April 10, 2002 GMT


[The China Shipping 40 foot container backed-up to the loading bay at World Cargo International in Tukwila, WA.]

We accomplished the first tangible milestone of our journey on MON 16 APR. Two of the twelve bikes were shipping direct from Australia to China, so we began loading the remaining ten bikes outbound from Seattle into a 20 ft. container. With only a couple of bikes wheeled in, it was readily apparent that we needed a large container - the next step up was a 40-footer.


[Ten "iron horses", chocked, tied-down, and ready for an ocean journey. Image courtesy of Helge Pedersen]

The bikes will ship out of Harbor Island, Seattle, this week, and arrive in Shanghai on 05 MAY. Once there, they'll be cleared through Chinese customs, and since "foreign" vehicles are not allowed, a "loophole" will be created by re-licensing the bikes with Chinese license plates, and we'll all be issued Chinese driver's licenses. Unfortunately, we don't get to keep the plates, but imagine the fun I'll have the next time I'm stopped by a US-based LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) and hand over my Chinese driver's license!


[The Loadmasters from L to R: Yours Truly with the "days catch" of extra tie-downs, trip videographer Sterling Noren, and tour leader and global adventurer, Helge Pedersen. Image courtesy of Helge Pedersen]

The bikes will actually ship out of Seattle on 20 APR 2002, on the good ship Nordstrand Voyage 11. They will arrive in Shangai 05 MAY 2002.

Posted by Mike Paull at April 10, 2002 02:20 AM GMT

Good Luck Mike. Thanks for the update. Keep updating. It sounds great.

Posted by: Avner Matmor on April 17, 2002 08:56 PM GMT

Mike, thanks for the update. Hopefully the first of many exciting stories. Guess I'll have to live vicariously through you this time!

愉快的旅行 (Happy travels),


Posted by: Dale Oliver on April 18, 2002 05:20 AM GMT

Nice start Mike. But I could not see your bike!!! Did you forget to load it? Please check again. Good luck!


Posted by: antonio on April 18, 2002 09:54 AM GMT

And the really sad thing is that it looks for all the world like there was room in there for one of my bikes!

Posted by: Joel Andre on April 19, 2002 12:30 AM GMT
Sorry, due to heavy form spamming, Comments are OFF.

HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

Story and photos copyright ©

Sorry, you need a Javascript enabled browser to get the email address and dates. You can contact Horizons Unlimited at the link below. Please be sure to tell us WHICH blog writer you wish to contact.

All Rights Reserved.

Contact the author:

Editors note: We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.

Hosted by: Horizons Unlimited, the motorcycle travellers' website!
You can have your story here too - click for details!