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Old 06-01-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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The Big Trip, Year 1

After 36 months of planning, work, fears we may not go, moves, setbacks, and organization my girlfriend & I are setting out on a multi-decade around-the-world trip.

The rather bland name The Big Trip comes from an 18 month drive my family took around the US in the early 70s, so technically this should be The Big Trip II. Photos of that trip are located here:

You can see some of our preparation in the last link in my signature.

The rough plan:
We fly out to Iceland tomorrow, 6/2/10 for 2 weeks. This will unfortunately not be on two wheels but by bus & backpacking.
We return for 2 weeks & then begin on June 29, which is also the anniversary of our first date in 2004.
We'll head east from Seattle to Couer D'Alene, ID to see some family, then turn north to Yahk, BC where my cousins have a cabin.
Next north to Alaska as far as Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay.
We'll briefly return to Seattle around the end of Aug then head southeast hitting some sights on the way to CO where we will drop the bikes at my brothers & spend the winter working & being ski bums at one of the resorts, probably Vail.

2011 we will ride around the US over some of the route I did in the first Big Trip. We plan to winter in San Francisco, where I was born, that winter.

2012 we'll head to Central America. From there South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, then down the island chains of the Pacific to Australia & New Zealand. The plan is to stop & work a lot along the way so we should finish sometime around 2030, give or take.

We plan on staying with friends & family, using Couchsurfing &, and the ADV Tent Space list and camping but not many hotels/hostels. So if you're out there & have space let us know. If you're on the list & we're coming your way expect to hear from us.

Here's a picture of us from New Years Eve, not in riding gear.

(Note: Hair color may vary)

The Bikes:
Jack: 2007 KLR 650 aka The Green Max
Jessica: 2007 DRZ 400 aka DR Z (or Reefie)

We won't have internet access much in Iceland so our first update won't be until we return.
2007 KLR 650 aka the Green Max
1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP, Rose

The Big Trip (aka Le Grande Tour), Year 1

6 months in Europe on a Duc

JackLs Thailand/Cambodia Adventure

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