Plans.. If you’ve talked to me about my trip you know how well plans have worked out for me for this first leg of the trip. For posterity sake, I’m going to outline a plan.
- Start off in Bangkok, Thailand and head up to Chiang Mai. From there I’m going to take a couple of weeks and finish a programming contract I have that is based in the USA.
- Either get a flight or bus up north to China
- Take trains around China towards Szechuan. Why Szechuan? Because I hear that is where China’s spiciest food is from.
- Figure out when Chinese New Year traffic starts and make sure that I’m out of China before then otherwise I’ll get stuck
- 30th January 2012 make sure I’m at the starting line for The Ride For Cambodia. It is a charity event that I’m coorganizing in Cambodia where a group of us are buying scooters (yeah Scoots!!) and will ride across the country for about 2 weeks.
- Upon surviving the ride, head back to Spain to pick up the bike
- Spend a couple of weeks in Spain in the Basque Country near Bilbao
- Either head up to London via ferry to work on visas for the rest of the trip or just…
- Travel through Europe eventually getting to Turkey. Get any visas that I don’t already have for the rest of the trip
- Ride through Azerbaijan frantically with the short transit visa to get the bike into customs to cross the Caspian Sea
- Take a boat across the Caspian
- Frantically ride across Turkmenistan because of their short transit visa
- Check out the other ’stans as time allows
- Tour north to Kazahstan and Mongolia
- Enter Russia and ride the “old summer road of bones” to Magadan!
That’s it. That’s the plan. What do you think? I have a rough timeline to follow where I need to go late enough in the year that the river levels are low enough from snow melt but then the ambient temperature isn’t so cold that it is snowing. Basically, I have to be done by August.
Today I’ve made it to Chiang Mai, Thailand and am staying at Rider’s Corner. I started their website last year and it is great to be back! Not only is it a good restaurant, they have tons of excellent information about motorcycling for Thailand. What do you think of that google??