Riding RTW and back - on as much dirt as possible!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time for this!
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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    Date a journalist it opens you up to a different way of putting your point across I guess :deal
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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    it's weird until its pointed out to you, and I have had that same conversation more than a few times is not something most people think about but when you do hear it, its that 'why didn't I think of that type scenario'
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  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    swapped cameras and upped to LR6 for processing
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    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    Its a conversation that happens a lot online with people saying that its an impossible dream, I just wanted to show its not...I understand its still out of the reach of a lot of folks but now i hope that the possiblity is somewhat closer than they thought

    Ok so i'll see you on the road then!
  6. waterlogged

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    Paul,

    Very enlightening. As you know, I'm researching doing a RTW on a motorbike. Traveling by bicycle, for me, costs about $30AU a day, so the cost difference of riding a motorcycle ATW is really negligible, considering the ease with which one can cover ground, on my push bike I cover an average of 80 Km/Day. As you pointed out, slow travel is the way to go.

    Now this'll blow you away, when I first started this travelling gig, back in 1976 and technically 15 years old [I was 1 month out from my 16th birthday, so I called myself 16 YO] I took my bicycle and with a mate of the same age, went and rode a it around Tasmania, we lived in Western Australia, some 3700 Km's away. We were on the road in Tassie for 10 weeks, total on road costs......... $120 AU !!!!!! Check THAT out man!!!!!! 12 bucks a WEEK....... :clap:clap:clap Here's the spoiler, it took me a whole year to save up for the entire trip!

    Once again, thanks for the breakdown. I've got a little hike which'll take about a year, but once that's completed, I'll hit the motorised RTW trail, quite likely on a WR250R...... :-):-)

    Al.
  7. Raconnol

    Raconnol Long timer

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    Hello Paul, great information, thank you for sharing.

    I see you have medical insurance listed in miscellaneous. What carrier are you using and have you tested them out?

    Rick
  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    I honestly forgot about that fact...thanks for the calculation.

    Spolier alert the goal will be exceeded
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  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    Another spolier alert...

    I've decided to change the way I (we) travel to be able to do what you are asking for, I have had a request from a couple of publishers to complete a book with photos I already have. The problem is I am not 100% happy with what I have, so a lot of places will be revisited at a much slower pace to give more time to detail and photograph them and also then to be able to create a series of books with extreme high res photos.
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  10. rtwpaul

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    In the Americas I used World Nomads, on this RTW I haven't had to use it at all, but last time I was down in Central America and again using WN I had to use it and the interaction was great. My buddy Kevin @kevinsinvegas who left with me had to use his within a few weeks of leaving when he came off his bike and was laid up with a broken leg. AFAIK everything worked out great for him.

    Other points kind of related to medical, if you ride in Mexico and are on the 'cuota'/ toll road, your toll covers you for medical emergencies that happen on the 'cuota' so a little extra coverage.

    In Europe medical insurance wasn't bought as I have dual citizenship...so I guess you could add another $206 for 3 months travel in Europe as this is the maximum you'd be allowed to stay here due to the Schengen Agreement
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  11. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Wow, who would have thunk that little amount of $?

    Thanks, you say you don't help El with photo's but does she help you in writing? I may have seen a difference as of late.:type

    57,064km= 5,706,400,000cm
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  12. Mossy87

    Mossy87 Irish inside!

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    Wow! Thanks for the info Paul. It is very helpful.
    Also, as I said before, your ride report is inspirational.

    Since I started reading it I have managed 12k miles on my GS around Western US (I think this is ok since I have to work :rofl) and also started saving for an eventual RTW.
    Your figures (to me at least) put it in a much more realistic grasp for something I can achieve in the coming years! Thank you!
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  13. Davidprej

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    Great summary. The part of the 'travel slow' strategy that I was missing was the riding done while staying in one place. It didn't makes sense that you could travel farther by traveling slower, but it makes perfect sense that you can see and experience more as you travel around the home base.
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  14. J.Luis Vázquez

    J.Luis Vázquez Been here awhile

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    That was a very comprehensive information about the costs of RTW Paul, as for the slow traveling I experienced this on our last year's ride thru USA, the more we stayed in a place, the cheaper it became for the reasons you already detailed, of course our longest stay in a single place were 4 nights in Montana, no comparison. But it is a wise principle, thanks for taking the time to share this.



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  15. Geezerguy

    Geezerguy In the shadows

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    Paul,
    Thanks for the facts, figures and insight. It all makes sense to me, but as you say, it is not that obvious if you don't think about it with a "Travelers" mindset instead of a "Tourists" mindset. You explained it very well, as usual. I am liking the thought of being able to purchase one or more books detailing your travels. Ride on, ride safe.
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  16. Rider390

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    That was a great article on the RTW cost details, Paul. Great reference document for RTW aspirants.
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    Can you post a photo(s) of how and where you store your cameras, lenses, and laptop since you are not using a top box? I am currently debating between top box and duffel bag. With top box, plan is to have camera and accessories there but with duffel not sure between one side case or maybe tank bag. Thanks.
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  18. vtmactech

    vtmactech Been here awhile

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    Budget summary was very well thought out and written. Fits with my plan and expectations. Thank you for taking the time to do that.
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    Yes I want to read your RR but right now it's Dakar season!:D
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  20. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Thank you very much for posting up the costs. Not many travelers wish to go into that aspect of it.

    I was very surprised at the cost of motorcycle travel as well on my own trip. It was not RTW, simply in the US but I was gone for 60 days and my costs averaged out to $36 a day. I camped frequently but not exclusively and obviously there was no shipping involved. It was MUCH more affordable than I was planning on.