Ca. 1992 - 93
Conny Müllhold and Heinrich (Henrik) Jensen (Danish)
World. Brother of Ove Jensen circeld the world nearly on the same route
1992 - 95
Isabelle Proteau and Jean-Francois (French)
The World. Die Veterinärärzte Isabelle und Jean-Francois
unternehmen mehrere Motorrad-Reisen nach ihrem Studienabschluß: 1986 Algier
- Dakar (Jean-Claude und ein Freund). 1987- 88 Dakar-Capetown. 1990 rund
um Süd-Amerika. Schließlich als Folge ihrer Entdeckungen und dem Leben
"on the road" als Nomaden 1992-95 eine Weltreise mit zwei YAMAHA XTZ 660.
Ihr Thema aller Reisen ist jeweils das Aufspüren und Fotografieren von kaum
mehr bekannten Tieren, deren Bestand gefährdet ist: Afrikanische Okapis,
Java und Nepal Rhinozeros, Tasmanischer Teufel, Baumkängeruh in Papua, Miniantilope
bei den Pygmäen, Fossa und Lemurs auf Madagaskar, Gelada Affen von Äthiopien,
seltene Chamäleons, Australische Wombat, Malaiische Babirussa (Schweinehirsch).
Roter Ibis und Zebus in Französisch Guyana, leatherback turtle (Schildkröte),
1998: Patricia Govers and Bernd Tesch visited Isabelle and
Francois in France.
1999 they left again for a tour "Around-The-World " with
their young child by Toyota Landcruiser.
Books: In English: On the trail
of UNUSUAL ANIMALS in Danger of extinction (= Auf den Spuren von ungewöhnlichen
Tieren, die vom Aussterben bedroht sind). In French: À La Recherche des
Animaux Insolites en voie de Disparition. Text-Fotoband ist eine Augenweide durch
die Tieraufnahmen und übersichtlichen Erläuterungen
11.02.1992 - ca. 12.1994
Denise Fierz and
Plan: Weltreise mit 2 BMW R 80 GS 1992.
07.06.1992 - 03.06.1995
Atsuko Kumata (Japanese
female) and Hiroaki Takahashi (Japanese male)
Around The World. I (Atsuko, 33 years) rode around the world including
5 continents using a HONDA CT 110 together all the way with Hiroaki (30 years)
who also ride a HONDA CT 110.
Route: Europe 20.000 kms (U.K.
- Norway - Finland - Sweden - Denmark - Germany - Poland - Slovakia - Hungary
- Romania - Bulgaria - Greece - Italy - France - Monaco - Spain) - Africa 30.000 kms (Morocco - Western Sahara - Mauritania - Senegal - Mali - Burkina Faso
- Benin - Nigeria - Cameroon - Central Africa - Zaire - Uganda - Kenya - Tanzania
- Malawi - Mozambique - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Namibia - South Africa). Motorcycle
was sent by aeroplane to Istanbul, Turkey. I flew to Istanbul, Turkey. Asia 10.000 kms (Turkey - Iran - Pakistan - India). Motorcycle was sent by ship to
Fremantle, Australia. I flew to Thailand, took a train to Malaysia and then flew
to Perth, Australia. Australia 10.000 kms (Fremantle - West Coast - Perth
- Gunbarrel Highway to Ayers Rock - Adelaide - Melbourne). Motorcycle was sent
by ship to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina. South
America 15.000kms (Argentina - Chile - Peru - Ecuador - Colombia). Motorcycle
was sent by aeroplane to Colon, Panama. I flew to Colon, Panama. Central America
10.000 kms (Panama - Costa Rica - Nicaragua - Honduras - El Salvador - Guatemala
- Mexico) - North America 10.000 kms (U.S.A. - Canada - Alaska). Motorcycle
was sent by ship to Tokyo Japan. I flew home to Japan.
The best: North
Cape in Norway, Sahara Desert in Africa, Karakoram Highway in Pakistan, Gunbarrel
Highway to Ayers Rock in Australia, Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia in South America.
The worst: Bilharzia and Malaria in Africa. Political problems in Zaire,
Book or publication: Series of articles in "Garrrr" magazine
(Japan). Special feature in "Tabi" magazine (Japan).
and Tips for others: Small reliable motorcycle is good for travelling.
08.01.2001 1st contact by email
See as well 09.05.1999 - 03.11.2000 SECOND
21.08.1992 - ca. 21.04.95
Lucia Fuchs and Gerhard Iten (Swiss)
Not complety Around The World.
With a Dnepr-sidecar .
Route: Europa - Asia
- Australien - New Zealand. 60.000 kms.
Strecke: Schweiz - Italien
- mit der Fähre in die über Griechenland in die Türkei - Iran -
Pakistan - China - Indien - Australien - Neuseeland .
und Motorschaden. Vom Abenteuer einer Dnepr-Weltreise
Fiona Fraser and Martin (Swedish?)
Around-The-World. Ca. 1993 Info von Bent Ellingsen.
22.05.2000 I do not know more
details. Who knows him, his present address or publications about them??
17.10.1993 - 20.03.1995
Astrid Griep(born 1969) and Daniel Duwe (born 1971, both Germans) Astrids homepage
+ Transafrica. Astrid and Daniel rode on one Honda Transalp 41.000 km through Africa.
Europe (Germany - Spain) - by ferry to Africa (Morocco - the Sahara we crossed
in company with Swiss car-salers - Mauretania - Mali - Cote d´Ivoire - Ghana.
Because there has been a revolution in Togo at this time the border was closed.
So we had to ride a "little round of 700 km" via Burkina Faso - Togo
- Benin - Nigeria - Cameroon - Central Africa - Zaire - arriving in Rwanda in
march 1994. Because of a visit of friends we left bike and equipment in Rwanda
and hitchhiked to Kenia. From here we flew home to Germany to earn money in summer.
A short time later after we left Rwanda the war started there. It is bad that
we lost all of our our bike and equipmenet there. But comparing this with the
war there this was not important. In october 1994 we flew with another used Honda
Transalp to Kenia to continue. Tansania - Malawi - Mocambique - Zimbabwe (Rafting
on the Zambesi-River!!!) - Namibia - South Africa (Capetown).
travel: Adventure, visiting other cultures, see diffrent countries
best: Crossing the Sahara, driving through Zaire, diving-course in Malawi,
Rafting on the Zambesi-River, driving through the deserted Kaokoveld in Namibia,
reaching Capetown after 41.000 km!
The Worst: Corruption in Westafrika,
especially in Zaire
Earlier experiences: Backpacking through Brasil,
Mexiko, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand. See her next trip Alasca - Tierra
del Fuego under Americas\NorthSouthAmerica
Useful tips to others: Don´t ask too many questions before you leave the first
time. Jjust do it ! It is easier then you imagine back home
visit of Astrid visited. I was astonished to hear how easy she managed Alasca
- Tierra dle Fuego on her 350 ccm. She belongs to the few women who dare everything
and is always positive thinking. It is wonderful to listen to Astrid.
again with her 350ccm SUZUKI. Who wants to travel next with her?
has been more than three times at the Tesch-Travel-Treffen: 1995, 1996, 1997.
B.T.: Astrid is a very intelligent-humores
and sweet-femine woman. She is a very experienced traveller and always waiting
for the next tour...
1995 - ?
Sharon Thompson and Dave (Americans) http://sdg.ncsa.uiuc.edu/~mag/Thompson
Around The World. Plan 1996 Around-The-World
in 3 years with BMW R 100 GS (Dave) and Sharaon (R 80G/S)
Route: USA - Mexico
- Belize - Guatemala - El Salavador - Honduras - Nicaragua Costa Rica -
Panama - Colombia - Peru - Chile down to Tierra del Fuego - Argentina - Spain
- Morocco - North again through Portugal - France - Belgium - Holland - Germany
- Denmark - Sweden - Norway - up to Nord Kap - Finland - Sweden to Holland.
17.01.95 Info von Marcus Grave..
1996 Dave visited Bernd Tesch in Aachen.
21.07.1999 being back after 18 months
09.1999 Plan: With R100GS through
1995 + 1998 + 2000
Carla King http://www.carlaking.com
King is a travel and technology writer who tours the world by motorcycle and writes
about it in realtime for an Internet audience. Her series of three journeys;
the 1995 American Borders dispatches from the saddle of a Ural sidecar
the 1998 China Road dispatches riding a Chang Jiang, and the year 2000's Indian
Sunset dispatches using a Royal Enfield Bullet. At present she is working on a
print book about these journeys. Visit her site and sign up for her mailing list
to be informed of the book's publication and other news.
Carla USA http://www.americanborders.org
NORTH AMERICA. USA. The 1995 American Borders dispatches remain an
Internet classic. The first in a series of three
motorcycle journeys chronicled
on the Internet, Carla King created this groundbreaking work as she traversed
the United States borders with Canada and Mexico on a Ural motorcycle, sending
in her dispatches from gas stations and campgrounds along North America's backroads.
King, Carla CHINA http://www.chinaroad.org
ASIA. The second in a series of motorcycle
journeys document on the Internet, in 1998 Carla King traversed Northern China
on a Chang Jiang motorcycle, alone and illegally, with faulty maps and little
command of the language. From her first night on the road in a trucker's brothel,
to her arrival at the Labrang Monastery at the Tibetan Border, this trip gives
readers a unique look at life along China's backroads.
Carla INDIA http://www.indiansunset.org
ASIA. The third and final in a series of motorcycle journeys documented on
the Internet, Indian Sunset was created in the Year 2000 as Carla King rode a
Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle through Southern India, beginning in the streets
of Madras and traveling to a series of colorful South Indian temples, ashrams,
and pilgrimage sites. Follow her journey through sacred Tamil Nadu, through the
jungles of Kerala, to the hippie havens of Goa, the high-tech city of Bangalore,
17.06.1995 - 24.09.1995 100 days
USA. The woman Dee (35) rode solo
over the backroads of U.S.A. for 100 days, on her 1986 Honda Interceptor
500, covering more than 17,000 miles.
Route: Dee explored, ate and
slept (usually camping) in 38 States, with no planned agenda. The adventures she
encountered, obstacles overcome, and fine people she met along the way inspired
her to share her story with others, by writing a book, published July 2000.
The best: Ten of the same questions were asked everywhere she went.
Number One question was "Aren't you afraid?" Others were, "All by yourself
? What if you break down? What do you for work, that you can just take off this
way?" and the dumbest "You rode it all the way here?" The worst part: Crashing
Book: "Dee Tours". Publisher. Pegasus Publishing. USA. Ssoftbound,
6 x 9 inches, 464 hefty pages with color and b/w photos, jam packed full of adventures.
Takes the reader on a journey of road and spirit. Unique observations about
life, the world around us, and the strength of a woman, who thinks of herself
as just the girl next door. The book is only available from Dee.
First information by Dal Smile.
25.09.1995 - 12.05.1997
Drechsel and Gerd Offergeld
somehow. The plummer Gerd (BMW R 80 G/S) and the civil-engineer Daniela
(DR 350) rode 14.000 km with BMW and SUZUKI DR 350 28.000 kms.
Germany (Aachen) - Luxembourg - France - Spain - Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal
- Gambia - Senegal - Guinea (Conakry). In Guinea Gerd was hit by a truck and the
mc was destroyed. They flew to South Africa. Here Gerd bought there a DR 350.
South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe - Mocambique - Malawi - Tanzania
- Rwanda - Uganda - Kenia. Both sold their DR 350 and flew back to Germany.
The best: Desert of Mauretania. Capetown - Elisabeth most besides the
official road. North of Namibia. North of Mocambique to Malawi.
Worst: Accident in Guinea.
1978 1st contact
1994 / 5 visitor of Tesch-Mc-Meeting
??.11.1995 - ??
Iris Henrichs and Jochen (German)
Around-The-World. They planned to circle the world. Because they had
an accident they stopped.
Solo overland by bike Germany - India - by plane
to Thailand / Bankok. Lived there for a while.
Was already in 1996 in Laos.
07.2000 Information by herself and Daniel Vetter.
07.2000 Lives now
in China teaching there.
Ca. 1996 -
Han (?) Springer and Karlins (Dutch)
World ? "On the road". With two YAMAHA XT 600 Tenere.
- overland to India - from India to Singapur backpacking through Thailand - Malaysia
- Indonesia - New Zealand - by motorcycle Australia / Tasmania - from Canada
overland to South America / Ushuaia. Next Africa.
28th of may. 1st information
by Ralf Paaske and Petra Schommer.
11.02.1996 - 2003
Kay Forwood and Peter (Australian). http://www.ozemail.com.au/~forwoodp
Plan Around The World. "On the road".
With one Harley Davidson Electraglide. They plan to continue travelling by motorcycle
until 2003 together and then to go to the 100th anniversary of production of Harley
Davidson. In this years they are returning to Australia in intervalls of 6-12
months with interruptions of 2 months. They are trying to visit as many countries
as possible on the SAME bike. They will visit each country in Europe. From Italy
to North Africa - Middle East - as many as possible Ex-Russian countries. 1999
Turkey and Africa. They plan to continue travelling by motorcycle until 2003 (Seven
Route: In october 98 they have covered 47 countries and
97.000 kms since leaving Australia through Asia minor - India sub continent, Asia
minor, the Balkans, Western and Southern Europe. Peter has "chaufeured" (his job
now) Kay around 57.000 of those kms. From july 98: Netherlands to Scandinavia
- Nordkapp - from Norway / Bergen to Faroe Islands - Iceland back to Norway/Bergen
- overland to GB -Ireland - GB - B - Germany. Future: They will visit each country
in Europe. From Italy to North Africa - Middle East - as many as possible Ex-Russian
countries. Since 1999 Turkey and Africa.
Peter informed me that there are
247 countries in 3 categories in the world according to Rand McNally atlas. There
are 202 totally independent countries at all.
10.04.98 1. Info by Jörn
04.98 and 01.11.98 Kay and Peter visited Bernd Tesch personally.
Participant of the 20th Tesch-Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers in 1998.
19.03.1996 - 29.07.1997
Anette Bovin (Swedish)
Europe - Asia - Australia. Anette (28) and her ex (Ola Bovin) rode on one BMW R 80 GS 50.000
kms. Both shared riding the bike.
Route: Sweden - Germany - Austria
- Hungary - Rumania - Bulgaria - Turkey - Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal - India.
By plane from New Dehli to Bankok. Thailand - Malaysia - Singapore - Malaysia.
We shipped the bike from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia because it was cheaper than
in Singapore. So from Darwin in Australia down to Brisbane and flying back to
Route: Sweden - Germany - Austria - Hungary - Rumania - Bulgaria
The best: Hospitalty in Iran and the wild and amazing scenery in Pakistan.
The Worst: That must be the crazy driving in India. Still suffers from nightmares
about TATA-truck drivers.
26.05.1996 - 04.12.1998
Astrid Griep (born 1969) and Daniel Duwe (born 1971, both Germans). Astrids homepage:
Alaska - Tierrad del Fuego. Astrid with a Suzuki DR 350 and Daniel
with a Honda Transalp rode 60.000 km.
Route: North America (USA (Anchorage)
- Canada - West of USA - Mexico - Guatemala. Here we celebrated our first christmas.
In Honduras we stayed the next 3 months: Holiday form travelling. Nicaragua -
Costa Rica - Panama. We crossed exactly after one year the canal of Panama - by
plane to South America (Colombia (Bogota) - through the Andes south to Equador
- Peru - Bolivia - Chile - Argentina. Christmas 1997 we reached Ushuaia. The end
of a dream !
Purpose of travel: Curiosity for other countries and
how the people live there.
The best: The people and the endless nature
in Alaska and Kanada, the beauty of Western USA, the beautiful caribean coast
in Mexico, the Andes with the volcanos, altiplano, saltlakes and of course reaching
Tierra del Fuego after 60.000 km.
The Worst: A crash with a cow in
the dschungel of Bolivia. Yeah - 2 weeks before I crashed into Daniels motorbike
because of the beautiful scenery of the Andes.
Earlier experiences: Backpacking
through Brasil, Mexiko, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand. Transafrica.
Useful tips to others: Don´t take too many things with you, you can buy
almost everything everywhere. It is much nicer to travel light.
Astrid has been more than three times at the Tesch-Travel-Treffen: 1995, 1996,
B.T.: Astrid is a very
intelligent-humores and sweet-femine woman. She is a very experienced traveller
and always waiting for the next tour...
02.11.(ab Garmisch) -
03.11.96 an Tunis - Tibesti - 15.12.97 (an Douala)
Tina Müllerund Hans Ostler (German)
Die für viele Jahre durch die politischen, auch kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen
gesperrte Nord - Süd - Verbindung Tunesien - Libyen - Cameroun haben die beiden erstmalig gemeistert. Die Idee kam
Tina nachdem Klaus Därr das Tibesti mit einem Mercedes Geländewagen
bereist hatte und die Reisen in Algerien durch die inneren politischen Auseinandersetzungen
(Islamisierung) ohne militärische Sicherheitsbegleitung nicht mehr möglich
sind. Heinz Holzmann war 1975/76 der erste Motorrad - Fahrer im Tchad. Tina und
Hans sind die ersten, die Nord - Süd mit dem Motorrad gefahren sind, wobei
Tina die gesamte Strecke auf dem Motorrad gefahren ist. Ein Begleitfahrzeug ist
notwendig, weil es auf ca. 2500 km keine gesicherte Versorgung gibt. Die Fahrt
eines solo fahrenden Motorrad - Travellers auf dieser Verbindung steht noch aus.
B.T.: Tina is the first motorcycle I know at all who
rode by bike this route North-West-Afrika.
- 29.06.1999: 2nd Around-The-World
Lynn McGonical and David (Australians) http://www.davidmcgonical.com.aus
Around The World. 2nd tour of David.
Lynn rode parts of it by her own: With a BMW R 1100 RT. Lynn rode parts of it
together with David.
Route: David and Lynn rode: Chile (Santiago)
- Argentina (Ushuaia) - Antartic Peninsula (Espranza Base) - back by ship to Argentina
(Ushuiaia) - Brazil (Rio - Recife) - Chile (Santigao) - Equador - by air
to Panama - Alaska (Dalton Highway Artic shore) - and then ?? - Vancouver - Vladiwostok
- Polen - Germany - France - Spain -.Morocco. - Europe - North Cape - North Africa
- Iceland US - Australia - Pacific Islands - New Zealand - Australia.
Plans a book.
28.08.97 First Info by Werner Zwick
30.08.98 David visited
Bernd Tesch in Germany.
29.06.1999 Bernd Tesch was the FIRST who get information
about his world-around-tour through seven continents and all time zones.
12.1999 Lynn and David gave a wonderful party for the Mc-Travellers Patricia Govers
and Bernd Tesch in Sydney / Australia.
08.11.1996 - ca. 04.1999
Miho Kawakami und Tadoa (Japan)
Around The World. Both wanted to circle the world. Tadao rides a BMW
R 100 GS. Miho a HONDA XR 250.
Route: ? Tadao stopped in South America
because his bike broke down.
21.09.98 Brief mit Bericht aus japanischer Zeitung
plus netter Dankesbrief.
1998 1st Inormation by Thorsten Müller.
09.98 Miho and Tadao were personal guest of Bernd Tesch.
Dafne de Jong and Rob de Jong (Dutch) http://www.ride-in.nl/ride-on
+ Around-The-World. "Ride-on Worldtour".
With Yamaha EZS 900 and sidecar Squire like Richard and Mopsa English. Startet with 30.000 Gulden.
Route: Europe - South America
- Central America - North-America (20 States) - Transafrica to Cairo ( South Africa
- Namibia - Botswana - Zambia - Tansania - Kenya - Ethiopia - Sudan (via Gedaref
- Kahrtoum - Shendi - Wadi Walfa) - by ferry boat to Egypt (along the Nile to
Cairo - Sinai) - Jordan - Syria - Turkey (Istanbul, 19.09.1999, where they were
witness of an earth crake) - overland to India (1999)- Australia - Asia - North
America - Japan - try Transrussia - still "on the road". -
Travel-Idea: Their own project is called "The World on a Children's Drawing". The idea is to
gather money for children in the whole world. Children should paint about their
life and what they think about the whole world and their future. Dafne is
playing violine and Rob plays mouthorange. By this they try to collect money for
a child-fund: "Ride on childfund".
Bisherige Erfahrung: Rob 1986 in Australien
mit Honda XL 250, 3 Monate, 15.000 km. GUS 1993 Dafne und Rob NL - Nordkap - GUS
- Moskau - Finnland - NL, 2 Monate, km 9.000.
10.12.93 Personal guest of
26.03.94 Participant of the 16th Tesch-Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers
19.09.1999 10th newsletter coming from Istanbul
in Japan for Russian Visa.
25.10.01 After 5 years they are back in
Germany. Bernd Tesch gave a welcome-party for them.
19.10.01 Asked them for
an update of their block
B.T.: After an information-talk with Bernd
Tesch in Zweifall/Germany with a fire-party they left 21.11.1996 Holland - by
ship with their selfmade sidecar to Chile - Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) in January
1997 - travelled South-America south-north - were sponsored by Colombian company
Cafe Universal going from Barranquilla to Panama in June 1997 - travelled through
Central America into Mexico - through 20 states of the USA to Nova Scotia in Canada
(October 1997) - in January 1998 they put their sidecar aboard a freightliner
and sailed the Atlantic Ocean going to Guinee Bissau in West Africa - travelled
West Africa and found our way over land blocked due to political unrest in Nigeria
- shipped over from Ghana to Capetown in May 1998 - travelled through South Africa
and worked in Bloemfontein - started to ride up from South Africa to Egypt in
November 1998. Rode to Windhoek/Nambia to see Bernd Teschs mc-friends Arndt and
Constance Asmus 04.01.99 who where in USA. Situation north of Kenia is still
14.07.1999 Rob en Dafne arrived in Cairo coming from East Africa.
In Aswan/Egypt they got the Egypt-mc-plate-Nr. ASWAN No.1. They are the first
motorcyle to travel overland from Ethiopia through Sudan into Egypt after the
war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The North-South route is wide open again. The
ferry from Aswan/Sudan is going and the captain very willing and helpfull to take
motorcycles on board. Even our sidecar, which did not fit through the door was
not a problem. We detached the sidecar from the motorcycle, after which it was
carried on board. In Egypt you will get an Egyptian motorcycle-numberplate.
B.T. 25.10.01 : Their records: They rode about 250.000
kms with a sidecar Around-The-World. No sidecar rode such a long distance RTW
with a couple. Dafne rode half of it: No woman rode 125.000 kms RTW. A Dutch newspaper
wrote 5 years payed stories about them. The first Dutch couple who rode RTW with
a sidecar in all continents.
??.??.1996 - ??.??.1996
Stephanie Decurnex (Swiss-Canadian)
America. Ride from Nelson, BC,
Canada to Mexico and back in two weeks. Rode with Jason Martin on a
Kawasaki ZX11 for over 10.000 kms.
Route: Nelson - Portland - Reno
- San Francisco - Los Angeles - San Luis Obispo - Carlsbad - Tijuana - Ensenada
- Carlsbad - Las Vegas - Salt Lake City - Montana - Idaho - Nelson
the rides at Disneyland and travelling with Jay.
The worst: Killing a deer
half an hour away from home and destroying the
met her in Australia.
15.04.2000 Partcipant of the "22nd Meeting for World-Travellers".
Plan 1997 - 2000
Anja Koziara and
Around The World ?
02.10.96 Visited me on IFMA-fair in Cologne and wrote me many letters before
22.05.2000 I do not know more details. Who knows them, their
present adress or publicatios about them??
Jacollen Meijering and Frank (Dutch)
They travel on two Aprilias.
Route: Europe (NL) - South-America - Australia -
now travelling backpacking through Asia - NL. Have been travelling for 2 years.
They stayed with Peter Forwood in Australia.
01.11.1998 1. Info by Peter
19.06.1997 - 10.12.2002
Bernada Pulko (= Benka, Slovenian, born 15.05.1967, profession: masseuse, registered nurse, B.A. of Biology) www.BenkaPulko.com
+ Around-The-World. Benka rode with the motorcycle of her choice: BMW F650 (1996) start/end point of the trip: Ptuj, Slovenia trip duration: 2000 days. Distance ridden: 180.016 km.
Route: North America, South America, Antarctica, New Zealand and Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe.
Book: "Po Zemlji okoli Sonca"; Slovene language; published by Undara Studio (2003); sold out. English book will be available soon. Stayed tuned. For details see www.BenkaPulko.com
*acknowledged in Guinness Book of World Records 2005 for the journey as the longest solo motorcycle ride by a woman.
* Slovene Woman of the Year 2003.
In five and a half years her path has crossed over 70 countries and territories: Slovenia, Italy, Canada, United States of America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, United Arab Emirates, South African Republic, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, and all republics of former Yugoslavia, including Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Croatia.
She has changed 19 tires, had four flats, was poisoned in the Amazon Jungle of Venezuela, survived riding in chaotic India (3 traffic accidents in one single day), and celebrated a birthday with Hillary Clinton. She managed to get her motorcycle to the coldest, windiest, driest and the highest continents of all - Antarctica. She illegally rode her bike into China, cracked her head in Ecuador, and spent some time adventuring around the hospital. In Pakistan, she got married for her bike and survived some perilous countries by munching on grass hopers, scorpions, hamsters, and dogs. She was the first woman in history who alone, on two wheels, rode across Saudi Arabia where women are not allowed to travel alone, nor drive any vehicle.
With practically no funds, she collected enough ideas, products, and money for her "Around the World Circling the Sun" project. Thousands of hours of laugher and worries, surprises and pain, loneliness and thoughts will be summarized in a forthcoming second book about her journey . This is being her job while re-acclimating to the sedentary life in her still favourite country, Slovenia. She lectures extensively, exhibits her artwork, works as writer and photographer, and still rides her motorcycle.
02.1997 First contact with Benka. "I am Benka from Slowenia calling from New York. Judy Kenndey from WHITEHORSE PRESS gave me your address as the expert for Motorcycle-World-Travellers". Benka called me for a long time, speaking quick and a lot. "I can call free of charge from a school here". She told me that she already feels beeing "on the road" since years. This although she took the decision to make this tour at night five months before: "I am going to become 30 in May, I must do it now". At this moment she had no idea of motorcycles, no equipment, no money, but the suspension: "There is no problem I cannot solve". She flew off 30 days after her decision for the tour and had organised all in day and night work: Sponsors for a motorcycle, equipment and financial solution of the tour. Half os Slowenia already knows her by radio and atricles before she started. Benka makes a high active impression so far. She informs 16 radios and 8 neswpapers weekly about her activities: With laptopcomputer, modem, email, homepage, mikrofon at her helmet and with a mincassete: "The best thoughts are coming while driving".Benka is a high dynamic person; but too much hectic is a bad omen for a planed World-Around-Tour in all seven continents.
07.10.1999 Benka is now riding in Australia. I introduced her to experienced traveller Geoff Kingsmill in Alice Springs whom she met.
24.01.2000 Patricia and I met Benka in Australia. Benka: "I got 4.500 emails, but learned in the meantime more to live than to work".
02.04.2000 Benka is now in Japan and trying to get the permissions to enter China Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. I send her an email with all the help I could offer.
Sent: Wednesday, December 11th.12.2002 10:39 AM
One More Day To Go
"Best" Benka, > From Bernd (Tesch): it was VERY nice to give me a last email the last day "-1" to your special friends and an honor to belong to them. Remember: You gave me long telefon call in february 1997 from the USA before you even really started. I accompanied you ALL the way what you sometimes even could not know. Because you could not read all what is in my soul. Finally we met in Australia for "20 minutes": Better than never ! Now you are at home ! Somehow you must be happy..... as well !!! Bye Bernd
I want to share a little, happy news today with you.
15.05.2003 The Guinness Book of World Records just approved all of my three record attempts.
- first continuous solo motorcycle ride around the world that included all seven continents;
- the longest (time and distance wise) motorcycle journey done by woman and
- first female who crossed Saudi Arabia on a motorcycle alone.
Much of you have helped in one way or the other so we have a pleasure to share it today. My deep gratitude to all of for your support and courage. The mission is completed. Love to all, Benka
16.07.2003 GUINNESS WORLD RECORD AWARDED TO SLOVENE MOTORCYCLIST BENKA PULKO:
Slovene world traveler Benka Pulko has been awarded a Guinness World Record for her 2000-day motorcycle journey around the globe. Benkas trip has been officially recognized as the longest solo female motorcycle journey in both duration and distance as well as the first ever continuous solo motorcycle journey to take in all seven continents. She was the first female rider to cross Saudi Arabia on her own motorbike, alone. Benka traveled 180,016 kilometers (111,856 miles) around the world on her motorcycle over the course of 2000 days.Ms. Pulko started her journey on June 19, 1997, from her hometown of Ptuj, Slovenia. After riding her motorcycle from Europe to North America, South America, Antarctica, Australia, Asia, and Africa and visiting 69 countries along the way, she returned home on December 10th, 2002. As per Guinness Circumnavigation rules Benka passed through two antipodes along her route, the cities of Quenca, Ecuador and, on the other side of the planet, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The entire trip was completed on the same motorcycle, a red 1996 BMW F-650. About her incredible adventure Pulko says, It was wonderful and rewarding, and at the same time the most demanding experience of my life.One of the most challenging aspects of Benkas endeavor was her successful effort to transport her motorcycle to Antarctica. She first rode to Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southernmost tip of South America. Then she convinced a sightseeing boat captain to take her and her bike to the frozen continent. On January 7th, 1999, both Benka and her motorcycle touched down on the Antarctic Peninsula, a feat never before accomplished by any globe-riding motorcyclist.I got in contact with Guinness in the spring of 1997, and found nothing similar had ever been done, says Pulko. Many people had already circled the globe by motorcycle, but none had visited Antarctica along the way. Getting the official recognition now is a nice way to finish this long lasting project.In the six months since Pulko completed her ride, she has spent time putting her life back in order after almost six years on the road. On the question of how she has accustomed to life at home she smiles and adds that she has not had time to do so. At the moment she is writing a book on her adventures, due to be released this fall.
B.T.: So far no women rode solo for so long and so far and never solo through Saudi Arabia.
01.05.1997 - 16.06.1998
Lisa Schibisch and
Christian Frei http://www.motorrad-fernreisen.de
Transafrica: Capetown - Cairo. The webmaster Christian and his girlfriend Lisa rode 39.000 kms in 13 months Capetown - Cairo
- Germany with two YAMAHA XT 600 E.
Souht Africa (Capetown) - Swaziland - South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Simbabwe
- Mocambique - Malawi - Tansania - Kenia - Uganda - Kenia - Ethiopia - Eritrea
(Asmara - boat to Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) and by boat to Egypt (Suez) - Israel
- Jordania - Israel - Greece - Turkey - Italy -Switzerland - Germany (Bottrop).
Earlier rides: Türkei, Tunesien, Europa, Alaska-Feuerland
Highlihts: Namibia. Mocambique. Ttanzania (Zanzibar).
Eritrea. Especially to meet wild animals in nature.
Worst: Too high prices in Nationalparks. Samburus, who attacked us with as speer
and stones. Children in Ethiopia, who tried to jump in front of the motorcycle
and threw stones. Dangerous minitaxis and goats and animals on the road. Traffic
in big cities (Cairo, Kampala).
21.07.1997 - 11.12.1997
Connie Stambush (American)
India. A 1997 solo trip around the entire coast of India on a 1996
Enfield Bullet 350 cc. 11.061.9 kms in five months. My first motorcycle-tour.
Route: The Sub-Continent counter-clockwise: New Delhi - desert of
Rajasthan - over to the boarder of Pakistan - across the Rann of Kachchh in Gujarat
- around the knob of Gujarat - down the Maharashtra coast along the Arabian Sea
- Bollywood - continuing along the coast into Goa - Karnataka - Kerala -
Lakshadweep Sea - until the bottom tip of India, where three waters come together
(Indian Ocean, Lakshadweep Sea, Bay of Bengal) - up the east coast - Rameswaram
(the closest Indian land point to Sri Lanka) - Pondicherry - Madras in Tamil Nadu
- - Andra Pradesh - Orissa - West Bengal for Diwali and Kali Puja - Bihar's
Bodh Gaya - across Uttar Pradesh - New Delhi.
The best: Everything between
New Delhi 21.7.97 and New Delhi 11.12.97.
The people and their constant help
and teaching. A better understanding of myself and others. Watching my motorcycle
be put on a small, rickety boat by three wiry, little Indian men, then floated
across the Ganges to safety on
the other side.
The worst: Losing my
control, getting mad, and chasing a man down a dark alley. All the drivers in
India. The oppressive heat and constant bugs early in the morning at at
dusk. Motorcycle accident running into a boy with a bicycle.
B.T. 21.08.2000 The only mc-travel along
the entire coast made from a woman I know.
07.08.1997 - 20.12.1999 www.tiffanystravels.co.uk
Tiffany Coates (British, born 15.01.1967) with Becky
Lincoln (British, 05.01.1971)
Around The World. Started as a trip to India, riding on "Thelma", a
BMW R 80 GS (1991)
Route: In Europe 6.000 kms (UK - Belguim - Germany
- Austria - Hungary - Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey). In Asia 11.000 kms (Iran -
Pakistan - India. Thelma shipped from Chennai (Madras) to Bangkok in Thailand
- Malaysia - Singapore. Thelma shipped from Singapore to Perth in Australia. In
Australia 6.000 kms (Perth - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney). Thelma shipped from
Sydney to Cape Town, South Africa. Becky returned to England to got to university,
another friend was persuaded to fly out and join me for the journey home. Maggie
Dunleavy (Irish, 21.10.1965). In Africa 27.000 kms (South Africa - Namibia
- Botswana - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Mozambique - Malawi - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Kenya
- Ethiopia - Sudan - Egypt - Israel). We then took the ferry from Halfa (Israel)
to Venice (Italy). In Europe again 2.500 kms (Italy - France - UK).
Originally it had just been an idea to travel to India overland by motorbike for
the pure enjoyment of travelling.
The best: In Asia Pakistan was definitely
the highlight, the stunning landscape along the Karakoram Highway and the friendliness
of the people. In Africa, the hospitality of the people in Sudan and also swimming
with 30 dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar.
The Worst: Bad accident
in the sand in Namibia, Tiffany was knocked unconscious and there was noone around
to help. Book/Publication: None yet, but I want to write a book based on
Useful Information: Go with an open mind and a smile.
We found our intercom was essential, it makes communicating on the bike so much
easier, and we always had lots to talk about.
Extra notes: Becky and
I were unusual in that we had never ridden motorbikes before when we had the idea
to ride one to India. We did some training and got our licenses, bought a second-hand
BMW, had a couple of mechanics lessons and then set off - all this preparation
and planning done in less than six months. We took 5 months to get to India -
our target, and after travelling there for 3 months, realized that we'd had such
good fun on the bike that we didn't want to stop. And so our trip to India turned
into an around the World journey lasting 2 years. Having travelled across Europe,
Asia, Australia and Africa we are now back in the UK, trying to get our BMW fixed
up and also trying to get sponsorship for the final trip from Alaska to Chile.
We found we were a novelty to everyone we met because we were two women travelling
by motorbike without a man. We always shared the riding, and it's so comfortable
on the back of the BMW that we used to fall asleep. It wasn't the easiest bike
to ride as we were on tiptoes to reach the ground- but we soon learnt how to balance
the weight and it was the best bike for the job even getting us through the rivers
in Ethiopia which came up to the petrol tank.
03.2001 1st contact.
23rd.04.2001: This is the longest Motorcycel Travel ever been made by two women
on ONE bike. It could be the first RTW tour by two women on ONE bike !
Jacollen Meijering and Frank
Plan Around-The-World. They
travel on two Aprilias.
Route: Start in South
- America - Australia - now travelling back through Asia - NL. Have been travelling for 2 years. They stayed with Peter Forwood in Australia.
01.11.1998 1. Info by Peter Forwood here
Carola Ostrika and Volker Kunz (Germans)
? 3 Jahre und 4 Monate. Offer a slide-show: Mit XT 500, dann BMW GS
PD und BMW 1100 GS unterwegs.
31.03.98 1. Info von Andreas Müller.
22.05.2000 I do not know more details. Who knows them, their present adress or
publicatios about them??
Birgit Schünemann (German) and Sam Manicon (British)
? Sam is since 7 years on the road. The last two years with Birgit.
Both ride BMWs.
In 1996 / 7 I had contact contact by letter with Birgit.
In 25.09.1999 Mc-World-Around-Traveller Rudi Kretschmer met Sam and Birgit in
USA (Death Valley). Both want to ride to Alaska.
06.04.2001 Birgit and Sam were on the 23rd Meeting for Mc-WORLD-Travellers.
08.1998 - ? 4 years
Kit Kemsley and
Alaska - Ushuaia. Route: First Kit with modified BMW R64 more to a GS. Brian with BMW 100
GS. Kit broke her arm on the way. So they bought a van and reached Ushuaia 04.1999.
Not sure if they will continue
Fotos von Reinhard Poetsch: Elke Thape 1999 "on route" in ???
??.12.1998 - ??.03.1999 and ??.11.1999 - ??.04.2000
Elke Thape (German, born 12.10.1964) www.elkethape.com
+ North - Central- and South-America. Sozia-Rider on Yamaha Tenere XTZ 660 (see Trip Reinhard Poetzsch Around-The-World)
Route: North-America ( USA ( Florida ) - Mexico - Guatemala - Belize - Costa Rica - Panama - South-America (Columbia - Ecuador - Peru - Bolivia - Chile - Argentina - (Cartagena - Ushuaia - El Chaiten by bus and hitch hiked Carretera Austral, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil)
Purpose of travel: Love
The best: Every new experience and person on the way, travelling together
The worst: End of riding together in El Chaiten / Argentina
Useful tip: Bring little
Previous experiences: Rode own motorbikes and have been Sozia-rider for years in Europe , travelled 77+countries by motorbike, car, sailboat, plane, container ship, train, hiked, bicycled...
Plan / search: Would love to go on more adventures with someone, especially ride more through Africa, Russia and joining countries , Mongolia, Asia... sail the world with someone... and other journeys.... Who loves to ride / sail / travel with me ?
06.04.2007 First summary from Elke. Living / working in USA (Nantucket, MA) at this times.
13.04.2007 last summary
09.05.1999 - 03.11.2000 SECOND JOURNEY
Atsuko Kumata (Japanese female and Australian resident) and Myles Nott (Australian male)
+ Around The
World (see as well tour 07.06.1992 - 03.06.1995 ). Europe
- Russia - Alaska - Tierra del Fuego. I (Myles, 40 years) rode from
Western Europe, across Russia to Alaska and then North, Central and South America
by YAMAHA TT 350 1998 model together all the way with Kumata (36 years) who rode
a YAMAHA TT 350.
Route: Europe 6.880 kms (Netherlands - Belgium - Luxembourg
- Germany - France - Switzerland - Italy - Liechtenstein - Austria - Czech - Poland
- Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia) - Russia 15.000 kms (West, St. Petersburg - East,
Magadan). I flew to Anchorage, Alaska with the motorcycle. North America 12.100
kms (Alaska - Canada - U.S.A.) - Mexico 7.360 kms - Central America 5.900 kms
(Belize - Guatemala - El Salvador - Honduras - Nicaragua - Costa Rica - Panama).
Motorcycle was sent by aeroplane to Bogota, Colombia. I flew to Bogota, Colombia.
South America 25.340 kms (Colombia - Ecuador - Peru - Bolivia - Chile - Argentina
- Uruguay - Paraguay - Brazil - Venezuela - Guyana). Motorcycle was sent by ship
to Rotterdam then Melbourne, Australia. I flew home to Australia.
Far Eastern Russia: Siberia in the snow. Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and
Lago Colorado on the way to the Chile border.
The worst: Frost bite
in Russia. Atsuko's head-on collision with car in Guyana.
Book or publication: Not yet
Useful infromation for others: Less weight of motorcycle and
gear makes travelling less difficult.
08.01.2001 1st contact by email
We also know about 10 Japanese people who have > motorcycled around the world.
See as well tour 04.03.1990 - 03.10.1993 FIRST JOURNEY
Dorith Mannes und
Helmut Zitzlaff no http://www.
Canada. USA. Mexico. Dorith (BMW F 650
ST) and Helmut (BMW R 80) rode 30.000 kms in 3 different countries.
USA (N.Y.) - Canada (Montreal - Quebec - Prince Edward Island - New Foundland
- Nova Scotia - USA - Niagara Falls - Toronto) - USA (Chigaco - Route 66 to Santa
Monica - Death Valley - St. Diego) - Mexico (Baja California -
Playa Azul - Mexico City) - Cuba (5 weeks without motorcycle) - Mexico (Mexico
City - Oaxaca - San Christobal de las Casas - Tapachula - Yukatan - Villahermosa)
- USA (Texas - Miami) - by plane back to Germany.
The best: : Daytona
Beach "Bike Week" with 500.000 bikers. Chiapas. Route 66.
The Worst: Topez in Mexico (road bumps). A theft at night out of the hotel room.
experiences: Before I (Dorith) got my own motorcycle-license I road with Helmut
Zitlaff as a pillion rider a always six weeks in: Europe Northafrica (Tunesia,
Algeria, Morokko), Australia, Alaska, Canada, USA. Our plan to ride with
two motorcycles for one year in North America ended up after 6 months.
Metka Blasko and Uros (Slowenian)
Plan Around-The-World. "On
Route: Europe - Africa
-South - America. Want to continue to make a World-Around-Tour.
??.??.1999 - ??.??.1999
Solo ride around the North and South Islands of New Zealand on a Honda NV400SP.
Route: Auckland - Hamilton - Rotorua - Whakatane - up the
east coast to Cape Reinga - down the west coast to Hamilton - Across to Napier
- Wellington - Tauranga. On the south Island: Nelson - Lewis Pass - Christchurch
- Arthurs - Pass - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Mt Cook - Timaru and back up to
Highlight: Seeing the most amazing sunsets in my life.
The worst: losing my sleeping pad (thermarest) and having to camp on the
ground for the rest of my journey including Australia.
01.2000 B.T. met her
15.04.2000 Partcipant of the "22nd Meeting for World-Travellers".
??.??.1999 - ??.??.2000
Solo ride around east and central Australia on a Honda CX500 for over 10.000 kms.
Route: Melbourne - Sydney - Byron Bay - Brisbane - Townsville - Mt
Isa - Tennant Creek - Alice Springs - Uluru - Coober Peddy - Port Augusta - Adelaide
- and the wonderful Great Ocean Road back to Melbourne.
there were so many - diving at the Great Barrier Reef, camping without rain, meeting
Bernd and Patricia of course... My favorite moments happened usually when I was
alone and had moved away from the 'beaten track'
and surrounded by spectacular
scenery. I call these nature's presents.
The worst: losing my keys
in the middle of the Outback and having to unhook my battery every night and to
hook it back up every morning until I reached civilization to get a copy cut !!
1999 - ca. 2001
Anke Eggengoor und
Jan Lucas (German)
Plan Around The World. "On
the road". Plan: 2 years with two BMW R 1100 GS.
Participant of the
Tesch-Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers in 1998. Got the motivation and idea to
ride around the world on this meeting.
Route: Germany overland to
India / Nepal and then managed to enter Laos and Vietnam with there own bikes!
B.T.: First Europe-Asia-overlanders by motorcycles
Bernd Tesch knows personally who entered Vietnam with own bikes !
03.03.1999 (SA, Capetown) - 18.06.2000 (Sweden, Stockholm)
Anette Bovin (Swedish) no http://www.
Capetown - Cairo > Europe. Anette (31) rode solo on her SUZUKI DR 350
about 40.000 kms. Her originally plan was to travel 6-8 months but she came
back after 15 months. Very broke... because she would have liked to
continue. "It was great !!! and really just positive travelling alone as a
female". I got to see "both sides".
Route: South Africa (Capetown)
- Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe - Zambia - Zimbabwe - South Africa - Malawi -
Mocambique - Tanzania - (crossing the Rovuma river) - Zanzibar - Tanzania - Malawi
- Tanzania - Kenya - Uganda - Kenya (Nairobi - Marsabit) - Ethiopia (Moyale -
Addis - circeled in Ethiopia - Galabit) - Sudan (Gedaref ? - Khartoum - Atbara
- along the railway to Wadi Halfa in company with an English guy) - Egypt - by
ferry from Egypt to Greece and Italy - through a freeeeezing cold Europe to Sweden (Stockholm)... Anette did not ride back via Syria because of lack of money.
The best: Etiophia (for its culture, scenery and "GREAT" roads for the
SUZUKI). Sudan (lovely desert and amazing people! They stuff you with
brown beans...). Namibia and Mozambique!
The Worst: Beeing very thirsty
and burning the tung on the boiling water I carried on the bike. Struggling with
the bike in deep sand having to take lots of luggage off before I could manage
to lift it. So...I guess I can not really complain!!!!!!
I thing Anette "is the first woman at all, at least the first Swedish woman who
rode most of the parts in Transafrica by her own without ONE friend". As far as
I know "no women rode solo on a solo-bike that much in Africa". It is historical
unknown (by missing dates so far) if Theresa Wallach rode more kms on her
historical ride England > Trans-Africa and back from Capetown to England in 1934/6
with her sidecar.
21.05.1999 - Original itinerary was 15
months. Now extended to 2-3 years.
Erin Ratay &
Chris (Americans) http://www.ultimatejourney.com
Plan Around The World. "On the road".
Plan Around-The-World. Chris (BMW R 100 GS, a Cosmetic Display Salesman)
and Erin (BMW F 650, Career Counselor)
USA - Morocco - 6 months Europe (Spain - Portugal - Germany - Netherlands
(Amsterdam) - Denmark - Norway - Germany - Transdanubia Rally (Munich /Germany
to Budapest /Hungary) - Bulgaria - Romania - Greece -Turkey - Israel - Egypt -
plane to India - 3 months India - Nepal - plane to Thailand - 6 months SE Asia:
Thailand - Laos - Cambodia - Malaysia - Singapore - plans: by boat to Australia
- 6-10 months Australia - New Zealand - 6-10 months South America.
"We quit our jobs, sold our apartment and other possesions in New York City, and
packed what was left on the two bikes. We're learning a lot along the way,
and looking forward to what's around the next bend".
The best: Morocco, Norway,
Turkey, Nepal, and Cambodia.
The worst: Customs in both Egypt and India.
10.07.1999. 1st information by Stefan Brandt.
Ca. 07.1999 1st contact.
04.2003. Their answer to my invitation to the "25th
Meeting for World-Travellers" with the main subject "Around-The-World": "If we're
in the area in 2003, we'd love to come bye".
Dorith Mannes and
Helmut Z. no http://www.
- USA - Mexico. Dorith (BMW F 650 ST) and H. (BMW R 80) rode 30.000
kms in 3 different countries.
Route: USA (N.Y.) - Canada (Montreal
- Quebec - New Brunswick - Prince Edward Island - New Foundland -
Nova Scotia - Niagara Falls - Toronto) - USA (Chigaco - Route 66 to Santa Monica
- Death Valley - St. Diego) - Mexico (Baja California - Los Mochis - Playa Azul
- Mexico City) - Cuba (5 weeks without motorcycle) - Mexico (Mexico City - Mexican/Guatemalan
border - Chiapas -Yucatan) - USA (Texas - Miamy) - by plane back to Germany.
The best: : Route 66. Chiapas. Daytona Beach "Bike Week" with 500.000 bikers.
The Worst: Topez in Mexico (road bumps).
25.10.1999 - 26.01.2000
Patricia Govers (Dutch) and Bernd Tesch (German)
Govers and Bernd Tesch are back 26th .01.2000 in Zweifall / Germany from a 3-months
motorcycle-tour somehow around Australia (13.000 kms) and Tasmania (1000 kms).
The two sponsored YAMAHA XT 600 E from BIKE TOURS AUSTRALIA (http://www.biketours.com.au and email-address in Germany: firstname.lastname@example.org) did not have any problems.
Bernd did not fall down, Patricia just made one test in soft mud off-road. It
was the most luxury trip I ever made: No mc-problems/punctures. I could share
all with the wonderful Dutch woman Patricia. Amazing how only 18 mio Australians
can build such huge long good sealed roads AND keep the off-roads in excellent
conditions as well. Never problem with orientation, to get petrol, water, food,
to find accommodation. We spend 2,5 times more money than Bernd planned without
a woman and with African/Russian money-scales. It was Bernds first long distance-tour
with a woman and a motorcycle. So I had to sleep first time in a motel and to
offer Patricia a shower more than all 6 weeks. We slept 70 % outdoor. We travelled
through big cities, along empty beaches, through endless savannah, bush, deserts
and rainforest. You find all this in ONE continent ! We liked the wild Koalas,
Emus, cangeroos. Bernd even liked the scorpions and snakes we met. Patricia preferred
to go in the tend at night after 3 scorpions. In 3 months we met about 15 Mc-Travellers.
With four of them we celebrated chrismas at an open fire with the view on Ayers
Rock. Patricia and I celebrated new year in the desert at Coward Springs, a hot
spring on Oodnadatta-track with the milkyway in the sky. Unbelieveable wonderful.
We flew like queen and king with inexpensive EMIRATES Airlines. One highlight
for me was to visit the planned 25 addresses of motorcycle-travellers/specialist
who could add important informations to my research "Conquer of Australia by motorcycle-TRAVELLERS
1900-2000". I will write about this in future in mc-magazines in Australia and
here hopefully. These Australians mostly gave Patricia and me a very personal
and heartly reception for what we are very grateful. (Am 22.11.1996 trifft Bernd
Tesch Patricia ertsmalig wieder und wohnt seit 1997 mit ihr zusammen).
Sara Brown and Jagger (British)
Plan Around The World ? Both plan to
circle the world with one BMW R 100 GS.
Route: GB-??? - Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India-Nepal
then airfreight to Bangkok-Malaysia-Singapore then seafreight to Perth.
Accross Aus. via Gunbarrel route, then airfreight to West Coast, U.S.A.
What happens next depends on how our money is lasting. Hopefully we will
continue south to Central and South America - Europe.
04.2003: Plan to visit
the "25th Tesch-Meeting for Motorcycle-WORLD-Travellers" with main subject then:
"Around-The-World" by motorcycle.
??.01.2000 - 30.06.2001
Daniela Ruegsegger (Swiss)
Cairo-Capetown. The Swiss office-worker Daniela (25) rode solo Switzerland - Cairo - Capetown
with a YAMAHA XT 600 E. 33,000 kms.
Route: Switzerland - Italy - Tunisia
- Libya - Sudan (1,5 months) - Ehitopia (2 months, Gonder - Axum - Adigrat
- Woldia - Lalibela - Bahir Dar - Addis Ababa - Arba Minch - Jinka - Lake Turkana)
- Kenia (Nairobi) - Uganda - Rwanda - Tanzania - Mozambique - Malawi - Zambia
- Zimbabwe - South Africain.
Highlight: The whole trip was a "gebial
20.07.1999 First contact with Daniela. 24.07.1999 Recommendation
30.6.01 Cape Agulhas (suedlichster Punkt Afrikas)
Cape of Good Hope. Total ca.
24.06.2000 B.T.: There
have been several woman riding Cairo-Capetown but as far as Bernd Tesch knows
Daniela is the first woman riding solo the whole distance without flying a part
of the route AND the woman who rode 18 months.
Martina van Bevern and Michael Höppner http://www.weltreise.de
Around The World ? 13.02.2000 Both plan 08.2000 an unlimited mc-tour
Around-The-World with two YAMAHA XT 600 E.
Route: Germany to South
Europe - Syria - Jordania - Egypt - overland to India. There they will plan there
the next step.
1999 They have been visiting Bernd Tesch for recommendation
and ordered "Tesch-Tavel-Träger" and "Tesch-Travel-Taschen".
of the Tesch-Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers
05.2001 Martina had an accident
in Ehtiopia. So they flew back. Because her leg was broken many times they want
to sell the bikes and to continue by Toyota Landcruiser.
Ellen Spencer and Manou Emringer
+ Around The World somehow. Plan to ride
for one year 2000-2001 with two motorcycles (Africa Twin and Transalp). Planned
Route (flexible!): 08.2000-01.2001: Alaska to Argentina - 01.2001-02.2001: Ivory
Coast to Luxembourg - 03.2001: New Zealand (on rental bikes) - 04.-08.2001
Luxembourg - Turkey - Central Asia - Norway - Luxembourg
03.2000: Manou visited
Bernd Tesch in Zweifall. I suppose they cannot do all the way in this too short
03.10.2000 - 28.05.2001
(German, born 17.03.78)
Carola rode solo around south of Africa
on a XT 600. 25.000 kms.
Route: I took a flight to Cape Town (KLM)
and my Bike came on a ship to Windhoek/Namibia.The first 4 Weeks travelling in
an Unimog to Windhoek.With the Bike: Namibia (Opuwo - Lüderitz) - South Africa
(Capetown - Durban) - Swaziland (Mbabane) - Mozambiqe (Maputo - Beira) - Zimbabwe
(Kariba - Bulawayo) - Botswana (Maun) - Namibia (Caprivi) - Zambia (Livingstone
- Chipata) - Malawi (Lilongwe - Nkhata Bay) - Tanzania (Mbeya - Zanzibar) - Kenia
(Nairobi - Mombasa). Back to Amsterdam with KLM (me) and the Bike with DAS-airline
Purpose of travel: Meet other cultures and to enjoy the
live by travelling.
The best: People in Mozambiqe and Malawi
worst: I got sick (I got an earinfektion) in Nairobi and was lying in bed
for 2 weeks.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Not to plan everything
if it's not nessecary. Makes Live easier.
Earlier Experiences: 5 weeksby
mc to France/Spain (thats all).
1999 and 2000 Carola was participant of the
Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers
Carola wrote: I hope to meet you next to thank you in person, Bernd: Without the
inspiration I got at your Mc-Meeting for World-Travellers I would never got the
idea to travel through Africa. For this I want to take you in my arms again.
??.12.2000 - ??.05.2002
Jeanette Sabus (German, birthday 27.09.1964) www.geocities.com/ pandoras_tour
+ South-America. Jeanette rode along the Andes in South America on a Kawasaki KLR 250, approx. 33.000 km.
She has been living in Santiago de Chile for four years. She is sponsored
Purpose of your travel: to get to know the continent, its landscape, its people, their way of life and their culture ...
Route: South America ( Chile - Tierra del Fuego - Argentina - Bolivia - Peru - Ecuador - Colombia - Venezuela - Colombia)
The best: Impossible to tell in a few words all the positive experience of the journey as a whole, the freedom.
The worst: Hearing about the deadly accident of the fellow biker Klaus Mertmann in Peru. Always having to say good-bye to all the nice and friendly people we met on the road.
Next planned experience: crossing South-America by horse, starting in
or later. Route: Chile - Tierra del Fuego - Argentina - Bolivia - Peru - Ecuador - Colombia - Venezuela. See Bernd Tesch´s website South-America for more details.
26.06.2002 1st contact
26.06.2002 1st request for update
02.12.2006 2nd request for update
13.04.2008 3rd request for update