"I would speak to Bruce."
Adventurers know no obstacles. They only really know one thing: the notorious Darién Gap, which causes so many problems for travellers on the Panamericana between Panama and Columbia. Where flying would be the ideal way forward, Dylan Wickrama made his R 1150 GS "Bruce" into a raft and crossed the Pacific. In an interview, he tells us about his miraculous journey and reveals the secrets to his survival.
Together with your R 1150 GS "Bruce", you have been through a lot. Although Bruce is a machine – does a world trip like this in some way bring you both together?
It is a very special relationship. Bruce may only be a heap of steel and plastic and a lot of individual parts, but this motorcycle was my companion on this trip. I spent many nights far away from other people. I'm not quite sure when it started, but at some point I began talking to Bruce. I got to know him so well I even took to the high seas with him. He will always be a special part of my life.
Do you think your journey would have ended sooner if it hadn't been for your DIY skills, your resourcefulness and your attitude?
No. You don't need to be good at DIY to travel the world. Even if it is useful to be able to help yourself so you don't get stranded in the same place for too long. Travelling has become so easy. There's always help nearby. But it is important to keep a positive attitude. Especially when you're testing out your own boundaries; it's an absolute must. Optimism acts as a magnet and attracts good things into your life.
Were you able to perceive and marvel at the world around you?
Yes, of course. I always live in the moment. At this moment, I'm being bitten by a mosquito. Isn't it amazing how such a tiny creature can attract my attention by making me feel discomfort? I find this magical. Other people might not. One strike – and the topic is inscribed and forgotten.
What are the most important ingredients for happiness?
Being content with what you have. And being happy about what you have instead of being unhappy about everything you don't. Everything else is an extra, a bonus.