1 Million Miles, Every country, Lifetime World Exploration

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by thewildcallsjon, Dec 8, 2015.

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Which route would you choose for the first 3-5 years of World Exploration?

  1. The entire African continent

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  2. Latin America, Epic Jungle man life & 4000 miles Canoeing the Amazon then North America & Canada

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  3. Alaska, Canada, North America, and then Latin America, Epic Jungle man life & Canoeing the Amazon

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  4. Middle East, Kazakstan etc, Mongolia, onto Asia

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  5. Russia & Siberia

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  6. Nowhere, stay at home, have a cup of tea & watch eastenders

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  1. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    I have been following your trip planning from the beginning, I have found your plan very interesting & i am impressed with your industriousness. Thank you also for the helpful information on vaccinations, i have found this a great resource. I admire your plan, and its really cool to see a young couple doing something epic together. That is one thing people say to me, won't i be lonely? for atleast 30 years...What about a family they say. I am eagerly following your planning, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the pictures when your out there living the dream. You are great
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  2. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Isn't it grand to dream thy last dream.
    And you are definitely a dreamer.
    Not to mention somewhat of a poetic dreamer.
    So.....where are you now and how are things going?
    Also wondering if you are planning to get camping equipment as you seem to be travelling extra light.
    And how much do think your new built bike will cost with extra motors on reserve?

    Looks like you have several inmates attention and I am definitely keen on this RR
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  3. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Currently - Italy.

    At the moment I am not using any camping equipment, but lately i have been researching the kind of camping equipment i will want to take on the 1 Million Mile Every Country adventure & I'm confident i have found some practical and durable choices - after all the gear you will carry around is your home, in a way.

    The cost of the stock new bike will be approx £7000. However this will not include any of the parts or rebuilding of the bike to my own specification, once finished to my own specification, it will not look anything like the standard specification. All modifications will have a specific purpose. Each new engine, costs approx £1700. Although expensive, this is not going to be an ordinary round the world trip. In addition, there will be something rather special at the end of the 30+ years, that hopefully everyone will be able to enjoy. More on that soon.
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  4. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    On Monday 11th April, i will take take the bike for a ride. First I will need to get my body back to the country i left it in. Providing nothing turns to excrement - At 5 am I will sit in a 30 Tonne metal tube where machines make fire.. blasting me 600mph, then my ears will hurt, and i will be 6 miles up in the clouds, to cover 1300 miles.

    Once the vehicle has landed, I will then get on my motorbike, hoping that the second cylinder will begin to work again, then i will ride the same day 600 Miles, not on any motorway, no, rather - through some of the most remote & beautiful landscapes of the country.

    Tuesday 12th April I will be in another country where i will ride approx 400 miles, I will ride into a Volcano, bask on the warm beaches & swim in the clear blue sea. Then i will float the bike on the Mediterranean Sea, to get to other lands...
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  5. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    I admire your ambition, but your budget? The wife and I are now months away from setting out on an unlimited RTW ride, two up. It's costing us northward of 20K Australian to just get out of Oz. Ok, there are two of us and we can genuinely spend as we please. But even if there was just me it would still be close to $12000. Fuel is the least of your concerns. Visas are a biggy. Multiple entry Russian business visas are $500 ea, the list and costs are scarey. So far as hunter gatherer, really. No place is more suitable than here in Australia. But, it's illegal to kill any native animal. Plenty of ferral critters for sure, but even some of them you need permits for now-a-days. Road kill maybe, but seriously, no and trust me., I'm an country bunkin farm grown resourcefull and resillant type. I wouldn't even consider it.

    By way of example. Back in 84, we spent 12 months in North America, 8 months of that cruising around on a HD. We spent a total of aprox $16000 US. Yep 32 years ago. Mind that included the cost of the bike $3500 and shipping it home. None the less, we are the king and queen of mean, when it comes to spending money. I guess we could have done it a little cheaper, but not much. We would camp about 4 - 5 days every week whilst on the road, for 8 months.

    None the less, all the best. I think your education starts now, as it does with us all as we set out on these adventures.
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  6. ThorH

    ThorH BMW R1200GS

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    So, your plan is not only to buy and rebuild a new bike. You plan to buy and build four bikes. Plus five engines, two frames, ten wheels, and a truckload of other stuff you will never need. This is where your rather grand plan became an impossible dream, I'm afraid. The money wasted on this could keep you on the road for years.

    If you are serious about this trip, just get yourself a proven adventure bike and go. Maintain and repair, then buy a new bike when its worn out. Maybe you'll even get one for free from a sponsor. Parts are available and can be shipped anywhere, why would you want to stock them?
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  7. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Monday - crossed 600 miles from Bari, Italy to Mount Etna in Sicily

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    Second Cylinder started working again. Lost in Basilicata Region, Italy

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    At 1AM Tuesday, i took the ferry crossing from Villa San Giovanni, to Messina - Sicily

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    Proceeded to ride to Catania, and up the side of Mount Etna, where I arrived at the Hotel at 4am

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    sleeping...
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  8. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Ready for reaching the top of one of the most Active Volcanoes in the World. It is the tallest Volcano in Europe.

    Essential supplies obtained: Zip Ties, Jeans, Spare Chain, Bananas, Oranges, Pears, Tomatoes

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    At the Summit, where the earth is red, just placing your hand under the surface of the ash, the ground is hot from the Molten Lava underneath, a reminder of potential imminent death.

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    The entire peak in these two photos is freshly formed, it was not there last year.

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  9. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    lost somewhere in sicily
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  10. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    It has been a while since i posted here, in the last 5 months i have explored 15 different lands. My last posts showed crossing through Italy, and riding up Mount Etna. I then spent at least a month exploring Malta, a beautiful country with many great beaches, good seafood, good weather usually between 25-35 degrees c. The sea is beautifully clear, and the diving is amazing, especially around Comino & the Crystal Cove. Malta is one of my favorite places so far, I considered living there for some time, though i still had the return ferry ticket already booked, i decided to go on to keep travelling.

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    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    This kind man fitted new brake pads to my bike for free without me even asking (Thanks!). This is his Hayabusa. I have always wanted one.



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    Asked the crew if they would take me & Patricia out to see for the day, but they couldn't understand me
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    Charlie Siem happened to be in town, so went to watch him give the Violin a schoolin' at the Manoel Theater. Incredible
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    Comino Island has about 4 permanent residents, 1 hotel, beautiful clear diving & the ever popular Blue Lagoon. Quick video pre - snorkelling, found some tropical silver fish down there maxxing & relaxing



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  12. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Centrifugal clutch wouldn't let me go any higher... So left it there, and trekked 2 hours up

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    Went to Marettimo Island for a couple days, one of the Aegadian Islands west of Sicily. Climbed 3 hours to the top of the peaks in the darkness. Set up my tent in the moonlight at the peak above/in the clouds. A beautiful place to wake up knowing you are the only person at the top of the island, its 35 degrees and you are literally inside the clouds.
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  13. SlugRider

    SlugRider Been here awhile

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    Beautiful can't wait for the updates!
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  14. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Videos added now to previous posts.

    Marrakesh

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    After thousands of starts, and approx 115,000 miles finally the original starter motor internally melted & went kaput. After randomly finding a Honda dealer, i went to put one on order. The quote they gave was 900 Euros. Yes nine hundred euros. The upside they were trying to sell me what that it is a genuine Honda part. That is more than i paid for the entire bike. I went on my way, running down the road to bump start Priscilla, and she happily popped away. Whilst back in London, i found a genuine Honda starter from a crashed 2015 bike with 1000 miles for 30 Euros. I put the starter motor in my helmet, along with a pair of swimming shorts, snorkels and a spare T shirt, & the next week went back to the airport. After pausing the conveyor belt for a considerable time, security staff stared at their screens at Stansted Airport & then let me through. No more running down the road, and jumping on to start.

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    Where to go next... perhaps Greece? Africa? Sardinia? I'm going to be off the grid now for a few months.
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  15. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    The website for you is in the making, it has not been published yet.

    If you wanted to bookmark for future viewing, the website that will feature the
    1 Million Mile, Every country, Lifetime world exploration is:

    ridethehorizon.com

    Update: The world expedition will be filmed & condensed into cinema productions to be screened worldwide.
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  16. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    After being back in the UK a few weeks, I have decided to extend this random spontaneous ride to a further 34 countries, approximately 22,000 more miles, over the next 8-10 months.

    On the 24th October, I will continue riding. Hopefully Patricia will keep on rolling and firing on both cylinders, even up into the Arctic circle, despite the mileage of nearly 120,000 miles, and practically no maintenance, except brake pads, a new starter motor, and tightening of the chain. Last time i checked, there was no oil in the engine either, until i remembered to level the bike off the side stand, and the oil was still full. Will she last to 140,000 miles ? lets find out. I will have quite a contrast of experiences in this time, I will experience both + 45 degrees C heat, and -51 degrees C frozen.

    If anyone has any tips on riding in thick snow, in minus many degrees temperatures, for thousands of miles in the Arctic circle please advise.

    Calling Ed March... (remembering the scene getting his tongue stuck to the post) And if any of you have not watched all of Ed marches you tube episodes, I strongly advise you to do so, he is hilarious.
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  17. SlugRider

    SlugRider Been here awhile

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    Holy sh*t, may God have mercy on your trip. Good luck and staying in tune for the rest!
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  18. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    ''To obtain visa, you will need to receive a authorization code. This code needs to be issued by Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Tehran.

    You have two options to gain this code:
    Option one would be if you have friends or family in Iran they can visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran and give invitation letter for you and apply for the code for you.''

    Would anyone like to be my friend or family in Iran? who may be happy to invite me to Iran? I am a nice person.
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  19. ya(x2)

    ya(x2) Long timer

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    Looked at the initial post's date and no... it's not an April's fool! :)
    Out of the 200+ countries, there are quite a few where one won't be able to ride a motorcycle including Irak, Afghanistan, North Korea and much more for many years to come. It's good to dream though and I wish you all the best in your almost "impossible" and expensive quest.
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  20. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    The journey continues... yesterday landed back in Palermo, Sicily where I had previously left Bike #1 for about a month. The front tyre was flat, at first i thought someone had slashed it with a knife, as I saw a split line in the tyre, a couple co2 canisters later, and the tyre was holding pressure, if its a puncture, must be a very slow leak. I think im done with Sicily now, its been interesting. The drivers are terrible, the food is terrible, peoples taste in music is terrible. On the beaches, due to the influx of migrants, every 30 seconds, literally from 8am, until 6pm while your trying to relax laying on the beach, you get people walking right past you shouting ''BIERE?'' ''COKA COLA?'' ''MASSAGGIO?'' ''PRETTY DRESS FOR YOU?'' (even though your a dude) ''SUNGLASSES FOR YOU'' (even though your already wearing sunglasses?) Guess they have to earn a living somehow, but they just don't get it, you've got to be pretty dumb not to realise, NOBODY WANTS ANY OF IT. IT DOESNT WORK. The beaches are nice apart from that, and the roads around the mountains are fun, you can really test how fast you dare ride around the corners before you skid the tyres out. There are some great tracks off-road after going through San Giovanni Gemini Sicily leading up to Monte Camarata, which lead ride to the top through forests and dirt tracks, leading up to a military radio station in the clouds. The Michelin road tyres have taken quite a pounding, they have flat spots starting but have been good since England. I camped on the top in the nature reserve, which was beautiful and quiet, with only the wild animals making sounds in the night. Last night I found a cool peak on the edge of the cliffs to camp on overlooking Palermo & Mondello Beach.
    Sorry these are not my pictures, someone stole my camera, Cheers. Its now down as Bike #1 as I have acquired another bike which is currently in Spain.

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    The road winds up back and forward up the cliff

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