I’d love to say that this was life long dream, something I had planned for countless days, months and years, but the answer is as simple and as painful as my then wife telling me that she didn’t want to be married any more.
In hindsight, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was free. My 2 boys were independent. I was self employed. I had money, though not as much as I should have for a trip like this. It was a now or never turning point in my life. If I hadn’t left when I did, I have no doubt I’d still be in the same city, found a new partner, doing all those things I’d always done. I decided I was going to leave the city and never come back. Not permanently at least as my parents and siblings all live there. Was it a bad place? No, on the contrary, Townsville is a great city. Great for lots of reasons, but for me, boating, off-road motorcycling, camping, swimming and scuba diving. It had a diverse and stable economy and I had lots of friends there. It is hot and humid and a long way from anywhere, but if you like the outdoor life, it was hard to beat.
This website was originally done ‘live’, IE I was writing it as I travelled. The trip started in June 2000 and finished September 2001. In 15 months I covered 70,000 kilometres and saw over 40 countries. The experience can only be described as ‘fantastic’. Yes, there were low points, some element of danger including getting drugged, crashes and having a rifle barrel jabbed in my forehead by an angry Kurd, but the memories are irreplaceable and is a trip I’ll always remember. I’d love to do it again one day, but the Americas instead.
My hope for this site is to provide inspiration to others to do something bold, outrageous and challenging. Something you will remember for the rest of your life. Whether it be on 2 wheels or 4, horse, foot, sail, whatever. This story may also be of interest to anyone who just likes travel and / or motorcycling. There are many publications on travel by public and commercial transport, but very few on overland travel using your own vehicle. I hope that by documenting my trips, I can help remove some of the unknowns about this form of travel, and encourage you to plan your own trip. Of course, the world is a different place from what it was when I did my trip, so much of the border crossing information will be out of date.
Do you need to be a special sort of person to tackle a trip like this? Absolutely not! I am about as ordinary person as you will find anywhere.
This web site is being maintained by myself, and whilst I am a computer professional, web sites is not what I do. I am an even more amateur writer, but I am hopeful my stories will be interesting.
Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
John Lennon: ” Life is what happens to you while are busy making other plans”
Nike: “Just Do It!”