The world was crazy when I made the decision! It was summer 2020 and this corona thing was still going on! but at this point everybody expected it to be gone soon again……
All I knew at that point was that I could not continue working – It was destroying me. I needed to go! Even if it might have been the worst time in history to go on a long distance motorcycle journey, I didn’t care. In my mind, there was no alternative at this point. My dream to ride from North cape to South Cape and back was pulling me that strongly.
So August 1st was the day I left my home to do the Northern part of my journey: Ride to North Cape along the west coast of Norway, then ride back to Denmark through Finland and Sweden.
There was no farewell party that day, no emotional goodbye kisses from friends and family, just me hugging my cats goodbye and leaving, as was it any other day. Social distancing was the new order that we all followed and it was a weird lonely goodbye.
But this was not any other day. This was the beginning of my big solo motorcycle adventure riding 60.000 km’s through 60 countries.
I had one month to do the Northern part of the trip. I still had not been granted a sabbatical from work. So this first part was done during normal vacation time and I had to be back at work on September 1st.
But I had submitted my request for a one year sabbatical to the HR department at work and I was waiting for an answer! I was ready to take the consequence and quit my job, if they weren’t able to grant me the sabbatical. I knew that now was my window to do this.
No later than October 1st I wanted to leave Denmark for the southern part of my journey. That left me one month from September 1st to October 1st to do a handover at work, to pack down the house, to find a tenant to live in the house, to do the final paper work before I left my country for one year.
Fortunately I didn’t have to make the drastic decision to quit my job. My boss supported me! She knew this was a dream and she told me that she admired my decision and courage to follow it. I was granted 1 year sabbatical from work – October 1st, I was free to go!
This meant I could finally speak openly about my decision to leave and i could advertise for a tenant for my house.
So between September 1st and October 1st one million things had to be done to get ready for the second and much bigger leg of my journey: The ride to South Africa!
I realized that I would probably have to change my plan a million times, but my initial plan was to ride through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Monaco, France, Andorra, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini (Swaziland), Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia, Poland and finally back to Denmark.
I realized this would probably have to be altered many times – and I accepted the fact, that I might even have to turn around and go back if the world closed down again as it did in April 2020!
But I am still on the road! And loving every second of it!