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

    14.9%
  2. Latin America, Epic Jungle man life & 4000 miles Canoeing the Amazon then North America & Canada

    16.4%
  3. Alaska, Canada, North America, and then Latin America, Epic Jungle man life & Canoeing the Amazon

    40.3%
  4. Middle East, Kazakstan etc, Mongolia, onto Asia

    16.4%
  5. Russia & Siberia

    6.0%
  6. Nowhere, stay at home, have a cup of tea & watch eastenders

    6.0%
  1. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Found a spot just here on the edge of the cliff where I set up my tent for tonight, then tomorrow start to ride 1000 miles back up to the North of Italy, ready for the next batch of countries to explore
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    If you are going to visit Sicily, I would recommend the following:

    Mount Etna
    Madonie Mountains
    Monte Cammarata
    Scala dei Turchi
    The Valley of the Temples
    Enna City
    Aeolian Islands Stromboli & Salina (Salina only has a few miles of roads, best to hire a moped, Stromboli, not worth taking the bike)
    Aegadian Island Marettimo (not worth taking motorbike)
    Cava Grande South East Sicily
    Take the ferry down to Malta and go there instead. Take aquaplane or flight from Palermo to Lampedusa.
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  2. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    As we approach the 1-year mark of your initial post, I am genuinely surprised, and even impressed that you are still plugging away. There is so much youthful absurdism that I was (regrettably) certain it would all come undone. Good luck with your grand plan, I hope the best for you.

    I offer one further thought...in all your travels, has there not been a single person you have met that was worth mentioning?

    After all, discovering the world really isn't really about miles, or days, blogs, or pretty pictures of beaches, its actually about people. If you want to understand the world, you need to understand the people. Where are they in all this?
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  3. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    I spent the last 3 days doing this journey. It was absolutely freezing. The Madonie peaks are Beautiful, also the Aspromonte National park.
    In my vanity I have found that miles are very very long. Very long & that there is a limit to what a human being can do & that miles take a very long time to get through, even whilst blasting at 80mph on the Autos trade. I have done 1320 miles now, riding across the full length of two countries, until finally arriving at Milan. It was the second longest ride I have ever chosen to do in but a few days. It has been an endurance test of riding, in the freezing cold, mountains, clouds, 12 or more hours a day. Pisa - The tower is pretty cool to look at, and is surprisingly leaning over much more than one would think. The military of Italy with sub machine guns were there protecting the thing. I was going to go up it, but there was a large cue & I had miles to do. Nice place though, Pisa, fantastic private hotel i stayed in, the Italians know their interior design and quality materials, + there was a huge marble Jacuzzi in the bathroom, just what i wanted after freezing all day. The marble had probably been carved out from the nearby mountain top quarry that I saw in the distance, & there were masses of stone quarries and saw mills throughout the area. - I saw a huge peak of a mountain in the clouds so i decided to find the way up it. I rode up the mountain, right to the top, where they are literally sawing the top off the mountain. I rode on into the clouds, it was a view not to be missed, though the altitude made it extremely cold. The rest of the ride turnt from sunshine in the mountains to a dense fog for the last 300 miles, into the darkness of Milan, not much of interest there to me, but it was mostly blasting on to get to the next place to stay.

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    Sorry no more pictures at the moment. There have been some very nice people I have met along the way though unfortunately there has been allot blasting along to get to the next place, and less times meeting people, but off the top of my head:

    In the Swiss alps a very friendly couple opened their hotel to me despite it being 2am and closed, I must have rode an hour in the snow stopping at every hotel in Grindelwald being closed. They showed an interest in the trip & gave me a really nice room for cheap.

    Near Pozallo, South East Sicily, a retired Architect in his old age was running a B&B i had booked
    Villa Aurea Bed and Breakfast - Contrada Senna, 97014 Ispica, Italy
    I was running late into the night, & he emailed back a google translated message with the kindest message, welcoming me to arrive any time and how happy he was to help out. He waited up for me until 2am, when I arrived after a 600 mile ride around Sicily. He insisted i put my bike right in the gate near the entrance door & on welcoming me in such a friendly way, he made several hot drinks, brought me fresh home made cake, and we he stayed up for about another hour showing an interest and conversing with me with hand signals since i couldn't understand Italian and he couldn't understand English. He showed me some of his Architect projects, which were mind blowing! He has a son in England and told me about him. In the morning he was waiting for me early with a lovely breakfast ready & it was all super cheap. What a great deal. No wonder he has a superb 9.3 / 10 rating.

    In Malta the people are generally friendly mild and peaceful, & willing to be of assistance for example if you ask for directions. I was shaken a bit when I did see however a gang beating a woman and smashing her head around holding her by her long hair, this was all in daylight in a busy street, so interfered & called the police. I met a very nice person from Taiwan there, whomb I have become friends with & recently met up with in England.

    A man in Malta at a motorbike shop very kindly changed my brake pads for free & showed me his project Hayabusa. Another Ship Captain was very friendly and let me on the ships wheel.

    In Sicily Giovanni who runs B&B Via Nationale near Milazzo is a cool biker, & good friend now who is thinking of joining me on a bike trip, and runs a great service at the B&B. I can also really recommend the fantastic staff who run Villa Oriana Relais in Sorrento Italy near Amalfi coast.

    In Morocco there was a very very friendly native man, who welcomed me in his house, 30 minutes later he then became very angry, threatened to stab me & demanded money. At the Ouzoud Falls there was a lovely man who gave a short tour.

    At a petrol station in the hills of Italy, I went for a disappointing coffee - they do it differently here, a tiny Italian coffee, they seem to serve them only in the smallest of cup and saucer, which im not used to - being English we have a large mug or cup which lasts at least 10 minutes to get it down, but in Italy you ask for a coffee, the drink size is so small! amounts to about 1 mouth full for me, though it is stronger. Even if you ask for a 'Grande Americano' its still a small takeaway cup, about 2 mouthfuls... dont try and ask for a cup of tea either, its only green lemon tea with no milk that you get. So anyway there was a middle age man tending the pumps, he was very friendly and got talking and seemed amazed at what i was doing, he didnt know much english, but it was great to just relate to him and there was look in his eyes of a passion for biking and exploring that i could just understand, even though he was unable to convey it. And without words, as i roared away onto the autotrade I looked back and there he was waving me off.

    The Autostrades are a pain, even 20 miles or so, and quite expensive, i didn't use them all the way as I prefer small scenic windy roads, but still cost me about 150 euros to get from Sicily to Milan just for the tolls. And one time it was 25 euros a pop, i emptied all my coins into the robot speaking machine which very irritatingly, robotically opens its 'coin mouth' when you get there, thinking i had enough coin, got to 24 euros and ran out, tried to pay the rest by card instead or card only, machine wouldn't have it, assistance button didnt work, 10 minutes later (with people beeping their horns in a cue behind - even though there are 30 terminals to pay) someone blurts out in from the speaker in Italian 'insert coin', after finally managing to convey the message, they say 'pay internet' and 5 minutes later a receipt prints out in Italian only, showing the final euro to pay. In the registration section looks like they didn't get it, nothing was showing, so I cant wait to pay that.

    Bike is running beautifully, the clutch has not given up yet, and not even had a puncture. I was trying to wear off the flat spot pointey side of the curvature of the wheels in the mountain windy roads but to no avail, probably need to replace tyres soon. Will try and get some photos sorted soon as i had to replace my camera. Think I will be heading to Munich or somewhere in Switzerland next.
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  4. barneyf

    barneyf Crikey..!!

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    Man...you go for it...!!!!
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  5. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    "In Morocco there was a very very friendly native man, who welcomed me in his house, 30 minutes later he then became very angry, threatened to stab me & demanded money."

    Wow, would love to hear more about that!
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  6. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    it's not one of my fondest memories, but his behaviour was something I could comprehend reflecting back, even now it was no laughing matter, but leaves me with a feeling of pity & compassion for a life of inequality & suffering. He must have seen an opportunity in me to acquire for himself some of my cash, I could see in his eyes his desperation. Many people are very poor there, perhaps he had a family to feed. Forgive and forget
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  7. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    So I am gradually making progress with preparations for the Million Miles & I am ever more passionate about starting this grand voyage.
    I have narrowed it down to two options to begin the first few years.

    Option 1:
    Riding from London to the Sahara, and subsequently all the way around down the west coast of Africa, as many countries as possible to Cape Town, and then up the north coast for a break in to world corruption experiences and offroading and then up the east coast of Africa.

    Option 2:
    To fly my motorcycle from London to North America/Canada, ride the whole of the Americas, Grand Canyon, Redwood Forest - etc all the cool places down to South America.

    That is only the beginning, I then will ride as far into the Jungle as possible, starting in Northern Peru. This is where things change somewhat before continuing around the rest of the world... I intend to fully experience the wild jungle before man completely ruins it.

    I will start from the Apurímac River riding the rapids from the glacial melt water at the very the source of the Amazon, by taking my motorbike on a canoe down to Iquitos (Peru). This place was epitomized in the astonishing Werner Herzog true film called ''Fitzcarraldo'' I can very much recommend this very moving film. The recent film called 'The lost city of Z' also can be recommended, for it is based on a true story, and certainly awakens my passion to visit such illustrious places.

    After living in the jungle rainforest for quite some time, I intend to encounter black panthers, Capybara, Peanut Head Bugs, Jesus Lizards, three toed Sloths, Pink Dolphins, Anaconda, Glass Frogs & much more interesting creatures.

    Once I reach the more dense Jungle, probably in Columbia, I will hollow out a huge tree that has already fallen, hopefully with the help of some tribe - for the purpose of making my very own, dug out canoe or two for a Tree Catamaran. I will then place my motorcycle in the canoe, and proceed the entire 4000 miles length of the river living amongst the nature all the way to the Atlantic ocean. If it is a shaft driven bike, I will engineer a propeller shaft to connect up and to drive the canoe forwards if desired, but I am open also, just to manpower the entire 4000 miles.

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    Meanwhile, after fully exploring Morocco, and riding deep into the desert on this old 600, passing many a wild camel, and running naked in the sand dunes - Monday I flew back to Gibraltar where I had left a bike. From there I rode into the Alcornacoles National Park, a beautiful quiet wild place, with soaring Eagles circling overhead, Kestrel and huge fat brown bull, i raced around the winding roads in the hot sun, and found an incredibly remote and out of sight forest camp for the night. After racing around some winding mountain hills in Spain, I swung round a corner where I met a full grown fatty bull standing there in the middle of the road. Thankfully I skidded myself out of its way, without crashing, while it bolted off the edge of the mountain. No bulls were harmed in this motorbiking, but i did decide to slow down from here somewhat.

    I have just spent the last 3 days on a ship from Cadiz Spain to the Canary Islands with the bike. The sea was extremely calm surprisingly, the sky at night while chugging along in the open ocean, was a beautiful myriad of celestial bodies, far more visible than I have ever seen, utterly awe inspiring. I had wondered whether the captain had fallen asleep and gone astray as we seemed to endlessly chug on into the distant ocean, where not land nor boat were visible on the 360 degree panorama. I saw a family of whales 20 feet away and enjoyed the 36 degrees c of the Island while riding up into the Teide. I am there for a few months now, where I will visit the rest of the islands too. This is a mini adventure, while preparing for the big one above.

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  8. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    I was working one winter in the Canary Islands (1994-1995), went there on my bike and visited all islands except El Hierro. Also took the ferry from Cadiz to S.C. de Tenerife. Outside the touristic areas, the islands were actually very beautiful. La Palma and La Gomera were my favorites. Even met a German globetrotter on a CX500 in La Gomera.
    BTW Have you checked out, if there is any way to get the bike to either Cape Verde Islands, or mainland Africa from there? At the time of my visit, there were no connections between Morocco and Islas Canarias, and everyone said it is because there would be so much illegal immigration, I guess that hasn´t changed much.
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  9. sprouty115

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  10. North by Northeast

    North by Northeast Been here awhile

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    I think the OP is a serial fantasist tbh
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  11. Lloyd67

    Lloyd67 Adventurer

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    This is easily the best thing on adv. if he is a serial fantasist he's doing a grand job of it.
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  12. spicywith

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    I'm looking into purchasing a bike in the Canary Islands, hop between islands and ride on them, and then get it back to my family's home in Spain. Here's where it gets dicey and potentially interesting, so wondering what you know. The obvious route is take the ferry to The Peninsula. The non-obvious one is getting to Tarfaya and riding up Morocco! There used to be a ferry going from Fuerteventura (Easternmost Island) to Tarfaya, in Morocco. The ferry ran for a few months in 2007 and shipwrecked in 2008 departing from Morocco. They've been building up a new port in Tarfaya that accommodates these large boats without the occasional inconvenience of a boat sinking and the promised opening is for 2017. Sometime. Which for Canary Islands timing probably means 2018. So I will likely not be able to use standard transportation.

    This leaves the option of convincing a fishing boat to drop me off in Morocco. I'm confident I can get someone to do this :rofl. My question has to do with the Customs and Border Control entering Morocco through a non-major port. Should I expect there to be a post that will "legalize" my entry into Morocco - I'm mostly worried about having the correct paperwork and being able to later exit Morocco with the motorcycle and be able to get it back in Spain. Who would be the best institution to answer this - the Spanish consulate in Morocco, or the Moroccan consulate in Spain?

    Cheers to all, wish me luck. I'm going to need it!
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  13. Pecha72

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    I'd ask Morocco. But expect them to be not-so-friendly with such inquiries, as it is not common to enter a country like this (and post 9/11 world it is even less common).. and then you'd also have a vehicle. They'll probably recommend to send the bike by freight and fly yourself. Nothing is impossible though, but expect some serious troubles & delays.
    I'm surprised to hear about an actual passenger ferry operating between Morocco & Canarias.
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  14. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    I heard about the demise of the ferry, and have not been able to find any other options, as I had intended, once getting down to Tarfaya, to cross over myself, however this did not become an option hence my going 'the long way round'. Back in March on arriving in Tarfaya in the late evening, after riding what felt like hundreds of miles from anywhere of endless sand & coast, the occasional herd of wild camel standing in the road munching herb, & foolishly detouring down an off road track at the appealing sight of epic sand dunes, only to get the rear wheel stuck - I eventually happened upon Tarfaya - there you will find a seemingly small & rather desolate dust swept desert town, looking like something out of 28 weeks later. I remember some kind of barrier at the port entrance, & saw only about 5 people in the entire vicinity, few of which were a child playing in the street, a man in a café, and a mechanic wrenching tool under makeshift car jack. It didn't appear to be a place where anything happens or where one could get any ferry. I would be hesitant & probably think again at trying to get your temporary bike import papers signed and authorized at such a place. It would be quite a nice option if the ferry link does get going again. On exiting Morocco, the official simply took the two remaining printed temporary import papers from me, and let me pass go, no computer checking was done. He did not seem to do any computer checking etc. The authorization marking given on entering Morocco, was in the form of an official walking around collecting all the forms from all persons waiting, getting them all confused together in a big bunch, walking back and forward randomly, forgetting which ones are which and then scribbling a blue pen randomly over the remaining 2 import paper slips that you keep before giving them back to you.

    My best hopes go with you on trying to cross by fishing boat. I can recommend the view from the night sky is very clear on floating across the sea from there with the absence of artificial light, there is a really stunning view on a clear night.
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  15. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    I have not considered these options as for me the Canaries or Morocco Sahara are really the furthest destinations I can commute back & forth to work in London from. However I would suggest trying directferries website since they seem to show worldwide ferry availability.
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  16. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    Casting a vote on which way to start my epic life voyage. Im leaning towards starting in Latin America, Jungle tribal living & floating 4000 miles down the Amazon for the first 3-5 years. I think the severe conditions & extremities, among incredible Jungle experiences in my prime would be good to reminisce upon later in life, where then continuing through modern world civilization of North America & Canada would be much easier after surviving through the Amazonia. Also, to do so before man destroys the Jungle entirely.

    How do you feel? What would you people do? Im interested
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  17. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    It doesn't matter what direction, just go for it. No one has ever written a great novel about things they were planning on doing...
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  18. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    I have decided on this route order for the Americas:

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

    Below is a draft on the 'Central' part of the plan, this may be before of after the above.

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    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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  20. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    ok, realised that Pakistan does not exactly work like that :muutt

    Must enter via Kuh-i-Taftan border or Kuhak Balochistan Border Crossing. Kuh-I-Taftan, seems to be the main gate.
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