An update on our round-the-world motorcycle trip: Dave is working in Seattle, WA for a few weeks helping to build a house while I’m staying in Vancouver B.C. We’ve been off the bikes for over three weeks and it doesn’t look like we’ll be back on them for another month or so.
We’re both working on the tiring tasks of trip planning for the next leg. This second half is leaps and bounds tougher to plan than riding through the Americas, where we just left our front doors and rode wherever we wanted whenever we wanted.
This next leg, which will take us through Africa, Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, requires many documents with precise dates attached. We are finding it very difficult to plan out a year’s worth of riding by dates. For Africa, we need carnet de passages. This is a sort of ‘passport’ for our bikes and ensures we are not trying to sell them overseas. Each carnet comes with a big price tag for each country. We have to guess at which countries we want to visit because the carnet is needed well in advance of when we fly there. We cannot decide we’d like to visit another country once there because we won’t have a carnet for that country. It really takes the spontaneity out of it all 🙁 As well, we have to front the market value of our bikes initially, which the carnet issuing company keeps until we return… when we sure hope they refund our deposit.
The next obstacle is acquiring travel visas for Russia and Kazakhstan, although I have heard Canadians may not need visas in Kaz after Jan 1, 2017. (This has beed confirmed by Visa Services of Canada but not the Kaz embassy itself. Hey Kazakhstan, pleeeeease pick up your phone!)
Each visa takes about three weeks to send away for and have returned. They cost a few hundred dollars. We’ve been told we must apply for them from within our own country, which means we can’t go anywhere until we have our passports back from the embassies. If we don’t need a visa for Kaz, REJOICE. We’ll be able to get back on the road three weeks earlier.
The Russian visa is another thing entirely; we need an invitation letter to enter Russia and if applying for a tourist visa, they will only give us 30 days to travel through this immense country. Definitely not enough time to ride across Russia. I’m working on a work-around at the moment.
We’re hoping to be back on our bikes before Christmas. In the meantime, you can catch up on what we’ve been doing this past year all throughout our website.
We love comments! The comment field is below but you need to click into the first ‘comment’ field, then TAB (don’t click) to the other fields. If you have a prob, us our contact form. We always reply. Check back under your comment post for our reply, it may take a week or so but we always reply.
Subscribe to Riding Full Circle: head to our home page, look to the left menu…SUBSCRIBE! Be sure to follow through with the confirmation e-mail that will be sent your way, which you’ll likely find in your spam folder.
Wanna join us for a leg? Contact us for any part of the trip you’d like to ride along with us or to suggest a place we should ride.