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I think you'll find you are not alone at that age. As an example, I first started international travelling when I was 20 and did a fair amount of riding in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Longest single ride on that journey was NYC -> Guatemala -> LA.
Well I suppose that means there shouldn't be any age related problems (hopefully) Though not sure how keen my parents are on me going off by myself guess I'll see if I can find someone else as "invincible" as me
One thing that might be worth considering is the definition of 'round the world' for record purposes. From what I recall it's a distance of 30,000 miles and you have to pass within 5 degrees of two antipodal points, like the UK and New Zealand.
What bike are you on, I thought getting a license under 21 was a problem these days? Small bikes rock though!
I was totally green when I first set off (I'd had a license for about three months) and took an Elefant 750 - amazing bike but a pig to push off yourself in the sand. My next desert racing bike is a 125!
What route were you thinking of? Central Asia is a bit more beauraucratic but well worth it, the ride to 'the door to hell' in Turkmenistan is one of my favourite biking memories
That route sounds good and is keeping the visa situation simple. Culturally central asia is very different from Russia, they have a rich Islamic history and all follow the 'Turkish model' - they are an amazingly warm and friendly people. The old silk road cities of Buchara and Samarkand have some fantastic old buildings, the tomb of Tamerlane etc if you like that sort of thing. I went down through the Balkans, Greece > Turkey > Georgia . Azerbaijan > Ferry to Turkmenistan > Uzbekistan > Kazakhstan > Russia then headed back West. I was supposed to do TJK and go over the Pamir highway, having seen Colebatchs photos I REALLY missed out so have to go back next year and rectify that! If I was doing it again I'd take the southern route partly for this and also to see if I could ride the Nagorno-Karabakh trail in Azerbaijan on a bike. Its a walking trail, but it's in Azerbaijan and bears witness to what was by all accounts a very brutal and under-reported war between AZ and Armenia.
A lot depends on what sort of riding you want to do. If you want to do more off-road you need much more detail in the planning as to what is good and ultimately that will decide. The southern route would probably add 400 quid in beauraucratic bull, but may be worth it. If you leave in May/June either route will be fine weather-wise. Russia is amazing but the scenery can be a bit monotonous depending on how much you like pine trees!
Hmm I'll have just over 3 months to do it, so my thinking was if I'm tight on time roads in Russia will be slightly better? The other problem is all the border crossings might keep adding up on time so I'll end up being late back for University at the end of september!
Well the original plan was more off road, but since I'm riding solo I think better to stay more on than off.
In three months you should probably stick to the straightforward route if you're flying over to Alaska and doing the 'round' route.
One option might be to do a circular route that goes into Mongolia then doubles back on itself. In 2005 a couple from Rotherham did this in about 3 months. Mongolia is properly wild, would be a very different section from any of the rest. When you are in a hurry you can eat some serious miles through Russia (two days from Moscow to Rotterdam for example)
You get bugger all done in the first term of uni anyway!
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