My head spins when I try and comprehend all that goes into preparing for a trip around the world by motorcycle. There are so many facets like, picking the right bike, clothing, camping gear, health considerations, navigation, documenting the trip and then there’s the elusive art of border crossings. It’s very intimidating for me, but I try to keep insisting that all the problems are not outside my ability to solve.
I’m setting my launch date as June 6th, 2010. My birthday next summer. It’s a year and a half away and I feel like it’s crunch time already. I need to start learning Spanish, getting some plan in place, doing more research and of course saving money.
I’ll be riding with camera in hand and sharing my travels with everyone, but I would like to document my trip planning procedure over the next year. For two reasons: 1) To hear feedback from those who may know better and 2) to give others an opportunity to see what entails such a trip and how to go about doing it yourself. 3) If traveling through Europe make sure you’re insurer has European break down cover so as to avoid any further expense to your trip.
To the right you’ll see me in my “planning pose”. Pondering such questions like, “Should I use knobbies or sport touring tires?” and “What medical shots do I need to get before I leave?”
HorizonsUnlimited.com has a wealth of knowledge on how to plan for your own adventure. They have a great forum to ask all the questions you want too. Just try not to ask the obvious ones that get repeated and can be easily answered after googling around. The Adventure Motorcycling Handbook is an essential guide that touches on a lot of topics you may never had considered before.
In my next post I’ll start mapping out the route I will be taking. Don’t forget to subscribe to stay tuned!