Monday, August 23, 2010

Optional Route Change

Daryll writes:
I finished work on August 10th and left the next day for the Horizons Unlimited Meeting in Nakusp.  150 other motorcycle travellers that have the same interest of adventure motorcycle travel.

Field of tents and bikes.
Met some old friends and made a few new friends over the few days of attending workshops and presentations. In chatting to a few riders that had done the east route of Africa, north to south, it was suggested that we look at going through the Middle East from Egypt to Jordan, Syria and Turkey to get into Europe as compared to our original plan of North Africa from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia before taking a ferry across to Europe. Alot more to see in Jordan, and Libya requires us to have a guide with us at all times while in the country, so those costs add up pretty quick. That got the wheels turning.

The day before I could leave to ride out to Nakusp, I got an email saying that our carnet documents are on it's way to us.  Damn!  Jordan and Syria require a carnet and I hadn't included these countries into our original application.  So a quick email to the CAA and Suzanne Danis and she agreed that I could return the documents and have the 3 new countries added onto our carnet; so now we have the option and can make that decision whilst on the road or before we get to Egypt and before we finalise our visas.

------ Original Route        -  -  -  -  - Optional Route 
Digg this


  1. I am so sad but so jealous at the same time to see you both go! You are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. Enjoy every minute of it because before you know it the end will come. Take the good with the bad. Enjoy each other. Most of all please remember that you will always be on our minds and in our hearts. We will miss you both dearly. RUBBER SIDE DOWN! RIDE SAFE! Love you guys....


  2. Joey,
    Thank you for your kind words, support and encouragement over the last few years. You are one of the few people that have been there from the start of the crazy idea that we had.
    It is now reality and I am sure we will soak up every minute that we are on the road.
    Will miss you guys.

  3. Departure Day!! Sad to see you leave. Excited for your adventure!

  4. I was just thinking that today is the day you both enbark on the adventure of a lifetime (to date, but probably not a lifetime for you guys). I will miss you, but know that this is where your hearts are and have been for quite a while. I wish you the best of experiences along your way and look forward to reading about them regularly.
    Lots of love and godspeed to you both!

  5. Hi Jim,
    We have a few stories to share about day 1. You could have had us back as tenants. More to come.

  6. Thanks for always being in our corner Lonny. Love to you and the family. I'll miss you! xoxo

  7. You be easy to spot in any camp spot. Just look for the tent with the duct tape on it!!!

    Travel safe and stay well.


  8. Hey John,
    Don't knock the uses of duct tape; anyway, that tent is long gone.