Hello fellow travelers
After reading around the world in 80 days I have been inspired to attempt my own sprint around the world. the rules I am planning on imposing are no airplanes and possibly no cars. The route I am thinking of doing is motorcycle from minneapolis to bering straight, across bering straight, either straight across russia or down into asia. For this trip I will need to skip africa and australia. Once into europe I would probably sell off the bike and continue on public transport across europe and then a ship to new york or somewhere in canada. From there, get home anyway possible. I would like to do this all in under 80 days. Has anyone attempted something like this? does anyone have any resources? Is it possible to do in 80 days?
and yes I know this is not the ideal way to do an RTW trip, I should really stop and tour more, but ill be darned if the idea of a sprint doesnt strongly appeal to me.
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 15, 2006 8:20 AM by wanderingr ]
Well, Ewan McGregor and his buddy did it in 115 days, but they flew from Russia -> USA, and from the USA back to London. Here's there site: Long Way Round. There aren't the first to do it, but there the only ones I've seen a TV show on.
I don't think there is much in the way of roads eastward past Anchorage. You can take ferries out into the Aluetian islands to get further west, but from there I don't know of a way to get westbound to Russia.
Once in Russia, there isn't much in the way of roads in Siberia, which would be another problem on a bike. It's not impossible, but would be very difficult. Here's some guys that did a trip through Siberia
Your biggest expense besides all of the trains and buses would probably be the trans-Atlantic ship. I have also been interested in floating about to see the world, and considered it. Unfortunately most of the world has moved skyward and the days of cheap voyages are over.. there is the possibiliy of booking a cargo vessel and living with the crew, but that is much more expensive than I thought!
Besides the hassle of needing to schedule your trip 2-3 months ahead (Probably would not work out if you are racing!), the trip can cost 60-100 Euros per day for a 20-day trip across the sea! I have not researched any commercial ferries, but this removed my ambition. You should check out your options in this department as it is integral to your plans.
Maybe you could sell your motorbike on ebay in advance, and deliver it yourself in Russia/EU! That would cut down on the uncertainty and maybe get a better price.
Best of luck, I think I will need to do this myself someday.