Travelling ‘Round The World’ can mean many different things. To some it simply means circling the globe, and maybe breaking a record on the way. To me it means visiting as many different countries, on as many of the world’s continents, as possible. With that ambition in mind, planning a route became a real challenge. So my approach was to think hard about where I wanted to go, then plan the best route to achieve those aims.
I definitely wanted to go to Russia, which led to the realisation that there’s a ferry from there to Japan. But Japan’s a dead end so it became clear that freighting the bike would be necessary unless I was going to reride my wheel tracks. The next decision therefore, was to transport my bike the longest possible distance by air, giving me the greatest benefit from crating and freighting it. That meant South Korea to New Zealand. An added advantage was to answer that other travellers’ conundrum, the weather. I left the cold, snowy north and arrived in the warm, sunny south.
My route then adopted the logic of my location, which was to ride north and then west, back towards Europe via Oceania and Asia. When I finally get to Southern Europe the logical next place is Africa. After that it will be another ocean crossing to South, then Central and finally North America.
Will that be the end of my travels? It’s impossble to say. I’ve been on the road for over three years now, and anticipate travelling for many more. Only time will tell. And that’s what I love about this life. The route, apart from a general plan, is unknown. Events will unfold as time goes by and in ways that are as unknown to me as the road I’ll ride or the people I’ll meet. And that’s exactly how it should be. Follow the blog to see what happens.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep adding maps as and when relevant.
January 2018 to December 2018.
After Indonesia, the next country northwards was Thailand. From there I wandered around Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
August 2017 to December 2017.
Having arrived in Timor Leste, from Darwin, Australia, it was a journey of many ferries as I island hopped from east to west through Indonesia.
May 2015 to July 2017
A total of twenty six months to tour Australia, including a necessary long break in the middle. It ended in Darwin and the bike was shipped to Timor Leste.
December 2014 to April 2015
I spent four months enjoying the varied delights of New Zealand. I started and finished in Auckland, from where I shipped the bike to Brisbane.
April 2014 to December 2014
My route across Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, to Vladivostok. Then a tour round Honshu Island, Japan. This section of the journey ended in Seoul, South Korea, from where I air freighted the bike to New Zealand.