I’ve seen my fair share of motorcycle documentaries but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite like “Don’t Tell My Mama I’ve Gone To Mongolia.”
Yes, that’s the title of the documentary, and contrary to what you may be thinking, it actually revolves around the story of Ricardo Fité, who in 2011 decided to join the Mongolrally, a charity rally that basically involves riding from the Czech Republic all the way to Mongolia. Once in Mongolia, participants are encouraged to donate the bikes they used on the trip to help the impoverished children loitering around the streets of the country’s capital, Ulan Bataar.
Fité’s journey was a little bit more special because his route to Mongolia began in Barcelona, Spain before going through Prague, Varsovia, Kiev, Volgograd, Samarkanda, the Altai Mounts, and Ulan Bataar. Fité can’t remember the exact distance he travelled to get to his destination, but he did say that it was somewhere around 11,000 km, or about 8,000 miles. Apparently, the odometer of his 20-year old Yamaha SR250CC broke “somewhere in Poland.”
Fité actually didn’t have plans to turn his trip into a documentary, but once he compiled “five to six hours” worth of footage from his iPhone 3 and Panasonic Lumix DMC Fs-5 10 camera, he decided to hand over all the footage and recordings to his brother, who just happened to have a background in creating documentaries.
So that’s how “Don’t Tell My Mama I’ve Gone To Mongolia” came to be. You can tell that the footage isn’t quite up to standards, but in some ways, the amateurish documentation of the whole trip kind of made the documentary a little endearing.
Go check it out if you have the time. I’m not sure everyone’s going to like it, but it’s still worth checking out.