Now, you’re probably thinking that long-haul motorcycle rides are pretty straightforward. You get on a highway on one end and get off the highway on the other end to find yourself at your destination. Then, you go on a long trip back. Maybe you fly back, take a ship, or take the train. Sounds pretty straightforward, right?
Well, you may want to reconsider because that mental picture assumes that the infrastructure would be uniform throughout your trip. It also assumes that you would have access to continental modes of transportation that would allow the shipment of your bike back to your home. Well, these assumptions are too much to make.
You really can’t make those assumptions. You probably would be able to get away with it if you’re just thinking about traveling from one point in Western Europe to the borders of Eastern Europe. However, at this point, it’s really anybody’s guess. The bets are off past this point because there are just so many variables.
Now, you may be thinking that going from Europe all the way to Asia is an amazing thing, especially if you are using highways. What if I told you that there is even a more adventurous way to go? You probably would be scratching your head. You probably would be confused. After all, isn’t that already pushing it? Isn’t that kind of rough to go from on secure confines of Western Europe to Eastern Europe and all the way to the wild wastes of Russia and interior parts of China?
How rough could it be? Well, here’s the thing. When you go on long-haul motorcycle rides, you still use highway systems. You are still pretty much assured that your terrain is going to be nice, flat and smooth. There will definitely be rough spots down the road, but by and large, you will be dealing with a controlled environment.
What if I told you that the most exciting way to go on a long-range bike trip is to go off-grid? That’s right. You basically use dirt trails or no trails at all. In fact, I have seen bikers go through North Africa this way. And the pictures are really mind-blowing. You should check out the pictures section of this website. It will really knock your socks off.
In this one pictures series, the riders actually stopped because there was a long procession of cattle and sheep in the middle of a trail. They waited for all these sheep and goats to pass and they passed through. In another photo series, I saw the same scene play out but this time around, one of the motorcycle riders paid the goat herd some money so instead of ripping out canned food, they had themselves a roasted goat kid.
This was a suckling goat roasted over a spit. They burned some woody brush, sprinkled some herbs over the kid, and let me tell you, it made for really quite an eye-opener and possibly a mouth-watering journey.
If you are thinking of talking your long-haul bike trips to a whole new level, consider going off-grid. It might just blow your mind.