Ride from Melbourne to Finke 2022

Planning a route from Melbourne to Finke on a Hema roadmap

I will ride from Melbourne to the Finke Desert Race on Queen’s Birthday long weekend on 10th - 14th, June 2022. It’s a 7500km trip through the Australian outback. It’s my first time out there and I look forward to checking out Uluru and the many National Parks, pubs and people scattered along the way.

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The 2017 Honda CRF 250 Rally - 'Sheepskin'

The Honda CRF 250 Rally that was to take me 50,000km from Melbourne to London

Low-cost, modern and reliable, this 157kg dual purpose bike is perfect to go around the world. It's based on the tried and tested Honda CRF250L and has a larger fuel tank, windshield, and LED headlights. It was picked up second-hand for just under $5,000 AUD with 7,000km on the clock.

You can read more about why I chose the Honda CRF250 Rally here.

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Riding Melbourne > London in 2020

A map with red string from melbourne to london covers Dylan George Field's bedroom wall

Update: 3/3/2020 I made the uncertain and unfortunate call to cancelled the trip after 6 months of dedicated planning and hard work. This is based on a projected spread of the virus and reports of border closures with Iran and China. I expect the virus to become pandemic with further uncertainty and closures. Catching this early means I can stay at work and keep my house. Thank you all for your support.

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Day 7

San Fran

The Golden Gate bridge and the DR at Marine Drive, San Fransisco, California, USA

San Jose to by the side of the road, Newport CA

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Day 5

Tim Murphy's House

The DR650 parked on the side of Morrissey Boulvard, Santa Cruz, California, USA


It was a decent campground. I packed up the bike. People were sleeping still so I put the bike in neutral and rolled towards the exit before starting the bike. I road back towards Highway 1 the same way I came in. It was an epic little ride and the views from the top of the mountain were incredible. I could see the road below winding down and noticed a camper van on the side of the road. I wasn’t the only one who struggled to find a campsite.

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Day 4

Californian Coast

The DR650 parked in front of a blue Chevrolet Belair at Buena Vista Road House, California, USA


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Day 3

Chilao Campground

Overlooking a valley of the Angeles National Forest from Chilao Campground, Los Angeles, California, USA



I woke up on the large puffy air mattress in the back of the dark musky bungalow. It was planted between some old sofas and a tube television with a DVD player. Another rug making machine nestled behind it. I don’t even know how they got there. I got up and inspected the DVDs. Family movies. It must be a play room for the kids. It was filled with junk. Not really a place to write home about. I got up and moved to the smaller room where my suitcase was. I still had so much to pack. Tucker was right, I needed the duffel bag.

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Day 2

The Famous James Tucker

Dylan George Field leaving the Famous James Tucker's house in Claremont, California, USA


I arrived 9:00am local time.

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Day 1

Melbourne to Los Angeles

Dylan George Field's Airline ticket of Melbourne to Los Angeles


An uneventful day. There was some excitement. But really it was just another trip to the airport. I packed my luggage the night before in a $10 suitcase I bought earlier from Facebook Marketplace. What was I going to do with the suitcase? I couldn’t load it on the bike. I’m sure Tucker would know what to do or I could find a dumpster somewhere.

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