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Go Pro is finally fixed so I have all my photos and videos back! Here's a screenshot of the ride through the Russian Altai. Easily one of the best roads in the world. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ #gopro Finally had time to (almost) catch up on my blog posts. A new informative post about the Caspian Sea crossing and a post covering my journey across Kazakhstan๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ and Mongolia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณhas been uploaded. Follow the link in my bio. [photo๐Ÿ“ท: @lookerthroughthelens] #ThisCantbetheroad #Caspiansea #Honda #revit While my bikes in transit across the Pacific I thought I'd pop home to grab my degree ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘€ delighted to be graduating with a high 2:1 in History from the University of East Anglia. ๐Ÿ“š It was lovely to see the parents for the day too. #sunsinoureyes #UEA #graduation #freshofftheplane Absolutely exhausted but made it to the Pacific coast! ๐ŸŒŠ Fresh out of the desert, slammed 2500 miles in 4 days. Crossing Siberia and East Asia, I'm now just 40 miles from North Korea๐Ÿ‘€. It's been pretty grim with constant rain, riding through the night (+ having to sleep against the bike in a layby). However the landscape has been undeniably beautiful (photo is back in Kazakhstan because my camera is now dead) and the very few Russians I have came across, have been some of the nicest people in the world. Going well out of their way to help me. Generosity which I genuinely will remember forever. 
Saying a temporary goodbye to the bike as it's crated up ready to be shipped across the Pacific ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ For now though I'm gonna have a day off finally and try to regain some body weight. But more importantly I'll pack up my life so I can go meet Herbert as he lands in the new world in 6 weeks time, where we can continue the adventure. (At a much slower pace) ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿšข๐ŸŒŽ. [Photo๐Ÿ“ท: @williamvickerss]

#11000miles Finally defeated the Gobi Desert and made it to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ8500 miles completed through the worst roads and hideous conditions. ๐ŸŒ…Despite all the warnings from locals and anyone who has ever rode a motorbike, I completed the Journey on small road tyres and paid the price. I've came off the bike more times than I can count, but somehow no broken bones and more importantly, the bike is still pretty much intact. It's been an absolute hero this whole trip and It's reliability has definitely saved my life in the desert.
So here's a photo of me and Herbert (my bike๐Ÿ) having a little time out in the middle of Mongolia, shortly after one of many sand related crashes. Thank you to everyone who's donated so far, it means the world to all of us and will help the charity so much. There's still time to donate at [Photo๐Ÿ“ท: @williamvickerss] #roundtheworld #motorcycle #norwich2mongolia #mongolia #honda Stormy Russian sky. Shame I was photobombed by the lightning โšก๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐ŸŒฉโ›ˆ[photo๐Ÿ“ท: @dexter94]  #gopro #norwich2mongolia #motorcycle #altai #revit #schuberth

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24 Year old motorcycle enthusiast, currently trying to travel the world on a budget.

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So the day has finally come! I left Norwich at 9pm on Wednesday and then left the shores of Dover at 2am Thursday morning. Although I’ll return briefly to graduate in a couple of months, the feeling that my bike will never touch UK soil again is quite daunting! Still the British weather threw one last departing rainstorm at us both as a parting gift.

Arriving in France at 5am local time with 0 sleep, the trip got off a predictably gruesome start. With nothing but motorways all the way through France, Belgium and Luxembourg there is very little to take your mind away from the crippling spinal and knee pains. Although my ยฃ10 sheepskin rug performed admirably in minimising seated pain! Still there is no better pain killer than arriving in bavaria/southern Germany.
The landscape changes as soon as you cross the border, from plain flat fields, to stunning Bavarian hills, forests and farmland. Even the motorways transform with pretty impressive tunnels and the unlimited speed limits that Germany has become famous for. The last 150miles of the 725mile slog went from a chore into a pleasure. So much so that I adjusted my route to incorporate the famous Route 500 from Baden Baden to Freudenstadt (Hochstrasse/Black Forest Pass) 

A route which ticks all the boxes. Both magnificent to ride and complete with stunning views(see featured photo). The road quality is impeccable as you’d expect with this region. While the bends are tough they are also amateur friendly and confidence inspiring, meaning even somebody with limited skill (such as myself) can still have an enjoyable time on them. That is until you get towards the top, all speed and concentration is put on hold as soon as you start to see the magnificent views of the Black Forest poke through the trees. On the way up you get small glimpses but it’s not until near the top that it emerges in all its glory. 

After spending a couple of hours just sitting on the edge and soaking up the views, I then headed back down the opposite way and off to find the campsite for the night.

I came across a small place, basically in the middle of nowhere called Camping Mullerweise. Again, the views here are stunning and within 30seconds of arriving and starting to pitch my tent (with minimal cognital ability after no sleep) a lovely English couple gave me some red wine and pointed me in the direction of any shops I might need to visit, but more importantly they pointed me towards the pub.(+1) While camping might not be everybody’s idea of a good time, I highly suggest this place if you find yourself looking for a place to stay in the Black Forest. I believe there are even cabins to rent if you have no camping equipment. The people here are great, the site and views are amazing and there’s everything you need close by. You can find it by googling Camping Mullerweise and it’s located south of Bad Wildbad. 
So here I am, day 1 of my adventure complete. 725 miles down and heading south east through Austria and into Slovenia tomorrow. I think I’ve definitely earnt a few pints for the night. 

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