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Old 01-10-2019, 12:09 PM
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Anyone up for an around the world trip?

One of my long time riding buddies, Matt, who likes adventure has got it in his head that he'd like to take a shot at "around the world" on two wheels. I do believe he's serious, so if you are at all curious or interested send me a PM and I'll put you in touch. If I had the time it sounds like an adventure worth doing.

He contacted me this morning with this e-mail:

"After taking my Africa Twin to Baja, I want to set it up to ride round the world in the next couple of years and I am looking someone to go with me, any takers (know anybody who would want to go).

Rough Idea would be to ship the bikes from California to Vladivostok, and then head north around China and over to Lake Baikal. Head south Into Mongolia, and ride west through the lake/national park region. From Mongolia, head into Kazakhstan, then back to Russia (avoid Ukraine), and head back into the heart of Europe through Belarus and Poland.

This said, I am open to other routes to cross Asia. Please pass along to other friends who may be interested in doing a ride like this."
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:27 PM
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Re: Anyone up for an around the world trip?

A few years ago and I'd have been interested. I don't want to put my body through that again. I hope he makes it.


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Old 01-11-2019, 09:59 AM
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Re: Anyone up for an around the world trip?

Craig, awesome of you to share this. If I were single and carefree again this sounds fun. As it is, with family, house payment, college bills, etc quitting my job to ride around the world suddenly loses its luster, which is sad. I wish him the best and sincerely wish that I was going with him.
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Re: Anyone up for an around the world trip?

This is on my bucket list. I have 3 other riding buddies that have committed to a 1 - 3 week trip every year since 2011. We've always talked about our trips as practice for a RTW trip as a goal and after a couple of years of taking big road trips, switched to adventure bikes (I traded my 1600GT for the 1200GS I'm riding now). We've been experimenting with different camping solutions and all our gear with a critical eye toward "would this gear last for months of everyday use going around the world?"

It wouldn't be unexpected that when we finally decide to set out, that one or two of us bails out. But myself and one other guy are pretty serious about it. The thing that scares me the most about this is the logistical planning that has to go in to all the border crossings - well, that and dying from some intestinal bug in the middle of Mongolia. I spent about an hour with Simon and Lisa Thomas (2ridetheworld) getting their advice about many things but eating was one of them. They had a lot of great advice about how easy it is to make good meals with fresh produce and canned meats. They even have a cookbook they've published from their travels. They also told me that proper planning for the trip should take a couple of years of study and correspondence. Clearly I've got more to learn about that.

They also told me that it is no longer possible to ride through China. They will not permit you to bring a vehicle into their country and travel unescorted. That kinda blows my mind that the most populous country on earth is that restrictive on foreign travelers. They suggested a similar route to the one your friend is proposing. Go to Russia first and bypass China. We probably would not ride Africa or South America on the RTW trip - it would be more like the route Ewan and Charlie took on the Long Way Round but probably in the opposite direction.

I hope your friend does the trip even if he has to do it solo.
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Re: Anyone up for an around the world trip?

The best resource for planning and doing a RTW trip is Horisons Unlimited. There are many people riding the world and links and advise to get you through safely and help in emergencies anywhere in the world.

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Wish I could say yes.
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Would sound like fun in my twenties... Uh... No...

I was managing a rock band then... THAT was fun !!!


But thanks.

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