'Round The World, 2000-2001
The idea of taking a year off to travel the world has been a
dream of mine for many years, ever since my first ever travel
experience in '95. My original intent was to take a
continuous year of time off traveling, but relationships,
weddings, social activities, passport issues, tenacious
computer bugs, and a nastly onslaught of sloth resulted in me
spending much of my first year in San Francisco. As a result,
my travels will extend well into 2001.
This trip is much more a pilgrimage than a vacation. I'm
not traveling to get tanned and rested. I'm traveling to find
something, some part of me that somehow got lost or buried in
ten years of obsessive working, serial monogomous
relationships, and compulsive self flagellation. I don't know
exactly what I'm looking for, but then if I did, I wouldn't
need to go searching. To read more about my thoughts on travel,
read my travel philosophy musings.
Latin America by Bike and Bus
Feb. - June 00
The first leg of my trip, now complete, involved biking and
busing my way through Latin America, traveling from Baja,
California, Mexico down to southern Bolivia. During the four
months of my trip, I biked about 2300 miles and traveled on
more overnight bus trips than I can count. For a detailed
description of this leg, including bike statistics, country
ratings, and highlights and lowlights, see my summary report.
Europe by Train
Oct. - Nov. 00
The second leg of my trip, scheduled for Oct/Nov 2000,
involves a "quick pass" through southern Europe. Having
spent many months traveling the world, yet only four days total
on the European continent, I decided that at least a cursory
pass was in order. I am keeping this segment short, since
Europe is both expensive and not exactly high on the adventure
travel scale. I plan on spending a month or so there, starting
in Madrid and working my way through southern France, Italy,
and Greece as I work my way to Africa. As with previous trips,
I hope to do much of the trip by land, most likely via train.
I opted against buying a Eurail pass, since at $900/month, it
can hardly be considered a bargain for us "over 26" travelers.
Approx. Nov. 00 - Jan. 01
Africa has always intrigued me, yet
I have never set foot there. This travel leg aims to remedy
that. I plan on flying into Nairobi, then traveling by land
down to near Victoria Falls. While I have a great desire to
see animals, I really have no desire to pay a fortune to be
pampered on safari with a bunch of other Westerners who have
flown out just for the occasion, so I will play things by
My travels will likely take me through Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. I won't make the final decisions
until the last minute, based on the current political
realities. I also intent to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya,
weather and finances permitting.
Approx. Feb. - July 01
My extensive biking travels have
prompted a curiousity in motorcycle travels. While not quite
as up close and personal and bicycling, it also allows me to
move quicker, allowing me to focus less on the day to day
physical challenge of bicycling and more on the places I am
visiting. Never having done more than short trips by
motorcycle before, I am interested to try out this exciting
The plan is to start in the Middle East somewhere, perhaps
Cairo, and work my way across Asia. I will buy the bike once I
am there, and once I have an idea of what bikes are available.
If you have any suggestions on a brand/model, please send me mail.
Currently, I hope to travel through Israel (although I need to
be very careful with paperwork if I ever hope to enter a Muslim
country,) Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh,
Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and China. I'm not sure where
I will end the trip. I also hope to visit the Philippines and
Papua New Guinea, although most likely not by motorcycle.