Ewan McGregor's "Long Way Round" Road Trip

Ewan McGregor didn't need to go on a 20,000 mile road trip to become famous.

Before setting off from London in April 2004 with his buddy and fellow actor, Charley Boorman, the Scottish actor had already starred in high-powered movies like Trainspotting (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).

But five months before leaving on the road trip, McGregor and Boorman formed a company - Long Way Round Limited (LWR) - with two additional friends to organize the trip logistics, and to produce the T-shirts, book, DVD, CD and six-part television documentary that was to follow.

(This makes the travel blog site (Travelpod.com) that Adrienne and I signed up with before our trip to keep in touch with family and friends now seem like really small potatoes).

The grueling road trip first saw the lads head east across Europe on their BMW GS R1150 Adventure motorcycles, and then onto Central Asia, Siberia, Alaska, Canada and the US Midwest.

After being on the road for a roadtrippin worthy 115 days - at times riding an exhausting 18 hours a day - they pulled into Manhattan on July 29, 2004, accompanied by 50 fans on motorbikes.

According to the LWR trip website, the riding duo had received intensive "Hostile Environment Training" before leaving London in matters as diverse as rogue border officials, bear attacks, freezing temperatures, and handling guns.

They had also been given expert medical emergency training, "Bushcraft and Survival Training" and "BMW training, and worked out with a personal trainer. This training "gave them a hands-on wake-up call that this was no ordinary trip and definitely not a holiday"

It also really puts the modest trip preparation that Adrienne I did before driving our VW van to the Panama Canal - travel shots, tinted windows on the van, wheel locks, etc. - to shame.