As most of you know, I've had to become more acquainted with technology lately, more specifically the internet. I'm learning how to create and manage a blogsite (you're here!), I've set up Twitter, Flickr, Picasa, & Vimeo accounts and a Google maps page. All of this has been quite trying and at times frustrating, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of things and my plans are taking shape.
"Where's he going with this?" I hear you ask. Well, a short while ago while using Twitter, I discovered @2_LivetheDream, another twitterer, back then known as @MyAdventours, and found that we had similar interests and quite a bit in common. Initially, because I was unfamiliar with the name Heike, I didn't know whether I was corresponding with a guy or a gal. But it turns out that Heike is a gal, and she plans to do pretty much the same as me, but in the opposite direction.
Heike plans to ride her motorcycle, a BMW F650, from Switzerland to New Zealand. The trip will involve riding through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan (possibly), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Australia. Heike's plans are very similar to mine only she's going in opposite direction. Her departure date is scheduled for around April, 2012 so she'll be leaving 5 months before me.
It will be so exciting to follow her progress as she leaves Europe and heads through the Middle East towards India. Obviously we have the details of each other's trip, and we estimate that we should be able to meet up in either India or Malaysia. This would be such a fantastic thing to do after bumping into each other while wandering around on the Interweb!
I recommend visiting Heike's website (don't worry, there is a translation button for those that don't read German) as it is full of interesting details around her trip and also her plans and preparations. She's been lucky enough to recently attend the Horizons Unlimited Traveller Meeting in both Germany and the UK, as well as the Adventure Travel Film Festival in Devon. It's still a long while before my departure date, but Heike's seems just around the corner, so the anticipation is building!
Good luck Heike, see you soon, hopefully!