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Offline schalk vd merwe

Living the Dream Solo Around the World Trip
« on: May 10, 2015, 04:09:55 pm »
The Living the dream idea started when I was about 15 years old in 1965. I always looked at the Suikerbos Rand Mountains from our farm which is about 6 km away like the bird fly and wondered what was lying behind them. The wonder became too big and one day I took my horse and did a river crossing through the Klip River and I also took a big Crescent plyers along that we used to fix the fences with. When I came to a fence I would just loosen the wires (irresponsible young lad) until I reached the Suikerbos Rand mountains. There was a proper fence with a board behind which read “South African defence force missile testing site, do not enter”. I duly cut the fence and went all the way to the top until I could see what was on the other side of the mountain. From there it never stopped and I always wanted to see what was lying on the other side of the next hill. The horse was eventually sold and with the money I bought a bike and many trips followed. So yesterday I left for my solo “living the dream around the world tour” to see what is lying behind the next hill. I am hoping to do it in two stages. The first stage will be from Johannesburg through Africa and then over into Europe at Italy and then over the Alps to England. The first stage will be about 20 000km. By the end of the European summer I will come back to RSA. Five months later after the European winter I will go back to England for stage two. If I get a sponsor I will do the remaining 70 000km in one go. If I do not get a sponsor then I will do it in stages every year. Stage 2 will be through Eastern Europe to Croatia and from there through places like India, Mongolia then through Russia as far East as possible then over to Alaska by boat. From Alaska to Canada, North America and then all the South American countries. Then by boat to Cape Town and then the last piece to Johannesburg. See map below for Africa leg of the trip.
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2015, 04:31:25 pm »
 :sip: Schalk, be assured, you would not be riding alone, ons sal jou volg en ondersteun, go for it!!!! :3some:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 04:35:55 pm »
Have a AWESOME trip.
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 04:44:45 pm »
Go for it live the dream
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015, 04:47:04 pm »
I think we should arrange that Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman meet you in London. They should take note of how one really does a long way up and over the next hill trip.  Awesome man. I am so jealous of you.

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2015, 04:55:23 pm »
Ji sjis.

Sies man, I hope you have an awesome trip and make memories for a life time
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2015, 04:57:46 pm »
The send off yesterday
Photo1 My friends and family saying good bye
Photo2 My wife and two sons Juan and Francois and their girlfriends Ilandi & Letisia
Photo3 Some of my friends who came riding along a bit
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2015, 05:01:26 pm »
With a face like that you gonna be safe the whole trip!   
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2015, 05:19:16 pm »
I HATE GUYS LIKE YOU !!!  :eek7: :eek7:

Ohhh  how I would love to be able to do a trip like this and live the dream  :'( :'( :'(

Have a blast and ride safe , I will certainly be following this with great interest. (Just got myself a XT 660R so I'm very interested to see how the bike performs on an ultra long trip like this)
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2015, 05:20:14 pm »
Alle voorspoed op jou reis.  :thumleft:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2015, 05:21:27 pm »
Ride safe. :ricky: :sip:
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2015, 05:59:27 pm »
The first day was very cool. After the send-off I stopped at Kranskop Wimpy to have a cup of coffee.  At Polokwane I had the best steak ever at Amarula Pub and Grill and had a chat with the owner Jan Besteman. From here I hid the road to Macado. As I only had 2 hours sleep the previous night due to the fact that I had to get everything ready for the trip, I started to feel sleepy. I stopped at a garage for a coffee to wake up a bit. As I was sitting on the stairs of the garage a guy with a F800 BMW came in and introduced him. We decided to ride together for a while up to the toll gate. We went through the most beautiful corners and landscape and I would have loved to have taken some photos. At Musina I booked in at Musina Shipping a company that belong to Helen Campbell. I met her last year in Namakwa land in the Springbok caravan park when my wife and I went to see the flowers. This morning I went with her daughter Wendy to ride Quad bikes in the Limpopo riverbed and can this chick ride. She grew up with bikes and they lend me the 4x4 quad and we had the most amazing ride. So tomorrow I will be in in Zim where I will meet up with a Geek guy named Elias who is also traveling around the world and he is already on the road for 2 years. We might ride together for a day or two. So all in all I had a great and event full time so far.
1st and 2nd photo the guy I rode with for a while
3rd photo The African sun setting over the continent that I love
« Last Edit: May 10, 2015, 06:01:45 pm by schalk vd merwe »
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2015, 06:41:37 pm »
Ry veilig Schalk.
Dis jammer ek het nie geweet dat jy deur Polokwane ry nie, want ek sou beslis 'n ent (tot in Makhado) saam met jou gery het.
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2015, 08:05:26 pm »
Sterkte met die reis Schalk!

Ek is seker jy sal ons op hoogte hou, sien uit daarna om dit te volg  :ricky:  ;D
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2015, 08:17:30 pm »
Voorspoedige reis Schalk, dis voorwaar enige avonturier se droom om te doen wat jy hier aangepak het.

Hopelik is al jou punctures klaar uit die pad :biggrin:  Ek volg hier verder
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2015, 08:29:40 pm »
Mooi ry Schalk!!
Jy is n groot inspirasie!!!! :ricky:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2015, 08:48:59 pm »
All the best for your trip.  :thumleft:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2015, 08:49:43 pm »
Veilig ry en geniet elke oomblik daarvan Schalk, jy doen iets waarvan ek net kan droom om te doen.

Ons ry saam met jou. :thumleft:
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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2015, 09:15:15 pm »
Lekker ry and be careful out there. We follow along right here.

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Re: Living the dream solo around the world trip
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2015, 10:11:15 pm »
Mooi ry Schalk!!
Jy is n groot inspirasie!!!! :ricky:

En jy is 'n inspirasie vir my met julle "pink trees"
1/The only way to get experience is to get experience-Schalk                
2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp