Okay, so here is a very brief route description. More information will come as planning progresses, and all the pieces of the puzzle lands.
May 1st. 2014 – The adventure starts! Leaving Stavanger, Norway. Will attend the annual spring rally as a proper kickoff.
May 2014 – Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy,- heading to Rome! They say all roads lead to Rome. At least this one does 🙂
June 2014 – Turning north again, Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine and southern Russia towards Khazakstan.
Juli 2014 – Kazakhstan, heading east.
August 2014 – Mongolia. Very little roads and the offroad capabilities of the GSA will be essential. Heading to the capital UlaanBataar. Very exited about the spartan challenges and nature that Mongolia will bring. Read More…
Shakedown – the route
The Shakedown. It’s main purpose is to test bike, rider, equipment and packing and weight distribution. What works? What doesn’t? Is something missing? When I arrive home again after 6000 km and three weeks, was there clothing or equipment that never left the paniers or bags? Can I do without?
I plan to do a series of tests on the trip. Some examples below:
- Changing inner tubes, front and rear tire
- Changing tires, front and rear
- Removing and replacing front and rear wheel
- Doing a complete oil change
- Removing and replacing the battery
- Removing and replacing the gastank
Why fix it if it ain’t broken? I just need to find out if I can do it in the field with the equipment that I bring. All within the safe reach of NAF and my friends. I dread to find out that I can’t fix it in outback Russia..
Only 7 days until my mate Tom and I head to Lillestrøm for the annual MC fair.
Bikes, gear, likeminded people and beer for three days 🙂
In a way, sanding kitchen cabinets has very little to do with motorcycle adventure riding.
And yet, thoughts and pictures of sanded down cabinets finds it’s way to my adventure blog. Sanding cabinets is not very adventurous, granted, but it’s what it represents more than what it physically is.
That’s what this is. All in.
Sanding the the cabinets is a very physical start of selling the apartment. And selling the apartment is a major milestone on the road to realizing my dream,- the 15 month long world tour on a motorcycle. Once it’s sold, two things happen: 1) I’ll have the capital I need to jump into this amazing and somewhat unsettling and scary adventure. 2) I’ll be free to do just that.
A good friend once quoted Janis Joplin to me, telling me that:
Freedome is just another word for nothing left to loose
I choose to disagree.
All inn means that you risk everything, beacause the risk is concidered accepable, and the reward is everything. I have everything to loose. If I don’t follow my dream, I fear that may break my spirit. Yet, going may break my heart.
I have a all-consuming yearning to go and see whats over the next ridge, over the next horizon. Freedom is a scary word, because it represents somewhat of a detachment from what is concidered a a standardized living in our society. But concider this: is it scary for me, or scary for you?
Be that as it may, I keep sanding my kitchen cabinets, keep researching, keep planning and keep dreaming of the great adventure.
It’s on. I’m all in..