Not-So-Easy Riders

Ewan McGregor's a rough rider. And covered with dust, he's a pale rider. On Thursday he vroom-vroomed his way across the 20,000-mile mark, concluding his three-month global motorcycle journey, which began in London and ended in New York's Battery Park. (Must be a waterproof bike he has there.)

McGregor (think recent "Star Wars" fame) was joined by actor-pal Charley Boorman (whose name doesn't ring a bell) on the ride, which also rolled through Mongolia, Siberia and Alaska. Random, we know, but as McGregor explains: "It was a good excuse to ride motorcycles for a long time." Our bum hurts just thinking about it.

Of course, the adventure was chronicled by their hand-held cameras and the footage will air Oct. 28 on the Bravo TV series "Long Way Around." (Don't people do things for the sake of doing them anymore?)

Ah, but it was all worth it, McGregor says -- even if Mongolia's terrain was a little rough. "There were no roads there, just gravel. One day we rode 14 hours and went 30 miles. But we plowed on and I'm glad we did. It was extraordinary. I learned a lot about humanity."

Ahnuld Flexes His Muscles

The latest T-shirt craze out of California -- remember the whole "Voting Is for Old People" debacle? -- is right outta the governator's mouth.

Ahnuld Schwarzenegger dismissed some of California's Democratic lawmakers -- mainly state Senate Majority Leader John Burton and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez -- as "girlie men" earlier this month because they lacked "guts" to stand up to unions and special-interests groups regarding the state's budget crisis, so, of course, there's a T-shirt commemorating the insult.

The $24 tee, which reads "Sacramento Girlie Men," are being ordered from all over the country and even from Ireland and Paris. (What, no Austrians?) "It's crazy," says San Francisco-based designer Sarah Lefton, who was in elementary school when the "girlie man" skit on "Saturday Night Live" became famous in the late '80s. She says she'll give 20 percent of the profits to the state Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger's mug can be found on a postage stamp in his native Austria. The stamp hit the streets yesterday, his 57th birthday.

But the best thing in honor of the Guv went down in Baghdad: Members of the Arnold Classic gym showed up downtown in their skivvies and had a flex competition. "This is for Arnold, our hero and the greatest champion ever," said gym owner Sabah Talib, explaining what he said was the first bodybuilding competition in postwar Iraq. Now that's what we call big fans.

Noted . . .

And in the what-in-the-world-is-he-thinking category, we couldn't resist passing along this tidbit from dreadlocked Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am, who ever so helpfully explained why he wants to vote for John Kerry. The Dem Party's choice for president snagged the musician's vote because, as he told the New York Daily News: "When I mentioned to Kerry that I wanted to make a song about America, he said, 'Why don't you go to Quincy Jones?' It let me know that this person is no different than me."

. . . and Quoted

"Let me put it this way: I think Sen. Kerry is gonna carry Massachusetts."

-- novice politico Ben Affleck, going way out on a limb to the New York Post.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Actor Ewan McGregor, left, with Charley Boorman in New York, explained their trip as "a good excuse to ride motorcycles for a long time."