American Loop After Murphys Silkroad were I lost my beloved 640 in Kasachstan I found myself in a strong depression. It was not just about the bike, I also lost a lot of confidence, that I had built up during the also reported trips Balkan Compact and Siberia. In Situations like that I typically try to take the bull by the horns and start something new. I remembered Olivers idea of riding the TAT. To make that idea really epic I had the idea of adding parts of the TCAT on top and create a big “American Loop”. This rough plan is what you can see on the following picture. It would be great to have some more touristic highlights on that map especially in central and eastern America. Just comment your tipps here or click to see the interactive Map LOM Team 2014 Oliver and I rode Iceland together. Due to different holiday ideas afterwards we went separate ways until now. Since the idea of American Loop we run www.LinesOnMaps.com together and therefore we are the LOM Team. Oliver had already signed a sabbatical contract that offers him a free year from August 2019 and I signed one that offers the same from Mai 2019. That makes sense because I’ve never been to the USA before while Oliver has already seen a lot of the West Coast during his Pan Americana and his Yukon Trip. When we started planning we both decided that we will not take our big bikes for that trip. We are not planning to do all the way together and if you are alone Olivers BMW 1200GS Adv. and my KTM 990 Adv. can bring you in a lot of hassle due to their weight. Therefore we both bought new Husqvarna 701 for "American Loop". They arrived just in time to find their way under the Christmas tree. On the left side you see me and to the right is Oliver. Adventure Happiness We both live in South Germany so visiting America is not as easy for us as it is for the most of you. But it’s not the first time on a big trip anymore, so we know we just need proper bikes, organize transport to the start and having a visa for that country. Everything else will come up during the journey. So we were looking for a task and this is again Olivers Idea. He had the idea for a school project called “Adventure Happiness”. As teacher he misses to teach kids life skills that help to answer questions like: What is Luck? What is essential to be Happy? How can you achieve your Happiness? Exactly this is what we want to offer to schools now. The kids complete their learning process with taking a picture of a happy moment. After the trip all these pictures will be collected in a book that we want to sell to support educational projects. Oliver already created a small intro video with the results of a pilot project week at his school. I attended the final presentation and was deeply impressed. We are still looking for schools that are interested. If you are a teacher or want to forward it to a teacher don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to include not just Northamerica in the trip, its planned to visit Australia and Southern Africa too. Outlook I tried to keep the introduction a small as possible. You can stay tuned now about the following bike build of our two Huskies and end of April we will switch to the first travel pictures. It will not be always live but I hope you all enjoy it.