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Monday, August 24, 2009

Ewan and Charley.

Long Way Round. If you haven’t seen it and you’re reading this, get yourself to netflix and watch this. Talk about adventure riding! Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman set out to take a once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle journey around the world. These guys had a dream to circle the globe on dual sport bikes and go from London through Europe, across Asia and then travel across the USA ending the journey in New York. There is something so fascinating about this trip that I couldn’t wait to see the next episode when they ran it on A&E. The successes and struggles these guys faced while travelling across the world were epic.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Conditions being what they are...

I have spent the majority of my adult life being unhappy with my weight. Mind you, I'm not considered "overweight" but I have just never been happy with my weight.
Seems like a good time to do something about it.
This trip will make a great goal for getting in shape and working through the health aspect of better living. Running a few times per week is a good start and will help with the cardio as well as the weight.


Friday, July 24, 2009

It’s a BMW.

Ewan rode one. Charley rode one. Even Claudio rode one. For me it was an easy choice. I wanted something big a powerful, something I didn’t have to push too hard to make it climb the hills and round the corners. Something big enough to carry gear but powerful enough that it didn’t know it was carrying gear. The BMW R1200 GS/A fit the bill. Started looking on advrider.com for a lightly used “previously owned” R1200, but it had to be a GS/A. I saw several that had been outfitted with the full adventure touring gear but they wanted a great deal of cash to make it happen. Or they were located in Florida, or Washington. So patience was the order of the day and without much delay one showed up in Tustin. Right around the corner. Richard was the owner, actually second owner, and the bike only had about 2000 miles on her. Talk about lightly used! She looked brand new, like she had just come off the line. Beautiful . Richard was a reasonable guy and knew that all the add-ons weren’t going to hold there value so he was looking for a very reasonable price. I agreed and we had a deal. Rode it around the block once, don’t know why, just thought I should. I wasn’t disappointed. Now to start the kitting out process.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Yaks and BMWs

This is going to take some work.

In order to manage the 7-9 hours a day on the bike I'm going to need some seat time.
Endurance hasn't always been my thing, but it clearly has a level of appeal that motivates me to get going. I'm looking forward to the "Dual Sport" nature of this trip, 2000km, on and offroad, altitude, weather and, most certainly, yaks. Think about it - two tons of yak in the cross hairs is enough to make you think twice.

The bike of choice is the BMW R1200 GS/A - the emphasis on the "A" part. I like the idea of a bike that goes everywhere and anywhere, with plenty of ground clearance and, best of all, an eight gallon gas tank!

I need to start looking for a lightly used late model R1200 with a setup good for endurance riding. I'm sure there are plenty out there with the economy doing it's thing, but I need to find the "right" one.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tibet. Seriously.

I think it's pretty well set now. Tibet is the destination, Next May is the timeframe. I waffled a bit on targeting the Great Wall and Terra Cotta Warriors trip, but that felt pretty touristy and didn't really address the main desire - crossing tibet.

I've been speaking with Edelweiss tours, out of Austria, regarding logistics, timing, equipment and general fitness required to navigate at 12,000+ feet elevation.

This is going to be a process with a fair number of goals along the way. Riding experience, travel knowledge, learning the language (both languages: tibetan and mandarin chinese..) and general health and fitness.

Time to make some lists...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Welcome to Across Tibet.

Welcome to Across Tibet.

Over the coming months I'll be posting background on the trip, preparation for the trip, and general thoughts about what I think I'll encounter along the way.

Please feel free to post comments and ask questions and I'll do my best to respond.

The overall plan for the trip is to blog along the trip as access is available, posting observations, insights and photos of the journey.

I hope you'll join me.