I am Cam Brookes, the artist formally known as Accounting and Business teacher at a private school in Melbourne. At 26 I have decided I should take to the road while I am young-ish and unattached.
The plan is to spend the first half of 2010 riding a motorbike from India to Africa. The chosen weapon is a 2008 Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark. The second half of the year I plan to do some community development and education work in Nepal.
The following pages contain the details of my trip, from pre-departure planning, to technical details of paperwork and motorbike, to stories of adventures had. Enjoy!
Having given up on a Pakistani visa when the embassy in Kathmandu told us it would be a 6 week wait, I was pleasantly surprised to be told by the embassy in Delhi that I could apply on Friday, have an interview on Monday and collect my visa on Tuesday. So, I applied on Friday and rode down to Agra to meet up with Torb again after his two week trek to the Everest Base Camp.
In Iran - am alive - have bike - great landscape - refreshing after a week in Delhi - will write soon.
Flying out of Delhi towards Teheran I had a stopover in Dubai and upon landing the thought popped into my head that if it wouldn't cost too much to delay my connecting flight then this could be a good chance to see the city that glitters with gold, black gold.
Turkey has been a blast and I should probably never leave.
The border crossing at Bazargan, from Iran into Turkey, was straight forward, although I did get a little nervous at one point when we were stopped by a member of the authorities who appeared reticent to allow us through. STOP! What country you from? Where you going? hm. You like Iran?. When Torb answered yes we were allowed through but the man's tone made me think that if we had answered no we would have been in big trouble. You not like? You not go. You stay until you like!
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