Kiwi motorcycle adventurers Gareth and Jo Morgan had been frequent visitors to South Korea before they were invited to travel to North Korea. They had told the North Korean authorities of their wish to ride their motorbikes the length of the Korean Peninsula, as the fitting climax to a ride they were planning along the Road of Bones, the Kolyma Highway in Siberia, Russia. The North Koreans declared themselves willing to help - and in 2013, the Morgans' dream came true. Join Gareth and Jo and their companions as they rattle and splash their way around the Kolyma Highway, the main road of the terrible Soviet gulag archipelago. Experience with them the thrill of riding through North Korea, the hermit kingdom itself. Chew your nails as they prepare to cross the Demilitarised Zone between the Koreas, one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. Rejoice with them as they press on down the length of the Baekdu Daegan, the sacred mountain range that forms the spine of the Korean Peninsula, to complete the first ever motorcycle traverse of both Koreas.
Gareth Morgan is CEO of Gareth Morgan Investments, portfolio manager, and chairman of and a consultant to economics consultancy Infometrics Ltd that he founded in 1982. He is also a well-known columnist, philanthropist and author. Gareth is a bit of a veteran now of these offshore bike trips and remains in a hurry to cover the world before his body says it won't. When not biking or working, Gareth can be found around the Cook Strait somewhere, desperately seeking the ultimate fishing high. Jo Morgan has been on bikes since before she was legal. But her penchant for two wheel vehicles tells less than half of the love affair with engines. Buses and trucks play a big part in Jo's driving life back in Wellington too. Jo's other activities include teaching, welding and raising 4 children, and nowadays an extensive portfolio of social and community work that would have the rest of us tired just reading it.