Epic journey for Field of Dreams

Three adventurous bikers are on their way home after travelling through 15 countries from Argentina to Alaska in a four month motorcycling challenge.

Steve Mason, from Lenzie, and his friends Wilson Hutchison, from Stirling and Raymond Danton, who lives in Australia, covered an awe-inspiring 24,000 miles from Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina to Coldfoot, Alaska.

They have raised over £5000 for Deafblind Scotland in the process, which will go towards the ‘Field of Dreams’ project to build a purpose built centre of excellence for more than 1000 deafblind people in Scotland.

Steve, known as Mace, said: “The people we met along the way, 99 per cent of them were friendly, even in the so called dangerous countries.”

He added that one of the low points was getting knocked off his bike in Panama by President Obama’s security team.

The trio worked together in Ayr as teenagers and lost touch for 20 years but when they reconnected, their dream motorcycle adventure quickly became a reality.

They left Glasgow on February 2 and made it most of the way without a hitch but unfortunately, flood waters in Alaska meant that they could not reach their final destination.

“With our chance gone to reach Prudhoe Bay due to the washed out road, I couldn’t resist riding until the road closure sign.

“The scenery was spectacular and it was a long tough ride, but one I felt I had to do.

“I would have liked to get there but Mother Nature decided no.

“Still, I feel proud of what we have achieved.”

Spotting grizzly bears in Alaska, scenery in Patagonia and the Dakar monument at the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are just some of the high points along the way.

If you would like to know more about their journey or donate to their fund rasing efforts visit www.justgiving.com/Thelongwayup
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