Written by Sam Manicom. Posted in Media
A film by Dylan Wickrama, and reviewed by Sam Manicom
The cover of the book “When the road ends“got the words right,” The story of an incredible journey. “I absolutely devoured the book when it first came out in 2015, and when I heard that a movie was going to be made, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. But I was nervous; too often the movies just don’t do a book justice.
In short, this is the story of Dylan Wickrama’s solo motorcycle journey around the world. The focus is on what he decided to do when he reached the Darien Gap, that infamous stretch of virtually impenetrable mountainous jungle that straddles the border between Panama and Colombia. Most overlanders logically transport their bikes over this barrier by container, yacht or plane. Each of these options on their own can be a challenge and present their own steep and intense learning curves. But Dylan Wickrama is a guy who sees obstacles in a different light than most of us.
Instead of seeing this part of his journey as a barrier, he saw it as an adventure to be had. And he had it, with the help of others he met along the way, using his skills, his sense of innovation and his optimism. So how did he do it? Dylan designed a raft powered by a propeller and a shaft connected to his motorcycle. His plan was to sail the Pacific Ocean side of the Darien Gap on his raft of oil barrels and bamboo, with a piece of sail to support his trusty modified outboard motor. SG. I heard, with respect, that this man is barking mad!
The movie doesn’t drop the book. There are wonderful images, and the stories told will take your mood from apprehension to disbelief. From heart-in-the-throat moments to laughing humor, there are also real gems woven into the story. And if you ever have the chance to meet this man, shaking his hand will be something you will feel privileged to have done.
Told by Dylan and his wife Martina, with very well chosen music, it is an absolutely captivating film. Quite simply, get it. You will not regret it. It will be one of those movies that easily stand up to repeated viewing.
When the Road Ends – Lost in the Pacific: A Film by Dylan Wickrama
Distribution and production: Ride2Explore
Available on: Compagnon.tv/film/7775| iTunes | GooglePlay | Amazon Video (in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese)
Fee: Rent — $ 5 | Buy — $ 8.50