Most people I talk to about my great adventure-dream have one thing in common; they all agree that the world is a dangerous place.
The most common line I hear is “be careful, it’s dangerous”. Then usually there is a personal variety of what it is that is so dangersous. Concencus is that it is mostly people, and a good second runner up are accidents. I.e. me crashing and dying somewhere the ambulance can’t reach in 30 seconds. Or me meeting bad people up to no good wishing me harm.
It makes sence that if I stay at home, hiding from all potential dangers, then I will be safe. From dangers, people, accidents and life.
Is life hiding in everyday safety and boredome really life? Does it qualify as living? Do you feel that rush of life, stuck in rushour traffic, slowly hurrying from one routine chore to the next. Counting days until the weekend, or until the next vacation. And once the weekend arrives, a different routine sets inn. The same as the last weekend. And soon vacation. Vacating the routine. Running from the majority of life.
The dangers of change feels so great, so clear and prescent, that the default is to create a local safe haven, where the unexpected is blocked out, and we hide safely behind walls of routine and “must do”.
It is all a little suffocating.
I just wanna travel to the horizon, and then to the next. And the next. Meet people, see places. Live life.
Sure bad things can happen. But what is worse? Living a life with just a tiny risk as a price to live my dream?
Or not risk living, in order to follow the rushour traffic into oblivion?
When you open your eyes and look around, motivation is all around.
I have a rough idea on which countrlies I want to visit, but it’s still a rough sketch.
All I know is that I will do this. I am on my way..
Now that that’s over, I have great news: the final date for the showing of the apartment has been set. I own part of an apartment in my home town. Once it has been sold, I can get som proper traction on my adventure plans. I need to free up capital for this grand adventure, some for equipment, the rest for general adventure cost for my planned 12 month world circumvention. Once the apartment has been sold I can complete the first and most important step,- getting the bike thats going to be my ride, home, office and freedom for 12 months..
Then there is a long list of equipment, modifications, testings, training and visa-applications.
2013 is going to be great!
2014 is goding to be awsome!
All major projects and adventures have a chance for success and a chance for failiure.
Not following your dream for fear of failiure is equal to failing, is it not?
I think what I fear most, more than accidents, injuries, robberies and death, is growing old, sitting thinking about that I didn’t have the guts to follow my dream. I fear growing old without seeing what is behind the horizon. I fear growing old knowing I never attempted the ride of a lifetime.
All it takes is a lot of planning, and a leap of faith…
Some news travel slowly, and this post is in that Category.
Last friday I crashed my trusty Yamaha. Friday evening, a lot of traffic, and I was driving home. Choosing the bus-lane (legal in Norway) due to heavy traffic in the regular lane, I was enjoying the fact that I was not stuck in traffic as was everyone else.
Someone else obviously had the same idea, as one of the cars in the lane to my left suddenly cut into my lane and thereby cut me of. It is clear that whoever drove that little white POS didn´t see me, and I had to choose between the car and a dodgy evasive maneuver. I tried the latter, ended over a grassy devider, flying through some bushes and rolling to a standstill.
So, the cold and wet season is upon us here in Stavanger.
Mid temperature is about 4-5 deg. C. / 40 deg. F.
It´s only slightly different from late summer. Difference mainly the much shorter days, and just about 10 deg. C colder.
Anyway, I ride my trusty Yamaha every day, and hope to do so all year. Mostly because I just love riding the MC. Secondly because I sold my car late august..
The temperature-drop late in late october meant a need for a glove upgrade. So, as the picture above shows, I ordered and tried the LOBSTER gloves from Rukka.
In a word; fantastic! Warm, waterproof good enough for a record wet Stavanger fall, and the lobster design lets me use throttle and brake-lever without having to put all 4 fingers over the lever. Makes for more control and a more relaxed ride.
The fear of getting stuck I imagine. Or maybe a need for change. Life changes, regardless if you want it to or not.
Killroy has a catchphrase “Go before it is too late”.
I take that to heart every day
18 months is a short stretch of forever 🙂
My god, it´s been a very hectic month! Oktober just flew by, and I don´t even have a girlfriend or wife or kids that take all my time.
New job first of october, as a host/security at a couple of bars and nightclub in my home town, Stavanger. Good fun to work with one of my best mates and sparing partner. Working nights took a little getting used to, but it´s all good. It´s fun to enjoy working again.
Another great step is establishing my own little company,”Berentsen Coaching”. Main business is Personal Training lessons, fitness, TRX training and courses, self-defense based on KFM (Keysi Fighting Method) and of course coaching. Very excited 🙂
The downside is that I had to put trip-planning on the back-burner a little bit. It will still happen, and the timetable is still sound. It is still my greatest adventure, and I will do anything I can to go it all the way.
Catch you later, hopefully with shorter intervals. 🙂
Man do I wanna go! This photo has been borrowed by National Geographic. It merely serves as a reminder of all the wonderful places I want to go, and that the clock is ticking. As of right now, there are 19 months 28 days and counting… it is a looong way to go it is..
Under is another “oh-my-god-I-wanna-go” photo from the plains of Mongolia. National Geographic is my new must have subscription..
You´ve got to understand that this blog serves three purposes at this stage:
1) It´s my diary in this process of planning and preparation
2) It´s my medium for talking on and on and on about the thing I´m really interested in , the big trip!
3) It´s my planning tool. And as a planning tool I use it to store all of the information that I find at least semi-important to the project. So all the links are for me in order to get equipment, documents or training that I need for the trip. They are also for you, if you are planning anything similar.
Go nuts! Klick `em all! They are there for a reason 😉
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.
Who in their right mind goes “FUCK IT!” and leaves everything behind? The security, the comfort, work, home, friends and loved ones. Even roads than are proper roads, not donkey trails or just nothing.
Started to think about the possible downsides last night, from the bike breaking down in the middle of nowhere to becoming dinner for the local carnivores inhabitants to the share weight of loneliness as I’m on the other side of the world
Another thing is that its only 20 months until departure, and so much to do, it’s going to be really busy.
But the worst part is probably this: 20 months? I wanna go now!
Below, the Italian Alps going north from Torino. Solo adventure in 2011
So, I´m going. alone if I have to, but I´ll be happy to share this adventure with someone else.
Prerequisits: Anyone going must have the following
- Motorcycle licence, valid internationally
- Your own MC capable of going off road, as there will be something of a road-shortage where I´m / we´re going
- Be completely self-sufficient int terms of equipment and funds. Motorcycle riding is all about freedom, and tha also entail the freedom to go your own way.
- Necessary training (before departure at least); first aid, some mechanical skills, MC-offroad skills.
So, I´m gonna follow the advice of a fellow traveller and try to do this blog in english rather then norwegian.
We´ll see how it turns out..