Saturday, April 21, 2012

Drake's Passage: The Complete Series

Drake's Passage is a new travel series where Drake McElroy, a professional motocross rider, takes you on a new adventure every week, to some of the most wonderful, most interesting places in the world. In this first episode of the series, Drake travels to Mexico where he partakes in mezcal alcohol tasting, joins a mariachi band in Plaza Garibaldi, forces down pulque (er, more alcohol...) at a pulqueria, gets a religious cleansing and tries some sketchy street tacos...

Hit the jump for all other episodes of Drake's Passage. The page will be updated every week and we'll keep adding new episodes here until the series concludes

The 2nd episode: Drake meets up with some of Mexico's top young riders and challenges them to a small enduro competition on their own turf. Later, he decides to step into the ring to experience one of Mexico's most well known traditions...

The 3rd episode: Drake goes inside the great Pyramids of Giza with fellow rider Robbie Maddison. He then gets some much needed air as he tries to use his dirt bike skills on a rogue camel. After the Pyramids, Drake cruises the Nile and learns to play the oud. He also tries his bartering skills at the historic Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Itching to see Cairo on two wheels, Drake takes a tour of the city on a motorcycle and finishes the day at the El Fishawy coffee house

The 4th episode: Drake shows his creative side and learns about one of Egypt's oldest traditions. Later, Drake makes a memorable visit to one of Cairo's most historic and chilling landmarks, the City of the Dead, before experiencing some of Egypt's traditional cuisine

The 5th episode: Drake loads up for a massive water fight with more than 10,000 people in Madrid. After drying off, he enjoys dinner and a traditional flamenco performance and then gets back in his element with some vintage low-rider bicycles and cruises around town. Finally, Drake gets his mind blown when checks out the biggest collection of Spanish motorcycles in the world

The 6th episode: Drake continues to enjoy the Spanish lifestyle. After learning about one of the country's most popular delicacies and honing his knife skills at one of the world's oldest restaurants, Drake experiences Madrid's nightlife at a funky rock and roll club. He then takes a motorcycle ride through the Spanish countryside, soaking up the country's history and culture

The 7th episode: Drake arrives in Moscow and heads straight to the historic Sandunovsky baths to recover from his travels before heading to an underground club to watch a notable psychedelic band and chat with them after the show. It's then off to the Moscow River for a day of wakesurfing with a top Russian DJ and a trip to the radio station for an interview. Finally, Drake gets a taste of the Cold War, going 18 floors below the street as he explores an underground Soviet bunker

The 8th episode: Drake continues with his Russian adventure and experiences the underground street racing scene in the heart of Moscow, in a tricked-out Audi. He then explores Sexton - a crazy post-apocalyptic biker bar/nightclub reminiscent of Mad Max, meets up with the editor of The eXile and talks about life in Russia as an American expat. Drake also performs his day job, judging the Red Bull X-Fighters stop in Red Square, where he meets NFL star Reggie Bush who's visiting Moscow as well

The 9th episode: Drake visits London where he meets up with 'Super Ted' James, one of the most innovative custom fixed bike builders around, before heading to judge the Red Bull X-Fighters event that night. The next morning, he takes a train ride north to visit darts legend Bobby George, aka 'Bobby Dazzler,' at his home pub, where he discusses life and gets some pointers on his darts game. It's an experience he'll never forget

The 10th episode: Drake wraps up his London adventure with a search for spicy curry on Brick Lane, urban motocross with world champ David Knight, a ride on a classic café racer through London to the legendary Ace Café, a humiliating lesson at Lord's Cricket Ground, the home of cricket and an unforgettable meal at St. John, one of the world's best restaurants

The 11th episode: Drake arrives in Rome to handle his Red Bull X-Fighters judging business. The next morning, it's nothing but good friends and good food as he meets up with NASCAR driver Brian Vickers and fellow Red Bull X-Fighters judge Regis Harrington as they play a lazy round of golf alongside an ancient aquaduct before learning how to make authentic pasta. Drake gets his Italian cowboy on as he ventures through a 2,600-year-old necropolis on horseback before heading back into central Rome for a homecooked rooftop dinner with his wife

The 12th episode: Continuing his Italian adventure, Drake travels north to Bologna, the home of Ducati, where he's hooked up with a new bike to cruise around town and tour the sites. Back in Rome, Drake gives Russell Crowe a run for his money at gladiator school. After a calming lunch amongst classic statues in an old art studio, Drake whips around Rome in style on a '66 Lambretta scooter. After causing an absolute ruckus on the streets, Drake learns the right way to make pizza through the art of charades

The 13th episode: Drake travels to Dubai for an unreal time going down 90 ft waterslides, riding motorcycles with Nadim and the UAE motorcycle club, hitting the desert sand in a quad and even snowboarding at an indoor mountain resort...

The 14th episode: Drake's visit to Dubai wraps up with a full-throttle drive in an open wheel race car at the Dubai Autodrome. Later, he gets a lesson in the ancient sport of falconry and makes some new feathered friends. Making a quick stop at a camel farm, Drake continues on and enjoys the good company and amazing home of Emitati actor and culturalist, Eisa Kayed

The 15th episode: Drake visits Sao Paulo, samples feijoada (traditional Brazilian cuisine), meets up with local street artists, hangs with a group of friends and talks bikes...

The 16th episode: Drake wraps up his trip to Sao Paulo by sampling the diverse food fare at the Mercado Municipal marketplace. Then, he almost loses his lunch when he rides on the back of a motoboy's rickety bike through the hectic streets of the metropolis - dodging people and cars along the way in the scariest thing Drake has done all series. Drake ends his trip with a late night at a club where he meets Igor Cavalera, a founding member of the legendary metal band Sepultura and currently with his wife, the DJ duo Mixhell...

The 17th episode: Drake visits Barcelona and discovers Dontell, a hidden gourmet restaurant where he helps prepare the meal for his wife. The next day, it's more food at La Boqueria, the famous market off Las Ramblas, to sample a selection of tapas. With a full stomach and itching to ride, Drake tests a Volta electric motorcycle and then he's off to the Catalunya Circuit to check out the MotoGP scene. Rounding out his night, it's more tapas and then some rock n' roll at El Monasterio

The 18th episode: Strolling around Barcelona, Drake discovers the incredibly distinctive architecture of Gaudi at Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia before joining a group in making a castell, or human tower. Finally it's race day as Drake goes to the Circuit de Catalunya to watch the MotoGP race trackside and is joined at dinner by 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden. He finishes off his trip with a bang as he knocks back some absinthe at a local bar...

19th episode to be added here next week. Bookmark this page if you want to watch the entire series of Drake's Travels here on Faster and Faster

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