By: Ashlee Wilson | Sat 23 Jul 2016, 09:00
Tough Rides: Brazil on Travel Channel.
If there’s one person who knows how to tell a story, it is Ryan Pyle - adventurer, journalist, producer, presenter, award-winning photographer and avid motorbike traveller.
Instead of writing a story or snapping a pic, Ryan chose to take his trusty motorbike stead and ride the 16 093km journey around Brazil to show audiences the country in a way never before seen.
On 23 July at 20:00 on Travel Channel (179), we can enjoy double-bill episodes of Tough Rides: Brazil as we join Ryan on this incredible conquest.
We had a quick chat to Ryan to ask him what on earth he was thinking.
Read our interview below:
Why did you decide to go on this incredible journey?
I had already completed motorcycle adventures in China and India and I thought that somehow Brazil was the next logical destination. I’ve never been to South America before and I wanted to explore the region’s most dominant country and economy.
Why did you choose your motorcycle as means of transport?
I always travel by motorcycle. It is by far the best way to travel and explore a country and understand its people. Riding a motorcycle is a 360-degree experience, and I’m in love with travelling around the globe by two wheels.
Brazil is a fast-changing country and part of the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China). I had already completed motorcycle adventures in China and India and I thought that somehow Brazil was the next logical destination. I’ve never been to South America before and I wanted to explore the region’s most dominant country and economy.
What is the oddest Brazilian custom you encountered while on your trip?
The most strange thing that I encountered on my journey was that in the “deep amazon” they crush ants and use the “ant blood” or “ant juice” as bug spray to repel the bugs. I of course also had to do this. Nasty, but very effective.
When were you at your happiest during the trip and why?
I was the happiest on my journey when I completed the very challenging BR-319 Highway that runs right through the Amazon. The entire highway runs for 1 000km and there are no towns, no villages, no gas stations and no mobile phone access. So, once I completed this section successfully I was beyond happy to have survived.
If you had to stay in one of the places you visited forever – which place would it be and why?
I love Rio. It’s a big complicated city full of wonderful and passionate people. I love the mountains, I love the beaches and I love the Rio way of life. I could spend a lifetime there, no problem.
If you could go back to the beginning and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
I would tell myself to worry less. When I begin these big filming productions, they are always stressful and I just need to worry less and enjoy the adventure a little bit more.
What was the first thing you did when your trip was finished?
I called my wife and told her I missed her and that I was coming home.
What did you learn about yourself, Brazil and others during your trip?
Every one of my great expeditions offers a lot of quiet time to reflect and learn about oneself. In Brazil, I learned that I’m a little tougher than I thought I was and that I am truly passionate about travelling around in remote places and understanding unique and interesting ways of life.
What can viewers expect to see in this series?
My television is made in a unique way. I spend a lot of time on the ground learning about the country I am visiting and I hope audiences can get a unique and fresh perspective on a part of the world that they don’t know much about. And above all else, the audiences can expect honesty, integrity and genuine interest and passion.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
It’s wonderful to see Season 3 (Brazil) come out on Travel Channel. I’m looking forward to making many more seasons to come.
You can follow Ryan on social @ryanpyle and remember to tune in for Tough Rides: Brazil with double-bills on Saturdays from 23 July at 20:00 on Travel Channel (179).