My friend and Yamaha dealer from Swakopmund, Namibia, Jan Soderlund (originally from Finland, but married and working in Namibia), decided to continue the Round the World Expedition which I started in November 2013. He took over the bike in Colombia and after 4 months of amazing adventures across South America he has arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, thus completing the circumnavigation of the world.
The total expedition mileage breaks down something like that (with a little margin, of course):
I bought the bike in Namibia and rode to Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya (from where my wife and I flew to Istanbul, Turkey, due to problems with Ethiopia border and washed out roads due to rains), then Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Spain again, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Japan, Canada, US, Mexico, Central America: TOTAL of 65.000 km done by me.
Then, Jan took over and started in Cartagena, Colombia, down to Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina, from where he flew the bike back to Johannesburg where the bike stood just 18 months ago when I was there before the departure. TOTAL of 15.000 km, done by him.
GRAND TOTAL: 80.000 km, 5 continents, 29 countries
During this time, I spoke to thousands of people about our project in Zambia for the orphans, I wrote 42 Magazine articles in 9 International magazines, I made many friends and in the process, this expedition changed both my life and my friend Jan's life, as we experienced spectacular places, amazing cultures and gained invaluable experience.
Thank you Jan for your commitment to cross a continent on this bike and to take time from your busy life to help complete this expedition.
Thank you Yamaha for creating such an amazing machine that has never quit on us, nor stopped working and even though it has more than 100.000 km on the clock, it is still as powerful and beautiful as it was when I bought it new in Swakopmund.
For photos and info on Jan's adventures in South America, check his Facebook blog:
New adventures await those who dream!