The route for this trip began to take shape in 2008. A general route was first arrived at by plotting points of interesting locations in Google Earth and then connecting the dots. Our original plan can be seen below. We began this part of our trip on August 20th, 2011.
After getting into an accident in El Salvador, we decided to return home to work, rebuild the motorcycle and plan the next part of our journey. The second leg of our trip will take us to the east coast of Canada, over to Iceland and the rest of Europe, possibly parts of The Middle East, and, if I have my way, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Below is a mapping of average maximum monthly temperatures for cities along the route. Using this and some rough calculations, a general timeline for the for the trip was plotted. The goal was to be in each hemisphere during its corresponding spring and summer months.
Part One - Timeline (click to enlarge)
While in Portugal, we will solidify the plans for the second part of our journey. This part of the route, as it is now, is somewhat uncertain. The plan is to ride through Europe and into The Middle East through parts of the world that are somewhat unstable, partially due to the so-called "War On Terror". After riding through Pakistan and India, the intention was to ride through mainland China, but, after finding out that to do so would mean a costly guided government escort, this part of the route was written off. If we can meet up with a group of riders who are willing to share the cost of an escort through China, this part of the trip can be reconsidered. Otherwise, heading south into Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia is a viable option. I've always wanted to visit Bali, Indonesia again anyway.
We set out on a trip around the world by motorcycle in the summer of 2011. After getting into an accident in El Salvador in January of 2012, we returned home to Canada to work and rebuild the bike. We are now on the second leg of our journey. More about us...
You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go... You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care. About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there." With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And you may not find any you'll want to go down. In that case, of course,you'll head straight out of town. It's opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happenand frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too. OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
-- Dr. Seuss
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