idea : Ride motorcycles for one year through five continents
name is Manou Emringer. I started motorcycling in 1992, when
I was 22, but only bought my first motorcycle three years later
while I was living in Delaware, USA.
Since I have always enjoyed travelling and been encouraged in
this by a family with a severe case of collective travel bug,
a combination of pleasures was inevitable.
motorcycle tour deserving that name was a one week round-trip
from Delaware to the Niagara Falls, followed shortly afterwards
by a six-week trip from Delaware to Veracruz, Mexico. That one
did it. I have been thinking more or less ever after about the
possibility of riding around the world on a motorcycle.
return from the USA, I worked in Luxembourg for a year, after
which I took up an offer to work in the Czech Republic for a
few years. During that time, motorcycle touring was limited
to a ride to southern France, a trip down the West Coast of
the US, and a one-week trip through the Alps.
A year ago,
the opportunity presented itself to realize my project, as my
involvement in its current form in the Czech Republic was nearing
idea was to ride from Alaska to Argentina. As ambitions go,
mine tended to expand every time I looked at a worldmap. For
various reasons however, I had to "limit" the voyage to one
year. Climatic factors, civil unrest, time and expense considerations,
etc, etc, had to be taken into account in varying degrees. The
result was a route encompassing five continents and several
In the early
stages of pondering about the general idea of a trip like this,
I had hoped for, but never really envisioned meeting someone
with whom this could become a shared adventure. Well, I have.
Ellen and I will be leaving with two motorcycles in August 2000.
be regular updates, including pictures from the road, frequency
depending on the availability of Internet cafés and our level
of proficiency in handling potentially rebellious electronic
has been created mostly in order to keep our family and friends
informed on our whereabouts and more generally for the enjoyment
of anyone who considers that travelling, meeting new people
and seeing new places is one of the heartier spices of life.
Any commentary, advice, silly joke or constructive criticism
(preferably short ....) will be greatly appreciated.
see some of you on the road.