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Ewan to bike around the world

February 29, 2004
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Famed for his love of adventure and motorcycles, Big Fish star Ewan McGregor is combining the two as he embarks on a round-the-world trek on his bike.

Ewan will set off on the four-month 20,000-mile endeavour in April along with pal Charley Boorman, departing from London with New York as the final destination. The global journey, mapped out by a state-of-the-art satellite navigation system, will take the two through Asia, Siberia and Alaska on the way to the Big Apple.

"I am excited about driving across Mongolia and setting up a tent somewhere and finding people who live a different life," says Ewan. "This is a trip we have wanted to do for many years."

The Moulin Rouge star is no stranger to roughing it, having spent time in both an icy north Canadian outpost on the search for polar bears and in the tropical jungle of the Mosquito Coast, both for nature documentaries. While filming Big Fish in Alabama, he hit the road, riding a Harley-Davidson across the US to Los Angeles.

Ewan and Charley have reportedly signed deals worth £1.5 million pounds for the book and TV rights to the voyage.

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The Big Fish star will depart from London in April on the four-month, 20,000-mile trip, with New York City as his final destination

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