Six Continents: one bike
The plan is to ride my BMW R1200 GS Adventure to six of the seven continents – sorry Antarctica. I’ve been around the world before, but much of the distance was traveled in an airplane, bus, or train. Cities and people go whizzing by at hundreds of miles per hour and you’re isolated from the environment. A motorcycle will give me the freedom to travel to more places, see more things, and experience the climate in a tangible way.
How long will this trip take? I don’t really know. It may take one year, it may take five. I’ve made a general list of all the places I’d like to go and the things I’d like to see. Based on what I know I think that it will take about two years. But, it may be three years, or five. I don’t know. The journey is more important than the timetable.
This isn’t a tour, it’s a journey. I don’t have dates for specific cities or an itinerary. My plan is to explore a place until I’m ready to move on. I may stay in a city for a few days or a few weeks, I’ll decide in the moment.
I’ve made some very broad sweeping plans for this trip. Since it’s such an epic adventure it’s just not possible to plan out every step in advance. What would be the fun in that anyway? I want the freedom to change my mind, to turn around, to skip ahead. This is all about the experience of seeing new things, meeting people, and tasting life; the sweet and the bitter.
I plan about six months in advance, and loosely at that. My broad plan is to visit the world in regions. Once I’ve seen enough of a region I’ll move to the next. Here is a list of the regions in the order I’m planning to visit them:
- Mexico and South America.
- Southeast Asia
- China and Japan
- Nepal, India
- Pakistan and Iran
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- North America
*ocean crossings will be made by ship or sail boat
I might be riding by myself, but I’m certainly not doing this all alone. There is a vast community of adventure travelers in the world. Thousands of people are taking similar trips at this very moment. I’m in contact with many of these people and will be joining with them at different parts of my journey.
In addition to connecting with other travelers I’ll be meeting locals in each place I visit. If you’re reading this right now you’re already part of the community. Leave a comment on this page so I know who you are and where you’re from. We might just meet one day. Maybe we’ll share a meal, or perhaps you’ll join me for a few miles along the journey.
This is not a vacation. I’ll be creating videos during the entire journey. I will still be hosting Exploring Photography on AdoramaTV. I’ll still be creating content for Snapfactory and writing articles for magazines and blogs. I’ll also be doing photography workshops whenever possible.
My intent is to share my travel experiences with you. Although I have years of world travel under my belt this journey is a totally new experience for me. I’m not sure what to expect, and that’s what makes it exciting. This blog is an ongoing project. I’ll be adding pages, creating new sections, posting photos, and doing everything I can to share my experiences with you. Come back often.
For two years I travelled with my good friend, Lex. Just before we left she wrote something that I thought was brilliant. I’ll leave you with her words.
What we do have on our side is passion and time. If you don’t care where you end up, it doesn’t matter which way you go. On this journey, there are no wrong turns.