A couple from Germany quit their jobs to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, a motorcycle tour of the world.

John Forrester from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) North Cumbria and South West Scotland Advanced Drivers and Riders group joined them when they visited the Lake District.

He met up with husband and wife Renata Plesa and Dieter Eltshkner, from Stuttgart in Germany, in the Pennines, between Alston and Nenthead, for a bikers’ day out in the Lake District.

Their round the world trip re-commenced in August following the Covid-19 lockdown in Germany.

When I met them they had already travelled through many Western European countries, covering 23,500 km.

The journey to date has covered 229,500 km and 39 countries.

They had just spent five weeks in Iceland, having sailed from Denmark to Reykjavik.

Renata said: “It was a fantastic place to visit and the riding was both interesting and challenging on the off-road sections and river crossings.

"The bikes have been amazing and reliable.”

Dieter added: “Tyre choice has been critical for the off-road sections and many water crossings.

"The tyres are chunky and noisy on tarmac, giving a lifespan of around 10,000 km.”

Ireland’s West Atlantic coast was completed before they crossed to England, travelling north to complete the ever popular bike route, the North Coast 500.

They ride BMW R1250 GS Adventures, each set to their own personal specifications.

Both have been on the BMW off-road course in preparation for the adventure which they see as “the opportunity of a lifetime”.

They have strict safety rules and ride within their limits.

John said: "Our Lake District trip started began on the A686 to Hartside Pass, sadly shrouded in mist and cloud.

"Then we headed towards Brougham Castle, Pooley Bridge and Glenridding.

"Thankfully, the weather improved as we headed over Kirkstone Pass towards Bowness on Windermere, riding north through Ambleside over Dunmail Raise to Keswick to visit the popular bike haunt, the Filling Station Café. Renata and Dieter are now heading back to Germany for two weeks before setting off to Chile, where they will ride south in what is the Argentinian summer to Ushuaia, which claims to be the world’s southernmost city.

"They will then ride for a further 10 months, travelling north through the USA and Canada and tackling the Alaskan Dalton Highway before the winter freeze turns it onto the well-known ice road."

To follow their journey see www.duo93adventure.com

For further information on joining RoSPA in North Cumbria contact www.reivers-advanced.org.