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Planning the Journey

Map of the world with planned itinerary
[Click on the map to view a detailed version - 260KB]

On the map above you can see my planned itinerary, as of November 2002. The route is a rough approximation of what the actual route might be. In some cases, like Africa, the actual route may change significantly due to safety concerns. In some parts of the world, the political, economical and social situation is very volatile making it very difficult to plan a precise itinerary through those regions years in advance.

On the other hand, the map above and the table below will give an idea about the places I intend to visit and will serve me as a guideline on my travels. I have yet to lay down the precise route through Asia, which is due to occur between May and November 2005. For one thing, I would like to be able to travel through China and Japan, but China does not allow unaccompanied motorcycles through their territory. Because of this problem, I have not decided yet if I'm going through northern Asia, starting from Iran for instance, or if I go directly to India and just tour Southeast Asia. Another Asian country out of the question is Myanmar (former Burma), due to closed borders. Anyhow, the following table contains a planned itinerary as laid out on the above map.

North America

April - May 2003

April 2003 Canada (Toronto - Niagara Falls)
April-May 2003 USA (Niagara Falls, NY - Nogales, AZ)
May-June 2003 Mexico (Nogales - Chetumal)

Central America

June - August 2003

June 2003 Belize (Corozal Town - Benque Viejo)
June 2003 Guatemala (Melchior de Menchos - Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado)
June-July 2003 El Salvador (La Hachadura - El Amatillo)
July 2003 Honduras (El Amatillo - El Espino)
July 2003 Nicaragua (Guasaule - Sapoá)
July 2003 Costa Rica (Peñas Blancas - Paso Canoas)
July-August 2003 Panama (Paso Canoas - Panamá City)

South America

August 2003 - March 2004

August 2003 Colombia (Cartagena - Maicao) if possible
August-September 2003 Venezuela (Maracaibo - Roraima)
September-October 2003 Brazil (Boa Vista - Rio Branco)
October 2003 Peru (Puerto Maldonando - Arequipa)
November 2003 Bolivia (Copacabana - Uyuni)
December 2003 Chile (San Pedro de Atacama - Punta Arenas)
December 2003-January 2004 Argentina (Ushuaia and Antarctica - Buenos Aires)
January-February 2004 Uruguay (Montevideo - Rio Branco)
February-March 2004 Brazil (Porto Alegre - Rio de Janeiro)

Europe

April - October 2004

April 2004 Germany, Luxemburg, France, Spain
April-May 2004 Portugal
June 2004 Portugal, Spain, France, Great Britain, Ireland
July 2004 Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland
August 2004 Russia, Ukraine
September 2004 Romania, Bulgaria, Greece
October 2004 Italy, Malta

Africa

October 2004 - April 2005

Libya, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania
Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo
Benin, Nigeria, Camaroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, Angola
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique
Tanzania, Kenia

Asia

May - November 2005

India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, China

Australia

Nov. 2005 - May 2006

November 2005 - February 2006 Australia
March - May 2006 New Zealand

North America

May - August 2006

May - June 2006 USA
June - August 2006 Canada