In applying for the Libyan visa it became apparent that people without a Libyan Peoples Bureau representative in their own country are unable to get an independent travel visa and so need to book on a tour. To the rescue Isam Sadi http://www.angelfire.com/az/azartours/index.html. He will arrange a visa, $US 100, and meet you at the border after which you can travel independently, hopefully, as it is our only way in that I know of.
The next most difficult visa is to Russia. Again where there is a problem there is an entrepreneur prepared to solve it at a price. The visa department of IRO Travel, email firstname.lastname@example.org, should be able to help, tourist or business visas, although as always when planning too far ahead with visas there are difficulties that they will expire before you enter the country.
Of course a carnet and bond had again to be prepared for Libya, Egypt and Syria. Gone is the carnet free Europe, and the visa free Europe.
The travel plan. Collect the motorcycle in Rome on the 23/1/99 and head south to Catania in Sicily and across to Malta. Unfortunately to the best of my research there is no boat from Malta to Tunisia so we have to return to Sicily and catch another boat from Trapani to Tunisia. Here we try to get visas to Algeria (not likely) then head through Libya, Egypt and by boat to Jordan. Israel becomes the problem now. If we were to enter Israel, have a stamp in our passport or have a stamp from a neighbouring country indicating we had entered Israel, we must have been to Israel then we will not be allowed into many Middle East countries, particularly Syria and Lebanon. Even to write that it is our intention to visit Israel here could preclude us entry to other Middle Eastern countries. We regret that this is the current situation and hope that it will improve for the whole world in the near future. Others have been known to visit Israel to see the current situation in the Gaza Strip and even support the autonomy and fight for a Palestinian homeland there. But an Israeli border must still be crossed. From Jordan we head to Syria and Lebanon. Visas for all of these countries have been obtained prior to leaving Australia. A boat connects Lebanon with the Republic of Cyprus, and from the best of my information, although illegal, you can cross into North Cyprus (Turkish) and catch another boat to Turkey.
At Ankara (Turkey), about the 1/5/99, we hopefully obtain our Russian visa and a visa to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Travel across Turkey around the Black Sea and up into the above countries to Moscow and St Petersberg before heading to Finland, mid summer, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
That is the plan of attack, but what eventuates is the reason for the journey.
Dunlop have again agreed to sponsor our tires, giving us contacts where there are dealerships in the above countries. All we need to do is fax ahead our requirements and there will be tires waiting for us. You couldn't ask for better service from a great tire company.
Having really enjoyed camping last trip we purchased a more suitable tent (smaller and lighter). A new remote control for the bike alarm, and a myriad of small Harley spares (screws, new leads, spark plugs, bearing seals, oil filters, oils, fuel hose, small gaskets, speedometer cable etc.) Having travelled a bit now we reckon you have to go for the small spares, ones you know you will need eventually in a 40,000 km trip that won't weigh you or the motorcycle down.
Of course one of the biggest expenses of this trip will be the visas and insurance requirements to allow us and the motorcycle to enter each country, not to mention the 40 odd passport photos we will each require. Despite cheaper petrol, food and living expenses this trip will probably be no less expensive than the last one to Western Europe.
12/1/99 Realizing we will have problems updating this story in some of the countries we visit, and having an unusually helpful mother-in-law, we are helping drag her into the 21st century by being our web master. The idea is to post my scrawlings to her (by snail mail) where she will update and post to the internet. Go easy on her if some of the links don't work or the page doesn't look perfect and send an occasional email of support email@example.com after all she is in her late seventies.
20/1/99 Last day before leaving with hopefully
everything possible in place. The garage in Rome assures me the motorcycle
is still there and the battery will be charged ready to go. Tiring but
exciting farewells and last minute emails to other travellers. Again we
have packed too much gear both on the motorcycle and around our middles
(the latter from the overindulgence of Christmas). Both will have to shed
some before we reach poorer roads in Africa. Say Hi if you see us on the
|Clothes - Peter||long shirtsx3||Tshirt longx1||HD T shirt x1||socks x 5||undies x 5||jeans x 2|
|jacket||cap||shorts||boot laces x 1||money belt||belt|
|Widder vest||leather gloves||T-shirt tube||helmet||boots/hikers||thongs|
|rain pants||rain jacket||spare glasses|
|Clothes - Kay||skivviesx1||sweatersx1||T shirt x2||Damart socksx3||thin socks x 2||undies x 5|
|jeans x 1||cotton pants||parka||long sleeve shirt||beanie||belt|
|Damart pants||T-shirt tube||Widder gloves||Widder vest||rain jacket||rain pants|
|boots/hikers||spare glasses||boot laces x 1||gloves||diary book||cross stitch|
|Toiletries||soap x 3||toothpaste||toothbrush x 2||dental floss||vaseline||deodorant|
|soap dish||Rid||scissors||nail brush||nail clippers||comb|
|toilet paper||2-in-1shampoo||sunblock||chamois towel||needle & thread||tissues|
|Bedding||sheetsx2||sleeping bagsx2||small pillowsx2||pillow casesx2|
|Camping||self inflating mattresses x 2||ground sheet||3 man, 3.5kg tent|
|Cooking||cook potsx2||multi fuel stove||2 tin mugs||heating element||plastic platesx2||knivesx2|
|forksx2||FREDx2||garbage bags||freezer bags||tea towelsx2||scourer|
|tea bags||vegemite||pot handle||toaster wire|
|Medical kit||bandages||sticking plaster||dressings||cotton buds||elastic bandages||burn cream|
|ear plugs||itch cream||aspirin||antihistamine||bandaids||Betadine|
|Panadol||Aspro clear||Gastrolyte||anti diarrhoea tablets anti fungus cream|
|anti nausea tablets||antibiotics||Mylanta tabs||syringes and needles|
|General||polish cloths||surgical gloves||paint pen||torch & batteries||short wave radio||cards|
|maps||stickers||vinyl||business cards||rubber bands||radio|
|calculator||camera & film||compass||cassettes||cleaning tape||knife|
|pegs||ockey straps||thermometer||highlighters||photo brag book||Araldite glue|
|pens||LP guide books|
|addresses||insurance||HOG Tales||passport photos||drivers license||Carnet|
|International license||HOG mileage form||travellers cheques|
|Bike Spares &||bike cover||clutch cable||throttle cable||speedo cable||wheel bearings||tie downs|
|Bits||clutch lever||bearing seals||fuel hose||spare belt||belt screws||duct tape|
|sandpaper||manual||cable ties||fuel additive||top box catches||WD40|
|stand spring||oils||brake fluid||multimeter||puncture kit||brake pads|
|plastic bags||auto wash||polish||bicycle pump||heat shrink plastic||tie wire|
|grease||electrical wire||electrical connectors||spark plug leads||fuses|
|spark plugs||chamois cloth||silastic||tools||O rings||oil filter|
|alarm remote||headlight bulb||brakelight bulb||front disc lock||rear wheel D lock||tyre gauge|
|spare keys||torsion wrench|
You can now move onto the first country of the fifth trip if you wish. Start Travelling
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