The Boomer Woman’s Podcast, episode 206

Alison Smith

Chris Donaldson: It's The Journey Not The Destination

From bullets and bombs in Belfast in the 70s to a variety of civil wars in Africa… not to mention crossing the Sahara on a café racer… Chris Donaldson’s life did not lack excitement and danger in 1979/80.

As Chris’ “trip” unfolded he realized the destination was no longer the “thing” – he was traveling for the sake of traveling (… still on the Moto Guzzi café racer!)

From Ireland down through Africa to South America, L.A. to Vancouver and across Canada, south through the U.S. and Mexico to South America… that was Chris’ first trip.

You might remember names like the Ayatollah Khomeini, Idi Amin, Pablo Escobar… Chris seemed to visit at less than opportune times!

This conversation is adventure but nothing compared to the book!! Holy Moly!

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About the guest: Chris Donaldson

On his return from South America, Chris joined the family furniture shop in Belfast, which over the years he expanded into London and Dublin. He was UK Master Franchisor for a fitness company, developed a Health & Fitness Franchise, and a Mobile App company in Dubai; where he lived for eight years with his family on a 47ft yacht.

His hobbies include sailing and flying. Following his quest to do things his own way, he built his own aeroplane. He still rides his Moto Guzzi Le Mans, SOI 222, and some years ago rode it to Moscow and St Petersburg with his wife, Julie.

The journey still impacts his life to this day where he continues to go the wrong way whenever he can; The journey started in 1979 finally completed in March 2023 when Chris finally arrived in Australia with the same Moto Guzzi Le Mans after riding to Nepal and flying from Katmandu to Brisbane. Burma was closed in 1979 and still is, although he finally made it through Iran! The bike is currently in the Moto Guzzi Cathedral in Yea, near Melbourne.

Chris now works with Ed’s son, Jeff Arditti from North Carolina. He sells their furniture in Europe, Russia and Australia.

He now lives in Belfast and is the father of two beautiful girls.

Belfast cemetery has recently noticed some paranormal disturbances at the grave of his old English teacher. Rumours of him writing a book have apparently reached the afterlife

Visit Chris Donaldson’s website

If you can find Chris on Social Media, let me know!

Check out Chris’ Book: Going The Wrong Way



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