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Noraly Schoenmaker Or Itchy Boots, The YouTube Adventurer

Despite growing out of my obsession with motorbikes some years ago, I still have a great interest in bikes and bikers. Thankfully YouTube has a wealth of well-made channels devoted to the subject and one of the most enjoyable is Itchy Boots, the video travelogue of the Dutch motorbike adventurer Noraly Schoenmaker. In 2018-19 she chronicled her circuitous journey from Malaysia to the Netherlands and she is doing the same again in 2020, travelling solo from Argentina to Alaska on a Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle. It is inspiring stuff, and all the more admirable for seeing a young woman tackle some of the most remote areas of the world with little more than her own determination and intelligence to guide her. Below is a taster of what she does and why you should subscribe to her channel.

4 comments on “Noraly Schoenmaker Or Itchy Boots, The YouTube Adventurer

  1. Darn. I’d still think about getting checked for the shots, if a strange dog was biting at me in South America.

    • Yep, me too! Though I’d also think twice about riding around South America on a bike, on my own, on every back road I could find. Pretty damn brave, in my book 🙂

      • The land looks almost exactly parts of the Sonora Desert -Part of the Southwestern US and North Mexico. In particular if you go from Sonora to the High Grasslands and/or Forests (mostly Juniper-Pinyon or Ponderosa Pine), I can’t pick out any difference in the landscape except the US street signage.

        Biking in South America like that is brave (I personally took trains and buses on that Continent!!!). Fucking with rabies is, however, is just a horrible idea. I knew a man who saw a little girl with rabies in Mexico as a teenager. Despite 2 infantry tours in Vietnam he said it was the worst thing he had ever seen in his life. I never saw the illness in a person. Just one cat and one beautiful orange fox (noted similarity to title). Even though I know Britain in particular shows scare movies about rabies to kids (suspect they might have reached Ireland), the worst of them can’t convey with a diabolical disease it is-even seeing in cats or foxes. I wouldn’t wave off a bite even here where 99.5% of the pet dogs and even many of the strays have been vaccinated.

  2. Michael Harte

    Wonderful wandering on your bike had my first when I was twenty Iam now eighty and still on the bike you are really an insperation you are mad and fearless have a safe journey

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