From Amsterdam to Tokyo on a 1975 model Moto Guzzi V7: Paul Van Hooff’s voyage

“I have a hangover that goes from here to Tokyo”.

A colourful expression that expresses the remoteness and incalculable distance that lies between Japan and Holland, where it seems that this saying is fairly popular. It certainly is for Paul Van Hoof who, unlike everyone else, took it literally and really did go all the way to Tokyo, departing from the centre of Amsterdam on a 1975 model Moto Guzzi V7.

Let’s make it clear, first of all, that Paul did indeed make it all the way to Tokyo and arrived there on 28 August 2017. This was about one month after we spoke to him on Skype, which is what gave rise to this article, and almost 10 months after his departure from the land of windmills in November 2016, slap bang in the middle of winter, just to make things easier of course!