In 2007, I took a break from working in the oilfield to ride my 2003 Kawasaki Z1000 around the US. I was on the road for about 3 months, and covered almost 18,000 miles, going through 16 states and 5 provinces (some photos from that trip are here & here). Before I was done with that trip, I felt the need to do another one, but bigger. And I knew I wanted to leave North America on that trip.
Since then, I’ve been in Denver…slowly getting more and more settled, and not really realizing the extent of it.
After taking a two week trip to Thailand with my friend, Grant, I realized that I needed to leave and see something different for a while. It didn’t take long to start thinking about this motorcycle trip that I’d wanted to do for almost 6 years now.
I went through quite a few possible routes, eliminating many due to issues with border crossings, or countries I couldn’t or wasn’t willing to go through. My current route has me going through Europe, Asia, and Australia, then heading back to North America. And based on the planned route, I should have to take five major plane or boat trips (three to cross water, two for logistical reasons).
People often ask what would make me want to make a trip like this. I guess the most basic answer is that I like the idea of traveling for an extended period, and I like riding, which I also believe is a fantastic way to travel. While spending a year flying from one place to the next would be a great experience, I like the fact that I will not be magically transporting (unless necessary for logistical or safety reasons) myself on a plane in between cities. Seeing the small villages, landscapes, and meeting people between what would otherwise be the major stops might just prove to be the best part.
If anyone wants to get a hold of me while I’m on the road, your best bet is via email – firstname.lastname@example.org