Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor are best friends who love to travel.
In fact, they’ve made two documentaries about their travels in the past.
Beginning on Friday, Sept. 18, Boorman and McGregor will unveil their latest project, “Long Way Up,” which reunites the pair more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world.
“We love to travel together,” McGregor says. “It’s been a long time since 2007 and our last outing. In 2004, we did the Northern Hemisphere. It was about finding the right time.”
The pair did find enough time to make the trip. The first three episodes of “Long Way Up” premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, Sept. 18. The following episodes will be released weekly after that.
One would think because the pair have traveled by motorbike across the globe that it would be an easy task.
They always enjoy a challenge and decided to make the trek on electric motorbikes.
The duo covers 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries – starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America.
Boorman and McGregor journey through the glorious and underexposed landscapes of South and Central America in their most challenging expedition to date, using cutting-edge technology on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons to contribute to the sustainability of the planet.
Along the way, they have to figure out daily challenges that pop up.
“We didn’t have much time,” Boorman says. “We had to get used to the bikes charging. Questions arose like ‘Will we get up to the destination or Do we have enough charge?’ It was so cold when we started, that we saw the effect it had on the batteries. Those first 10 days were like we were back in school.”
Through the series, the pair journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and up through Colombia, Central America and Mexico.
Joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, following them in their electric Rivians.
Boorman says it took a couple of weeks to get acclimated to the travel.
“You are experiencing a different language and culture,” Boorman says. “Once you get to the rhythm of it, the trip was great. We’d stop at lunch to take a charge. Not only are you plugging the bikes in, you are plugging into the people too. And getting a personal experience.”
Of course, there were deadlines to be met during the journey.
“We had Christmas at the end of the trip and we wanted to be with our family,” McGregor says.
For logistics’ sake, there were some destinations that had to be rerouted.
“We missed Santiago,” McGregor says. “There was a diversion that would have put another three days. We avoided Mexico City at the end because the time was passing by.”
With more than a decade passed since the duo’s last trip, Boorman says the pair came together and melded like no time had passed.
“I think that you have to trust,” Boorman says of the journey.
McGregor says the trip has given him a sense of human kindness.
“Once you’ve done trips like this, it’s inside you,” McGregor says. “They take you to places you’ve never been.”