Norway->Siberia->Americanas->Africa (The King Croesus Contempt for Death trip 2009 /
Around the world on two 70 year old side-car motorcycles, or 'The Dumb Way Around'....:)) (magnificently written travel report!). (See also Oslo->Singapore 2006).
30.11.2005 Adam Shani in ???. HONDA Africa Twin RD 07 with "Tesch-Travel-Träger (steel-rack)" and "Tesch-Travel-Taschen (alu-boxes)".
2003 Adam Shanis HPN-BMW: Parking in Laos.- 2003.03. Adam Shani with ?? Japanese ?? in Laos-Port.
2010. Adam Shani in Japan.
09.12.2010 Second visit of Adam Shani (left) at B.T. in Hammer. Making firewood for the evening outdoor-fire.
2010.11.30 Les Biano in ??.
30.04.2009 - 01.03.2011 - 06.04.2013 - 14.05.2013 - ?
Adam Shani (Israel, Born 21.02.1975)
- Plan Around-The-World. Adam plans to ride solo around the world with a motorcycle BMW F650 Dakar (to buy in S-Africa). But he bought a special bike: BMW HP2 (Build in 2005, under 10.000 km for 7.500 Euro (the new one cost 14,000 Euros. Problems after 80.000 kms so far: Replace of clutch in Switzerland and Kardan in Hungary (Both together: 1800 Euros).
Purpose of Travel: To explore new places, meet different kind of people, see the great monuments, and get to know the world I'm living in a bit better. Fun!
Planed Route: Africa > Asia > Europe > South, Central & North America > Australia
Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia) with plane to Asia (India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia. Plane to Japan . Ferry to Russia , Mongolia , Kazakhstan , Kirgizstan , Uzbekistan , Turkmenistan , Azerbaijan , Georgia , Turkey). Europe (Greece, East Europe, Chec republic, Germany, France, UK) With a boat to South America (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia) With plane/Boat to Central America (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico) North America (USA, Canada) With plane/boat to Australia.
Route-done so far: Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia) with plane to Asia (India, Nepal, Thailand, Burma (backpacking), Cambodia. Plane to Japan. Far east Russia > Mongolia >Kazakhstan > Kirgizstan > Tajikistan > Uzbekistan > Azerbaijan > Georgia > Turkey. Europe (Bulgaria > Serbia > Hungary > Austria > Germany >Switzerland). South America (Chile > Argentina > Uruguay > Brazil). Total so far: 36 Countries until 12th.05.2011.
31.08.2010 Greetings from Aktau, Kazakhstan.
I'm all burned in the face, after 4 days of crossing the Kyzykul Desert, in North Uzbekistan/West Kazakhstan. A lot of dust, terrible road, and Ruff locals. Needles to say, that I've Loved every moment of it. Camping out in the flat, open desert, with 360 degrees of view, and Arabian Night-sky above… Last Night, covered with dust, and weary from the long road, I set my easy for the first time on the blue waters of the Caspian sea. And what a sight… The bike and I were standing there, looking, almost in disbelief.
From Tokyo, Japan, I have ridden north on the highway, and took a ferry to Hokkaido island. This is the northern island out of the main four Island that make Japan, and Nature is very beautiful, and there's a nice frontier feel to the place.
From Wakkanai, I took the “Heartland ferry “to Sakhalin island, Russia.
The ferry operates from June to October, and cost about 500$ for passenger and bike. 6 hours later we arrive to Korsakov port, and in a few hours the bike was cleared out. There's an English, and German customs declarations, so dealing with customs was not that hard.
After 4 days, I took another ferry from Kholmsk, on the West side of the island, to vanino, mainland Russia. From there I have ridden with a group of 4 Russian bikers, and a Japanese MC traveler, along the BAM railroad, and in Amursk, we Turned South, on the Tar road to Khabarovsk. From there I've ridden West, to Birobidzhan, Skovorodino, Chita, and Ulan Ude. 90% of this road is tarred by now, and there are many construction workers on the road. It seems that in 2 years all the road from Vladivostok to Ulan Ude will be 100% tar.
In Ulan Ude I've turned south, into Mongolia, and Ulaan Bataar.
In Mongolia there are basically 3 roads that go West:
1. The South, via the Gobi. Said to be very boring, and a lot of sand.
2. Central, (The one I did) via Karakorum, Tsetreleg, and then Joins the North Road.
3. The North Road, via Moron, Ulaangom,Ulgi, to the Russian border.
It was 2200Km from ulaan battar,mostly off road. Mongolia was fascinating country; very interesting nomadic life, friendly locals, and wide, open spaces.
I reentered Russia to the Altai Region, and then ridden pass Barnaul, and Pavlodar, into Kazakhstan. Took the tar road South to Almaty, which is about 1000Km, and takes 3 days.
From Almaty I was heading South to Bishkek, Kirgizstan, and from there to Osh, and Sary Tash, and the border with Tajikistan.
The Pamir highway is a must, and one of the most beautiful roads I have ever seen. It's 4000Meters high most of the time (!), and the locals are very nice. Food is basic, and it's best to camp out. Roads in the Pamir are quit bad, with many bridges washed away, and waist knee deep river crossings.
I detoured and took the South road, via the Wakhan Valley. Great area, and very friendly people. The Hindu kush mountains are just across the river, on the afghan side…
From Khorog, I've ridden to Dushanbe, and then across the border to Samarkand. Then, Bukhara, and North west across the Kyzykul desert into Kazakhstan again, and west on a very bad road to Aktau.
This morning I've bouth a ferry ticket to Baku, at about 250$ for the bike and myself.
Visa's are a main hassle in Central Asia, so if it's possible, it's better to get all of them before leaving. Since I'm 17 mouths on the road, this was not possible, and I had to get the visas en route. This is possible, but can take time. The Turkmen transit visa for example, takes 10 days to process…
So tomorrow I hope to leave Central Asia behind, and enter the caucuses. From Azerbaijan I'm planning to travel to Georgia, Turkey, and then somehow in east Europe till west Europe. If all goes well, I hope to be in Germany at the end of September, and to ship the bike to south America at the end of October.
That's my news for now, and I hope this little information is helpful for other travelers.
I'll email you once I'm in Europe, and I really hope you will be home and have time to meet me.
Take care, and please greet Pati,
From Adam, who is just about to board the Caspian ferry to Baku
Earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:
1999: A tour from America to Mexico and back on a KTM 620 EGS (1996).
2000: South Africa ( Cape town ) - Mozambique - Malawi - Zambia - Botswana - South Africa . On HONDA XR600R (1995)
2002: Botswana on BMW 650GS (2000)
2002\3: Namibia - Botswana - South Africa on BMW R1150GS.
2005-6 Trans Africa . From Cape town to Nord Cap.
2010 Possibly visiting Patricia and Bernd Tesch again.. It will be wonderful to see you, Patricia, and the Oak tree again!
02.07.2008 First summary by Adam Shani
23.04.2010 Last update
08.03.2011 Postcard from South America in Ushuaia
2. Price of 2005 BMW HP2 was 7500 Euro, and a new one cost 14,000 Euros...
3. Cost of Clutch and Kardan was 1800 Euros. The Kardan was replaced in Humgary, and the clutch was replaced In Switzerland.
Buenos Aires (BA in short) was a very nice, and busy two weeks for me;
The bike needed a service and tire repair, the notebook had to be repaired as well, and I had some sight to see.
Unfortunately, I did not meet the Bremen family. Javier tried to arrange a meeting, but they were all busy, and then, Javier even tried to go and photograph them separately, but again, they were busy. Javier is aware that the 3 photos are important to you Bernd, and I'm sure he will try and get them for you.
It was a very nice 10 day ride from BA to Sao Paulo, via Uruguay.
Now, I'm visiting a friend here, and in a few days will ride to Rio, then to the Capital Brasilia.
From there, I plan to ride South to Iguassu falls, then into Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru, arriving to Lima by June, or so.
11.04.2011 Adam from South America
The Bike was shipped from Hamburg to Valparaiso, Chile, with “In Time Shipping”. The reason I choose Valparaiso was for the cheap price, and efficiency. One can clear the bike by himself very easily there, something that is not possible in BA, and cost 1000$ (Yes), unless the bike arrives in a RoRoship, and is categorize as “Personal luggage”.
Chile: Valparaiso > Santiago De Chile > Puerto Montt. 1300Km, All good Tar roads. Puerto Montt (The beginning of the Carretera Austral) > Chaiten (By ferry*1) > Coihaique > Lake General Carrera >Chile Chico. 800Km, mix of good gravel, and little Tar. Beautiful Nature, and remote . A lot of rain.
Argentina: Chile Chico > Perito Moreno.( 80Km, Tar) Perito Moreno (Ruta 40)> Bajo Caracoles >( 130Km, mostly Gravel) Here is where the relentless Patagonian wind starts… It blew so hard in can push the bike to the other side of the road, or easily drop the bike off the side stand when the bike parked. Very Challenging, and also makes camping a bit harder. Bajo Caracoles >Los Horquetas > Estancia La Verde >Tres Lagos. (360Km, All Gravel, and lots of wind)
Tres Lagos > Lago Viedma > El Cerrio.( 200Km, Tar) >Tapi Aike. (65Km, Gravel) > Cancha Carrera (Border with Chile) > Torres Del Paine. (170Km, Gravel) > Pehoe > Host. Tyndall > Puerto Natales. (150Km, gravel) > Rio Rubbens > Morro Chico > Cabeza Del Mar > Kimiri Aike. ( 250Km, Tar . The ferry to TDF go every hour, and it is FREE for bikers! ) > Puerto Espora > Cerro Sombrero > San Sebastian- Chile/ Argentina Border. (130Km, Gravel) >Rio Grande > Tolhuin > Ushuaia. (290Km, Tar.)
From Ushuaia I've traveled same way back north to Perito Moreno, , then > to Bariloche, (following the Ruta 40, 800Km, all Tar) > Paso Coihue > San Martin de Los Andes. (210Km, Tar/Gravel. Spectacular!) >Quilquihue > Catan Lil > Zapala. (250Km, Tar) > Neuquen > Colonia El Sauzal > La reforma > Santa Rosa.- Ø Pehuajo > Civilcoy > Buenos Aires. (1400Km, Tar) >Zarate > Ceibas > Gualeguaychu. Argentina/ Uruguay Border. (300Km, Tar)
Uruguay: Fray Bentos > Mercedes > Florencio Sanchez > Ismael Cortinas > San Jose De Mayo > Montevideo. (320Km, Tar) > Florida > Durazno > Tacuarembo > Rivera. Uruguay/Brazil Border. (500Km, Tar).
Brazil: Santana Du Liveramento > Rosario Du Sul > Santa Maria > Cruz Alta > Panambi > Passo Fundo > Erechim > General Carneiro > Curitiba > Sao Paulo. - (1500Km, Tar. Very good roads, many trucks on the road..)
A few remarks:
1. Shipping- coming from Europe- the easiest and cheapest way at the moment is to ship by sea to Valparaiso.
2. Border crossings- All very easy so far, no need for visa, or carnet.
3. Gear- Patagonia is cold, so warm clothes are needed, and Carretera Austral is very wet- so a good rain gear is a must for this section.
4. Tires- a good on/off road is best for this part.
12.05.2011 From Adam, who is just in Brazil
After leaving Argentina, I've traveled into Uruguay- very nice and quiet, with a lot of farmland and places for free camping.
Entering Brazil was funny; I stopped in the border town of Rivera, and asked “where is the Border with Brazil”, since there was no clear indication of the border. “You're IN Brazil!” a friendly local told me smiling. There's no official border… OK, I just ridden in, and found myself in one of the most fascinating countries I've ever seen. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the word by size, and the world 8th largest economy… The mix of Indians, Africans, Europeans, and Asians is unique. All seem to get along very well with each other, without consideration of color of the skin. “We are all Brazilians” one person told me…. After Traveling to Rio, and then inland to Brasilia the Capital, I've turned South East, and ridden to Fuz Du Iguaçu. The Iguacu falls are truly amazing!
From here I plan to cross into Paraguay, ride to the Capital, and the head North West to Bolivia, via the Trans Chaco. Hope to be in Santa Cruz De la Sierra in about a week from today.
06.04.2013 From Adam Shani in Australia
Thank you for the invitation for the 55th Tesch meeting! Unfortunately. I’m half way around the world at the moment- still working in Australia: So I will not be able to make it to this year’s meeting.
14.05.2013 From Adam Shani in Australia,Oodnadatta, outback Australia.
I’m still 100% happy, and still “On the road” on the RTW trip. Already 4 years into the trip, and 160,000Km’s… After traveling around Australia, I’ve returned to work as a mechanic in the “Pink Roadhouse” in Oodnadatta. There’s a small workshop here where I work, and I do simple roadside repairs, change tires, and maintain the Roadhouse. The small Aboriginal town is very interesting and friendly. I love it here.
The bike is still working, but showing its age…
14.05.2013 End of reports of Adam Shani so far.
18.03.2014 Asked Adam to continue!
01.05.2009 - ??.??.20??
Mick Høy (Danish, born 23.08.1978 in Helsinge) http://www.mhoey.eu
- Plan Around the world. Mick (Motorcycle Traveller/ Mechanic/ Webmaster/ Photographer/ Waiter. Aircraft Technician) plans to circle solo by motorcycle with a HONDA VFR around the world.
Purpose of your tour: ..??
The best: ??........
The worst: ??........
Important useful informations for others:... ??........
Book or publication (about your tour):... ??.......
Earlier motorcycle-travel-experiences:.... ??........
04.09.2011 First information by Swiss mc-trvaeller Danile Schaller who met him in Africa.
16.09.2011 First request to Mick to send a short overview like example Müller and the very best foto with th bike on the road.
2009: Paul Sterckx after coming up the Karakorum Highway at the border of China. Ri: I met the old lady in Brazil, in the Amazon forest.
2009: Paul Sterckx after coming up the Karakorum Highway Pakistan - border China.
2009. Paul Sterckx in South America. Bolivia. Dead Road. Ri: Salar de Uyuni.
10.08.2009 - 02.05.2010
Paul Sterckx ( Belgium. 14.09.1967) www.paulsterckx.tk
+ Plan Around the world. Lorry-driver Paul rode in 9 months solo Around the World 46.000 kms through 4 continents and 34 countries with motorcycle BMW GS 1200 Adventure.
Meaning of the trip: Discover other cultures and to find myself .
Route: Europe ( Belgium - Holland - Germany - Czech Republic - Slovakia - Poland - Ukraine- Russia - Turkey ) - Asia ( Iran – Pakistan - India - Nepal- Thailand - Laos - Cambodia) - by plane to North America (U.S.A. – Mexico – Guatemala – Belize – Nicaragua - Honduras - El Salvador - Costa Rica - Panama) - by ship to South America ( Colombia - Ecuador - Peru - Bolivia - Paraguay - Brazil - bike back by ship to Europe (Portugal - by bike to Spain - France - Belgium)
Highlights: Karakoram Highway: Bad road and high mountains. Laos: wonderful landscapes and friendly people. Peru: Inca culture. Brazil: Rio de Janeiro and Foz do Iguaçu.
Worst: India: traffic, people show no respect for your property. Police Pakistan: From border Iran to Lahore 1700km followed py the police. Bolivia: Horrable roads after Sucre until border Paraguay.
Earlier experiences: first big trip
10.02.2010 First information
22.02.2010 First summary
23.02.2010 Last update
08.04.2011 Next request for update. Please overwork your blog and send the best foto of you and the bike for this blog and a star-portait.
29.04.2011 Visitor of the 53 rd.Motorcycle Meeting for World-Travellers
25.03.2012 Third request for update with fotos.
11.04.2012 Last summary
22.03.2013 Last new fotos.
??.11.2009 - ??.??.20??
Marko Istvan (Austrian, born ??.??.19??) www.markoxt660z.blogr.at
- Plan Around The world ??
Purpose of the your tour?: ???
Route: Unten ist nur ein Beispiel. Bitte schreibe Deine Route bisher. Und Deinen Lände-Plan..
Europe ( Belgium - Holland - Germany - Czech Republic - Slovakia - Poland - Ukraine- Russia - Turkey ) - Asia ( Iran – Pakistan - India - Nepal- Thailand - Laos - Cambodia) - by plane to North America (U.S.A. – Mexico – Guatemala – Belize – Nicaragua - Honduras - El Salvador - Costa Rica - Panama) - by ship to South America ( Colombia - Ecuador - Peru - Bolivia - Paraguay - Brazil - bike back by ship to Europe (Portugal - by bike to Spain - France - Belgium)
Das Beste bisher/Highlights: ??
Das Schlechteste bisher/Worst: ??
Frühere Reisen/Earlier experiences: ??
11.11.2009 1st informartion by Marco by email: Welt Reise Motorrad
Ich bin gehörlos welt reise mit motorrad. alles danke
12.11.2009 Marko gebeten seinen Planblock zu schreiben.
30.04.2010 2nd request for update
05.03.2014 Answer from Marko to a general email of Bernd Tesch. He is in Botswana and has 150.000 km
05.03.2014 Dritte Anfrage, den Block auszufüllen und zwei Fotos zu schicken Mann plus Motorrad
"Zainab" and "Domi" Dominikus Hocher with VW-Käfer "Herbie" on a tour RTW. Foto (C) Dominikus Hocher.
20.09.2009 - ?? still open Auto-Weltreise
Zainab Staubmann (born 1986 in Vienna, Austria) and "Domi" Dominikus Hocher (born 1983 in Vienna, Austria) http://herbiesworldtour.com With 34 Horses Around The Globe.
- Plan Around The world. Zainab and Herbie plan to circle the world in a beetle Volkswagen Bug from 1963 and 34 horses (1,200 cc). A "VW-Käfer (34 HP) with a camper (Qek)" in tow called "Herbie".
28.02.2012: We have travelled through 49 nations on five continents (including all 48 continental states of the USA). We’ve already driven more than 78,000 miles (126.000 kilometers) in our beloved "Herbie" so far and our trip"Around The World" is not even over yet. See “What’s Next“!
Purpose: Explore the world as long as it exists! And finding a place where we want to move.
Route: Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Iran, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Loas, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, the United States of America (USA), Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom (UK), Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland and Colombia (01.03.2012).
The best: We found already the place where we're planning to move - the Southwest of the United States.
The worst: India - it was for sure a wonderful land in the past, but got obviously ruined by its overpopulation.
Important useful informations for others: "We hope nothing. We fear nothing. We are free."
Book or publication (about your tour) We'll publish our first book about Herbie's World Tour in 2013, when Herbie get 50 years old.
28.02.2012: "We are on the road since September 2009 traveling through 49 nations on five continents (including all 48 continental states of the USA). We’ve already driven more than 78,000 miles (126.000 kilometers) in our beloved "Herbie" so far and our trip"Around The World" is not even over yet. See “What’s Next“!
27.02.2012 1st info by Dirk Dahmer
28.02.2012 1 request
29.02.2012 1st answer
29.02.2012 2nd request
01.03.2012 Last summary.