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Old 09-02-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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not all those who wander are lost | two earthlings ride around the world

Thread Index:
Heading Out (August 20 – August 26, 2011)
Leaving Ontario (August 26 – August 30, 2011)
The Canadian Rockies (August 30 – September 5, 2011)
Vancouver (September 5 – September 10, 2011)
Into The U.S.A. (September 10 – September 16, 2011)
The Alvord Desert (September 21 – September 27, 2011)
Yellowstone (September 21 – September 27, 2011)
Utah (September 27 – October 3, 2011)
Colorado (October 3 – October 5, 2011)
Valley of The Gods (October 5 – October 9, 2011)
Flagstaff (October 9 – October 17, 2011)
Into Texas (October 17 – October 25, 2011)
Northern Mexico (October 26 – November 3, 2001)
Central Mexico (November 4 – November 11, 2001)
Southern Mexico (November 12 – November 22, 2011)
San Cristóbal de las Casas (November 23 – December 10, 2011)
The Yucatán (November 10 – December 21, 2011)
Guatemala (December 22, 2011 – December 30, 2011)
San Pedro La Laguna (December 30, 2011 – January 3, 2012)
El Salvador (December 30, 2011 - January 7, 2012)
The Accident (January 7 - January 14, 2012)
Back In Canada (January 14, 2012 - Fall of 2012)
Trip Expenses & Statistics (August 20, 2011 - January 7, 2012)
Coming Back To Life (Completion in November of 2012)
Preparing To Leave (Fall of 2012 - June 9, 2013)
On The Road Again (June 9, 2013 - June 16, 2013)
Québec (June 17, 2013 - June 23, 2013)
The Maritimes (June 23, 2013 - July 5, 2013)
Newfoundland (July 6, 2013 - July 16, 2013)
Leaving Canada (July 16, 2013 - July 24, 2013)
Vermont (July 25, 2013 - July 29, 2013)
New York City (July 30, 2013 - August 5, 2013)
Arriving In Iceland (August 5, 2013 - August 19, 2013)
Iceland (August 20, 2013 - September 3, 2013)


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The Route:

The route for this trip began to take shape in 2008. Over the past two and a half years of researching, a solid route has formed. A general route was first arrived at by plotting points of interesting locations in Google Earth and then connecting the dots. The route, over the course of planning, has gone through many modifications, and will likely see more changes while on the road. Since the decision was made to stop for 6-8 months in Portugal to work and rest, this route has been broken down into two parts. The first part of our trip will take us from Canada to Portugal.

Part I




While in Portugal, we will solidify the plans for the second part of our journey. This part of the route, as it is now, is somewhat uncertain. The plan is to ride through Europe and into The Middle East through parts of the world that are somewhat unstable, partially due to the so-called “War On Terror”. After riding through Pakistan and India, the intention was to ride through mainland China, but, after finding out that to do so would mean a costly guided government escort, this part of the route was written off. If we can meet up with a group of riders who are willing to share the cost of an escort through China, this part of the trip can be reconsidered. Otherwise, heading south into Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia is a viable option. I’ve always wanted to visit Bali, Indonesia again anyway.

Part II



The Travellers:

Rocky
  • Age: 35
  • Born: Hamilton, Canada
  • Lives: Hamilton, Canada
  • Profession: Electrical Engineering
  • Looking forward to the most: freedom
  • Will miss the most: Mama and Belle
  • Will miss the least: Mondays

Paula
  • Age: 33
  • Born: Ponte de Vagos, Portugal
  • Lives: Hamilton, Canada
  • Profession: Customer Service
  • Looking forward to the most: really pretty landscapes, delicious food, and interesting people
  • Will miss the most: My little furry meow-meows
  • Will miss the least: Winter

The Bike

2007 KTM 990 Adventure


My humble beginnings on Advrider

After doing quite a bit of research, I decided that the KTM 990 Adventure would be the ideal bike for a trip around the world. *Its main competitor, the BMW R1200 GS Adventure, is an excellent long-distance touring bike, but is very heavy and reputed to be a handful in the off-road. The KTM 990 Adventure, according to many, is the best dual-sport motorcycle in the world, especially off the tarmac. Being an inexperienced rider, a bike’s ability off road was an important factor. The 990′s fuel efficiency and tank range can be seen as shortcomings, but can be remedied by carrying additional fuel canisters.

In June of 2009, I took a motorcycle training course and obtained my motorcycle licence. Shortly after, I began the search for my dream bike – the 2007 KTM 990 Adventure. I searched locally and online, and eventually found a new one available at Mid-America Powersports, in Wichita, Kansas. Being a new rider, more experienced 990 riders tried to dissuade me by telling me I was going to kill myself. Being a reasonable person and not one who responds to alarmism, I gathered my confidence and took the plunge, flew down to Kansas and purchased my bike. I didn”t want the 2,200km ride back to Canada to end, but I knew there would soon be more miles of road to come.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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Update:
We had been so busy preparing for this trip and trying to sell Paula's house that we didn't get a chance to post here. We have started this post a little late. We are currently in British Columbia, Canada, and we will try harder to update more frequently.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:16 PM   #3
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Hi

Wish you the best guys, and hope everything will come as programed.

Wy did you choose the east side of Africa to go north?
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:21 PM   #4
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good luck anywhere

and before starting the second chapter, you know, a huge portion of sardinhas grelhadas
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:37 PM   #5
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I look forward to your adventures, particularly when the snow is flying here!

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Old 09-02-2011, 02:56 PM   #6
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Nice Tolkien Quote. I use that one too, usually on my tag line.

Looks like a rockin trip, do keep the RRs coming!!!


BTW: I definitely do recomend THAILAND. I have been there 5 times for 3 months at a time usually to train in Muay Thai. The language is fairly easy, the people are extremely polite and generous, and even the slighest effort on your part to speak Thai ( and Thai and Laos speak the same language essentially, apart from a few words and whatnot) and they will reduce prices and bend over backwards to help you. The roads are definitely chaotic there, but by the time you get there, I am more then sure you will be accostomed with that. As you will probably be running into it from Mexico down. Any info you need on Thailand, I am more then willing to help you out!!!!!
Be Safe!!!! And watch out for those damn donkeys in the middle of the street on the bends in Mexico and south!
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:44 PM   #7
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:04 PM   #8
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I'm really looking forward to your ride report. I hope you will post often and include lots of pix!

Buen Viaje,
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:10 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone!

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Wy did you choose the east side of Africa to go north?
Not too sure why. There were just some things that we wanted to see on that side, and it seemed to be the best route over to Egypt and Jordan.

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...and before starting the second chapter, you know, a huge portion of sardinhas grelhadas
We had a nice sardinhas grelhadas at Paula's mother's before we left!

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BTW: I definitely do recomend THAILAND. I have been there 5 times for 3 months at a time usually to train in Muay Thai. The language is fairly easy, the people are extremely polite and generous, and even the slighest effort on your part to speak Thai ( and Thai and Laos speak the same language essentially, apart from a few words and whatnot) and they will reduce prices and bend over backwards to help you. The roads are definitely chaotic there, but by the time you get there, I am more then sure you will be accostomed with that. As you will probably be running into it from Mexico down. Any info you need on Thailand, I am more then willing to help you out!!!!!
Be Safe!!!! And watch out for those damn donkeys in the middle of the street on the bends in Mexico and south!
I've been to Thailand twice - Phuket and Bangkok. Paula has never been. I'm looking forward to Chaing Mai this time. I lived in Taiwan for four years and studied Mandarin Chinese for 6 months. It doesn't seem to help in Thailand. Taipei City has the craziest drivers of anywhere that I have driven (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.). Thailand wasn't too bad, although I only rode scooter there in Phuket.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:24 AM   #10
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Hey Rocky, thanks for sending the link

This is going to be a good one
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:10 AM   #11
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WOW, VERY COOL!

So how does the 990adv compare with the 1200gs on the maintenence? I thought that they had to be worked on a lot more often?

I have always liked that bike, as well as the 1200 gs, so I am looking forward to reading this and comparing it to others I have read who were on the GS.

So what is / was your official departure date?


If you get to Utah let me know, showers and laundry on me. Oh and Moab, and Arches are amazing! You might even enjoy the White Rim Trail!

Safe travels!

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Thanks everyone!


Not too sure why. There were just some things that we wanted to see on that side, and it seemed to be the best route over to Egypt and Jordan.


We had a nice sardinhas grelhadas at Paula's mother's before we left!


I've been to Thailand twice - Phuket and Bangkok. Paula has never been. I'm looking forward to Chaing Mai this time. I lived in Taiwan for four years and studied Mandarin Chinese for 6 months. It doesn't seem to help in Thailand. Taipei City has the craziest drivers of anywhere that I have driven (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.). Thailand wasn't too bad, although I only rode scooter there in Phuket.
yeah, Thailand rocks. If you ride east towards Issan and Ubon Ratchathani its very nice, and if you drop down to the coast there is TRAT, a seaside city, and you can ferry over to the Islands. Koh Chiang, Koh Kod and Koh Mak. these are great places, with cheap accoms. Jungle and mountan in the center, crazy roads up trhough it along the coast, with DS routes into the center, and jeeps and elephants for hire. Good diving and snorkling and whatnot. I paid 6 bucks a night for a bamboo bungaloo Hut with elec. on the beach sands on Koh Chiang.

Chiang Mai is nice, but careful near the Thai / Myannamar border, there is some issues with that at times
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:46 PM   #13
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Hey Rocky, thanks for sending the link

This is going to be a good one
No problem. Hopefully we'll see you south of the USA!
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:03 PM   #14
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WOW, VERY COOL!

So how does the 990adv compare with the 1200gs on the maintenence? I thought that they had to be worked on a lot more often?

I have always liked that bike, as well as the 1200 gs, so I am looking forward to reading this and comparing it to others I have read who were on the GS.

So what is / was your official departure date?

If you get to Utah let me know, showers and laundry on me. Oh and Moab, and Arches are amazing! You might even enjoy the White Rim Trail!

Safe travels!

Brian
This is my first bike! So far, the maintenance doesn't seem too bad.

Our departure date was August 20th. We've been on the road for two weeks now. Just trying to find the time to edit photos and post.

We might take you up on that offer of a shower and laundry.

We're going to check out your website when we get a chance. It looks like an interesting idea!
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:08 PM   #15
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Subscribed and damn...this should be good.
Good luck and enjoy your journey.
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