and started a promising career in IT. But his thirst for travel grew so he joined the Royal Australian Navy. The deployments he undertook were a taste of what was out there and only fanned the flames of adventure. Stu made this round the world journey possible, his systematic approach to research, planning and implementation turns any challenge or obstacle into manageable tasks. Stu is extraordinary and unprejudiced.
Janell had a remarkable childhood growing up in Sydney with her Mum, Grandparents and older Sister. School and work was in Sydney with their dog, cat and birds. But come weekend or school holidays, everyone, including the dog, cat and birds, piled into the family car and drove to the farm in Jerry’s Plains where 4 horses eagerly awaited their arrival or up the coast to Yamba, the family beachside holiday house. Janells career took her into project management roles after studying civil engineering. She believes travel is the best way to learn how people around the world living in different cultures, climates and landscapes find solutions to civil problems. Janell is passionate and grounded.
The original and the best. Skyla was our first love, we adopted her in Canberra, Australia, from the pound. She was a Staffy Cross, about 6 months old, and we had 7 crazy, beautiful years with her. She was a very anxious dog which we did our best to manage, the Pillion Pooch was designed to keep her comfortable and safe in the big wide world and she loved to ride. Skyla passed away in Venezuela after a noble fight with cancer. Skyla was brave and beautiful.
She may be small but she’s ready to take on the World and she has a heart of Gold. Whatever her early years, she was destined to join our pack. She ran on to the road in rural Colombia as Stu was riding and was run over by the following car. She lost an eye but gained a pack that day. In no time at all she was on a plane to Florida, touring the USA, then aboard the QM2 sailing to England. She will always be 9 countries behind Weeti. Shadow is courageous and kind.
Weeti is our quirky Venezuelan street dog from El Callao. She had a tough start to life being hit by a truck and further bullied by bad people. Her rescuers, Luis and Alicia, however were wonderful and never gave up on her recovery, they are the reason she walks today. Weeti was about 2 years old when she joined our pack, a month after Skyla passed. It wasn’t planned, it just happened and she rose to the challenge. Weeti is loyal and strong.
Azra is our turkish delight. We picked her up of the highway near the Dardanelles Strait in western Turkey. A puppy around 6 weeks with no mother or home in sight we took her with us. But before she could join our pack she had to fight for her life against Pavo Virus, a deadly virus with a mortality rate of 90% for untreated cases. Azra is full of energy and her favourite activity is unpacking our clothes bag. Watch her grow and travel.