Pals gear up for motorbike trek

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Three motorcycling pals who worked together more than 20 years ago are set for a 24,000-mile road trip from South America to Alaska.

Stephen Mason, Raymond Danton and Wilson Hutchison all worked for a computer company in Ayr as teenagers before moving on. Stephen settled in Lenzie with his wife and four children, Raymond emigrated to Australia and Wilson moved to Zurich.

But a chance meeting at a party brought Stephen and Raymond back together and they tracked Wilson down online.

The trio hatched up the plan for the four-and-a-half month ‘Long Way Up’ trip through 15 countries and decided to raise cash for Lenzie-based Deafblind Scotland in the process.

The charity is currently fundraising to build a much-needed ‘Field of Dreams’ facility on land between Lenzie and Kirkintilloch.

Stephen said: “We have all worked in the corporate world since leaving high school and are now in our fifties.

“The desire to step away from that and have a real adventure is a burning one. That’s why we are going.”

“The bikes will go out on January 15 and we fly out to Buenos Aires on February 2. We then have a 2,000 ride to Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina, on the southern tip of South America, to start the trip, which will finish in Prudhoe Bay in Northern Alaska.”

At least 80 per cent of the trip will be on tarmac roads and, as well as Argentina, the three will go through Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, and Canada. Accomodation will be a mix of camping, hostelling and the odd hotel.

So far they’ve raised just over £1,600 towards their £10,000 total and are urging more people to donate.

If you would like to make a donation to the charity event you can do so online by going to