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.
|Travel By Motorcycle
||Canada-Panama, Columbia-Argentina, South Africa-Egypt, Jordan-Turkey, Greece-Croatia, Italy-Portugal
|Travel By Boat
||Panama-Columbia, Egypt-Jordan, Turkey-Greece, Croatia-Italy
|Travel By Aircraft
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.